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Can anyone recommend a book I could give to someone who doesn't think the Constitution is important anymore?

So after a severely lengthy political debate with one of my friends whom I have know for sometime growing up, but recently kept in contact with on facebook - We were debating the whole thing about Obama sending our military to Libya and I was pressing the issue that it was unconstitutional and the president did not follow the War Powers Resolution either. Basically it came out that he thinks it is ok since it "was not our war" (The U.N.s) and we are just helping our allies. But when I detailed EXACTLY what the constitution and the war powers say about entering into hostilities with other nations then his response was "If you think that we will live by that old constitution and every detail in their you have a lot to learn." and also "You think the constitution will be around for ever?" I expressed amazement in his statements especially since his wife is in the military. Well, I told him I was sending him some gifts in the mail and mailed him a pocket constitution and a "surprise" book (Ron Paul's The Revolution: A Manifesto) since it was the only other book I had that may be helpful reading for him. He said he will read anything I give him and I think he will as he is pretty open minded, but I am not sure if The Revolution: A Manifesto will be appropriate for him.

Does anyone else have any recommendations (possibly by other like minded authors) that state the case for our constitution?

(I am afraid of "Ron Paul"ing him to death I mention RP a lot and would like to find another similar viewpoint so he does not dismiss it immediately)

I would be more than happy to hear recommendations for books that intelligently detail the case for "libertarian views" - Thanks!

**EDIT - Thank you to everyone who made sincere suggestions for good books! I think this will help many others looking for good information as well. Unfortunately, it is also apparent that there are many here on the Daily Paul who don't really care about Ron Paul or the Constitution and are here to spread disinformation - FORTUNATELY, they are also easy to spot :)

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Yes.

"Can anyone recommend a book you can give to someone who doesn't think the Constitution is important anymore?"

Something by Dr. Seuss might work.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

Brigadier General Smedley Butler...

"War is a Racket".

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution

by Professor Brion McClanahan

http://www.amazon.com/Founding-Fathers-Guide-Constitution/dp...

I've been passing this book around to my co-workers for a while now. I particularly enjoyed it, and learned quite a bit.

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

metalhed19's picture

I would like to add "The

I would like to add "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constituion" by Kevin Gutzman, and closely related the "Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers" by Brion McClanahan. Both of these guys are part of Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom and are totally legitimate.

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

Cyril's picture

Sure, here are two books

Sure, here are two books that explain a lot on the various moral hazards we expose ourselves to, when ignoring texts such as the U.S. Constitution and its principles:

Frederic Bastiat's "That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen":

http://bastiat.org/en/twisatwins.html

Frederic Bastiat's "The Law" (already suggested many times here, I see):

http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

@ Robert Welch University

@ Robert Welch University download the PDF called "And not a shot is fired." If that doesn't remind people of the importance of our constitution nothing will.

Top 6 Books about the U.S. Constitution

Top 6 Books about the U.S. Constitution

"Here is my "top 6" list of outstanding books about the origins, framing, ratification, Bill of Rights amendments and contemporary problems of the U.S. Constitution. I hope it will counter many recent misleading and unhistorical books on a vital subject that an "informed citizenry" has to get right if we are to survive as a nation."

1. The Origins of American Constitutionalism by Donald S. Lutz

The list author says:
""The U.S. Constitution derives its form and content from a tradition of American colonial documents that began a century and a half prior to 1787.""

$19.50 Used & New from: $10.48

2. Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier

The list author says:
"Dr. Maier confirms Bernard Bailyn's observation that the literature and state-by-state ratification debates represents the greatest outpouring of political thought in Western history."

$19.80 Used & New from: $1.99

3. Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution by Richard R. Beeman

The list author says:
"Dr. Beeman tells us the real inside story of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. As Benjamin Franklin observed, "we are groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us.""

$13.14 Used & New from: $4.40

4. Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution by Jack N. Rakove

The list author says:
"A plethora of invaluable insights into what the U.S. Constitution really means, including little understood sections like the infamous "three-fifths clause.""

$12.21 Used & New from: $1.56

5. How Democratic is the American Constitution? Second Edition by Robert Alan Dahl

The list author says:
"Dr. Dahl knocks parts of the U.S. Constitution off their pedestal, and reveals some intrinsic "undemocratic" features that still plague American politics and governance."

$9.95 Used & New from: $0.24

6. The Great Rights of Mankind: A History of the American Bill of Rights by Bernard Schwartz

The list author says:
"A great book, featuring useful charts and tables, that includes the English antecedents (e.g., the Levellers), and colonial charters and laws that refined the essential rights and liberties "secured" in the revolutionary state constitutions and the Bill of Rights. Americans need to revive the idea of limiting government by law."

Used & New from: $20.40

Understanding the Constitution - David Gibbs

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Constitution-Things-Chri...

Of course, any book by Ron Paul will add the Constitution to the discussion too, so yes, any of Ron's books are good buys too.

