Constitution road trip comes to an end

Peter Sagal’s road trip examining the U.S. Constitution comes to an end Tuesday evening.

And it concludes in an interesting place: Iceland.

It’s not exactly Middle America. It’s not even like the cosmopolitan urban centers on any of the coasts. It’s a land far away. But Sagal, who’s presented a compelling series examining the nation’s founding document, finds a way to bring it home.

“Constitution USA with Peter Sagal” airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on KACV-TV and the final installment looks at the durability of this document.

Indeed, it has become the model for other countries to follow. Perhaps the most interesting example is Vietnam, whose communist government patterned its own constitutional preamble after our governmental framework. And to think the United States was at war with Vietnam for more than a decade in the 1960s and 1970s.

The fourth part of Sagal’s road trip — which has featured a lengthy motorcycle journey to all corners of the nation — is titled “Built to Last.”

And last the Constitution has done, for 225 years. It’s been amended just 27 times. It also has been picked apart and examined by scholars on the left and the right looking for ways to substantiate their own political world view.

The Constitution has held up just fine and it has withstood challenges of the worst kind. It has survived civil war, deep economic depression, presidential scandals and impeachment. Yet, it stands today as a model for the rest of the world.

Let’s see if Peter Sagal unlocks the key to the Constitution’s durability … in Iceland.


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