Who Killed the Constitution?: The Assault on American Law and the Unmaking of a Nation

Who Killed the Constitution The Assault on American Law and the Unmaking of a Nation Let no be heard of confidence in man but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution Thomas JeffersonThe United States Constitution the bedrock of our country the foundation of our

  • Title: Who Killed the Constitution?: The Assault on American Law and the Unmaking of a Nation
  • Author: Thomas E. Woods Jr. Kevin R.C. Gutzman
  • ISBN: 9780307405753
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Let no be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution Thomas JeffersonThe United States Constitution the bedrock of our country, the foundation of our federal republic is dead You won t hear that from the politicians who endlessly pay lip service to the Constitution It s the dirty little secret that bestsell Let no be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution Thomas JeffersonThe United States Constitution the bedrock of our country, the foundation of our federal republic is dead You won t hear that from the politicians who endlessly pay lip service to the Constitution It s the dirty little secret that bestselling authors Thomas E Woods Jr and Kevin R C Gutzman expose in this provocative new book The fact is that government officials Democrats and Republicans, presidents, judges, and congresses alike long ago rejected the idea that the Constitution possesses a fixed meaning limiting the U.S government s power In case you ve forgotten, this idea was not a minor aspect of the Constitution it was the document s very purpose Woods and Gutzman round up the suspects responsible for the death of the government the Founding Fathers designed Going right to the scenes of the crimes, they dissect twelve of the most egregious assaults on the Constitution some virtually unknown In chronicling this dirty dozen, the authors show that the attacks began long before presidents declared preemptive wars, congresses built pork barrel bridges to nowhere, and Supreme Court justices began to behave as our supreme legislators In Who Killed the Constitution Woods and Gutzman REVEAL the federal government s great gold robbery the flagrant assault on the Constitution you never heard about in history class DESTROY the phony case for presidential war power EXPOSE how the federal government has actively discriminated to end discrimination TEAR DOWN the wall of separation between church and state an invention that completely contradicts what the Constitution says DARE to touch the third rail of American jurisprudence, Brown v Board of Education showing why a government decision that seems right isn t necessarily constitutionalNever shying away from controversy, Woods and Gutzman reveal an unsettling but unavoidable truth now that the federal government has broken free of the Constitution s chains, government officials are restrained by little than their sense of what they can get away with.Who Killed the Constitution is a rallying cry for Americans outraged by government run amok and a warning to take heed before we lose the liberties we are truly entitled to.

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    • Andy says:

      Unlike many books on the U.S. political scene right now, a very balanced and fair appraisal of the State of the Union, with respect to following the Constitution. General impression is that no Party is doing a good job of respecting the Constitution.Republicans have George Bush with his view of an aggressive executive branch.Democrats have FDR, with his view of unlimited National government.Presidents seem to all seek more power than they are allowed.Congresses all seek more power than they are [...]

    • John says:

      This is another book in the same vein as Constitutional Chaos, A Nation of Sheep, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution. It is a worthy addition to these books, covering some new ground. Woods and Gutzman review twelve different points in American history that we collectively put nails into the coffin of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution is clearly dead, as they both argue and there is no easy path to resuscitate it. We are a lawless nation, governed by the will of men, n [...]

    • David Afton says:

      One of my favorite books by Thomas Woods (and Guzman too). Similar to "The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom," this book, too, highlights major crossroads and seminal cases where the Federal government---mainly through SCOTUS, whereby it sits in judgment of the Federal government, i.e. sits in judgment of itself!---eroded and undermined individual liberty, Federalism, states' rights, and otherwise rendered the U.S. Constitution a hollowe [...]

    • Mark Geise says:

      "Who Killed the Constitution?" is a nice, quick look into 12 specific instances of unconstitutional actions and the process and justification that led to those actions. Though the body of this book is only about 200 pages, Tom Woods and Kevin Gutzman pack much more content into those pages than you would expect. If you are at all familiar with any of Woods's and Gutzman's other work, you can guess what the premise is: the federal government has continually moved further away from the Founding Fa [...]

    • Thomas Achord says:

      Why it's laughable to claim current presidential candidates are particularly dangerous or that racial discrimination is unusually bad today:“With the United States finally in the war (WWI) the Wilson administration launched various efforts to promote the U.S. government’s view of the conflict. The key figure in this important undertaking was George Creel, the Missouri journalist and longtime Wilson partisan. Creel headed the Committee on Public Information (CPI), which Wilson established by [...]

    • Tyler L. says:

      This book was different, rather than better, than what I expected. Being familiar with both authors I knew what I was getting into. With Gutzman's legal expertise and Woods' witty anecdotes from history, this book turned out solid. Law school doesn't teach the Constitution anymore. For over a century now it merely teaches "case law" which is just precedent. In this context, precedent means the opinions of nine unelected government lawyers. But these activist judges are not this book's primary ta [...]

