Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America
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Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  826 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Conservative talk radio host, lawyer, and frequent National Review contributor Mark R. Levin comes out firing against the United States Supreme Court in Men in Black, accusing the institution of corrupting the ideals of America's founding fathers. The court, in Levin's estimation, pursues an ideology-based activist agenda that oversteps its authority within the government....more
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Published August 1st 2006 by Regnery Publishing (first published January 6th 2005)
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Michael
Apr 24, 2008 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Political Science and Journalism students; anyone interested in govermnent or politics
When I earned my degree in Political Science, one of the most interesting courses I took was in Constitutional Law. I've also read widely about the framing of the Constitution and the early history of our nation. This NY Times Best Seller lived up to all the hype I heard about it. Mr Levin, aReagan-era appointee, radio-talk-show host and Constitutional Law expert succinctly describes how the Supreme Court has taken unto itself unprecedented power to legislate from the bench. Having just viewed t...more
Bernie
This book clearly chronicals the systematic over-reach by the judicial branch, detailing the general disregard of the Constitution by the the same branch charged with evaluating the Constitutionality of Federal law.

Of particular historical interest was the efforts of the Supreme Court to uphold slavery in disregard of the 10th amendment and "seperate-but-equal" segregation. Of current interest is the the modern efforts of liberals to use the court as a vehicle to advance goals they are unable t...more
Howard Olsen
There are about a billion books out there about the conservative approach to constitutional law that are more scholarly and/or even-tempered, but this one is the most direct, succinct and comprehensible for the lay reader. Some of the issues presented (abortion, first amendment) might be familiar, since they are the ones that receive a lot of popular attention; but Levin's discussions about more esoteric matters (commerce clause, privacy, filibuster) that make this book valuable. The sad fact is...more
Douglas
This right-wing rant is the result of shallow reasoning, biased reporting, and disingenuous scholarship. Levin's prejudice and combativeness ruin his effort. He conveniently dismisses all of the Supreme Court's so-called liberal decisions with which he disagrees on ideological grounds as "judicial activism," while ignoring the modern judicial activism of conservatives. In fact, Levin actually fails to mention the greatest judicial activism in American history: When five conservative Republican a...more
Richard
Mark Levin's book falls into some of the usual pitfalls that almost all biased political argumentation today falls into--evidence is often stretched and recontextualized to fit certain predisposed conclusions. The book is clearly well researched, and Levin is no doubt quite knowledgeable about legal process and the language of the US Constitution, but his conclusions are often stretched to a degree that no longer fits the evidence. I would hesitate comparing his method to a smokescreen, for I am...more
Mel Foster
As a libertarian I can't deny I approached some chapters of this book with skepticism. How, for instance, would Levin argue that noncitizens shouldn't be given the same basic natural rights as U.S. citizens? For the most part, Levin makes his case well. He certainly establishes the idea that Supreme Court justices are human and will and often have in the past made grave errors. He also argues well that when a justice discards an originalist philosophy toward the constitution, he or she is free t...more
Anna
Fascinating.

Mark Levin frames and spurs the discussion of the role of the judiciary -- especially the Supreme Court -- in our society as a Constitutional republic.
He argues the Court has systematically abused its role as one of the three listed branches of government. He presents the inherent struggles between the branches to guard against an overreaching legislature, a monarchical executive, and an unrestrained court. He contends that the Supreme Court (and subsequently lower courts) has overs...more
Keri
Mark Levin is really at his best in this one, because as an attorney and Constitutional scholar, he knows this material like no one else, and can somehow communicate it in lay-fashion to dummies like me! Interesting that right from America's shaky beginnings, the founding fathers were concerned about this third branch of government, the judicial, slowly sneaking into areas in which it didn't belong, and slowly but surely usurping the legislative and executive branches to become heavily weighted...more
Dale
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Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America
is written by Mark Levin, talk show host, author, former member of the Reagan Administration, part of the Landmark Legal Foundation, National Review Online and numerous other endeavors. Levin offers a compelling argument that shows that the Supreme Court has overstepped its authority from its beginnings.

Levin's arguments are presented in classic Levin style - direc...more
Bill Sleeman
Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America by Mark R. Levin (2005).

