Conservative First

June 3, 2009

Summer Reading: Who Killed the Constitution?

I began my summer reading program with Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush, by Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R. C. Gutzman (New York:  Crown Forum, 2008).  As the authors state at the beginning of the introduction, “Many Americans worry that the Constitution is dying.”  They then deliver the bad news that “the Constitution is already dead.  It died a long time ago” (1).

In the chapters that follow, they “chronicle a dozen of the words examples of the federal government’s defiance of the Constitution–twelve actions from the past century that, taken together, dealt the death blow to the Constitution” (2-3), actions taken by presidents, congressmen, and Supreme Court justices of both parties.

Whether it can be resurrected or not is up to the American people, who need to better understand the Constitution and its relationship to the federal government.

Reading Who Killed the Constitution? can help you become better informed about attacks on the Constitution during the last century and the precendents those attacks set for politicians and judges today.

The book is easily accessible by the average reader.

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