    • Jeff says:

      "The Constitution is Dead." That's the title of the Introduction, and it reiterated again in the Conclusion. In between these two sections are what the authors call the "dirty dozen" top offenders - those changes to Constitutional interpretation over the last 100 years or so that have done the most damage to the original form of government envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. In many instances the "reinterpretations" run completely counter to historical precedent and original intent - [...]

    • T. says:

      Maybe, just maybe, our media and consumerist/gadget obsessions distract us just enough from caring about the consequences of what the federal government and moneyed interests have come to perfect in our absence of mindfulness: running roughshod over the country's freedoms and the ideals at their foundation. And maybe we need to dial back our perception of "consumerism" as freedom and think pointedly about what exists in the absence of distractions.Rare is the person who is genuinely thoughtful a [...]

    • Maureen says:

      This book is scarier than a mystery novel! Jefferson warned that the Roman Republic fell when the ruling class began to ignore the Constitution. If anyone listened to him then they aren't now.Over time the Constitution has been abused by every branch of the government. By the Executive which has applied it's 'privilege' and 'order' to skirt it, by Congress who feels that all they require is the will do do something and get away with it because they can, and by the Judicial which legislates from [...]

    • David Robins says:

      Good stuff, although he should have gone further back and included Lincoln. Covers FDR's gold seizure, several illegal wars declared by presidents, warrantless wiretapping, Wilson's suppression of opinions against WWI, Truman's seizure of the steel mills, infringement on states' rights, forced busing, unconstitutional improvements including roads and bridges to nowhere, banning prayer from public schools, the draft, medical marijuana, and other tramplings of the Constitution (especially with war [...]

    • Michelle says:

      Enjoyed this thoroughly with a few caveats: I wish it'd been set up more chronologically to tell a "story" more rather than just being disjointed Supreme Court case reports; Having a reference to Obama on the cover is false advertising, he's really not mentioned in the book; and I'm not at all sure I agree with his Brown v. Board of Education analysis. Rest is rock solid and will be on my high schoolers' reading lists for American history and government.

    • Bob says:

      It's not the more recent things that surprised me but the older things. First off just learning how FDR outlawed gold ownership and the resulting trial before the Supreme Court. But also going all the way back to the whiskey rebellion. This book should be required reading before you vote in the next election!

    • Tami says:

      This book was a little over my head intellectually, but I skimmed it and got the basic message of what the author is saying. I enjoyed it and learned alot! I realize have lived so many years in plain ignorance to politics. I have more love and reverence for the Constitution and for our Founding Fathers than ever before.

    • Chris says:

      A recommendation from Robby. Well-written and provocative. Builds awareness of how long and in how many different settings the Constitution has been completely set aside in favor of whoever was in power making a grab to extend their reach. Includes the entire text of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and additional amendments.

    • Brandy says:

      Very informative and interestingd sad. The book gives a chronological account of ways in which the constitution has been deliberately overridden. Some of it, especially the occurances in the distant past, around the turn of the century and a little beyond, are shocking to me. The more current situations are less shocking and more "expected". Sad.

    • Kristen Hill says:

      This book was very interesting. It brought to life some parts of American history that I was not taught in school. I also liked that the author was not for one side or the other but he skewered both democrats and repulicans alike. Some of the law went over my head but ultimately it was a good book that I really enjoyed.

    • Mike says:

      got 50 pages into it and stopped. it was a bit heavy on the law for me.

    • Mike Smith says:

      A little one sided at times it still is an informative read. Also contains a copy of the constitution which everyone should read.

    • Brent says:

      Every American should take the time to read this book to understand what has happened to our so-called republican (federal) form of government. Eye-opening.

    • Dave says:

      A very interesting look at how Republicans, Democrats, liberals, and conservatives in the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches have trampled and disregarded the Constitution of the US.

    • Stormy says:

      It's controversial. It's a good read.

    • Bill says:

      Eye Opening Excellent

    • Lu says:

      Assult on our freedoms from WW to present

    • David says:

      An excellent review of 12 different "cases" where the federal government /way/ overstepped their constitutional authority in the last 100 years or so. Very easy to read.

    • Dan says:

      Lent from a hallmate in college. Enjoying the historical process of how our country has shifted politically. Although can be tiring at times, great analysis so far.

    • Craig Bolton says:

      Who Killed the Constitution?: The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush by Thomas E. Woods Jr. (2008)

    • Jonathan says:

      Very enlightening. And also frustrating.

    • Spstudio says:

      Very informative and well documented.

    • Andy says:

      Very Interesting examples. Would have rated it higher, but some chapters were a bit dry.

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