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Praise for Saving the Bill of Rights

“Miniter can think, write, and throw a punch. This is an entertaining and incisive defense of our liberties. You can try to pry the Bill of Rights from Miniter’s cold, dead fingers.”
—Rich Lowry, editor of National Review

“True appreciation for freedom’s value requires recognition of its fragility. Saving the Bill of Rights deserves a place in every American home, classroom, and courthouse.”
—Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President, National Rifle Association

“Clearly written, and propelled by vivid anecdotes to put a human face on the principles of law, Frank Miniter’s superb argument in favor of our most basic rights and the document that sustains them shouldn’t be necessary…but it is.”
—Stephen Hunter, author of bestselling novels Point of Impact; I, Sniper; and others

“The government established by America’s founders to safeguard the rights of citizens has begun dismantling them instead. People call daily about this intrusion into their lives. Frank Miniter’s Saving the Bill of Rights shows us how to restore constitutional rights…and liberty for all.”
—Lars Larson, national radio talk host

“Frank Miniter’s superbly written and cogently argued book should be read by all Americans who value their freedoms, which are rapidly being taken away.”
—David Horowitz, author of A Point in Time; Reforming Our Universities; and others

About the Author

Frank Miniter is the New York Times bestselling author of The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide and The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Hunting. A frequent commentator on radio and television, he is also a former senior editor of Outdoor Life, executive editor of American Hunter, and has written on politics for the Washington Times, National Review, Human Events, and many other publications. He lives with his family in upstate New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596981504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596981508
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wendy Haynes on June 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Most of us, if asked, would claim that we understand the Bill of Rights, but do we really? Reading "Saving the Bill of Rights," I found myself embarrassed and chagrined at how much I'd forgotten since my high-school civics courses--and just how much had changed since those days. It's shocking to contemplate just how far this country has come from the original vision of the Founding Fathers.

Each chapter, corresponding to an individual amendment to the Bill of Rights, takes the reader through every facet of that amendment. What evidence do we have for the Founders' true intent for that amendment? How have the interpretations changed over time, and did this distort the amendment's meaning? What does it mean for modern jurisprudence and legislation--and, more specifically, what does it mean for the day-to-day way that we as citizens interact with our government? Miniter never merely asserts; every point is diligently supported by extensive evidence and research. Yet the book remains lively and engaging, never dry.

It's easy, even forgiveable, to be complacent about one's rights when one is a law-abiding citizen leading a more-or-less comfortable life. It's easy to forget that we are all one accident, one lawsuit, one overzealous neighbor away from coming face-to-face with a government that may not have our best interests at heart. That's why this book is a must-read for American citizens of any ideological stripe, be they conservative, libertarian or progressive.
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While many Constitutional studies delve deeply into the details of our country's birth and growth, most of these works would be hard to classify as engaging. "Saving the Bill of Rights: Exposing the Left's Campaign to Destroy American Exceptionalism" breaks that mold by presenting a fascinating and clear explanation of the first 10 Amendments to the US Constitution. Author Frank Miniter goes a step further and ties this book to current events by presenting relevant examples of attacks on the Bill of Rights that continue to come from all quarters. Miniter highlights frightening examples of how our rights have narrowly escaped complete erasure by a singular US Supreme Court vote. The razor-thin nature of these legal victories will keep you up at night.

The freedoms guaranteed by our Founders and protected by generations of American citizens are currently teetering on the lip of a bottomless abyss. The fastest way for us to lose our grip and watch those rights slide away is to remain complacent with our daily lives and ignorant about the very nature of those freedoms. Whatever your political leanings, reading this book will educate you on the true nature of your rights as a US citizen and the battles being waged over their very existence.
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Frightening in the level of corruption which has been foisted on our Bill of Rights deeply impacting the future viability of our republic. The impact of the assault on our rights is clearly exposed and it is important to note that both liberal and conservative beliefs and ideals have been severely compromised.
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Heel-dug into philosophical- political camps as we are-- left, right or defining a flying episiotomy across the road's mid section-- we tend to classify works by opposing parties either as enemy rants or confusing proselytization. Too bad. Though there's rare hope for complimentary yin-yang harmony between clashing political philosophies, something is to be gleaned by studying thinking outside one's fold. Which brings us to this book. Make no mistake, author Frank Miniter is a conservative. But the concerns he presents here must ultimately be those of all socio-political persuasions. His clarion is a special wake-up against the insouciance-- even total unawareness-- of the hacking away of foundations guaranteeing US citizens the freedom and individual rights far too many of us assume as just due and consider infinitely unassailable .

In his dedication Miniter tells us that individualism and those who've fought for it have "...given the world everything it now takes for granted." By extension, that attitude, that taking for granted without pause, subsumes unmindfulness of history's vital catalog of lessons. Case in point is the historical failure of even the most idealistic experiments in collective utopian societies, those which elevate the communal greater good over individual rights. Failure of small- scale efforts at societal equalization through benevolent group governing are not the bête noir of Miniter's fears and anger. Rather it is the irrepressible penchant of governments, initially in the name of social justice, to grow exponentially at the expense of individuality--along with their logical metastasis into authoritarianism.

"I'm a conservative, not an anarchist," Miniter says, arguing he is "...
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If you think things are bad, read this book and you will realize that the loss of freedom in the United States is even worse than you thought. Frank Miniter's new book goes through each of the first ten Amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. Discussing what their intent was, the history of how the courts have chipped away at the protections once offered to Americans, and where things are going.

Should the government be able to ban the release of a movie simply because it discusses a candidate's name? How far can the government go in limiting hate speech? What are reasonable gun control laws? Those are just a few of the issues that the book addresses.

The book is a primer for the legal issues Americans hear in the news every day. With the Obama health care regulations going through the courts, this book couldn't be more timely.

I do have a few quibbles, but they are the exception. Take the discussion on the Lopez case involving the 10th Amendment. It is true that the Supreme Court struck down the Gun-Free School Zone Act as a violation of the 10th Amendment, but, unfortunately, I think that the decision meant little. The Supreme Court's decision provided little restraint on government power. The Congress simply repassed the Gun-Free School Zone Act and added a simple paragraph stating that prosecutors had to make a finding that the weapon used in the violation was involved in interstate trade -- a simple task given that all prosecutors had to do was say that the metal or other material used to make the gun or the bullets came from other states.
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