Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America

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Conservative talk radio host, lawyer, and frequent National Review contributor Mark R. Levin comes out firing against the United States Supreme Court in Men in Black, accusing the institution of corrupting the ideals of America's founding fathers. The court, in Levin's estimation, pursues an ideology-based activist agenda that oversteps its authority within the government. Levin examines several decisions in the court's history to illustrate his point, beginning with the landmark Marbury v. Madison case, wherein...
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Overview


Conservative talk radio host, lawyer, and frequent National Review contributor Mark R. Levin comes out firing against the United States Supreme Court in Men in Black, accusing the institution of corrupting the ideals of America's founding fathers. The court, in Levin's estimation, pursues an ideology-based activist agenda that oversteps its authority within the government. Levin examines several decisions in the court's history to illustrate his point, beginning with the landmark Marbury v. Madison case, wherein the court granted itself the power to declare acts of the other branches of government unconstitutional. He devotes later chapters to other key cases culminating in modern issues such as same-sex marriage and the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill. Like effective attorneys do, Levin packs in copious research material and delivers his points with tremendous vigor, excoriating the justices for instances where he feels strict constit utional constructivism gave way to biased interpretation. But Levin's definition of "activism" seems inconsistent. In the case of McCain-Feingold, the court declined to rule on a bill already passed by congress and signed by the president, but Levin, who thinks the bill violates the First Amendment, still accuses them of activism even when they were actually passive. To his talk-radio listeners, Levin's hard-charging style and dire warnings of the court's direction will strike a resonant tone of alarm, though the hyperbole may be a bit off-putting to the uninitiated. As an attack on the vagaries of decisions rendered by the Supreme Court and on some current justices, Men in Black scores points and will likely lead sympathetic juries to conviction. -
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895260505
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/17/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 417,009
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Levin
Mark Levin

Mark R. Levin is a nationally syndicated talk radio host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation. He has also worked as an attorney in the private sector and as a top adviser and administrator to several members of President Reagan's cabinet. The author of the New York Times bestselling books Rescuing Sprite and Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America, Mark holds a B.A. from Temple University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

Visit Mark Levin on the web at www.marklevinshow.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface : men, not gods 1
Ch. 1 Radicals in robes 11
Ch. 2 Judicial review : the counter-revolution of 1803 23
Ch. 3 In the court we trust? 35
Ch. 4 Death by privacy 55
Ch. 5 Justices in the bedroom 71
Ch. 6 Endorsing racism 89
Ch. 7 Citizenship up for grabs 101
Ch. 8 Al Qaeda gets a lawyer 115
Ch. 9 Socialism from the bench 131
Ch. 10 Silencing political debate 143
Ch. 11 The court counts the ballots 159
Ch. 12 Liberals stack the bench 175
Ch. 13 Restoring the constitution 195
Epilogue : opposing tyranny 205
Afterword 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2005

    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 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.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    Men in Black in defense of the Constitution

    Mark Levin in his insightful book has laid bare the gradual erosion of our society from one where rule of law prevails to one where the rule of lawyers and judges prevails. Excellent, mind provoking book. I only wish more would read it.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2005

    Informative

    This book provides a detailed look at the workings of the supreme court and how it effects our lives. If you care at all about our freedom, this book is a must read. Only those who care nothing for our Constitution could attempt to say this is a biased book. Being informed is the first step to stoping judicial activists from chiseling away our Constitutional freedoms one decision at a time.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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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 November 17, 2005

    Figures... Left Wing Nut to even bother to read the book

    What a surprise to see a far-left nut comment on Mr. Levin's book as nutty. The pot trying to call the kettle black

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    Dastardly Acts of the Supreme Court

    Mr. Levin's book should be standard text for high school and college studies. If I may, I would suggest Dr. Robert L. LaFrankie's book One Nation Under God: A Blessing And A Curse (Bookman Publishing) for further evidence of the effects of U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    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 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.