Tom Mullen

A Return to Common Sense

2 Chron 7:13-14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

'The End of America' by Naomi Wolf.

She wrote it in 2007 and details the 10 steps every free country goes through on its transformation into a fascist and totalitarian state. She was very anti-Bush administration and a big Obama supporter in 2008. By 2010 she had realized that Obama "change" was for the worse.

Well worth reading, only 155 pages, documented facts. Good book for anyone to read.

That, and have them read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers.

The Five Thousand Year Leap

The best book I have ever read on the Constitution and the principles America was founded on.

From an Amazon review on the book:

"This is an incredible book that should be read by all Americans.

I first read this book back in the mid 1980s shortly after it was first published. It had such a profound effect on me that I can still recall where I was when I was reading it. That is rather amazing as I have I have probably read about 1600 books since then.

I was excited to see that it had recently been republished as my original copy is pretty ragged. It was great to reread it and brush up on the great ideas contained in it.

The premise of the book is that because of the free market system that took root after our Constitution was enacted, the United States literally made a 5000 year leap of progress in the time since then. The author, W. Cleon Skousen, discussed the changes from the time of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to the early 1980s when the book was written. In discussing Jamestown, he said: "The most striking thing about the settlers of Jamestown was their startling similarity to the ancient pioneers who built settlements in other parts of the world 5,000 years earlier. The whole panorama of Jamestown demonstrated how shockingly little progress had been made by man during all of those fifty centuries."

He went on to say, "The settlers of Jamestown had come in a boat no larger and no more commodious than those of the ancient sea kings. Their tools still consisted of shovel, axe, hoe, and a stick plow which were only slightly improved over those of China, Egypt, Persia, and Greece. They harvested their grain and hay-grass with the same primitive scythes ..."

He then discussed the Constitution that was developed by the Founders. It took 180 years for them to put it all together from the beginning of Jamestown in 1607 to the enactment of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. He goes through the inspirations and sources for their thoughts in explaining how the U.S. Constitutional system came about.

Dr. Skousen contrasted the situation described in Jamestown above to the present day. He talks about the phenomenol results produced by the free enterprise system. Some of the incredible inventions and changes that he cites are as follows: the internal combustion engine, jet propulsion, exotic space travel, 'all the wonders of nuclear energy', massive changes in communications, the doubling of the life expectancy, central heating/air conditioning, surgical miracles, cures for numerous diseases, etc. Needless to say, the list could go on and on.

In showing how our system was designed, Skousen goes through 28 principles that the Founders developed from their study of sources such as Cicero, Locke, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, and others. Skousen has done what most people don't have the time or inclination to do: Study the original source materials and bring it all together.

Obviously, it would be great if every American studied the sources listed above as well as The Federalist Papers, the writings of Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, and others. Since that is unlikely, this is a great way to gain a good general understanding of the roots of our nation.

One great thing about this book is that the author discusses some of the problems that we have faced in recent years due to failing to follow the Constitution and the principles of the Founders. Some of these are issues like the mounting national debt, excessive taxation, and judicial activism.

Dr. Skousen also does a great job of explaining the political spectrum and the absurdities of the left-right labeling so often used in discourse today. He explains in an easy-to-understand manner that the far left and far right as the terms are used today are really the same thing, ruler's law, and are totally out of step with the way the system was intended.

One could easily go on about this book for a long time, but I will spare the reader that. Suffice it to say, this is an amazing book that should be read by all.

I would also highly recommend, "The Making Of America" The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution by the same author. Anyone who reads those two books will know more about the way our system was designed and supposed to work than 99% of all Americans including 'constitutional lawyers'. Buy this book."

http://www.amazon.com/5000-Year-Original-Authorized-Edition/...

EDIT: I just scrolled down and someone has already recommended this book. Sorry for the repeat!

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Agreed! The 5000 Year Leap

Very inspiring and amazing. Applicable to the majority of problems we face today. The Constitution writers addressed most of today's issues over 200 years ago. http://US-Debt-Solutions-Now.com/Sound-Money-2012.php?p=Ron-...

The Constitutional Return to Sound Money - Today!
http://us-debt-solutions-now.com/

yes

I would give that person a copy of the "UN Agenda 21: Sustainable Development", and explain to them that this is what is replacing the constitution.

I would ask them to answer after reading the book, "Do you think this is better than the Constitution?"

Give them the book two links

Give them the book two links below you called "Freedom is Sacrificed on the Altar of Government!" It's subject is exactly what you are requesting.

Gulag Archipelago

I just so happened to pick up that book. I told my father, "You know what's wrong with this country is our elected have not read that book, for if they did, they would see clearly, that we are doing what Stalin is doing." The next week, during his second campaign speach, Bush mentioned the author, "Alexanre Solzenichen" (Spelled a few ways, from Russian"), it won a Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

When Bush named the author, I KNEW, not only had they read that book, but they were using that book as a road map, to not make the mistakes Stalin has made.