This was a very interesting book and one that I admit I might not have otherwise read sporting as it does an introduction by Rush Limbaugh (making it immediately suspect) but since it was a freebee on a library give away shelf I figured it was worth a look. Levin is an experienced lawyer, writer and, although more conservative than my normal taste, a well-regarded Court watcher. It would be easy to quibble with s

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Brian C Albrecht
The title says it all. The Supreme Court is destroying America and the traditions it holds dear, most notably the idea of democracy. Mark Levin, one of my favorite radio hosts, put out his attack on the activist Supreme Court in 2005. Although some of the specific issues and justices are not longer around (as with any book on politics from 2005), Levin points out crucial errors of the Supreme Court which as still pertinent. While providing an overview of court history, his qualms are focused on...more
Charlotte
Mark Levin again proves that he is one of the most brilliant minds in political commentary today. His knowledge of history, law, the Constitution and politics blend brilliantly in this detailed exposé of the inner workings of the Supreme Court, and the general judicial system. His well-documented research (including actual copies of insider memos) serves to explain why and reveal how things are being manipulated in our government today. The development of current pivotal events, such as the esta...more
Denise
This was a really interesting book. I was surprised and stunned at how degraded many of our justices are while we are brought up to think they are sitting just under heaven. In fact, they mostly seem to think that way themselves, as many of our justices legislate from the bench and change their minds to fit current politics, but no one calls them on it because, really, what can any of us do? Often they base opinions on past opinions without any seeming regard for the Constitution, and as time go...more
JP
This book addresses a topic critical to America's future, and it could be understood by the average reader. Levin makes his conservative stance transparent (as does the introduction by Rush Limbaugh and afterword by Edwin Meese). While I'm not convinced he would relegate so much to the states if current law swayed more toward his own moral views, he distinguishes between criticism and opinion sufficiently for his book to remain instructive. His main point is that the history of the Supreme Court...more
Don Weidinger
upheld slavery and segregation, FDR judge & Hess—see Witness by Chambers, original common sense and individual rights not govt rights, FDR right to imprison Americans upheld, Dred Scott 1847 corrected by Brown in 1954, state judges accountable to constitution and people or impeach, Jefferson vs Marshall/Marberry right to replace judges, Adams midnight judges, freedom to pray in public, aid for sectarian education from Jefferson to 1897 when $500K eliminated when focused on Indians, kkkBlack...more
Chad
When a book about the Supreme Court starts out by listing over a dozen Justices and giving facts about their insanity and inability to do the job they were appointed to do, you know its going to be a good read. I was not disappointed. I was actually amazed at some of the ways that the constitution has been and continues to be subverted and even destroyed by activism and what can only be described as utterly criminal activity by the courts. Of course, they are mostly untouchable.

Levin uses his ex...more
Ellis
Before reading:

I thought this would be a book that would come from the other side of the tracks (the Red side), but I didn’t know how much so until I read the prologue by none other than Rush Limbaugh. That's good. I'm always in favor of reading books from all points of view.

There's no question that the Supreme Court has made some monumentally bad decisions. Nobody should argue that. What's important to discuss regarding the Supreme Court is its role in government, and what methods should be ac...more
Nancy
Dec 19, 2007 Nancy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Neocons
I tried really hard to read this book, as I was interested in the subject. When I realized the book was written with an extreme political bias (the fact that Rush Limbaugh wrote the intro was a bit telling), I tried to read it from the stance of broadening my understanding of other's perspectives. I couldn't make it to the end. I skimmed much of the material. I got tired of seeing the word 'liberal' mentioned with such disdain. The books subtitle should have been How the Liberals Are Destroying...more
Cordell
The author is excellent and knows what he is talking about and he does a great job of showing your with actual and current history.

