Love a good book!
I have had a uneasiness about the 9th circuit court of appeals for some time, however, I believed that the US Supreme court would get things right in the end and the liberal jurist in California would not end up setting the law of the land.
Was I ever wrong! Mark brilliantly points out how through incrementalism the courts have undermined the Balance of Power in this nation. Pulled right out of today's headlines the admonishment of our forefathers about the how courts would run away with the power in this country has come to pass.
Mark quotes our countries founders and the concern they had about the courts,as they predicted nearly two hundred yeas ago, the courts have become the Supreme power in the borders of this country, even trumping the power of Congress and the President.
Well written and easy to follow History came alive and I hung on every word!
Coming to this book with an open mind to see how an author looks at our judicial system left me unquestionably irrate. Our reason and belief in Liberty must be restored in this country, my only regret is the thought of people buying in to this hypothesis.
Levin is so misguided. So called "Activist judges" don't take away freedoms of people, they protect them. What is taken away is the gov't.s ability to make laws restricting our freedoms. So it is the gov't.'s freedom that is limited. That is fine with me. What they may be taking away is a little security. But who was it that said "The man who would trade his liberty for security deserves neither."?
This book is equally littered with salient criticisms of the court and frantic, logically inconsistent ultra-conservative ravings. Not a bad read, and undoubtably historically astute, but make no mistake: this was written from atop a soapbox, not from a chair in the library.
As an attorney, I was astounded at how uninformed the author is. I read this book via the local library and was greatly disappointed. For someone who claims to be a legal scholar, the author certainly does not understand how the law--or the Constitution--works.
If you buy into the "conservative" idea that the courts should be subservient to the other two branches of government, then this book will already appeal to you. If you reject that idea, then this book will irritate you. If you are uncertain, look elsewhere for the arguments supporting this position.
This book is all about blame, not understanding. Indeed, the burden of blame is a great on the author. That's because he has to show how a supreme court appointed almost exclusively by conservative presidents has somehow become a tool of liberal hegemony. If you too feel yourself buckling under the weight of this obvious contradiction, be sure to listen to this book, over and over again. Perhaps it will make you feel better...
Mark R. Levin, YES!
Jeff Riggenbach, NO WAY!
Mark R. Levin's deep and comprehensive understanding of both the Constitution and the Supreme Court, what its role was intended to be, and theimpact of perverting that role.
Mark R. Levin himself! I love listening to his podcast. He is passionate where it is warranted, but speaks softly and from the heart as well, nearly begging the American people to understand and to save this nation that he loves so well. To really get the full force of the book, it needs his own delivery style..
Not only did Riggenbach consistently mispronounce Mark R. Levin's last name (He said it like "leaven" in the sense of causing bread to rise, vs. how Mark says it lev-IN. I just find it terribly unprofessional for a narrator not to even bother getting the author's name right. Riggenbach also sounded bored and even disdainful of what he was reading. His personal opinions of the text should never be evident in his presentation.
It is not a fictional novel, so this does not apply.
I would gladly purchase this book and any others by Mark R. Levin, if he does the narration.
... for a good read. This book endorses a political philosophy that has been put forth by some of the most corrupt leaders of our time, for example that the judiciary should be accountable to the legislature. Besides being patently short-sighted and foolish, this idea runs completely counter to the system of checks and balances developed by the founders and integral to the U.S. Constitution. Another idea presented here is the "activist judge" who is apparently any judge who makes decision based on the law rather than the will of an out of control political majority. This is the kind of drivel you will find here. I'd give it a -1 out of 5, but I don't think the rating system goes that far down.
the author of the book certainly seems to have an agenda which colors the selection of cases treated and the analysis of the current political situation. (if it were possible to rank a book "zero stars" this would be it).