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Who Killed the Constitution? The Federal Government vs. American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama

ISBN-10: 0307405761
ISBN-13: 9780307405760
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Description: "Let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." Thomas Jefferson The United States Constitutionthe bedrock of our country, the foundation of our federal republicis . . . dead. You won't  More...

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List price: $15.99
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/7/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

"Let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." Thomas Jefferson The United States Constitutionthe bedrock of our country, the foundation of our federal republicis . . . 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 officialsDemocrats and Republicans, presidents, judges, and congresses alikelong 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 Constitutionsome 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. InWho 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 statean invention that completely contradicts what the Constitution says DARE to touch the "third rail of American jurisprudence," Brown v. Board of Educationshowing 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.

Thomas E. Woods Jr. was born on August 1, 1972. He holds a BA degree in history from Harvard and his masters and PhD from Columbia University. He served as a history department faculty member at Suffolk County Community College in N.Y. until 2006 then moved on to resident scholar and senior faculty member of Ludwig Von Misses Institute in Alabama. He is a N.Y. Times bestselling author of 10 books such as Meltdown: A Free Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, The Economy Tanked and Government Bailout Will Make Things Worse and Nullification: How to resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. He has also written for several scholarly periodicals such as Historical Review and Investors Daily. He won the $50, 000 first prize in the Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006 for his book The Church and The Market. He has been the associate editor for the Latin Mass magazine for 11 years. He has also appeared on MSNBC's Scarborough County and Bloomberg Television.

Introduction The Constitution Is Dead
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?
Conclusion Can Anything Be Done?
The Constitution of the United States
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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