With the goal of curbing the excessive overreach of the Federal Government, Mark Levin proposes ten amendments to the Constitution. For this to be accomplished, a majority of state legislatures must convene in a “convention of states.” for the purpose of amending the Constitution. Personally, I am behind this 100% and I am fully convinced that the Federal Government is out of control.
The ten amendments deal with government taxation and spending, reverting to state senators being chosen from state legislatures, term limits for congress and the Supreme Court, limiting Federal bureaucracy, promoting free enterprise, protecting private property, and the authority for the states to check the congress and to directly amend the Constitution.
My favorite highlights from the book are:
- Page 30 – the problem of elected officials staying in office for a long period of time and not actually representing their constituents.
- Page 59 – “It is worth noting that Lincoln, who insisted on judicial limits, led the effort to abolish slavery. Contrarily, Wilson, who demanded an all-powerful court, enthusiastically supported segregation.”
- Page 129 – Wickard v. Filburn – terrible abuse of the Commerce Clause. The Filburn farm grew wheat for personal use, selling locally, and for seeding was fined by the Federal Government.
- Page 138 – Private property is one of the fundamental building blocks for a prosperous republic.
- Page 149 – The Constitution was not meant to be a detailed list of laws and edicts to micromanage people’s behavior.
- Page 175 – The debacle of the Obamacare bill – how it was passed, not read by many members, various versions of the bill, etc.
This book evokes a deep reverence for what the founding fathers accomplished and how in a generation progressives have destroyed the Constitution. I also think that this book read much easier than “Ameritopia.” Also, I think I will buy this book and have my children read and if I ever was elected to office, I would strive for a convention of states.