The Liberty Amendments
By Levin, Mark R.
Publisher: Threshold Editions
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mARK r. LEVIN HAS MADE THE CASE, IN NUMEROUS "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLING BOOKS "MEN IN BLACK," "LIBERTY AND TYRANNY," AND "AMERITOPIA" THAT THE PRINCIPLES UNDERGIRDING OUR SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM ARE UNRAVELING. IN "THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS," HE TURNS TO THE FOUNDING FATHERS AND THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF FOR GUIDANCE IN RESTORING THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC.
For a century, the Statists have steadfastly constructed a federal Leviathan, distorting and evading our constitutional system in pursuit of an all-powerful, ubiquitous central government. The result is an ongoing and growing assault on individual liberty, state sovereignty, and the social compact. Levin argues that if we cherish our American heritage, it is time to embrace a constitutional revival. The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and the delegates to each state's ratification convention foresaw a time when despite their best efforts to forestall it the Federal government might breach the Constitution's limits and begin oppressing the people. Agencies such as the IRS and EPA and programs such as Obamacare demonstrate that the Framers fear was prescient.
Therefore, the Framers provided two methods for amending the Constitution. The second was intended for our current circumstances empowering the states to bypass Congress and call a convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution. Levin argues that we, the people, can avoid a perilous outcome by seeking recourse, using the method called for in the Constitution itself. The Framers adopted ten constitutional amendments, called the Bill of Rights, that would preserve individual rights and state authority. Levin lays forth eleven specific prescriptions for restoring our founding principles, ones that are consistent with the Framers design. His proposals such as term limits for mem-bers of Congress and Supreme Court justices and lim-its on federal taxing and spending are pure common sense, ideas shared by many. They draw on the wisdom of the Founding Fathers including James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and numerous lesser-known but crucially important men in their content and in the method for applying them to the current state of the nation. Now is the time for the American people to take the first step toward reclaiming what belongs to them. The task is daunting, but it is imperative if we are to be truly free.
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