- Series: Conservative Leadership Series (Book 7)
- Hardcover: 650 pages
- Publisher: Gateway Editions; 1 edition (January 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895262177
- ISBN-13: 978-0895262172
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,011,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The ominous element of the book is that originally, there was a strong/credible effort made by certain of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention for a document that would NOT incorporate "federal" structure, but rather would have provided for a complete national or monarchial structure. Before all the delegates had arrived, the "nationalists" were in ascendancy. Their plans were entirely in the open and debated by the delegates, and appeared a though they were going to be carried. Two delegates left the convention in disgust, but it turns out they left too early, as the delegates when all state representatives were finally assembled (twelve states authorized delegates with credential) got the document back on track as a "federal" structure.
I will not ruin it for those who want to read the book, but it will knock your socks off as to who the most powerful debaters were in favor of a "nationalist" structure. Taylor gives reasons to fear that the "nationalist" supporters were not going to give up! Too strongly held opinions and too powerful intellectually and gifted with words and debate. He believed we would probably end up with a "nationalist" government, IN SPITE OF WHAT THE DOCUMENT SAYS. The rest is history, starting with what the Civil War required to be interpreted to win the war, and culminating with the New Deal to approve doing whatever the President and Congress said we needed to do to survive the Great Depression.
That is enough. Read it.
The language of 180 years ago, coupled with Taylor's agonizing repetitiveness, make this a somewhat tedious and difficult read, but one that is certainly worth the effort. The basic theme of the book is how nationalism was proposed and defeated in favor of federalism at our Constitutional Convention, however, there has been, from the beginning, a behind the scenes push to propagate a system of nationalism by what would be considered today, a liberal governmental faction. Taylor meticulously explains how this objective was set into motion and its consequences of the deterioration of states rights and personal freedoms. It doesn't take much effort for the knowledgeable reader to see how that battle has been furthered in the years since Taylor first exposed the nationalism gameplan.
Americans today tend to look upon the misdeeds of government and ask, "How can they get away with doing that?" Taylor clearly illustrates how it all began and that there is nothing new under the sun. But he also goes further in explaining various ways of "righting the ship" so to speak, and discusses the consequences of each differing course of action.
Oh, if we could only find a congressman today who possessed the clear headed tenacity of John Taylor of Caroline. A person who would fear not the consequences of unpopularity and stand tall to examine the true principles upon which our founding promoted.
If you are conservative, this book is a must read and will arm you with ammunition to clearly discuss states' rights and original intent. If you are a liberal, this outstanding book will help cure your mental condition and lead you down a path of understanding.
As an endnote, I don't normally comment on the quality of the book itself, but this one warrants comment. The book is printed on quality acid free paper and comes with a cloth bookmark. A nice touch.
The downside is that you need absolute concentration when reading this book. John Taylor must have considered word syntax his favorite art, because his overuse of commas and long-winded sentences make this book very slow reading. If you have to read each page twice, you are not alone.