BOWIE — Bowie resident Darrel Nash looks into how our Constitution was created and how it affects the way our government works today in his first book “A Perspective on How Our Government Was Built And Some Needed Changes” published in May. “What if you could dissect the founders of the United States, who were […]
BOWIE — Bowie resident Darrel Nash looks into how our Constitution was created and how it affects the way our government works today in his first book “A Perspective on How Our Government Was Built And Some Needed Changes” published in May.
“What if you could dissect the founders of the United States, who were immigrants themselves, reasoning for writing the Constitution and their efforts to be fair to all?” said reviewer Diane Knaus. “This is what Darrel A. Nash accomplished and made common sense of their efforts along with some needed modern day tweaks to actually make more progress for all.”
Nash grew up in Colorado but spent most of his life in Bowie. He has two masters degrees in economics and a Ph.D. and worked for the federal government before retiring.
Since then, he has written many stories and essays for his friends and family, but this is the first time he has published a full-length book.
The idea for the book came from looking at articles related to the Federalist Papers and finding out that a lot of arguments made about them did not add up.
“I wanted to read the Federalist Papers for myself and see what I got out of them,” he said.
The book explores the questions of what is meant by “we the people” and who claims authority to speak for the people through an exploration of founding documents of the U.S. such as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as well as following government documents and initiatives. As he was writing the book, Nash read the 85 documents of the Federalist Papers word for word as well as reviewed the Constitution as it exists today.
The book consists of three parts. Part one begins with the purpose of the Constitution when it was initially created and how only a small percentage of the population was represented during that time.
“I decided to look deeply at how the Constitution was written,” Nash said. “I looked at who had voting rights at the time, which consisted of white, male property owners. This would have made up 20 percent of the population. I asked myself what would this look like if the other 80 percent was able to vote?”
Part two divulges Nash’s inquiry into the Federalist Papers, which are purported to form the basis for the Constitution, to find the basis for the First, Second and Tenth Amendments.
“Within the second portion of his book he questions the justification for a limited National government,” Knaus said. “Alexander Hamilton argues against some things in the Constitution that will complicate our arguments today. Nash begins to suggest that we start to abolish some current laws.”
Part three describes how some political forces have worked together up to this day to shape how we interpret the Constitution and how we access the promises of the founding fathers as well as proposes necessary changes toward creating a nation that lives up to its proclamations.
“My main purpose for writing this book and for people reading it is to think for themselves,” Nash said. “When reading the documents, don’t rely on other experts and commentators. Don’t rely on others for interpretation. What I hope is that people will see what they get and think about independent thinking instead of following.”
The book ties into today’s political climate regarding the true lack of equality in the pursuit of happiness and gives suggestions on how we can make the U.S. a better place to live in for everyone and improve the work of the government.
He gives remarks on other countries interfering in our elections, calls for equality in education and equal justice in court sentencing and why the Supreme Court needs term limits.
“It’s important for now,” Knaus said. “Unless we know where we came from, we can’t make the changes we need.”
Nash is hoping to put out another book as a continuation of this one where he can further explore part three and look into proposals that have been made over the last century that have made voting more accessible to all citizens.
“I would love to see him expand on the book and facilitate a public or area discussion on looking at our current system,” said Yevola Peters, a book reviewer. “Books like this help people to start thinking and get interested in what changes can be made.”
With this being his first book, Nash is eager to publish his next one. The response he has gotten from people on “A Perspective on How Our Government Was Built And Some Needed Changes” has been positive and he says “it’s a great feeling.”
“Mr. Nash proposes a fresh look at our first attempts to make our current laws,” Knaus said. “Some of which we can change at almost any time with the proper diligence and study and adherence to equality for all because that’s what America stands for all over the world.”