The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution readers will follow the Supreme Court as it uses the Constitution as a fig leaf to cover its blatant seizing of the people s right to govern the

  • Title: The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution
  • Author: Kevin R.C. Gutzman
  • ISBN: 9781596985056
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, readers will follow the Supreme Court as it uses the Constitution as a fig leaf to cover its blatant seizing of the people s right to govern themselves through elections Gutzman unveils the radical inconsistency between constitutional law and the rule of law, and shows why and how the Supreme Court should be reined iIn The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, readers will follow the Supreme Court as it uses the Constitution as a fig leaf to cover its blatant seizing of the people s right to govern themselves through elections Gutzman unveils the radical inconsistency between constitutional law and the rule of law, and shows why and how the Supreme Court should be reined in to the proper role assigned to it by the Founders.

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    1. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, Or Why One May Legally Evade Taxes, Castrate Sodomites, and Whip Niggers is a bit of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it's an impressive piece of political propaganda, the effectiveness of which will only be limited by its deeply condescending tone. (Recommended reading is helpfully pointed out in sections entitled "A Book You Are Not Supposed To Read.") On the other hand, the author lays out a very effective case for the notion that the ent [...]

    2. While it does carry some interesting tidbits, it's a clear example of how an author's bias directs their work.

    3. The bulk of this book is a history of bad Supreme Court decisions that violate the Constitution and its amendments. It's okay to read and occasionally interesting when the author illustrates just why the reasoning of the majority decision is nonsense or the decision doesn't make sense given other precedents it claims not to overturn. There's also a really good discussion in the middle of what the Civil War should be called (hint: not the Civil War, or even the War Between the States), as well as [...]

    4. This book was something of a revelation to me. I never realized that the Constitution arose out of such an arduous drafting and ratification process. It was also amazing to me how quickly American leaders began undermining its core tenants, hardly even bothering to wait until the ink was dry. Over the next couple centuries, we have drifted farther and farther away from the underlying principles that the United States of America was founded on--partly due to presidents like Lincoln, who took adva [...]

    5. Excellent conservative survey of Supreme Court decision making. Been a lawyer for over 30 years and I always felt that there was a deep seated flaw in the way Constitutional Law is taught and decided. This tongue in cheek summary is on all fours with that perception. His analysis is directly on point. His solution is weak. My thought is that a new Constitutional Convention is required to bring us back to an originalist interpretation of the Consttution. The Court has been allowed to stray so far [...]

    6. Exposes the underbelly of much legal education taught in law schools. I wish I had read this before Con Law 1 & 2 before accepting the interpretation of the law professors as the word. Section on Civil War and 14th amendment, worth a read. Definite conservative bias, and it depends on your interpretation stance on the constitution I am not a strict constructionist, and his arguments hinge on such philosophy, if you believe the framers meant the Constitution to be flexible and able to adapt t [...]

    7. Audiobook.Audio: Excellent. Clear, well-enunciated, easy to understand. The narrator does read fairly quickly. I didn't do much rewinding but due to the interesting subject matter and innumerable cases mentioned I will be listening to this book many times.Content: EDUCATIONAL. Was there ever a time "The Supremes" didn't legislate from the bench? Did they EVER adhere to the Constitution other than its' legend as perceived "in their own minds"? Sigh. "What hath God wraught?" It's a wonder we retai [...]

    8. This one was a little tough to get through. The writing just wasn't as fluid as the others in this series I have read. Or maybe I got all tangled in the legal mumbo-jumbo. This book also focused more on court cases than the actual Constitution itself, which I wasn't expecting.However, some of the topics in this book were eye-opening and fascinating. It was interesting to read how certain administrations and Supreme Court justices have distorted the Constitution. I think we can see where the phra [...]

    9. A brief, but good and sobering overview of judicial excess, overreach, and legislating from the bench that has occurred since the Constitution was ratified. The history of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, in particular, gave me some new insights.

    10. This entire line of books is incredibly good, chocked full of information you usually don't find in history books or classes, giving new light to "accepted" history.

    11. Outstanding book! Clearly lays out the history of "Constitutional Law" - and the history of the Supreme Court legislating from the bench. An eye opening book!

    12. Gutzman is a great scholar and knows his early US history and Constitution history. This works is a good start for those who wish to look at those areas of history from a revisionist POV. What other reviewers seem to try and claim is that these are just Republican hopes and talking points. It would be important to understand that Gutzman is not a Republican and his arguments from history should be divorced from progressive wishes (those who want a Constitution that evolves with the times, argues [...]

