The Constitution of the United States of America, with the Bill of Rights and all of the Amendments; The Declaration of Independence; and the Articles of Confederation

 
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Collected here in one affordable volume are the most important documents of the United States of America: The Constitution of the United States of America, with the Bill of Rights and all of the Amendments; The Declaration of Independence; and the Articles of Confederation. These three documents are the basis for our entire way of life. Every citizen should have a copy.

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  • Something every American should own
    This is an excellent copy of the most important documents in early American history. The complete Constitution with all the amendments and signers, alond with the Declaration of Independance and the Articles of Confederation is a perfect looking glass to the intelectual theories of the Founding Fathers. Something every American should own to understand what our rights, liberty and responsibilities are with respect to our government....more info
  • Important Documents
    Each American should be aware of their protected rights, the role of the government, and what the Founders were trying to accomplish. I keep this paperback with me at all times and understand what the current government is trying to do to it....more info
  • Copyright page is arrogant!
    This Constitution is published by Wilder Publications. The copyright page says this:

    "This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work."

    I don't know what to make of that. If it says what I think it says I think I want a Constitution from another publisher! That statement seems to say that the Publisher is telling us how to read it! They are saying that it's principles couldn't possibly mean the same thing today! What arrogance! I hope they don't mean these things but how can I not come to these conclusions? ...more info
  • Good and Bad
    The cover is not very professional with the image being un-centered and going off the page. But it has all of the vital information the book claims to have and none of the words are cut off. ...more info
  • The Constitution. What's not to love?
    The constitution is one of the most important documents in the world. It sickens me that our current governement is puting it to death by slow and agonizing torture.
    Everyone needs a copy of it, and needs to know what it says, and understand what freedome means.
    Our Freedomes do not change just because it's convenient to someone in power. This is what I have to remind my children. The rules do not change simply because it isn't convenient to what you want to do right now.
    My stomach churns as I watch my country die around me. I can only try to make sure that my children have the tools to survive, and that includes the constitution....more info
  • Good Source
    This is a great little handbook on the US Constitution. Very basic read and I reccomend this book....more info
  • Quaint, Out-of-Date & more honored in the breach than the observance
    This thing is waaaay too old for life in today's world.

    Nobody honors it anyway. Certainly not our elected and appointed officials.

    I say, let's throw it out, go back to the Declaration of Independence and start all over again.

    We could update the Declaration of Independence a bit, noting that we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, in all colors, all women, in all colors, all children (once they escape the womb and can make it in a solitary, nasty and brutish world), of all races, creeds, non-creeds, wealth, poverty, are created equal, and are endowed with the inalienable rights to life, liberty, health, the pursuit of wealth, education, skills, family, habeas corpus, to wear whatever clothes they choose, or ingest whatever substances they choose, or whatever else leads to their happiness, and, as the holders of all power, are endowed with the inalienable right to overthrow any government that does not honor, support, defend and obey those inalienable rights. And to that end, every man, woman and child should bear arms, in order to keep their elected and appointed officials in line.

    (Because, as we've found out, over thousands of years of human history, once you give a hominid a little power, they keep wanting more, and won't stop until they control every thing of value, have power over every person, etc., until they're brought up short by We the People.)...more info
  • The Manifesto of Liberty---Read it, Keep It.
    First of all, Thomas Jefferson did not write the Constitution, though he did write the Declaration of Independence, which outlines the political philosophy that underlines the Constitution.

    I recommend people also get The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, Mark Levin's Men in BLack and Liberty and Tyranny, and The Tempting of America By Robert Bork. Get Joseph Story's Commentaries as well as the Federalist Papers, and Origins of American Constitutionalim by Donald Lutz.

    At present the socialists in the White House and Congress blatantly ignore THE contract between the American people and their government, which can be amended ONLY by a 3/4 vote of the states or state legislatures, not by a totalitarian President or Congress.

    Time to rise up and boot the socialists out and reclaim our God-given and Constitutionally protected rights. ...more info
  • Why our Constitution needs serious repair
    The United States Constitution is a brilliant document that has secured liberty for millions of Americans, but serious flaws have begun to emerge as well as international challenges which, in my view, require an intelligent rethinking in a Second Constitutional Convention.

    My problems with the current Constitution include:

    (1) Awkward transition between presidents; from election day to the inauguration of the next president, there are effectively two presidents -- one in office, one awaiting office, and this allows confusion.

    (2) Under-representation of voters from populous states in the Senate.

    (3) DC voters lack representation.

    (4) Supreme Court has become a politicized institution. This dates back to Marshall's Marbury v. Madison decision in which the Court usurped authority, not granted by the Constitution, to strike down laws if it found them "against the constitution". The Framers never intended for the judiciary to have such sweeping power. The Supreme Court, over time, has failed to protect the federal structure (with state governments having the most economic regulatory authority) and instead promoted power shifting to Washington. The Supreme Court has made highly political choices, such as Roe v. Wade, which should have been left to individual state governments or national lawmakers.

    (5) Original Constitution fails to include a right of privacy.

    (6) Possibility of a military dictatorship should a significant terrorist attack happen such as a catastrophic attack on Congress.

    (7) The Electoral college system is cumbersome and confusing.

    (8) Popular election of senators. Here's a situation in which the original constitution was right (letting state governments choose Senators) but it was changed by an amendment. It's important for state governments to choose Senators to give state governments a voice in the national government.

    (9) Inability to get rid of an incompetent president quickly. Examples: Wilson (suffered from an economic malady); possibly Roosevelt in last years in office; Bush (clearly incompetent choice to attack Iraq).

