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Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America

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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
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Regnery Publishing (first published January 6th 2005)
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Michael
Apr 24, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 02, 2011 Bernie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Howard Olsen
May 22, 2010 Howard Olsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 28, 2009 Douglas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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
Jul 11, 2008 Richard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dayna Smith
A fantastic look at the history of the men and women who have served, and serve, on the Supreme Court; how they have usurped power from the other branches of government; and how the country is in danger of becoming an oligarchy instead of a constitutional republic. Levine walks us back through history and explains the important cases and how those decisions affect us today. He also makes some thought provoking suggestions on how to constitutionally reign in unelected unaccountable judges.
Joshua Nuckols
Apr 04, 2015 Joshua Nuckols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated his frustrations with the judiciary, for they mirror my own. I'm a law student, and the refusal of the SC to tether its opinions into solid, historical, law as enacted and ratified by the people -- can be disheartening.
Roxanne
Oct 06, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about how the author feels the Supreme Court is destroying America. I am a sort of in the middle person. Some people will agree with this book and some will hate the book. It just depends how a person feels. This author is a lawyer and he specializes in constitutional law and he thinks we should stick closely to the constitution. He belongs to a conservative law firm. He says that since the 1960's the judicial branch led by the Supreme Court has acclerated it;s path of usurping auth ...more
Mel Foster
Jul 10, 2014 Mel Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeff
May 25, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a Bush-era book because Rehnquist was still the Chief Justice. Obviously some of the case law is not up to date. Like the horrendous Bush v. Gore decision, I wonder what thoughts Levin has on Obergefell v. Hodges usurping representative government. Most folks on both sides are so partisan that they applaud any Supreme Court decision that gives favorable results to their party. What Levin propounds (and I concur) is that the Supreme Court and Federal courts need to look first a ...more
Anna
Mar 22, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Justin
This book does a great job of thoroughly documenting the degree to which the courts have overstepped their constitutional limitations, and the damage that judicial overreach is having on our system of government. The author has an excellent grasp of the situation, but unfortunately I think the presentation is a bit too in depth. I found myself drifting off and losing focus, and this is one of my greatest areas of interest. There's just so much esoteric subject matter and legalese that I can't re ...more
Keri
Jun 29, 2014 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2014 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Bill Sleeman
Sep 23, 2011 Bill Sleeman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supremes
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
Apr 16, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2013 JP rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 22, 2013 Don Weidinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2013 Chad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
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
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Ellis
Apr 23, 2009 Ellis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
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
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Nancy
Dec 19, 2007 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jul 14, 2008 Cordell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stephen Tuck
Jun 08, 2015 Stephen Tuck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave up on this book after concluding that Levin, while claiming to support legal originalism, doesn't seem to understand how it works in practice. That is, he relies for constitutional guidance on what this or that founder said: any historian would assure him that this approach is about as reliable as tossing coins to pick an outcome. Once the meaning of the document is divorced from giving the words their natural (preferably non-absurd) meaning, one has conceded that a court interpreting it ...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
Mike Mildon
Jul 18, 2015 Mike Mildon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very insightful view of the Supreme Court, and the tortured reasoning they have used on several occasions to shape the culture, and expand the reach of government beyond the limits set forth I the Constitution. A reminder that the Supreme Court is made of mortal, and at times corrupt people and investing in those 9 people the power over a nation of 300 million can lead to despotism
Phil
Jan 21, 2008 Phil rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jason
Feb 15, 2016 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The "Plan 9 From Outer Space" of political books.

I had to quit after chapter 3, which is disappointing because I read and somewhat respected Levin's first book.

Poorly written, horribly tedious, and biased to the point that credibility is lost, are some of the more positive things I can say about this monument to extremist politics.
Bill V
May 25, 2016 Bill V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've previously read Liberty and Tyranny by Mr. Levin and found it a better read. Having said that, the subject matter for this book is more dry and therefore more difficult to accomplish well. A book on the American judicial system with the Supreme Court as the focus is not inherently exhilarating reading. Mr. Levin rose to the challenge admirably and made the issues and points as easy to read and understand as possible.
His biggest strength as a writer is that he breaks down the issues to its b
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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.” 24 likes
“The intensive and concerted effort to exclude references to religion or God from public places is an attack on our founding principles. It's an attempt to bolster a growing reliance on the government--especially the judiciary--as the source of our rights. But if our rights are not unalienable, if they don't come from a source higher than ourselves, then they're malleable at the will of the state. This is a prescription for tyranny.” 12 likes
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