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Saving the Bill of Rights: Exposing the Left's Campaign to Destroy American Exceptionalism Hardcover – June 28, 2011
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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
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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.
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.
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 "...Read more ›
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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Here is another book that needs to be read to all democrats and liberal's. This book needs to taught in college and to high school seniors . The country will benefit.Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
If you want to know & understand how our country got so screwed up, this book is a must read!Published on July 10, 2014 by J. Sutton
I was assigned this book as a reading for a college class, so I approached it with a bit of trepidation. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Ron Binns
Miniters beleif that America is inherently exeptional, is shared by another man in the 1930 how believed that Germany was also exeptional. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Jens Erik
This is a really great book on Audio CD. In his Book Frank Minter puts into words the thoughts and arguments that I have not been able to articulate against the Left Wing Liberal... Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Gingerisareddog
"Saving The Bill of Rights," is a well written, thoroughly researched and documented look at the erosion of our Constitutional liberties as outlined in the Bill of Rights. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Seaotter
After reading Erwin Cherminsky's book "The Conservative Assault on the Constitution", I could't resist picking up a copy of Frank Miniter's book while Border's was having its... Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by Lawrence Siden
Most people are unfamilar with the Bill of Rights, even though its extremely important to our continued freedom. Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by Brad Furlow