Are liberals right when they cite the elastic clauses of the Constitution to justify big government? Or are conservatives right when they cite the Constitutions explicit limits on federal power?Read more...
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Are liberals right when they cite the elastic clauses of the Constitution to justify big government? Or are conservatives right when they cite the Constitutions 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, youll 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 governmentand 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 Constitutionand the Bill of Rights was designed to guard against it*Why the founding generation would regard most of the current federal budgetincluding stimulus packagesas 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 lawAuthoritative, fascinating, and timely,The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution is the definitive laymans guide to Americas most importantand often willfully misunderstoodhistorical document.
About The AuthorBrion 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.