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Who Killed the Constitution?: The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bushby Jr. Thomas E. Woods
Synopses & Reviews
“Let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
The 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 constitutional
Never 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 more 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Drawing on examples that range from the interstate highway system and military draft to the Civil Rights Act, two noted historians look at how all three branches of the federal government have defied the tenets of the U.S. Constitution over the past century to make decisions that, while apparently beneficial, are not constitutional. 40,000 first printing.
Let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
The 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
About the Author
THOMAS E. WOODS JR., PH.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to American History, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask. A senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and a contributing editor of The American Conservative magazine, he has received the Templeton Enterprise Award and the O. P. Alford III Prize in Libertarian Scholarship, among other honors. He and his family live in Alabama.
KEVIN R. C. GUTZMAN, J.D., PH.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Constitution and Virginia’s American Revolution. An associate professor of American history at Western Connecticut State University, Dr. Gutzman has written for numerous popular and scholarly publications.
Table of Contents
Congress shall make no law (unless it really wants to): Woodrow Wilson and freedom of speech — Another "Great President" versus the Constitution: Harry Truman seizes the steel mills — The third rail of American jurisprudence: Brown v. Board of Education — Discriminating to end ... discrimination: the forced busing fiascoes — Roads to nowhere — The Great Gold Robbery of 1933 — The Court's "wall of separation": banning prayer from public schools — The power to draft — Do Americans have a constitutional duty to suffer? The case of medical marijuana — From Chief Executive to Prince: the Presidency and foreign policy — The phony case for presidential war power — The President enforces the law ... right? — Can anything be done?
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