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.
©2016 Brion McClanahan (P)2016 Tantor
"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)
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.
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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.
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"
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.
I think this book is very interesting and thought provoking but the reader needs to recognize that actual facts, alternate facts (falsehoods), and the authors opinions are all presented as facts. The reader needs to know that the author works for Breitbart and his opinions and comments reflect Breitbart's views.
Mr. McClanahan states over and over that actions taken by certain Presidents do not conform to the way the "founding generation" viewed and interpreted the Constitution. At the same time he says that George Washington & John Adams were the first Presidents to violate the Constitution and Thomas Jefferson had to correct their errors. He doesn't acknowledge that all three men were part of the founding generation and that opinions of the founding fathers were far from uniform.
He takes a very strict literal interpretation of the Constitution. The President should only veto a bill if it is unconstitutional. The President should not follow a law if he thinks it is unconstitutional. He should make that decision himself because the Supreme Court Judges are political appointees and will not make unbiased decisions. As proof of this he cites one decision regarding a law (can't remember which one) that he knows is unconstitutional but the Supreme Court decided 8-1 that it was constitutional. Of course there is no chance that he is wrong and the eight judges might be right.
Some of the "unconstitutional" actions that he cites: Lincoln fighting the civil war to keep the south from seceding, restrictions implemented in the child labor laws in the early 1900's, anti-trust laws in the early 1900's, food and meat inspections in the early 1900's conducted by the Food Administration (predecessor to the FDA), the income tax, workplace safety laws and all the regulations passed by OSHA, all environmental laws and regulations, etc.
All of that being said, the book does make you think. Just make sure you recognize he is pushing a political agenda in the same way that Oliver Stone is pushing a political agenda. It's just on the other end of the political spectrum.
If you're not the lead dog, then the view from behind never changes
I tried listening to this 3 different times and it just didn't didn't keep my interest, so I sent it back.
Presidents viewed from a very narrow viewpoint. The basic gist of the book is the president should only veto a bill if it is unconstitutional and should introduce no legislation. The greatest president ever...John Tyler. Most historians place John Tyler near the bottom of the list for presidents. Pass on this book.
Concerned American learning history for myself!
Very informative book. Although I do not agree with all the author's viewpoints, he is correct in 95% of what he is saying.
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