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Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America

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12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

When Laws Mean Nothing

Mark Levin may be a 'far right winger' but I want to tell you his analysis of the actions of the Supreme Court are totally objective. Negative reviews of this book almost invariably revert to name-calling and hysteria because the liberal mind-set has been blown to smith...
Mark Levin may be a 'far right winger' but I want to tell you his analysis of the actions of the Supreme Court are totally objective. Negative reviews of this book almost invariably revert to name-calling and hysteria because the liberal mind-set has been blown to smithereens between these covers. Quite simply, if the Constitution is a 'living document', or if the meaning our laws 'evolve', and their meaning is only what the judges say it is today, then we do not live under the rule of law but under the rule of judges. Could there be any clearer description of an invitation to tyranny? For we all accept the Supreme Court's decisions as if we ourselves had voted them into being. 'Conservative' and 'liberal' are inadequate to describe judges when assessing them for service on the nation's high courts. Rather, 'Originalist' and 'activist' make much more sense, as Levin notes. Levin's book, for conservatives, is an affirmation of the obvious. For liberals, it is a clarion call for the examination of their consciences, and soul-searching as to whether the advancement of their agenda is worth the breaking down of the greatest and freest country the world has ever known.

posted by Anonymous on August 27, 2005

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4 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Too bad I can't give it Zero stars

I read this and couldn't believe what I was reading. So, I came to the conclusion that I couldn't believe what I was reading. I find the tone of this book scary. I'd rather have a sometimes liberal supreme court than no court at all, which is exactly what this book conc...
I read this and couldn't believe what I was reading. So, I came to the conclusion that I couldn't believe what I was reading. I find the tone of this book scary. I'd rather have a sometimes liberal supreme court than no court at all, which is exactly what this book concludes. The Constitution is a living, breathing document and the court that interprets it must have the ability to interpret it--for good or bad. I'm a conservative libertarian and I think the conclusions of this book is what's tyrannical, not the court itself.

posted by Anonymous on March 4, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2009

    A Review

    Those that lack the mental capacity to understand interpretations of the Constitution that differ from theirs will write drivel regarding the arguments laid forth in this book. No serious legal scholar would dismiss these arguments as if they make no sense. Levin's arguments are well made, some are spot on, some are stretches, but a good book for anyone wishing to at least consider interpretations that differ from theirs.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    Two-thirds the way through, can't wait to finish it

    I've been a fan of Mark's Radio show on WABC in NYC, and I found this book to be consistent with the show in many ways. I find the book one-sided, but that is to be expected... This is not a book about EVERYTHING the Supreme Court has done, it is about highlighting select cases that clearly demonstrate how one faulty judgement can cascade though decades of decisions. I agree with Mark (and Justice Scalia) that the Supreme Court is not to ESTABLISH law, it is to enforce laws (and the Constitution) as created by Legislative/Executive branches. Non-political judges should not set law, and Mark clearly shows numerous cases where the court imposed it's collective will on the country, without benefit of support in either existing law or the Constitution. I recently watched 'Judgement at Nuremburg', and I found it a timely examination of the role of the courts in relation to elected government. In the movie, Nazi judges are on trial for 'going along' with the Nazi government - ignoring all pretense of justice. Likewise, several of the Supreme Court Justices seem comfortable deciding cases on popular/personal opinion, absent support in our current laws/Constitution.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2006

    Straight People of USA vs. Legal System

    in any democracy the so called minority is often united media prioritizes their views, politicians eye the unified vote bank which the can tap. majority often divided inchorent and finally unheard and silent. Legal System becomes hyperactive when the govt. does not how to legislate, one individuals whimsical judgement cannot set precdent. with judges taking the reigns this nation is hurled in to a directionless state and abysmmal flight. artificial litigation has become a livelyhood.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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