Who Killed the Constitution?: The Federal Government vs. American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama

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Think it’s just judges who are trampling on the Constitution? Think again.

The fact is that government officials long ago rejected the idea that the Constitution possesses a fixed meaning limiting the U.S. government’s power. Going right to the scenes of the crimes, bestselling authors Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R. C. Gutzman dissect twelve of the most egregious assaults on the Constitution.

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Overview

Think it’s just judges who are trampling on the Constitution? Think again.

The fact is that government officials long ago rejected the idea that the Constitution possesses a fixed meaning limiting the U.S. government’s power. Going right to the scenes of the crimes, bestselling authors Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R. C. Gutzman dissect twelve of the most egregious assaults on the Constitution.

In Who Killed the Constitution? Woods and Gutzman:
• REVEAL the federal government’s “great gold robbery”–the flagrant assault on the Constitution you never heard about in history class
• DESTROY the phony case for presidential war power
• EXPOSE how the federal government has actively discriminated to end . . . discrimination

Who Killed the Constitution? is a rallying cry for Americans outraged by a government run amok and a warning to take heed before we lose the liberties we are truly entitled to.

“If you want to know why the federal government regulates the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the words you speak, read Who Killed the Constitution? . . . When the history of these unfree times is written, Tom Woods’s and Kevin Gutzman’s fearless work will be recognized as the standard against which all others are measured.”
–Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst and bestselling author of The Constitution in Exile

“It’s about time someone shouted out that the emperor has no clothes.”
–Kirkpatrick Sale, director of the Middlebury Institute and author of Human Scale

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“If you want to know why the federal government regulates the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the words you speak, read Who Killed the Constitution? . . . When the history of these unfree times is written, Tom Woods’s and Kevin Gutzman’s fearless work will be recognized as the standard against which all others are measured.”
–Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst and bestselling author of The Constitution in Exile

“It’s about time someone shouted out that the emperor has no clothes.”
–Kirkpatrick Sale, director of the Middlebury Institute and author of Human Scale

"Woods and Gutzman (two bestselling authors in thePolitically Incorrect Guide series) appeal to both left and right in this constitutionalist jeremiad. Liberals will agree about the unconstitutionality of the draft, warrantless wiretapping and presidential signing statements. Conservatives will agree about the unconstitutionality of school busing, bans on school prayer and Roosevelt's suspension of the gold standard. The common thread is the authors' brief for a federal government strictly limited to the powers explicitly granted by the Constitution. The authors' exegeses of the Constitution and court decisions, heavy on original intent arguments, are lucid and telling, but not always consistently supportive of liberty: their reading of the First Amendment implies that state governments may restrict speech, religion and the press. Their attack on expansive federal power-even federal spending on cancer research-is perhaps too successful; it inadvertently supports scholars like Daniel Lazare who argue that the Constitution is too antiquated, constraining and hard to change to keep up with a modern consensus on civil rights and good governance."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307405760
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 692,558
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS E. WOODS Jr. is the New York Times bestselling author of 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to American History, and How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization.

KEVIN R. C. GUTZMAN is the New York Times bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Constitution and Virginia’s American Revolution.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Constitution Is Dead 1

Chapter 1 Congress Shall Make No Law (Unless It Really Wants To): Woodrow Wilson and Freedom of Speech 5

Chapter 2 Another "Great President" versus the Constitution: Harry Truman Seizes the Steel Mills 23

Chapter 3 The Third Rail of American Jurisprudence Brown v. Board of Education 41

Chapter 4 Discriminating to End ... Discrimination: The Forced Busing Fiascoes 55

Chapter 5 Roads to Nowhere 71

Chapter 6 The Great Gold Robbery of 1933 83

Chapter 7 The Court's "Wall of Separation": Banning Prayer from Public Schools 103

Chapter 8 The Power to Draft 119

Chapter 9 Do Americans Have a Constitutional Duty to Suffer? The Case of Medical Marijuana 135

Chapter 10 From Chief Executive to Prince: The Presidency and Foreign Policy 151

Chapter 11 The Phony Case for Presidential War Power 167

Chapter 12 The President Enforces the Law ... Right? 185

Conclusion Can Anything Be Done? 199

Appendix The Constitution of the United States 203

Notes 227

Acknowledgments 247

Index 249

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