Of the 44 presidents who have led the United States, nine made mistakes that permanently scarred the nation. Which nine? Brion McClanahan, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers and The Founding Fathers' Guide to the Constitution, will surprise listeners with his list, which he supports with exhaustive and entertaining evidence.
9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America is a new look back at American history that unabashedly places blame for our nation's current problems on the backs of nine very flawed men.
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"This book is both a fascinating read by a master historian and a necessary guide for any voter." (Kevin R. C. Gutzman, author of James Madison and the Making of America)
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This is not a simplistic book, but all true Americans should read it before they vote in November 2016. It is guaranteed to step on your toes, whether Republican or Democrat since neither party escapes the constitutional scrutiny of McClanahan. If you have ever wondered how we arrived at the Imperial Presidency of Barak Obama, this book shows you the path and corruption of the most brilliant form of government ever conceived by human intellect. If you are a partisan political hack, you will need to put away the Kool-aid, and actually use your brain.
I am glad to understand the perspective of those that want the strictest of the strict interpretations of the Constitution. I don't really question Mr. McClanahan's conclusions based on his interpretations, but he misses a couple important factors. If, in reality, all presidents were forced to exist strictly within the confines of strict construction, then power blocks would have formed to create many constitutional amendments, not least being one to make it easier to amend the Constitution. From an historic perspective, that option perhaps has more problematic long term implications than even the gradual executive overreach we've experienced.
A good length, some very interesting ideas. I don't buy them all, but it thoroughly succeeded in giving me ideas to consider.
I appreciated at the end his clear suggestions on changes to the current Constitution he believes in. I think his belief that putting presidents on a single term instead of two actually increases the likelihood they'll try to over reach, as all terms would therein be "second" terms. On the other hand, not having an election to run towards the end of the first term would have the advantage of keeping the President on the job rather than on the campaign trail.
Good points about the spoiling of our constitutional government but author is a long ways north of extreme in his analysis and his solutions would appear to cause more problems than they would solve. Nonetheless it is a thought provoking book.
A very interesting look at the presidency from a unique perspective that of a strictly constitutional one. I was surprised at how much power has been sent in the wrong directions and then stays there because that is "how we have done it before"
The author mantained focus in the important theme of the Constitution.
Important as well for other countries.
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