Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

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by Kevin Gutzman, Kevin Raeder Gutzman
     
 

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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

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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(tm) 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(tm) to the Constitution, Professor Kevin Gutzman, who holds advanced degrees in both law and American history:

* explains how the Constitution was understood by the founders who wrote it and the people who ratified it
• follows the Supreme Court as it uses the fig leaf of the Constitution to cover its naked usurpation of the rights and powers the Constitution explicitly reserves to the states and to the people
• shows how we slid from the Constitution's republican federal government, with its very limited powers, to an unrepublican "judgeocracy" with limitless powers
• reveals how huge swaths of American law and society were remade in the wake of Supreme Court rulings
• reveals how the Fourteenth Amendment has been twisted to use the Bill of Rights as a check on state power instead of on federal power, as originally intended
• exposes the radical inconsistency between "constitutional law" and the rule of law
• contends that the judges who receive the most attention in history books are celebrated for acting against the Constitution rather than for it

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(tm) to the Constitution is an important step in that direction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596985056
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
06/25/2007
Series:
Politically Incorrect Guides
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
590,395
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazing look into the document from our founding fathers. This should be required reading.
Roderick52 More than 1 year ago
I developed an interest in the Constitution because I sensed that our country was moving away from the framers intent and wanted to brush up on American history as it relates to current politics. I also did not trust my college text books to provide an objective and/or accurate reaccount of history due to liberal bias. I learned more from this book about our history than any text book I have and I am now better prepared to counter liberal efforts to change our country.
ICman More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for everyone. I thought that I had a good understanding of the constitution and the concepts our forefathers had in mind when they broke off from Great Britian, however after reading this book I have a much better understanding of how the USA got to where it is today. I am shocked and angered that we the people have allowed the administrations in time of peace and war to run rough shod over the constitution. The book details how Lincoln systematically and selectively interpreted the constitution for his own advantage. This is not a book that will lower your blood pressure but one that should be read by everyone before they go to the polls in the next election. I doubt that we can ever get back to the country that the founding fathers envisioned, but with a little enlightenment from books like this, maybe we can slow the deterioration of our freedoms. .
DenverSteve More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read. Liberals will hate this book because it exposes how they attempt to legislate through the bench when the Constitution does not fit their agenda.
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james79 More than 1 year ago
it talk about the constitution like the bill of rights, the amendments and others things it a very educational book to read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The constitution was written on stolen paper, and was made of hemp. This idetail is absent from history books, and agressively agenda-laden pieces of trash alike...notably this book.
universe1701 More than 1 year ago
its very easy labeling something politically incorrect, and using that label as a way of creating an aura of dissent against the supposed establishment. people use this label as a way of spreading new and refreshing ideas while claiming its all true. well... there is absolutely nothing new or truthful about this publication. There is nothing new and truthful about a publication that is so obviously biased and hell bent on creating its own realm of misinformation and distortion in order to meet their own obsession in re-writing history... no matter the cost. This publication is nothing more than a conservative vendetta against the very foundation of what this country stands for. If you really want to read something revolutionary, new and refreshing... even politically incorrect (for its time), pick up a copy of the actual constititution and bill of rights of the United states.