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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.
Freedman makes most of the Supreme Court opinions entertaining and avoids making the mistake of writing a law book.
In a very easy to read style the author gives us meat, detailed examination and background from an originalist perspective on a range of Supreme Court cases.
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.
When I first started reading it I thought, "Oh great, another well-meaning but lightweight critique of the Supreme Court." Wrong. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gene Wisdom
While written from a decidedly right-of-center perspective, it still points out - in a very fair manner - the uncountable ways politicians on both sides have tried to bastardize... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Paul Roush
This is one book that helps me brush up on our constitution. I'm enjoying reading it. I have been tell friends about parts of the constitution I had either forgot about or never... Read morePublished 19 months ago by pooroldharold
This book will give you insight to the arguments over whether to view the Constitution through Originalism or the Living Constitution viewpoint. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert McClave
Every politician, military member and anyone else who swears an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States should read this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Donald R. Doering
This book was mentioned in the Agenda: Grinding America Down DVD. I haven't read it yet but i'm sure i'll enjoy!Published 21 months ago by N. Jones
The Naked Constitution walks through the baby steps (or giant leaps) that the Republic has taken to creatively interpret over the last 100 years, including through 2012. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Badmojo