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What Does the Constitution Really Mean?
Are liberals right when they cite the elastic” clauses of the Constitution to justify big government? Or are conservatives right when they cite the Constitution’s explicit limits on federal power? The answer lies in a more basic question: How did the founding generation intend for us to interpret and apply the Constitution? Professor Brion McClanahan, popular author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Founding Fathers, finds the answers by going directly to the sourceto the Founding Fathers themselves, who debated all the relevant issues in their state constitutional conventions.
In The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution, you’ll discover:
- How the Constitution was designed to protect rather than undermine the rights of States
- Why Congress, not the executive branch, was meant to be the dominant branch of governmentand why the Founders would have argued for impeaching many modern presidents for violating the Constitution
- Why an expansive central government was the Founders’ biggest fear, and how the Constitutionand the Bill of Rightswas designed to guard against it
- Why the founding generation would regard most of the current federal budgetincluding stimulus packages”as unconstitutional
- Why the Founding Fathers would oppose attempts to reform” the Electoral College
- Why the Founding Fathers would be horrified at the enormous authority of the Supreme Court, and why the Founders intended Congress, not the Court, to interpret federal law
Authoritative, fascinating, and timely, The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution is the definitive layman’s guide to America’s most important—and often willfully misunderstood—historical document.
About the Author
Brion McClanahan is author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Founding Fathers and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of South Carolina. Born in Virginia, he attended high school in Delaware and received a B.A. in history from Salisbury University in Maryland. He lives with his wife and children near Phenix City, Alabama, just across the river from Columbus, Georgia.