The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters

The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters

by Adam Freedman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062094636
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Pages: 353
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Adam Freedman is one of America's leading commentators on law and holds degrees from Yale, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. He is also the author of The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters. A former columnist for the New York Law Journal, Freedman covers legal affairs for He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Is Homework Constitutional? The Living Constitution vs. the Naked Constitution 1

Chapter 2 We the People: Was the Constitution Really Written to Protect Terrorists, Illegal Aliens, and Chimpanzees? 15

Chapter 3 Congress: Who Killed Our Government of Limited Powers? 43

Chapter 4 The President: The Mouse That Roared 67

Chapter 5 The Courts: Supreme Power Grab 103

Chapter 6 Freedom of Speech: Some Speech Is More Equal Than Others 135

Chapter 7 Religion: One Nation, Under… Never Mind 157

Chapter 8 To Keep and Bear Arms: The Right the Left Left Behind 191

Chapter 9 Life, Liberty, and That Other Thing: Property Rights Declare Bankruptcy 221

Chapter 10 Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court Outsources the Constitution 253

Chapter 11 Federalism: The Forgotten Tenth Amendment 277

Chapter 12 Come the Revolution: Time for a New Convention 305

Acknowledgments 321

Select Bibliography 323

Index 337

What People are Saying About This

Peter Robinson

“Brilliant, lively, pugnacious, and very ambitious. Freedman intends to reclaim our founding document for us, the layment, the ordinary citizens whom the Constitution was intended to serve, andm asterfully does so in this lucid and accessible book.”

David Limbaugh

In this very entertaining and informative book, Freedman skewers those who have judicially rewritten the Constitution at the expense of our individual liberties. Well-researched and full of historical insight, The Naked Constitution explains the Founders’ original meaning, and demonstrates the urgency of reclaiming America’s founding ideals. Well done.

Mark Levin

“A compelling response to the ‘living Constitution’—a fradulent theory that allows judges and politicians to rewrite the Constitution at centralize power and erode basic freedoms. Most importantly, he explains how we can return to the Founders’ principles of individual liberty and limited government.”

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The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I especially liked chapter eight, regarding the second Admendent, a must read for those interested in what's going on poltically these days.
DerekLincolnJohns More than 1 year ago
If you don't know where you have come from, any destination may appear okay. The fact is that our history as a country is solely derived from the ability of it's citizens to have a rudimentary understanding of what made this country great. Wonderfully written. Thank you.