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The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution

Regnery Publishing / 2013 / Paperback

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When discussing the Constitution, both the Right and Left talk past each other, armed with their own particular version of the document's intentions, limitations, and abilities. Tackling the preamble, and the articles covering the legislative branch, the executive branch, the judiciary branch, miscellaneous subjects, and amendments and Bill of Rights in turn, this book looks at what Madison, Hamilton, James Wilson, Patrick Henry, Roger Sherman, George Mason, Oliver Ellsworth, Melancton Smith, Charles Pinckney, Robert Whitehall and other founders thought about the document they were creating. Discover how the founding fathers themselves wanted the Constitution to be used by the nation of America, and how that impacts our political process today. 262 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Regnery Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1621570533
ISBN-13: 9781621570530
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What Does the Constitution Really Mean?

Are liberals right when they cite the “elastic” clauses of the Constitution to justify big government? Or are conservatives right when they cite the Constitution’s explicit limits on federal power? The answer lies in a more basic question: How did the founding generation intend for us to interpret and apply the Constitution? Professor Brion McClanahan, popular author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Founding Fathers, finds the answers by going directly to the source—to the Founding Fathers themselves, who debated all the relevant issues in their state constitutional conventions.
In The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution, you’ll discover:

  • How the Constitution was designed to protect rather than undermine the rights of States
  • Why Congress, not the executive branch, was meant to be the dominant branch of government—and why the Founders would have argued for impeaching many modern presidents for violating the Constitution
  • Why an expansive central government was the Founders’ biggest fear, and how the Constitution—and the Bill of Rights—was designed to guard against it
  • Why the founding generation would regard most of the current federal budget—including “stimulus packages”—as unconstitutional
  • Why the Founding Fathers would oppose attempts to “reform” the Electoral College
  • Why the Founding Fathers would be horrified at the enormous authority of the Supreme Court, and why the Founders intended Congress, not the Court, to interpret federal law

Authoritative, fascinating, and timely, The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution is the definitive layman’s guide to America’s most important—and often willfully misunderstood—historical document.

Author Bio

Brion McClanahan is author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Founding Fathers and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of South Carolina. Born in Virginia, he attended high school in Delaware and received a B.A. in history from Salisbury University in Maryland. He lives with his wife and children near Phenix City, Alabama, just across the river from Columbus, Georgia.

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