Looking from the inside out.Recognized national expert on the framing and adoption of the United States Constitution reveals, in simple language, just what the Constitution was originally supposed to mean.
"Some people - including the former law instructor who now serves as President of the United States - believe that it is impossible to reconstruct the Constitution's original meaning. As this book demonstrates, that view is substantially incorrect." - Robert G. Natelson on The Original Constitution.
If, like any legal document, the words of the Constitution mean today just what they meant the moment it was signed and ratified, it's essential to understand just what those words meant at the time of the founding. The Original Constitution surveys in fairly easy language the legal meaning of the entire Constitution as of late 1791, just after adoption of the Bill of Rights.
The Constitution of the United States created a representative republic marked by federalism and the separation of powers. Yet numerous federal politicians and judges - led by the Supreme Court - have used the Constitution as a blank check to substitute their own views on hot-button issues across the political spectrum for perfectly constitutional laws enacted by We the People through our elected representatives.
The book also shows that there is very little relationship between the Constitution as ratified by the thirteen original states more than two centuries ago and the "constitutional law" imposed upon us since then. Instead of the federal system that the Constitution created, politicians and judges have given us a highly centralized system where decisions are made in D.C. on issues that the founders promised would be left to the States.
"This was a hard book to write," said Natelson. "I had to digest a vast range of Founding-Era materials and modern commentaries. Also, some parts of the Constitution had never been analyzed properly or completely, so I was required to do a lot of new research - including neglected areas of eighteenth-century law and legal drafting. Then I had to translate a mass of legal technicalities into reasonably simple modern English."
THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION offers invaluable research and insight, and provides you with the expertise you need to examine and understand modern day events from a Constitutional perspective. It is currently available on Amazon Kindle and as an eBook at Lulu.com. A paperback version is scheduled to be released on July 20, 2010. For more information, visit http://books.tenthamendmentcenter.com
Professor Robert G. Natelson is a recognized national expert on the framing and adoption of the United States Constitution, and on several occasions he has been the first to uncover key background facts about the Constitution's meaning.