The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land

The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land

by Andrew P. Napolitano
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The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land by Andrew P. Napolitano

What ever happened to our inalienable rights?

The Constitution was once the bedrock of our country, an unpretentious parchment that boldly established the God-given rights and freedoms of America. Today that parchment has been shred to ribbons, explains Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, as the federal government trounces state and individual rights and expands its reach far beyond what the Framers intended.

An important follow-up to Judge Napolitano's best-selling Constitutional Chaos, this book shows with no-nonsense clarity how Congress has "purchased" regulations by bribing states and explains how the Supreme Court has devised historically inaccurate, logically inconsistent, and even laughable justifications to approve what Congress has done.

It's an exciting excursion into the dark corners of the law, showing how do-gooders, busybodies, and control freaks in government disregard the limitations imposed upon Congress by the Constitution and enact laws, illegal and unnatural, in virtually every area of human endeavor.

Praise for The Constitution in Exile from Left, Right, and Center

"Does anyone understand the vision of America's founding fathers? The courts and Congress apparently don't have a clue. But Judge Andrew P. Napolitano does, and so will you, if you read The Constitution in Exile."-BILL O'REILLY

"Whatever happened to states rights, limited government, and natural law? Judge Napolitano, in his own inimitable style, takes us on a fascinating tour of the destruction of constitutional government. If you want to know how the federal government got so big and fat, read this book. Agree or disagree, this book will make you think."-SEAN HANNITY

"In all of the American media, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is the most persistent, uncompromising guardian of both the letter and the spirit of the Constitution, very much including the Bill of Rights. Increasingly, our Constitution is in clear and present danger. Judge Napolitano--in The Constitution in Exile--has challenged all Americans across party lines to learn the extent of this constitutional crisis." -NAT HENTOFF

"Judge Napolitano engages here in what I do every day on my program-make you think. There's no question that potential Supreme Court nominees and what our Constitution says and doesn't say played a major role for many voters in our last couple of elections. What the judge does here is detail why the federal government claims it can regulate as well as tax everything in sight as it grows and grows. Agree or disagree with him-you need to read his latest book, think, and begin to arm yourself as you enter this important debate." -RUSH LIMBAUGH

"At a time when we are, in Benjamin Franklin's words, sacrificing essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, here comes the judge with what should be mandatory reading for the executive branch cronies who are busy stealing power while they think we're not watching. Thank goodness the judge is watching and speaking truth to power. More than a book, this is an emergency call to philosophical arms, one we must heed before it's too late." -ALAN COLMES

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595550705
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/20/2007
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 664,578
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is Fox News Channel's senior judicial analyst, currently seen by millions of viewers weeknights on The Big Story and The O'Reilly Factor. Napolitano is the youngest person in New Jersey history to receive a lifetime judgeship. He is bright (graduate of Princeton and Notre Dame Law School), articulate (four times voted most outstanding professor at the two law schools at which he taught), and broadcast-experienced (as a daily fixture on Fox News Channel since 1998). He is the author of Constitutional Chaos and The Constitution In Exile.

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Lincoln had full rights to do that because those people wanted the south to win the war. It clearly states in the constitution the only way a president can do that is in a time of civil war. He had the constitution on his side.
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Judge Napolitano approaches the theme of his book from the perspective of a duel between natural law vs. positivism.  He reasons that any government action that impinges on natural law violates the constitution.  Positivism is the notion that  legislation in the name of public benefit results in the collectivism mentality that is at the root of today's paternalistic,socialistic government.  What the judge overlooks, however, is that whatever was--or is---the prevailing view of constitutionalism is born of excesses.  Our history has been one of balancing excesses.  It was no different then; it is no different now.   The judge's view of natural law  favors collectivism for big business; that is, the ability to set wages, hours and conditions of employment unfettered by the government.  Those who know the history of the early 20th century are all-too-familiar with the excesses of  private business--sweatshops, child labor abuses, unsanitary and unsafe working conditions, etc. For the judge, natural law allows businesses to associate and act for their greater good, but it's against natural law for labor to do likewise.  Napolitano assumes that business and labor are equally free to negotiate working circumstances--an assumption belied by the history of the industrial revolution from the 1870s to the 1920s.  Perhaps the judge hasn't read "The Jungle"  or perhaps he believes that the free market means freedom for business, but not labor.  Certainly, the ":glory days" that Judge Napolitano wants do not include a return to sweatshops, child labor abuses, unhealthy work conditions, etc.  I am certain the judge well knows that had the states protected their workers, the federal government would have had no reason to step in.  I agree that the New Deal has led to excesses in paternalistic government.  Today, too many are dependent on government.  But what would Napolitano have government do?  Terminate social security and Medicare for those who, by age or disability, can no longer work and provide for themselves or their families?   Terminate earned pensions and force into economic ruination those who similarly can no longer work?  I certainly don't mind  making adjustments for those who can make the adjustments. But asking those past 70 to go back to work or find other means of earning income is simply unrealistic at best, and downright dangerous at worst.   As for natural law, I suppose natural law doesn't apply to African-Americans, as it took constitutional amendments and federal legislation to give them the same natural law rights enjoyed by men and property owners.  And  women as well, since it took constitutional amendments and legislation for women to enjoy some semblance of a  level playing field.  Judge Napolitano is outraged at the constitutional excesses engaged in by the Supreme Court and Congress since the 1930s.  I trust he is equally outraged at the corporate and big business excesses that led to the New Deal.  And we can both be upset at the excesses of today's overly paternalistic government; but the overriding importance is to strike a balance, not throw the baby out with the bath water.