The Founders' Key: The Ingenious Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution, and What We Risk by Ignoring It - eBook
The Founders' Key
With 2012 being a critical election year in the direction our country will be heading, my interest in our countryÃ¢ÂÂs founding documents has piqued. In the book, Ã¢ÂÂThe FoundersÃ¢ÂÂ Key,Ã¢ÂÂ author Dr. Larry Arnn (president of Hillsdale College) explains that the connection between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution is both relevant and as necessary for proper government today as it was when the founding fathers instituted the democracy. Between the two documents, we have inspired beauty in the freedom-heralding Declaration of Independence and commanding guidelines in the regulation-setting Constitution. Modern policies have made efforts to divorce the one from the other, upholding the Declaration but ignoring the Constitution. Through real-life examples, the author expressed the ongoing shift towards liberalism as legislators have redefined key elements in the Constitution.
Besides writing a commentary on the Declaration and Constitution and where our country could be headed should we continue to separate ourselves from the original purposes our founding fathers had when creating the governmental system, the author of this book includes a section for further reading at the back highlighting five of the Federalist Papers written by James Madison as well as the complete texts of the Declaration and Constitution. I found this section very helpful for easy cross-referencing the source document to compare phraseology on a particular subject. Overall, I am quite impressed with this book. It was a bit heavy reading to get through at times and took me longer than I would have liked to complete. However, the content is vital to getting our country back on track. Get out there on election day and do your civil duty and VOTE for the candidates who will best uphold the principles this country was founded on!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Ã¢ÂÂThe FoundersÃ¢ÂÂ KeyÃ¢ÂÂ through Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.
October 22, 2012
The Founders' Key
If you are a fan of limited government, this is a book for you!
I have long been a fan of Hillsdale College, and the work they do to promote the accurate historical framing of our country. Dr. Larry P. Arnn, president of the College, presents a vivid yet clear and compelling understanding of the unity between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
This fantastic work is evenly divided between the study of the two founding documents presented first and then followed by foundational documents, such as selected writings from the Federalist Papers, to support the claims presented in the first section.
Dr. Arnn starts by discussing the source of our rights, and the apparent disharmony among the two documents, as being from Ã¢ÂÂLaws of Nature and of Nature's GodÃ¢ÂÂ. This is the document that locates Sovereignty in the individual and depicts Government as an alien force making rebellion against it a natural act. Did you know that in the Constitution was a list of charges against the King? Just one of the charges says, Ã¢ÂÂHe has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.Ã¢ÂÂ IsnÃ¢ÂÂt a good thing that isnÃ¢ÂÂtÃ¢ÂÂ going on today? (My tongue is firmly in my cheek!)
The country that our founders envisioned is vastly different from the country we have today. The question for us is how do we behave as a strict Constitutionalist, and start ourselves on the road back to their vision. We may feel that Government is too involved in this or that, without Constitutional authority, but how do we go about rolling back these programs? How do you end Medicare? Whatever your thoughts, it is not a delineated power within the Constitution.
Arnn ends his treatise with these words: Ã¢ÂÂBecause the principles that our country serves, and the institutions by which it serves them, have a beauty hardly matched in all history, they sound a call that all can answer. In their attraction and in our response is the hope for a free people. That is the FoundersÃ¢ÂÂ Key.Ã¢ÂÂ
Before you vote in November, read this book!!!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through their bloggers review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
April 14, 2012
Contitutional Law, Founding Principles and Danger
THE FOUNDERSÃ¢ÂÂ KEY
The Divine and Natural Connection Between the
Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and
What We Risk by Losing it.
Larry P. Arnn ÃÂ© 2012
Thomas Nelson Publishers
With Notes, Appendices and Suggested Further Reading
Dr. Arnn discusses why the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution do not contradict each other as progressives, academics and journalists claim.
Our system of checks and balances by the three branches of our government, were designed to prevent the abuses of power that fostered the Revolutionary War. However, our government now has a fourth branch, the Administrative branch. Some present day leaders want to change the Constitution because this Administrative branch is not authorized under our Constitutional system.
This huge Administrative bureaucracy is a source of our nationÃ¢ÂÂs out-of-control spending, loss of freedoms and loss of control by we the people. Consequences will increase if we the people do not regain the representative government our founders created.
The author reminds us that we the people were intended to control the government as well as the government control certain human behaviors. At present we have no real control over the fourth branch, the Administrative system. This branch makes laws (regulations), supplanting the role of Congress. This branch administers penalties (fines) the function of the judicial branch.
Our Declaration and Constitution are unique in world history. Larry ArnnÃ¢ÂÂs arguments for not changing these documents are well reasoned, fully researched and corroborated by our Founders writings.
The last half of this book contains copies of the Declaration, Constitution and various Federalists papers documenting the truths Dr. Arnn presents.
Dr. Arnn, the President of Hillsdale College, teaches history, the Constitution and other classes. He has been published multiple times.
Hillsdale College regularly supports educational lectures and seminars on national and world problems, and refuses government funding.
February 6, 2012
Important read for Preserving our History
President of Hillsdale college, Larry Arnn, wrote The Founders' Key at a crucial time in American history. This book is chalked full of the connection between the Deceleration and the Constitution. The book is a small book to begin with, but it is only part chapter book and part important papers form our history such as The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and a few selected federalist paper. This book is an excellent starting text for people just getting more involved in government knowledge. Dr. Arnn refers back to these 2 intricate documents and shows how "man is placed in nature, above the beast and below God." (which I don't think could be better stated.) Dr. Arnn refers to many events in American history and pulls them apart to show how it is all related. My favorite being the information about "limited government" actually made me laugh out loud.
I must start by saying that I currently wanted to be more knowledgeable about our government and I am getting there but I was far from knowledgeable when I started reading this book. What first attracted me about this book was that it was short but yet a quick read. I easily get side tracked when reading books that have a political nature. Not this one! It keeps you moving along through out history. The second big appeal was that the major documents were posted in the back of the book (which takes up about half of the book) and it was so easy to flip back and forth and better understand what was being said. I agree whole heartedly that if these are not "preserved" as the author states, they "Founders' Key" will be lost.
I reviewed this book for the Thomas Nelson book review program in return for an honest opinion.
March 20, 2012