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New Book: The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution

I hope you all plan on buying a new and enticing book that just came out called The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan. It looks like a fascinating book, one that goes through the constitution and the clauses, and spells out the true meaning and history. A must for DP readers. For a good review, see here.

I ordered mine. So should you. Oh, and use the amazon link on DP. This helps Daily Paul at no cost to you.

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Sounds like a winner, at least for my liberty minded friends.

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Great Book

Finished this book by Prof. Brion McClanahan about 5 minutes ago. I'd recommend it to all DPers here and will gladly give this OLD post a "dusting off" bump. :)

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Will the link in the OP give

Will the link in the OP give a commission of sale to DP or the OP? Just curious.

Should be to DP. If not, just

Should be to DP. If not, just click the Amazon link at the top.

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Thank you

Thank you

Thanks!

Brutus:

Great nickname and thank you for the recommendation. I hope all Ron Paul supporters can pick up a copy. Give it to your friends, give it to a Newt, Mitt, or Rick supporter (to change their mind, of course), give to a co-worker who likes politics, most importantly, give it and get it for liberty and the founding principles. If anyone here has questions or comments, feel free to become a fan of my Facebook page or drop me a line. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brion-McClanahan/187291327954734

Best regards,

Brion McClanahan

You’re welcome, sir! However,

You’re welcome, sir! However, I should be thanking you for undertaking this project. Your previous book on the Founding Fathers was very pleasurable and well-written, and this new one looks to be packed with the same erudition. Thank you, Professor McClanahan!

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. - John Randolph of Roanoke

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Great! Thank you!!!

Great! Thank you!!!

Debbie

Recomended:

Read "Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers" before reading "The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution." It was written by the same author prior to his latest book. It is reletivley cheap(I think only $8 or $9 dollars) and it is a basis for his last book.

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Ah yes; great book! But that

Ah yes; great book! But that book is a small biographical of various people. Either one is great, but the recent one is more about the constitution than biographical of certain people.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. - John Randolph of Roanoke

Right

I have read the first, going to pick up the recent one. I see the first one as pre reading because it goes in depth about who the founders were, and what they went through in their lives, and basically sets the stage for how they came together to write the constitution in his recent book. You hear people putting down our foudners(not Paul supporters tho) and his prior book really puts those type of people in their places. Either way, both make for a great read, and a good history lesson that you will not learn in any public school.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

It looks good but I honestly

It looks good but I honestly think all you need to do is pick up a copy of the Federalist Papers and read it side by side with the constitution. Then supplement this reading with a reading of the Anti-Federalist papers and if you are extra ambitious read major supreme court rulings (I haven't gotten this far yet.)

The Federalist papers read like they were written today and as footnotes for the constitution. I especially like Federalist 41 as it disposes the myths surrounding the General Welfare Clause in plain English.

"Some, who have not denied the necessity of the power of taxation, have grounded a very fierce attack against the Constitution, on the language in which it is defined. It has been urged and echoed, that the power "to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States," amounts to an unlimited commission to exercise every power which may be alleged to be necessary for the common defense or general welfare. No stronger proof could be given of the distress under which these writers labor for objections, than their stooping to such a misconstruction.

Had no other enumeration or definition of the powers of the Congress been found in the Constitution, than the general expressions just cited, the authors of the objection might have had some color for it; though it would have been difficult to find a reason for so awkward a form of describing an authority to legislate in all possible cases. A power to destroy the freedom of the press, the trial by jury, or even to regulate the course of descents, or the forms of conveyances, must be very singularly expressed by the terms "to raise money for the general welfare."

Federalist 41

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While The Federalist is

While The Federalist is important in some respects, it is not the proper venue to understanding the constitution. Read the review link above for more on this point.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. - John Randolph of Roanoke

That was a great read and I

That was a great read and I think I'll definitely pick up this book now if nothing less to speed up my studies. However, I really disliked Wilson's mass bias and snobbery in the review. He says:

"The Federalist, which we see cited all the time as the key to the Constitution is speculation and was never ratified by anybody. But handicapped thinkers read Madison’s philosophical ruminations, nearly all of which have been proved superficial and wrong, and imagine themselves participating in deep thoughts about government and learning about the true Constitution."

I disagree. I think this is what makes the Federalist such a great counter source to those who distort the constitution. They respect these papers and right within them are the pro-ratifiers own admissions and explanations of the limited role the federal government was supposed to play. In other words, I think you can argue the position that Wilson makes in his review simply by using the Federalist papers themselves.

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I like Professor Wilson,

I like Professor Wilson, though he could be rough around the edges. Though I'm not speaking for him, I would guess that his point is that The Federalist is overrated. The proper way to understanding the constitution--which this new book attempts to do--is through the ratifying conventions. Tom Woods and Kevin Gutzman have also expressed this in their respective writings. This book, if for anything, will help, I believe, enlighten us with a different way of looking at the constitution besides the avenues of The Federalist, etc.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. - John Randolph of Roanoke

I agree. I'll have to check

I agree. I'll have to check and see if the book is available on the Nook.

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