    (10) Life tenure for unelected Supreme Court judges.

    (11) The Ninth amendment has been seriously ignored.

    These objections have been raised by constitutional scholars and there is fairly widespread agreement among them.

    British constitutional scholar Adam Tomkins identifies a prime weakness in America's constitution -- that the prime role of checking government is supposedly handled by the judiciary, and not the legislature. He thinks the judiciary is ill-suited to rein in government ministers since it must wait for a court case to bubble up before it can act; plus, judges are not popularly elected and are therefore not accountable to the public. He thinks Britain's system -- where the Prime Minister must defend choices each week in a 30 minute meeting before Parliament -- is superior to America's. I agree.

    I see more serious flaws with America's governmental structure than the list above. The foreign policy architecture is deeply flawed -- entrusting too much power in one overburdened official (the president, who has both domestic and foreign policy duties.) America's foreign policy can only be as good as the president. An incompetent president, or one distracted with domestic matters, means that America's foreign policy is likely to be mindless and erratic. Any intelligent review over the past 50 years of America's foreign policy would see a long list of obvious mistakes (along with some successes, to be sure.) In the past, America could get away with this mindlessness because of its size and wealth; but in the nuclear age, foreign policy can't be an experiment, a happenstance, rather it must be consistently sound and smart. So I propose a structure more like the Roman Senate (during the Republic years.) It rarely made mistakes. And therefore, this requires major changes to the constitution.

    Further, the United States lacks an intelligent strategy to prevent terrorism. The Constitution is partly to blame here. It needs to confront the whole issue of anonymous movement in public -- that is, how can we identify movement while preserving privacy? This is the key to preventing terrorism in my view. I argue in my book "Common Sense II: How to Prevent the Three Types of Terrorism" that there is no adequate way to prevent serious terrorism without overhauling the Constitution.

    Today's US government is highly corrupt. Power has shifted to the president. Power is dangerously concentrated in this one office. The executive can essentially legislate by using a vast bureaucracy of agencies that are largely unaccountable to the public and hidden from debate. Presidents have begun issuing "signing statements" -- a fairly recent innovation -- when they describe how they intend to interpret a law made by Congress, which effectively puts an executive twist on a law. The most egregious sign of concentrated executive power is, of course, the power to start wars without Congressional approval (Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Iraq (there was a token vote)). The Constitution explicitly gave the war-making power to Congress. So why does the president have this power?

    So, for these reasons and other reasons, I'm advocating a Second Constitutional Convention to fix these flaws, and as a private citizen, I am summoning delegates to Independence Hall in Philadelphia beginning July 4th, 2009.
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  • The Constitution of the United States of America
    No home should be without a copy! For a small book, it is
    cram packed with information about our Constitution, bill of Rights and other facts that every American should know.
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  • Great Documents, but NOT POCKET SIZE
    I was shocked after having found this under "US Constitution Pocket Size", and it was 8x5 inches---- (NOT POCKET SIZE). Be aware before purchasing....more info
  • Awful editing, politically-correct disclaimer, a bit of a travesty
    When I refer to the awful editing, I am, of course, not talking about the archaic spelling of some of the words which should remain spelled like they were in the original documents, I am referring to words like "note," or "history" that were sprinkled about in The Constitution. Article 6 of the Constitution appears twice in differing fonts. It is a nightmare of editorial proportions. Additionally on the copyright page there is a disclaimer telling us about how if the documents were written today, they would be more politically correct, and blah-blah (others have commented so I won't quote the bit.)

    I would have only given this one star, but it contained a copy of The Articles of Confederation, as well as The Constitution and The Declaration of Independence, so, for convenience-sake I'm bumping it to 2 stars.

    Awful, awful editing...totally unnecessary and frankly insulting disclaimer. Find another publisher if you wish to buy these documents....more info
  • US Constitution
    This was for my son, who is a history teacher.
    He was thrilled with it and said he could use it in class.
    Thanks...more info
  • Quaint, Out-of-Date & more honored in the breach than the observance
    This thing is waaaay too old for life in today's world.

    Nobody honors it anyway. Certainly not our elected and appointed officials.

    I say, let's throw it out, go back to the Declaration of Independence and start all over again.

    We could update the Declaration of Independence a bit, noting that we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, in all colors, all women, in all colors, all children (once they escape the womb and can make it in a solitary, nasty and brutish world), of all races, creeds, non-creeds, wealth, poverty, are created equal, and are endowed with the inalienable rights to life, liberty, health, the pursuit of wealth, education, skills, family, habeas corpus, to wear whatever clothes they choose, or ingest whatever substances they choose, or whatever else leads to their happiness, and, as the holders of all power, are endowed with the inalienable right to overthrow any government that does not honor, support, defend and obey those inalienable rights. And to that end, every man, woman and child should bear arms, in order to keep their elected and appointed officials in line.

    (Because, as we've found out, over thousands of years of human history, once you give a hominid a little power, they keep wanting more, and won't stop until they control every thing of value, have power over every person, etc., until they're brought up short by We the People.)...more info
  • The Constitution of the United States
    Just what it says ... no surprises ... the Constitution in itself. Very nice booklet and easy to read lettering....more info
  • It's the CONSTITUTION!!
    A handy little book to keep and refer to whenever a question arises about the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. It includes the Articles of Confederation which was the precurser to the Constitution. Every American should own a copy of our Constitution and read it from time to time. ...more info
  • Wonderful to have
    As an American, it's always good to know where the start was. The founding documents are a must have for anybody. And it's cheep too. :)...more info

 

 
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