In his last two consecutive New York Times bestsellers, Mark R. Levin has made the case that the principles undergirding our society and governmental system are unraveling. If we cherish our American heritage, he contends, then it is time to embrace a constitutional revival. In THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS (Threshold Editions; August 13, 2013; $26.99), Levin turns to the founding fathers and the Constitution itself for guidance in restoring the American republic, proposing eleven amendments to the Constitution and explaining how each one could help restore our American republic.
For a century, the Statists have steadfastly constructed a federal Leviathan, distorting and evading our constitutional system in pursuit of an all-powerful, ubiquitous central government. The result is an ongoing and growing assault on individual liberty, state sovereignty, and the social compact.
The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and the delegates to each state’s ratification convention foresaw a time when – despite their best efforts to forestall it – the Federal government might breach the Constitution’s limits and begin oppressing the people. Agencies such as the IRS and EPA and programs such as Obamacare demonstrate that the Framers’ fear was prescient. Therefore, the Framers provided two methods for amending the Constitution. The second was intended for our current circumstances – empowering the states to bypass Congress and call a convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution.
Mark Levin argues that we, the people, can avoid a perilous outcome by seeking recourse, using the method called for in the Constitution itself. The Framers adopted ten constitutional amendments, called the Bill of Rights, that would preserve individual rights and state authority. He lays forth eleven specific prescriptions for restoring our founding principles, ones that are consistent with the Framers’ design. His proposals – such as term limits for members of Congress and Supreme Court justices and limits on federal taxing and spending – are pure common sense, ideas shared by many. They draw on the wisdom of the Founding Fathers – including James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and numerous lesser-known but crucially important men – in their content and in the method for applying them to the current state of the nation. Now is the time for the American people to take the first step toward reclaiming what belongs to them. The task is daunting, but it is imperative if we are to be truly free.
MARK R. LEVIN, nationally syndicated talk-radio host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation, is the author of Liberty and Tyranny, the 38-week New York Times bestseller that spent three months at #1 and sold more than one million copies; and the #1 New York Times bestseller Ameritopia. His books Men in Black and Rescuing Sprite were also New York Times and national bestsellers. He has worked as an attorney in the private sector and as a top adviser to several members of President Reagan’s cabinet. He holds a B.A. from Temple University and a J.D. from Temple University Law School. Follow Mark Levin on Twitter or visit http://www.marklevinshow.com.