- Hardcover: 351 pages
- Publisher: Lyle Stuart, Book Sales; 1st edition (April 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0818402792
- ISBN-13: 978-0818402791
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cracks in the Constitution Hardcover – April, 1982
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Some things I learned:
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any state to the Contrary notwithstanding." -Article VI
This convoluted sentence which is Article VI in its entirety, dictates that just about anything the government does is the "supreme Law of the Land" "any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding." Which means that some congressman's pork spending bill when passed has equal gravity as the Constitution itself! Every Executive Order is the Supreme Law of the Land. Every rule and regulation written by bureaucrats as the result of any law becomes the Supreme Law of the Land. And all of that legal verbiage is automatically Constitutional.
Aside: [I know there are those who will say that the above quote refers to the "Constitution" of "any State" and not the glorious and holy federal Constitution. That argument is a red herring because it misses the point. All laws are automatically considered Constitutional. This Section is ambiguous for a reason. The men who wrote this document were intelligent and skilled with language to a degree beyond most of us who are the products of what passes for education in our era. They knew laws would be passed in Congress that would fail to be in compliance of the Constitution.Read more ›
This book is an impassioned and intelligent look at what the Constitution can and can't do. This isn't just an opinion piece. Lundberg is firmly grounded in looking at history to understand the dynamics of American power. Quite an accomplishment.
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One of my favorite non-fiction horror authors. After ten years of research for this timeless treasure, he cuts deep into your ignorance about our most sacred document. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tim
This is a brilliant monumental work that disects the process of creating the U.S. Constitution. The political and legeslative process amply demonstrates that "We the People" had... Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by philbq
Lundberg is one of the great contrarians of the last century. He is generally outraged and only sometimes outrageous. Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by Theseus