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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.
Great read explaining the complicated nature of the US today and how from the very start the people who wished a strongly centralized government erroded the liberties guaranteed by... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Louis S. Menyhert
How can we call ourselves patriotic constitutionalists if we're ignorant of what it says and why the Framers adopted it?Published 2 months ago by Roberto E. Benitez
Read this book and find out what really makes America different from the rest of the world! How do you know what you stand to lose if you don't understand, or know your rights?? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael J. Nellett
My son is reading this fos history . It has given him a love for the constitution he never had before. Thank you so much for opening both of our eyes!Published 5 months ago by Daniel Barker
This is an extremely interesting book! It is very historical and gives you the back round story of how things happened and why it happened. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jane A. Penuel
This b provides an excellant education on what the Constitution really should be, & isn't under this so-called constitutional scholar.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found the book extremely hard to read. It is full of facts, and interesting insights into the constitution from the early years of the country through modern interpretation. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Florence, SC
It explains many of the issues I was having with the implementation of the Constitution. Those that wanted a fully functional national government and had not gotten their way... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jim Watson