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The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land

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The Constitution was once the bedrock of our country, an unpretentious parchment that boldly established the God-given rights and freedoms of America. Today that parchment has been shred to ribbons, explains Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, as the federal government trounces state and individual rights and expands its reach far beyond what the F ...more
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Published March 20th 2007 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 18th 2006)
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Apr 09, 2009 Danny rated it it was amazing
a technical look at the leftest court that has croupted the founding documents.
Jun 20, 2009 John rated it it was ok
I am reading this book to obtain a judicial review of the practicality of our constitution. Terrorism, it is my humble and unlearned opinion because I am no expert, has changed the rules of the game of our relationship not only with some governments but with or among ourselves. The government takes liberties that to some by step our Bill of Rights.
Does the Constitution need to be changed? Ignored? Is the conservative contention that the Constitution of these United States is being set aside o
Sean Rosenthal
Jun 14, 2013 Sean Rosenthal rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, law
Interesting Quote:

"[O]n December 13, 2003--the President signed the Intelligence Authorization Act...For the first time in American history, the government without showing probable cause and without getting a search warrant from a judge, can read your mail before you do, can go to your lawyer's office and seize your files and the lawyer can't tell you, and it can do the same with a bank, with a hospital, with your physician, and with your pharmacist...It was [signed] the day we captured Saddam H
Blake Maddux
Jan 15, 2010 Blake Maddux rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars.

Unspectacular, but entertaining and informative. There did seem to be some lazy/sloppy editing and research. For example, Napolitano quotes Louis Brandeis from what he says is a famous Supreme Court Decision. It is so famous, apparently, that he doen not know the name of it. That is because the quote came not from a SCOTUS decision but from an article Brandeis and his law partner wrote called "The Right To Privacy."

Still, this is absolutely worth reading, coming as it does from a Fox
Mike Daly
Jul 14, 2014 Mike Daly rated it really liked it
Certainly a lot to think about. An interesting read and while I am not sure of everything he talks about, he certainly makes a lot of interesting points about how a government of enumerated powers has infiltrated virtually every aspect of our lives...From what employers can and can't do with respect to birth control, to it being the responsibility of the government to develop a device to remind parents they have children in their did our parents due and and why did they forget to teach ...more
May 31, 2009 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Napolitano writes at length about the ways each branch of government has usurped powers not granted it by the Constitution. He is especially helpful in exposing court cases throughout our history in which freedoms have been preserved and others in which freedoms have been taken.

This is a book that more Americans need to read. We take for granted so much of the way things are without understanding the consequences.
David Robins
Jun 23, 2010 David Robins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's good, but could have been better. At some points he isn't sure how much government he actually wants, and I wish he'd define what he considered natural law a little better since the concept does vary a little. Nonetheless, a good overview of some of the cases and events wherein the various branches of the federal government have stolen the liberties bequeathed to the American people through the founders via the Constitution.
Michael Green
Jan 10, 2012 Michael Green rated it it was amazing
It's so easy, but shortsighted, to blame the current president for our troubles,but you need to read this book to understand that our problems go back much further than recent history. Our government has been systematically seizing power and won't stop until it is made to stop.

This should be required reading for all students.
Expose Austin Texas Duty To Care For Others
Learn about the constitution in a comprehensive and applicable manner. State universities are consistently violating civil rights in a secretive and passive-aggressive way; if you are not careful you will become a victim.
Lewis Fiecke
Jun 26, 2009 Lewis Fiecke rated it really liked it
Saddening reality of today's judicial practices, the abandonment of the citizens having rule over themselves and the right to privacy and freedoms. Current trends have us giving up freedom at an alarming rate, and by the time we notice it may be too late.
Jan 09, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it
It turns out that this is a very sad story to read. Sad, because it makes you realize just how much freedom and liberty we've given up over the past century. I am by no means, a truther, birther, or any other "ther", but you can't ignore the facts that are highlighted in this book.
May 21, 2009 Eric rated it it was amazing
This shows how the imperial federal govt has grown to so much power--using the interstate commerce clause...
Aug 16, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it
I honestly feel like I have just been put on a government watch list after reading this book. It scares me that much!
Jun 01, 2008 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political, history
Great book! I love this author. Most interesting and informative.
Donald McElligott
Feb 22, 2015 Donald McElligott rated it liked it
It documents a sad chain of progress for the country. I wish Judge Napolitano was a Supreme Court Justice.
Luke McManamon
May 27, 2009 Luke McManamon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a Constitutional perspective on Freedom and Liberty
Great summary review for a Constitutionalist perspective. A fresh reminder- the Federal Government only has 18 Enumerated Powers. Thats it!
Jul 04, 2008 Tamura rated it it was amazing
A dangerous book in these times. He tells truth, from a perspective of someone who knows. Libertarian views, and was a possible VP choice to Ron Paul.

I shall read all his work
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Andrew Paolo Napolitano is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge. He is a political and senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel, commenting on legal news and trials. Napolitano started on the channel in 1998. He is a Libertarian and a strong advocate of the Constitution, viewing it as a contract that must, according to rule of law, be interpreted the way its authors intended or else be inv ...more
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