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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Vision Forum (September 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975526413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975526415
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Edwin Vieira, President of the National Alliance for Constitutional Money, is a 1964 graduate of Harvard College who received an M.A. degree in 1966 from Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a PhD in 1969 from the same institution. In 1973, he was awarded a degree by the Harvard Law School, from which he graduated cum laude. Dr. Vieira is an attorney in private practice specializing in constitutional and labor law, and legal economic analysis. He has served as a member of the Board of Fellows of the Public Service Research Council, a consultant to the U.S. Department of Labor, and a research staff member and speech writer in the 1972 U.S. Senate campaign of John Chafee (R-R.I.). His published works include Pieces of Eight: The Monetary Powers and Disabilities of the United States Constitution: a Study in Constitutional Law. Dr. Vieira makes his home in Manasses, Virginia.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Setliff on March 11, 2008
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~How to Dethrone the Imperial Judiciary~ is a well-researched book by Harvard jurist Edwin Vieira and published by the Vision Forum. The focal point of the book is the illegitimacy of Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003), whereby the federal courts bullied the State of Texas and other sovereign states decrying their prohibition of sodomy as unconstitutional. Public morality statutes of this sort serve a purpose. Somehow, the right to sodomy was hidden in "the penumbras and emanations" of the Ninth Amendment. All the other previous judges just looked over it apparently. Sarcasm! As Justice Scalia, the voice of reason and dissent has exclaimed, "Day by day, case by case, this court is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize."

So, here is a point to ponder: if the federal judiciary fails to exercise its authority to construe the law properly, then are usurpations somehow vindicated because the judiciary fails to adjudicate justly and strike down usurpations of the law? An unconstitutional statute is not a "law" though it may have the "color of law" when sustained by judicial fiat. Thus, the exercise of a more judicial edict without lawful authority is not binding or obligatory. Justices on the bench in a reflective moment of sobriety have affirmed the primacy of the Constitution itself to court rulings: "[T]he tendency to encrust unwarranted judicial interpretations upon the Constitution and thereafter to consider merely what has been judicially said about the Constitution, rather than to be primarily controlled by a fair conception of the Constitution... But the ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and not what [some majority of the Supreme Court] have said about it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip on July 15, 2008
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An excellent treatment of a complex subject. The main argument is extremely well supported. A fascinating work which should be read and understood by every American who cares about the constitution.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Steffens on January 21, 2009
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I really would like to give this book more than three stars. It is smart, persuasive, well-researched, and almost always right. It also, unfortunately, contains sentences that go on too long, favors ostentation over clarity, and is boring. Nevertheless, it is an important book. Edwin Vieira convincingly argues against the United States Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas. The Lawrence Court illegally employed foreign law to interpret the U.S. Constitution and preposterously purported to strike down all legislation based on traditional morals. Vieira demonstrates the absurdity of "judicial supremacy," the notion that the U.S. Supreme Court is the supreme interpreter of the U.S. Constitution. And then he demonstrates several practical things "We the People" can do to curtail the Supreme Court's power grab. The options include amending the Constitution (not ideal because it implies the Supreme Court got the pre-amendment interpretation right), pardons by the President, presidential refusal to enforce an unconstitutional decision, limitation of the court's jurisdiction, and removal of judges for lack of "good behaviour," among other possibilities. Many of the proposed actions are not currently politically possible. However, We the People delegated to the judicial branch the judicial power. We the People have the right and responsibility to ensure that power is not abused. How to Dethrone the Imperial Judiciary presents an important warning and challenge and ultimate plan of remediation. It is worth reading despite its faults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Rojek on December 19, 2012
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Edwin Vieira has written a monumental book that should be taught in every high school and college course on US Government. His book is documented throughout and easily flows when read. His arguments are justifiably sane and desperately needed in this time of our country.

The 3 branches of our government are totally out of control and have failed to provide the necessary RULE OF LAW that this country was founded upon. The corruption is at every level; from local to federal. Without public awareness we have slipped into a fascist government. With the last school shootings in Sandy Hook, CT, the manipulation of the media and politicians have ignored the procedures laid down in our Constitution. Already, politicians want the current president to bypass the Law of the Land (which has the checks and balances written to prevent the usurper from becoming a dictator) and pass laws meant to cripple, if not destroy the Second Amendment.

Vieira's book, were enough people smart enough to read it and carry out it's message, would re-establish the Rule of Law as set forth in our Constitution, and prevent people like the prez and majority of DC politicians from completely destroying this once great country.

The book is an education in history and presents itself as a way to steer thru these extremely complex, troubled times.
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Johnson on November 10, 2010
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The author, Vieira, neither discusses nor even mentions judicial immunity. This is a serious flaw. His theory of dethroning an imperial judiciary provides no oversight of the behavior of individual judges. That judges should not individually be responsible or accountable for their behavior as are individuals in our society is unforgivable. The judge-made doctrines -- in our common law -- state that a judge must be independent even if he or she is malicious and corrupt. That is, of course, euphemistically stupid reasoning. It allows a so-called independent judge to be corrupt and malicious. In such a circumstance, can the People truly expect justice? The answer is a resounding No.

Without the author's courage to address this egregious judge-made doctrine, the book is almost valueless.

As an aside, it does not explicitly define the word "privileges" as it pertains to the People.
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