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The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters Hardcover – October 9, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Broadside Books (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062094637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062094636
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.” (Mark Levin, author of Med in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America)

“Brilliant, lively, pugnacious, and very ambitious. Freedman intends to reclaim our founding document for us, the laymen, the ordinary citizens whom the Constitution was intended to serve, and masterfully does so in this lucid and accessible book.” (Peter Robinson, fellow, Hoover Institution, and former Reagan speechwriter)

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. (David Limbaugh)

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In the spirit of Glenn Beck’s Original Argument comes a lively manifesto on the need to recover the original meaning of the Constitution.

From law school classrooms to the halls of Congress, America’s elites have come to regard the Constitution as a mere decorative parchment to be kept under glass at the National Archives. In The Naked Constitution, conservative legal scholar Adam Freedman defends the controversial doctrine of originalism as the only way to restore the Founding Fathers’ vision of American liberty. Freedman argues that the fashionable “Living Constitution” theory has been used by judges and politicians since the Progressive Era of the early 1900s to centralize power in Washington and to threaten individual freedom.

The Naked Constitution explains the fundamental themes animating America’s founding charter: limited government, federalism, separation of powers, and individual liberty. Freedman explores the nature of each of the three branches of government as well as the key individual rights enshrined in the Constitution to show how original meaning can help answer the most pressing questions facing America today: Can the president invade another country without the approval of Congress? Can he assassinate or spy on American citizens in the name of fighting terror? Do corporations have the same “free speech” rights as individuals? Can the federal government coerce states to adopt particular policies, or force individuals to buy insurance? Ultimately, Freedman calls for a new constitutional convention that will free the nation from capricious courts and idiosyncratic judges, and limit the growth of government for decades to come.


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A dose of humor and a pinch of sarcasm are sprinkled throughout.
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Freedman makes most of the Supreme Court opinions entertaining and avoids making the mistake of writing a law book.
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If you really want to learn from the book, it is not a 'quick read' by any means.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Legal Eagle on December 5, 2012
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A very interesting and readable volume, uncluttered by footnotes but reasonably comprehensive. The topics are wide ranging and never dull. A dose of humor and a pinch of sarcasm are sprinkled throughout. There are a great many available books covering this topic but this will book not bore you to death or ask you to enter the ozone (see Tribe's "Invisible Constitution" or Balkin's "Living Originalism" in the fiction, occult or Cosmic Constitutional Theory section of your bookstore ( oh, wait...that is also the title of an excellent recent book by Wilkinson!) ). In short, this book will neither insult your intelligence nor weigh you down with arcane or unreadable law review-like text. A book that would enliven any legal book club discussion, I highly recommend this to your right, center or left bank friends. The good old constitution looks pretty good without clothes and naked to the world...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. on December 2, 2012
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Mr. Freedman takes us the the very basics of the U.S. Constitution, and how the original vision of the Constitution compares with the warped version of the Constitution presented by the Judiciary and our politicians of both political parties. Freedman uses the text and words of the Framers and early judicial opinions to illustrate how far we have strayed from the original meaning of the Constitution.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Harley on January 14, 2013
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Great and educational book. I always considered myself a conservative but I never grasped the full and true meaning of it. This book helped me gain a better understanding of the true meaning of our founding fathers. A must read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Fournier on December 4, 2012
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Get to know your Constitution made easy, too bad we have taken too many liberties with it's meanings.
Everyone should read this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Manny Fernandez on February 19, 2013
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I am a strict Constitutionalist in every sense of the word. Naturally, I was attracted to this book. However when I started reading this book, I noticed a kind of comical component to the book which was not too bad however the partisan nature of the book was bothersome. In my own opinion, party in matters of Constitution have absolutely no place. I am well aware how President Obama has skirted the Constitution, however I am equally aware that Bush did too, as did Clinton, Papa Bush, Reagan etc, etc.

While I agree with his criticism of the Left and although he is on solid ground Constitutionally speaking, the criticism of the GOP is blatantly absent. The criticism of the left is nauseatingly plentiful. This book is geared specifically toward the legislative interpretation of the Constitution.

I recommend this book if you are able to ignore the partisan tone of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Szopa on February 15, 2013
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Absolutely amazing read if you want to understand this country. This is not a boring law book, but is written in an easy-to-read, occasionally humorous style that is packed with great information. This is now one of my favorite books.

I heard this author on the radio and was very intrigued by what he said. After reading this book, I wish everyone was required to read this book as a senior in high school and definitely all judges should be compelled to read it. This book offers dozens of examples of just how far we've been pushed away from the original meaning of the U.S. Constitution by unelected judges repeatedly making things up and pulling ideas out of their... uh... robes and even using "international consensus" in order to justify the ever-expanding leviathan of the Federal Government. This book demonstrates conclusively that we are living under the tyranny of an out-of-control judiciary that pretty much does whatever they "feel" is right with no fidelity to the original meaning of the constitution.

An analogy I'd use to demonstrate where we're at with interpreting the constitution is that it's like a 200 year-old game of "telephone" where one person whispers a sentence into the ear of another and he whispers into the ear of someone else, and it goes around the room and at the end has no resemblance to the original phrase. The book shows that this is what happens repeatedly with court rulings where judges use an earlier ruling that deviated a tiny bit from the original meaning to justify a further stretch of the law away from the original meaning, and so on, until we have a country governed by the twisted opinions of unelected people in black robes instead of the laws agreed upon by all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rambonrse on February 17, 2013
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This is an excellent read for people wanting to learn more about the Constitution, the original meaning that was intended, as documented by letters, papers and other writings of the Founders, and how, over time, that meaning has been corrupted. The author uses humor, wit, and a nice dose of sarcasm to look at how the meaning of the Constitution has been changing over the years thru intervention by the various branches of government. The author cites numerous landmark court cases that changed precedence of how the Constitution is being interpreted. He starts with a good foundation of 'originalist' vs 'living constitution' interpretation - the former being the meaning the Founders intended by the carefully constructed text of the Constitution, and the latter being a transformation of the meaning of the Constitution to fit the ever-changing societal context. In other words, progressive/liberal (and often extremely creative) interpretations. If you really want to learn from the book, it is not a 'quick read' by any means. The author is well versed in the various court cases and summarizes them well for the lay person to more easily understand what is happening, but I find myself going back to bookmarks on my Kindle to re-read some of the original explanations from previous chapters (the author does a good job of reminding you where that information was previously written) to refresh my memory regarding the case.

I found the book an extremely good starting point for someone who wants to learn more about the US Constitution and why our society is so at odds in this day and age between 'conservative' and 'liberal' interpretations of the law of our land.
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