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Now, The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to the Constitution shows that there is very little relationship between the Constitution as ratified by the thirteen original states more than two centuries ago and the "constitutional law" imposed upon us since then. Instead of the system of state-level decision makers and elected officials the Constitution was intended to create, judges have given us a highly centralized system in which bureaucrats and appointed--not elected--officials make most of the important policies.
In The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to the Constitution, Professor Kevin Gutzman, who holds advanced degrees in both law and American history:
* explains how the Constitution was understood by the founders who wrote it and the people who ratified it * follows the Supreme Court as it uses the fig leaf of the Constitution to cover its naked usurpation of the rights and powers the Constitution explicitly reserves to the states and to the people * shows how we slid from the Constitution's republican federal government, with its very limited powers, to an unrepublican "judgeocracy" with limitless powers * reveals how huge swaths of American law and society were remade in the wake of Supreme Court rulings * reveals how the Fourteenth Amendment has been twisted to use the Bill of Rights as a check on state power instead of on federal power, as originally intended * exposes the radical inconsistency between "constitutional law" and the rule of law * contends that the judges who receive the most attention in history books are celebrated for acting against the Constitution rather than for it
As Professor Gutzman shows, constitutional law is supposed to apply the Constitution's plain meaning to prevent judges, presidents, and congresses from overstepping their authority. If we want to return to the founding fathers' vision of the Republic, if we want the Constitution enforced in the way it was explained to the people at the time of its ratification, then we have to overcome the "received wisdom" about what constitutional law is. The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to the Constitution is an important step in that direction.
Simply outstanding factual, fun, and very informative read. Should be read by all as it is the basis, albeit slowly eroding, for the highest law of the land. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marcanthony Salvatini
I could not recommend this book highly enough!! I've been studying this kind of stuff for years and I would definitely say that one can really get a wealth of knowledge out of this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by snakeriverhombre
Bought this as a loaner for pastor's wife (an indefatigable reader) who enjoyed the book so much asked if she could keep it! OF COURSE! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Believer
This book was a little tough for me to get into and support. I like to think I am pretty objective but it is hard to follow some of the logic Gutzman lays out in this at times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adam
This uniquely American document was carefully and purposefully written.Published 5 months ago by Ralf D.
Excellent summary on how the high courts views changed over time to where are todayPublished 7 months ago by william m harris