Excellent and scary reading. For those who have not considered how much influence the third branch of government has on our lifes, this will be an eye opener. I think the Supreme court impacts our day to day lives more that congress and the Predsident together, you just dont hear it from the Court but you end up living it. Its a shame in a way. This branch was suppo...more
Northman 737
This was a good book that brought up many necessary issues within the judicial branch of our governmental checks and balances. The only problem is that this guy is clearly your typical right wing-nut. I can't stand when right wing-nuts complain about left wing-nuts and don't see the hypocrisy. The judicial system certainly has taken at full speed down the path toward trying to corrupt our constitution and laws with it's crybaby, bleeding heart policies and that needed to be said, it continues to...more
Phil
Jan 21, 2008 Phil rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Liberal zealots
I love Mark Levin. This book outlines the foibles and follies of the crowd of political appointees and egomaniacs that have, for the most part, filled the benches of the Supreme Court. The overall theme of this book is an attack on Judicial legislation masquerading as legal review. It makes Jefferson's case that Marbury vs. Madison was the first in a long series of cases that have served to expand the uncheckable power of the judiciary at the expense of the elected branches of government. In thi...more
Mike Kowalczyk
Without delving into the politics and nitty-gritty of the book, I would like to say that it is a most interesting book about the current powerplay that the Supreme Court is evoking in the checks-and-balance system of government. Every since Marbury v. Madison in 1803, the Court has gained increasing power throughout the years, evolving from an approach of strict reading of the Constitution to a much looser policy of interpreting the Constitution. In recent times, the Court has become known for i...more
Krista
Oct 16, 2008 Krista rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: political geeks, Constitutional enthusiasts
Shelves: politics-issues
Oy. Very informative. And very exhausting. I renewed the thing twice to try to finish it, but was never able to get the quiet "concentration" time that Levin's writing style requires. I got about half-way through after a couple months and just scanned the rest before I returned it.

With a background in Constitutional Law (which is soon to be a historical anomaly, the way things are going...), Levin is very knowledgeable and can speak with authority on Constitutional issues. He presents both Const...more
Eric
Certainly well researched. Fairly written. Levin approaches the subject from a conservative perspective. He examines case after case how the supreme court has routinely legislated from the bench and at times usurped power not granted to them (not unlike the other branches of government!) Levin actively denounces the rampant judicial activism and calls on the courts to be the reliable guardians of the constitution that they are appointed to be.

Since this is my first exposure to Mark Levin and any...more
Carl Virgin
I was extremely worried when I started this book, yet by the 14th page I was hooked. I hope Mr. Levin knows its not at all self-serving to write a follow up to this book, in light of recent Court encroachment, just to say "I told you so!"
Louis
This is an outstanding book for anyone who has watched the news or read a newspaper involving some insane ruling by a court and has asked themselves "How in the world did we get to this point?" This book does an excellent job of taking some of the major issues or our time (abortion, free speech, guns, etc.) which have gotten so convoluted from what our Founding Fathers intended, and shows how judges have used precedents (stare decisis) that have had erroneous rulings and subsequent courts based...more
David Robins
Illustrates how so many bad decisions and laws in the course of the Republic have been made not by elected legislators or executives but by activist judges, starting with Marbury. From the "penumbras and emanations" of the Constitution they have upheld slavery, segregation, legalized abortion, benefits for illegal aliens, seizure of private property without compensation, racial discrimination, virtual child pornography, and conferred due process rights on enemy terrorists, expelled God and the T...more
John
A great book on how activist Supreme Court judges throughout American history have abused their power by committing themselves to spurious interpretations of the Constitution, and by subverting the general will of the American public. These judges, who were originally meant to serve as impartial arbitrators, have now become the tools of partisan congressional factions seeking a non-democratic means for implementing unpopular new legislation. Levin's legal background really comes in handy here, a...more
Leslie
Outstanding work. Mark Levin details the abuse of power by the Federal Judiciary by examining key cases that the courts decided. Mark makes a compelling argument for reigning in this unelected, and increasingly, tyrannical branch of government. Men In Black lays the framework for Mark's other works including "The Liberty Amendments" to restore the Founder's vision of a limited federal government accountable to "We The People". I encourage all my friends to read this book along with Mark Levin's...more
Robyn
And we all are very familiar with my fascination with politics - particularly political philosophy. This book tracks patterns in Supreme Court decisions - decisions that have been designed to give the Court more and more power. I hear of some decisions, but dont' have the time to really do all the research and analyzing right now and I appreciated someone doing it for me. It verified many of the impressions I've had of the court and illustrated clearly how we have gotten to where we are. I found...more
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“We should remember that the Declaration of Independence is not merely a historical document. It is an explicit recognition that our rights derive not from the King of England, not from the judiciary, not from government at all, but from God. The keystone of our system of popular sovereignty is the recognition, as the Declaration acknowledges, that 'all men are created equal' and 'endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.' Religion and God are no alien to our system of government, they're integral to it.” 18 likes
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