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The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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“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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Everyone should read this book.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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If, as a citizen, you have wondered how this nation ended up being such a mess; this book helps explain the reasons. Read morePublished 13 months ago by rhoner
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 on July 29, 2013 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 on April 9, 2013 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 on March 28, 2013 by Robert McClave