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“A compelling response to the ‘living Constitution’--a fradulent theory that allows judges and politicians to rewrite the Constitution at will...to centralize power and erode basic freedoms. Most importantly, he explains how we can return to the Founders’ principles of individual liberty and limited government.” (Mark Levin, author of Med in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America)

“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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Broadside Books (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062094637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062094636
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely amazing read if you want to understand this country. This is not a boring law book, but is written in an easy-to-read, occasionally humorous style that is packed with great information. This is now one of my favorite books.

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.
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Every politician, military member and anyone else who swears an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States should read this book. If you think today's shenanigans are a recent trend you will be shocked to find out toying with this document has been going on for over 130 years. It is easy reading and each point made is backed up with historical examples, facts, and perspective.
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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 our constitution. It gives very clear and concise interpretations of what the framers said and wrote, and how it applied to circumstances of their day, as well as how the same words still apply to circumstances of OUR day. Highly recommended!!
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The Naked Constitution walks through the baby steps (or giant leaps) that the Republic has taken to creatively interpret over the last 100 years, including through 2012. Unfortunately the solutions are rather limited. Freedman makes most of the Supreme Court opinions entertaining and avoids making the mistake of writing a law book.
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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 learned.
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I bought this book for my 15yo son who is very interested in politics and the constitution. He was so excited saying "I'm going to read this on!".
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This book will give you insight to the arguments over whether to view the Constitution through Originalism or the Living Constitution viewpoint. The author has a good sense of humor which he uses to lighten what otherwise could be a dry topic.
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This book was mentioned in the Agenda: Grinding America Down DVD. I haven't read it yet but i'm sure i'll enjoy!
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