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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)
About the Author
Mark R. Levin, nationally syndicated talk-radio host, host of LevinTV, chairman of Landmark Legal Foundation, and the host of the new Fox News show Life, Liberty, & Levin, is the author of five consecutive New York Times #1 bestsellers: Liberty and Tyranny, Plunder and Deceit, Rediscovering Americanism, Ameritopia, and The Liberty Amendments. Liberty and Tyranny spent three months at #1 and sold more than 1.5 million copies across formats. His books Men in Black and Rescuing Sprite were also New York Times bestsellers. Levin was a top adviser to several members of President Ronald Reagan’s cabinet. He holds a BA from Temple University and a JD from Temple University Law School. Follow Mark Levin on Twitter and Facebook 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.
Moving past the mechanics, Mark Levin spends the majority of the book beyond the introduction proposing a series of amendments which he believes would reaffirm fading constitutional liberty. The points are well developed and it is clear that significant thought has gone into them. He continues with his unique writing style; crisp and authoritative, and always developing a narrative as if he's prosecuting a case.
While this is a powerful and important book, I reduced my rating to "four stars" because of my one criticism; that the author relied a little to heavily on past successes. Levin chose to quote HIMSELF from all three of his previous political works (Men in Black, Liberty & Tyranny, and Ameritopia) instead of re-developing the concepts.
That was the only thing which I found to be a little jarring in the writing. Otherwise, the book is highly recommended both for its writing style and its content.
Mr. Levin has many notes at the end of the book to bolster his history. I wish Mr. Levin would also tell you more about those Founders who were very critical of the US Constitution from the beginning and why they were critical. People like George Mason and Patrick Henry were very worried about the centralization of power. You can read their speeches and writings translated into contemporary English in my own book The Original Counter-Argument: The Founders' Case Against the Ratification of the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century. It makes an excellent supplement to The Liberty Amendments.
The Statists often speak for the need to redistribute wealth. Congratulations Mr. Levin for discovering and promoting the one true way to redistribute power.