The Founding Fathers wanted the judicial branch to serve as a check on the power of the legislative and executive, and gave the Supreme Court the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution in a way that would safeguard individual freedoms. Sadly, the Supreme Court has handed down many destructive decisions on cases you probably never learned ...Read MoreThe Founding Fathers wanted the judicial branch to serve as a check on the power of the legislative and executive, and gave the Supreme Court the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution in a way that would safeguard individual freedoms. Sadly, the Supreme Court has handed down many destructive decisions on cases you probably never learned about in school. In The Dirty Dozen, two distinguished legal scholars shed light on the twelve worst cases, which allowed government to interfere in your private contractual agreements; curtail your rights to criticize or support political candidates; arrest and imprison you indefinitely, without filing charges; seize your private property, without compensation, when someone uses the property for criminal activity--even if you don't know about it!Read Less
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If you've ever wondered how the federal government got so out of control this is the book to read. What the founders never expected was that the three branches would ever collude together to skirt the Constitution. In this book I discovered how one court case during FDR's presidency upset the careful taxation and spending rules established by the Framers. They had little idea that someday the Supreme Court would maliciously nullify their efforts by wrongful, politically motivated interpretations. The Supreme Court is as much to be feared as an out of control President or Congress. The Constitutional misinterpretations exposed in this book terrify me. What can they do to us in the future if the court can amend the Constitution by wrong headed ideologically motivated interpretations whenever a simple majority of judges agree. You'll be frightened too. I believe that America is the people (culture and institutions) and the land and that the United States is an agreement between the federal government and the states to rule America without any regard to the Constitutional law that is supposed to define and contain those governments. This book confirms my thoughts on the subject. To learn more about how our country has been ravaged by its government I would recommend also Roosevelt's Road to Russia, The Roosevelt Myth, The New Dealer's War, Unintended Consequences (Ross) and Final Judgment (Piper). Any one of these books can get you started in the right (no pun intended) direction---unless you prefer not knowing---
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