Seth Lipsky --> reviewed by Andrew C. McCarthy -->

The Framers’ greatest gift to us was a Constitution for a free, self-determining people. Contrary to what one would infer from modern practice, it was not the exclusive purview of lawyers. It was, instead, a citizen’s Constitution. Its purpose was to empower the American experiment: to enable ordinary, well-informed, self-interested members of the body politic to control their own destiny. In a mere 8000 words (Obama’s healthcare “reform,” by contrast, spans 2000 pages), it ingeniously built a government of the people constructed for people wary of government.

“More than anything else,” opines Seth Lipsky, more than “race, religion, national origin, language,” our fundamental law...

 
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