The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution
Simon and Schuster, 11. jun. 2007 - 258 sider
The Constitution of the United States created a representative republic marked by federalism and the separation of powers. Yet numerous federal judges--led by the Supreme Court--have used the Constitution as a blank check to substitute their own views on hot-button issues such as abortion, capital punishment, and samesex marriage for perfectly constitutional laws enacted by We the People through our elected representatives.
Now, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution shows that there is very little relationship between the Constitution as ratified by the thirteen original states more than two centuries ago and the "constitutional law" imposed upon us since then. Instead of the system of state-level decision makers and elected officials the Constitution was intended to create, judges have given us a highly centralized system in which bureaucrats and appointed--not elected--officials make most of the important policies.
In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, Professor Kevin Gutzman explains how the Constitution:
As Professor Gutzman shows, constitutional law is supposed to apply the Constitution's plain meaning to prevent judges, presidents, and congresses from overstepping their authority. If we want to return to the founding fathers' vision of the Republic, if we want the Constitution enforced in the way it was explained to the people at the time of its ratification, then we have to overcome the "received wisdom" about what constitutional law is. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution is an important step in that direction.
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There were twenty-six British colonies in the New World when the American
Revolution began. They had distinct histories, and they had been founded for
distinct purposes, at distinct times, by distinct groups of people. The British
The period 1763–1775 was marked by repeated British efforts to get some
money, any money, out of the colonists to help service the new imperial debt.
While the colonists had willingly provided men and money, along with various
They were persuaded that the unwritten British constitution was the world's finest.
They had defeated papist France, with its absolute monarchy, because they were
free—and, many believed, because God favored their Protestant nation.
In the wake of colonial boycotts, intimidation of stamp agents, and formal protests,
the British repealed the Stamp Act in 1766. They then passed a new law, the
Declaratory Act, in which they claimed authority to legislate for the colonies “in all
Jefferson's vision of the British Empire in 1774 featured a strong federal element;
that is, to his way of thinking there was no national government ruling the whole
Empire, but instead provincial assemblies in each of the king's dominions.
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Great book. Every US citizen should read this bookBrukerevaluering - Karla - Christianbook.com
This is a great book. I learned so much about our Constitution. This should be what we learn in high school. Well written. I highlighted in three different colors as I read through this book because there was so much valuable information. Les hele vurderingen
LibraryThing ReviewBrukerevaluering - 5hrdrive - LibraryThing
Not what I expected from the title. I thought (and hoped) that this was going to be an article by article and amendment by amendment analysis of the Constitution, what the intent of the original ... Les hele vurderingen