    4 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2005

    pin heads in black

    'men in black' is a really wonderful book that i just could not put down. mark r. levin seems to echo the concerns of the voter in this best selling book and his amazing research to back up his facts and what he has found will amaze you.perhaps its time that we the people change the way we elect these judges. perhaps we should elect them every 2 years and by party and maybe they would listen and do a better job. this book needs to be read by every person who is a registered voter and thean you need to buy a copy for a friend. this book could make a real differenceTHIS BOOK IS A REAL EYE OPENER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    An excellent first book attempt

    Levin's "Men in Black" is an educational God send and a must read for High School students and above.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2005

    If you want to become disturbed - read this book

    Mr. Levin is indeed a scholar of the constitution and in documented fashion shows how 'Judicial legislation' and foreign citation is becoming the rule of law in the United States as a result of a runaway and out of control judiciary. Citing case after case he shows how laws which could never be enacted by an elected legislature are placed on the books by judges with no concern for or working knowledge of the Constitution. This book will make you think and will definitely disturb you.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    Outstanding, Informative, and Biting

    Mark Levin once again shows he is one of the most strategic thinkers of our time. No holds barred in his critique on the obvious agenda of the Supreme Justices to make their relevance beyond anyone's doubt or question. One only needs to be a critical thinker, brave and courageous to open their minds to the facts presented, and daring enough to question the High Court's motives in their rulings.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    Excellent, Realistic View of the Supreme Court

    I enjoyed this book a lot. Levin is able to really sense the problem at hand and he offers realistic solutions to the problem. Liberals and idiots will hate the book, but it's a must-have for good conservatives!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    First-Rate

    Mark Levin has written a well-researched and thoroughly engaging book on the power-grab of the liberal justices of the Supreme Court. Virtually all real conservatives (as well as many others) will find Levin's presentation fair, balanced, and bold. The book, which is not for the faint-hearted or girlie-guys, is first-rate. Get it and see for yourself.

    3 out of 4 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 March 15, 2005

    This book is right on

    Excellent book. Tells it the way it is. If you're a liberal, you must read this book. This is your cause and it's destroying America. If you don't like what this book says, then don't blame the book! Blame the liberal courts that continually shove their agenda down our throats.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2005

    Know the Truth

    Be prepared to get angry. Mark tells the truth about the Supreme Justice system and how they want to make the rules to fit their agenda. Its unfortuante that some fellow readers feel this is just a scare tactic. It is scary only because it is the truth. We all must stand up and take action before we loose all of our rights as American citizens.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    Cogent, clear and compelling communication

    Mark Levin Has hit a home run out of the park. At last.... an unmasking of the 6 egomaniac socialist prima-donna's in black robes who lack the moral courage to abide by the constitution and the rule of law, but rather MAKE law according to their own socialistic agenda.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Men in Black

    Another great book by the great Mark Levin! His constitutional knowledge is formidable! It provides a great insight on how the U.S. Supreme Court often lets ideology get in the way of Constitutional authority. I found it to be very informative.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2005

    FINALLY

    Finally, someone has exposed the liberals for who they are. If you can't get your agenda voted in to law (as laws were meant to be enacted, Constitutionally), have a liberal judge just make a proclamation (that they mask as a 'ruling'). Talk about a dictatorship! Levin 'shines the light of truth' on these liberals and their methods - is it any wonder that the supposed 'conservatives' that have pontificated here hate this book? Never let a liberal fool you by saying 'I'm conservative, but...'; just read the 'but' part and they're instantly revealed as the liberals they actually are. Read this book (and Rush's forward) and be enlighted to this true danger to our Republic.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2005

    Not enough balance and research.

    Call me a non-neocon, I found this to be too far in the direction of scare and scare again tactics of the Bush years. It's getting harder and harder for me to be a conservative Republican. There was not enough analysis of deeper levels of the judicial process and too many pronouncements. The previous review seems to resonate with just the language and style that keeps us uninformed about distructiveness in government, that same language and style found in this book.

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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