    13. Historical perspective on history's greatest and most influential legal document. Gutzman starts on what compelled the colonists to reject being governed by Parliament and then the making of the Constitution. The remainder of the book is a more or less chronological list of major Supreme Court cases. Gutzman's main point is that over time, the Supreme Court, as arbiter of the supreme law, has made it increasingly open to interpretation over the years. Put another way, the Constitution is like a [...]

    14. I gave this 5 stars simply because Gutzman is brilliant. The only reason I'd detract from that score is because I felt that Gutzman was held back in writing this book. That's not his fault, however. He was only allotted so much space by the publisher. Had that not been the case, I'm sure Gutzman would have spilled a lot more ink on such an enormous topic. Otherwise, this book is awesome!

    15. In depth review of the framers' constitution and how the Supreme Court's landmark decisions dismantled what was set in place. Coincidentally enough, those decisions are glorified in modern history courses.

    16. Educating? Yes this is an educational read - forget wants of humor and story - this is cut and dry reality type of writing.Entertaining? Noooooo. I wish.Worth Reading? Yes! Very informative, full of information, although not a replacement for reading the actual Constitution itself. Think of it a slice of the pie in the path of understanding what the heck our country was built upon, what motivations were in play, and how quickly others began to systematically unravel it. Would I read it again? Go [...]

    17. Very good book if interested in some historical details you will not have learned in the public schools (well, unless you had a renegade teacher ;).Because of the marketing approach of the “Politically Incorrect” series, I thought it would be more at the dumbed-down level like the “XX for Dummies” books or “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to XX” books. However, this book (and presumably the series) does not assume an ignorant reader.That’s not bad. But just knowing that going into it [...]

    18. An interesting take on the constitution and the history of the US Supreme Court's interaction with the document. The author gives a very brief history on the drafting and ratification process (which surprised me just how difficult and tumultuous a task this was to do!), then chronicles how the original intent and concepts have been usurped and twisted by the Supreme Court to advance its own end. The author is not shy about his contempt for several judges, and in his criticism of their decisions. [...]

    19. Excellent. I've never read a book that has seriously made me want to leave my current profession to become a history major/lawyer- until this one. Full of cynicism, facts and clear language, it should be read in every civics, government and American History class. Gutzman even offers a solution (in the closing) of how to get back to the republic that the Framers envisioned- which is impressive considering that most modern books of this nature that I am familiar with only offer up conjecture, opi [...]

    20. This book is very enlightening. Along with Liberty and Tyranny, and Men in Black by Mark Levine is a must read in order to understand the supreme court's legislating from the bench. Much of our "law" has come about by decisions of the supreme court that only requires a majority of 5 unelected people who end up determining the course of our lives and in the long run rule contrary to the "voice of the people."

    21. This book will challenge the way you think about America! What exactly ARE your rights and how were they defined? What IS the official role of the government? Why did the founders create a LIMITED government and how far are we from that ideal?These answers and more in a well researched and enjoyable read accessible to even a casual student or the curious.

    22. This is a great source for learning what the founders intended the US Constitution to do, and how it has been ignored and reinterpreted to serve the interests of legislators, presidents, and judges over our nation's history.Needless to say the government has usurped powers never intended for it. Check it out if you're interested in learning more about our nation's founding and laws.

    23. Suffers from a tendency to avoid discussion of the economic interests behind the various political forces that have dealt roughly with the Constitution. People rarely enlarge their power, unless they also aim to enlarge their fortune. A truly PIGish volume could be written on this topic, but this is not it.

    24. I didn't finish this book but just gave up on it: it reached the discussion of the Civil War and entered the circular, repetitive and (often) simply wrong style of argument and the quite dishonest use of evidence one gets from (say) conspiracy theorists. I have too many *good* books to read to waste further time on this dreck.

    25. A good chronology of US law and where we went wrong.The by-line is true, constitutional law is far from constitutional.This book will give you the tools needed to firmly say Barack Obama is not only weak but a lawless traitor destroying, what little that is left in tact, of America's judicial system.

    26. Again, as with all "Politically incorrect" books, this is a very good breakdown of the topic. It allows the reader a greater insight into the writing of the Constitution and how it was originally supposed to be interpreted vs. how many liberal scholars and politicians are interpreting it today. On the whole, a good overview.

    27. Wow. Talk about a book that ticked me off. This book highlights absolutely everything that's wrong with our nation today. Unfortunately there's nothing we can do about it anytime soon, as both ruling political parties have their hand in the cookie jar.

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