“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.”—David Limbaugh, author of The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic
Conservative legal scholar Adam Freedman has written a spirited manifesto on the need to recover the original meaning of America’s Constitution—an intelligent, incisive examination of what our nation’s founding fathers actually wrote in this all-important document and why it still matters today. Freedman’s The Naked Constitution offers a lively defense of “original intent” in the vein of the Glen Beck bestseller The Original Argument, while decrying the current distortions and misrepresentations that will come into play as high profile lawsuits concerning such issues as healthcare, immigration, and gay marriage begin reaching the Supreme Court.
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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 Ricochet.com. 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
Select Bibliography 323
What People are Saying About This
“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.”
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.
“A compelling response to the ‘living Constitution’a fradulent theory that allows judges and politicians to rewrite the Constitution at will...to centralize power and erode basic freedoms. Most importantly, he explains how we can return to the Founders’ principles of individual liberty and limited government.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I especially liked chapter eight, regarding the second Admendent, a must read for those interested in what's going on poltically these days.
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.