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The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic Hardcover – August 13, 2013
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"[Mark Levin] has done an incredible job of drafting these proposed amendments aimed at re-establishing the balance between the federal and state governments...let our national conversation begin, and let us thank Mark Levin for initiating it." (David Limbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Destroyer)
"Mark Levin’s The Liberty Amendments is the revolutionary blueprint millions of Americans have been waiting for...carefully and powerfully written." (Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator)
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Mark R. Levin, nationally syndicated talk-radio host, host of LevinTV, and chairman of Landmark Legal Foundation, is the author of Liberty and Tyranny, the thirty-eight-week New York Times bestseller that spent three months at #1 and sold more than one million copies; and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Plunder and Deceit, Ameritopia, and The Liberty Amendments. His books Men in Black and Rescuing Sprite were also New York Times and national bestsellers. He was a top adviser to several members of President Ronald Reagan’s cabinet, including serving as chief of staff to the Attorney General of the United States. He holds a B.A. from Temple University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and a J.D. from Temple University Law School. Follow Mark Levin on Twitter or visit MarkLevinShow.com.
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Currrently, states' powers have been almost completely overruled by Federal laws and mandates, debt is out of control, stretching past two generations of American's ability to pay it off. Government spending is a significant proportion of GDP and the GDP itself is stagnating; is this caused by the heavy burden of non-productive government spending? Government regulation has even gone so far as to dictate what kind of light bulb can be manufactured and sold and choices in healthcare may soon be dictated by unelected bureaucrats. For those who think that this kind of centralized power is dangerous and even tyrannical, Levin's amendments seek to address the power that the Federal government has arrogated unto itself, a power that never was the original intent of the Founding Fathers and which reduces individual liberty significantly.
Levin's amendments include:
1. Term limits, including for justices.
2. Repealing Amendment 17 and returning the election of senators to state legislatures
3. A congressional supermajority to override Supreme Court decisions (overruling what could be a stacked court)
4. Spending limit based on GDP
5. Taxation capped at 15%
6. Limiting the commerce clause, and strengthening private property rights
7. Power of states to override a federal statute by a three-fifths vote.
These ideas will be opposed by those who favor central planning and a very powerful federal government, who believe that a few should decide the fate of many, who like the current system and the way it's headed. It will also be ignored by those who think that there is too much inertia to oppose the direction we're headed. It's true there are powerful forces at work fundamentally transforming the nation, but it's also true that there is a plurality of opinion throughout the US. For those who wonder how we've gotten to where we are presently, and how we might restore personal liberty and more localized government, where we have MORE of a say, not less, this is a very important book and worth reading and discussing.
To summarize the various amendments Levin would like to see passed by a convention of the states (and the amendments preface each chapter): term limits, for both Congress and the Supreme Court; repealing the 17th Amendment so that Senators would again be elected by--and accountable to--their state legislatures; amendments to reverse executive orders, statutes, and Supreme Court decisions; an amendment to rein in taxes and spending; an amendment to respect private property rights; and an amendment to do away with voter fraud. As Levin discusses these issues, he points to current abuses of federal power--but he also goes back to the rationale of the Framers, and here's where his book bogs down. If I would like to read a 1.5-page passage from James Madison in 'Federalist 45', I'll go pick up a copy of "Federalist 45'. This constant meandering back to 1787 interferes with the pacing of Levin's arguments, set in the context of today's dysfunctional America. It's a device that, in this reviewer's opinion, takes away from absolute enjoyment of THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS. While those of us concerned with the demise of constitutional republicanism keep our fingers crossed that two-thirds of the states will finally call for a convention of the states, at least Mark Levin gives us an outline of reforms that might be addressed at such a convention in THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS. It's a convention this reviewer would happily attend.
~D. Mikels, Esq.
Excellent way to begin my weekend coming home from work with your book waiting in the mailbox. I could not put it down last night and stayed up until the early hours this morning (03:30) finishing it! I know I talked with a friend that is knowledgeable of the Constitution, and he and I were discussing how we had no idea whatsoever about Article 5.
Looking forward to restore the republic with you Brothers and Sisters. (Greg Johnson, FL)