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A Thought on "The Liberty Amendments"

"I undertook this project not because I believe the Constitution, as originally structured, is outdated and outmoded, thereby requiring modernization through amendments, but because of the opposite -- that is, the necessity and urgency of restoring constitutional republicanism and preserving the civil society from the growing authoritarianism of a federal Leviathan. This is not doomsaying or fearmongering but an acknowledgement of fact. The Statists have been successful in their century-long march  to disfigure and mangle the constitutional order and undo the social compact.  To disclaim the Statists' campaign and aims is to imprudently ignore the inventions and schemes hatched and promoted openly by their philosophers, experts, and academics, and the coercive application of their designs on the citizenry by a delusional government elite. Their handiwork is omnipresent, for all to see -- a centralized and consolidated government with a ubiquitous network of laws and rules actively suppressing individual initiative, self-interest, and success in the name of the greater good and on behalf of the larger community. Nearly all will be emasculated by it, including the inattentive, ambivalent, and disbelieving." (emphasis in the original)

Mark R. Levin, page 1, "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic"

HT Barnes & Noble

Here are three favorable book reviews that have been published:

  • At American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord writes, "Carefully and powerfully written, the book uses the Constitution itself to illustrate how to reform the Constitution itself. To finally turn the tables on progressives and liberals — Statists, to use the term Levin has brought back to life — who have spent the last century slowly and not so slowly transforming America into the aforementioned 'federal Leviathan.'”

"I must confess that I had some trepidation when starting to read it, for as the editor of American Thinker I turn down most submissions that propose amending the Constitution as a solution for what ails us. The reason is simple: amending the Constitution is deliberately difficult to accomplish, so changing it is a solution easy to propose and difficult to dispose.

"But Mark, whose body of work as a political thinker includes not just the significant tomes Men in Black, Liberty and Tyranny, and Ameritopia but also three hours a day of extemporaneous political talk on one the nation's most popular syndicated talk shows, is in a different category. And not simply because of his stature. The Liberty Amendments consists of a well thought-out program of amendments (offered as a starting point for discussion and modification), combined with a political strategy that could (at least potentially) work: using a constitutional convention called by two-thirds of the states"

"In Mark Levin's new book, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, the attorney and talk-radio host proposes a range of constitutional fixes, ranging from term limits to repeal of the 17th Amendment to a provision -- I really like this one -- moving Tax Day from April 15th to "the day before the date set for elections to federal office," among others.

"Nor is Levin the only one calling for sweeping constitutional change. A couple of years ago, Harvard Law School held a conference on holding a new Constitutional Convention -- you can see my keynote on video here -- in which people from the Tea Party right and the MSNBC left got together, and got along surprisingly well. (Like I said, a lot of people are unhappy.) So is it really time to rethink the United States Constitution?"

Having read Levin's other books -- Men in Black, Liberty and Tyranny, and Ameritopia -- I now look forward to completing Liberty Amendments. You can read chapter 1 from Liberty Amendments here, along with book signing dates..


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