The book is a tome, hard to put down though, easier to read than, "Atlas Shrugged", by Ayn Rand, which is also another good book, but there is the movie now, which I liked very much.

Man's Search For Meaning

By Dr. Victor Frankl.

from a review on amazon:

The first section of this book consist of Victor Frankl's account of his experiences in the concentration camp. This section seems unique among the Holocaust accounts that I've seen and read because Dr. Frankl approaches the topic from a psychological perspective. He discusses the ways in which the different prisoners react to their imprisonment. He writes about the psychological effects of being completely dehumanized; of losing even your name, and becoming simply a number. Also he disscusses the effects of not being able to contact loved ones, or even know is they are still living.
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3RWR1GWK5FP5I/ref=cm_cr_pr_vie...

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

we should nullify the Constitution

and return to the Articles of Confederation. It's the only legal and peaceful and OUR RIGHT as Americans. It could be done by gaining control of 38 state house and amend the Constitution to end it.

If you have ever read the Constitution how could a person loving liberty ever want this thing. As a matter of fact if you read the debate between the Federalist and the Anti- Federalist you will find the you don’t like the constitution either. The Constitution is the formation of greater government not protection from the government. It’s written so vague and there are no protections from the government in it. Sure you have the Bills of Rights but think about it…….why is they in the form of amendments. The constitution is the beginning of the end for liberty and we are at the end. Read Hamilton’s Cruse then you might become a true libertarian.

And no right to

private property and giving the central state the power to seize it whenever they want.

So many people are basically state worshipping commies now. My own relatives spewing nonsense about how the internet has to be controlled and giving up freedom to be "secure".
No logic to the thought process.

The Liberty Documents: Principles That Framed A Nation

The Liberty Documents: Principles That Framed A Nation is an excellent book that just came out late last month. It is the complete collection (in chronological order) of America's founding documents in their original format. The Kindle version has some really fantastic illustrations. You can order it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. I highly recommend this read!

In Liberty

The 5000 Year Leap

I highly recommend The 5000 Year Leap. Here's a link:

http://www.amazon.com/5000-Year-Original-Authorized-Edition/...

Ron Miller

Debbie's picture

I love this book.

I learned so much we should have been but weren't taught in school.

Debbie

Animal Farm by

George Orwell. Great stuff.
"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others". A quote from the pigs!

Just make sure it is big and

Just make sure it is big and heavy and hit m over the head with it LOL. Thats the dumbest thing ive heard in a while. Who would crap on the document that brought them our freedom that where always praising. Even though we havent truely had to fight for it since we got it, but that will change and when it does poeple will think twice before opening their mouths.

dave

Is he religious?

Ask him if we should junk The Bible because it is "old" & "outdated"?
Human nature hasn't changed in thousands of years.

Just think.. King George's men quartered themselves in your home

ate your food, checked each sheet of paper, took advantage of the women. So a new nation was born. Still, doesn't that scream of property rights violations, violations of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness? Here we are today in King Goeoge's modern day po-lice state.. Our emails should be our private/intellectual property. Every time I try to search for one of my prev. emails.. it comes up.. followed by a message/lecture that I have 5,000 of them. Still, I pay for my internet. Outrageious. Ask your unimformed friend how he/she feels about things like that!

People reject what they don't understand

They'll understand the Constitution after reading this, guaranteed:

http://www.amazon.com/Peoples-Guide-United-States-Constituti...

The Federalist Papers

It explains what the founders were trying to do, from their own mouths. Many of the issues going on in the late 1700's are every bit as relevant today as they were back then. It blew my mind to read it, and I only did it in 2007, I'm sorry to say. Like many other people, I thought we had 'evolved' since that time, but now I don't think that.

I would ask

Why, then, was it necessary for Obama to swear to uphold that same constitution when he was inaugurated? Also, does your friend think that sending a drone to kill not just one but TWO American citizens (one being a 16 year old minor) in Pakistan without due process is justified? In my opinion, this sets a DANGEROUS precedent. If the president can kill them under mere suspicion, without any oversight from Congress, what is to stop them killing any of us? This is what the constitution is for: to protect the people when government becomes too tyrannical.

But the one book that helped me to see the patterns of the puppet masters controlling the world was And the Truth Shall Set You Free! by David Icke. It goes through all the wars, spelling out who pulled the strings & who profited. The book ends during the Clinton administration, but through it I could clearly see how the events that followed with the second generation of the Bush Administration just further this same agenda. Of particular interest was the enacting of Regulation 18b in Europe during World War II that allowed for the detention of any dissenters without due process of law. Sound like any legislation passed in America recently??

The constitution states that

The constitution states that it is the american citizens duty to keep our government in check. This is why we have the second amendment so we will always have the tools for the job if neccessary and from where i'm standn it looks like these boys really like their new toys we all have bought for them. We're just as guilty as they are for standing idol and not doing anything to stop it.

dave