The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters (Hardcover)
In the spirit of Glenn Becks Original Argument comes a lively manifesto on the need to recover the original meaning of the Constitution.
From law school classrooms to the halls of Congress, Americas elites have come to regard the Constitution as a mere decorative parchment to be kept under glass at the National Archives. In The Naked Constitution, conservative legal scholar Adam Freedman defends the controversial doctrine of originalism as the only way to restore the Founding Fathers vision of American liberty. Freedman argues that the fashionable Living Constitution theory has been used by judges and politicians since the Progressive Era of the early 1900s to centralize power in Washington and to threaten individual freedom.
The Naked Constitution explains the fundamental themes animating Americas founding charter: limited government, federalism, separation of powers, and individual liberty. Freedman explores the nature of each of the three branches of government as well as the key individual rights enshrined in the Constitution to show how original meaning can help answer the most pressing questions facing America today: Can the president invade another country without the approval of Congress? Can he assassinate or spy on American citizens in the name of fighting terror? Do corporations have the same free speech rights as individuals? Can the federal government coerce states to adopt particular policies, or force individuals to buy insurance? Ultimately, Freedman calls for a new constitutional convention that will free the nation from capricious courts and idiosyncratic judges, and limit the growth of government for decades to come.
About the Author
Adam Freedman is one of America's leading commentators on law and holds degrees from Yale, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. He is also the author of The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters. A former columnist for the New York Law Journal, Freedman covers legal affairs for Ricochet.com. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two daughters.
“A compelling response to the ‘living Constitution’--a fradulent theory that allows judges and politicians to rewrite the Constitution at will...to centralize power and erode basic freedoms. Most importantly, he explains how we can return to the Founders’ principles of individual liberty and limited government.”
-Mark Levin, author of Med in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America
“Brilliant, lively, pugnacious, and very ambitious. Freedman intends to reclaim our founding document for us, the layment, the ordinary citizens whom the Constitution was intended to serve, andm asterfully does so in this lucid and accessible book.”
-Peter Robinson, fellow, Hoover Institution, and former Reagan speechwriter
In this very entertaining and informative book, Freedman skewers those who have judicially rewritten the Constitution at the expense of our individual liberties. Well-researched and full of historical insight, The Naked Constitution explains the Founders’ original meaning, and demonstrates the urgency of reclaiming America’s founding ideals. Well done.