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The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution Hardcover – January 9, 2012
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For generations, left-wing judges, professors, and lawyers have told us that we can never know what the Constitution was supposed to mean, so judges are free to do what they want. Yet, in The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution, Brion McClanahan gives us a clear, clause-by-clause explanation of the original understanding of the Constitution. Constitutional government is possible, if only officials would be true to their oaths.”
—Kevin R. C. Gutzman, J.D., Ph.D., author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Constitution
The Constitution for the United States, like all human creations, has been changed by the inescapable ravages of time. Not only the passage of time, but ambition, rent-seeking, ignorance, deception, misunderstanding, ideology, and the lust for power have encrusted our basic instrument of government with layer upon layer of false assumptions and distorted postures that have blocked us from knowing its real meaning and intent. Dr. McClanahan, with insight, painstaking effort, and that rare thing, plain common sense, has presented here as good a picture as we will get of what the Constitution really meant to those who wrote and ratified it. This book is not only a notable feat of historianship, but also an important exercise of citizenship that will enlighten those who yearn for truth.”
—Clyde N. Wilson, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History, University of South Carolina
Professor McClanahan provides us with an invaluable window into the intent of all the Framers. This book can best be described as intellectual hard medicine. The readers’ minds will be purged of all the nonsense they have been taught about the Constitution so they can see the document as intended by the founding generation that produced it.”
—Dr. Marshall DeRosa, Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University
Brion McClanahan’s Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution takes the guesswork out of what the Founders intended. It’s all here, in their own words, which any layman can understand—and just as important, use as the standard to assess the wayward judges, congressmen, and executives of our federal government.”
—Thomas E. Woods, Jr., bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to American History and Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse
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Dr. McClanahan is fastly becoming one of my favorite historians. His perspective is a call back to the primary understanding on the Constitution and the power that lies within it is derived from the states. How does he get that understanding? By looking at the state ratification talks to show that the Constitution wasn't just passed by a federal, central government but was given power by the states and then the people.
To read this book should have a warning label on it. Because what we see today in all three branches and at the federal, state, and local levels is not even close to what was intended and was, frighteningly, what was talked about in fear quote after fear quote of the ratifiers. It's sad when Rhode Island comes out as being on the right side of history.
This books looks at all three branches of the federal government with respect to their enumerated powers and responsibilities in the Constitution. Then a look at the breadth and scope of the amendments. Finally, a collection of useful quotes that add to the heaping of coals on our heads. While Dr. McClanahan does a great job of organizing the structure of the material, I found it helpful to have the Constitution open to the part being discussed as it was needed to quickly check to make sure the interpretation made sense or what was being argued about could be seen in certain ways.
Most books like to taut that "This is the X you didn't learn about in school." This is pretty much the pinnacle of that claim. This is a fantastic book that gives primary source material to make its points. A very well done book and a great read too. Final Grade - A+
The book covers the different articles and the bill of rights amendments, and for each outlines the discussions and opinions at the Philadelphia convention and the arguments of both the proponents and the opponents of the constitution at the states' ratifying conventions.
I highly recommend it to any citizen who wants to understand the scope of the federal government as it should be.
The Constitution was a document which was hotly debated by some of the most brilliant men in colonial America. Dr. McClanahan does a very good job describing, section by section, the differing views and interpretations put forth by the representatives. The use of quotes helps illustrate the views of different states, and even differing views from within one state delegation. One of the most surprising results from reading this book is to understand how divided the states, and the populations within the states were on the adoption of the Constitution. The major disagreement was whether the new government was to have a strong government with power centered in the federal government or a federated republic with most of the power being retained by the states. This argument has caused most of the problems in our nations history. You can even see elements of it in today's Tea Party movement. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand the original intent of our Founding Fathers.
Understanding why, the rationale behind why they wrote the Constitution this way is very important. That also includes the Bill of Rights, our Original Civil Liberties, without which the Constitution probably would not have been adopted by the States.
I recommend this book to everyone who wants to understand how and why the Constitution came to be.
I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book. The reader does a fantastic job of bringing the ratification debate to life in a way that is easily understood.
An excellent resource for all who wish to better understand our Constitution particularly our Constitution as ratified.