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Friday, November 22, 2013

THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS: RESTORING the AMERICAN REPUBLIC (audiobook) by Mark R. Levin


Published by Simon and Schuster Audio in August of 2013.
Narrated by Jason Culp. Opening and closing chapters read by Mark R. Levin.
Duration: 6 hours, 54 minutes.

For the past several years Conservative commentator Mark R. Levin has been laying out his arguments that demonstrate the government is over-reaching its Constitutional limitations in a series of books. He has discussed the Supreme Court in Men in Black, the roots of statist politics in Liberty and Tyranny and pointed out the ongoing actions of statists in Ameritopia.

Now, in The Liberty Amendments, Levin details how he would address the problem using a series of Constitutional amendments.

Since it is unlikely that the current crop of Senators and Representatives would vote to amend the Constitution and limit their power, Levin urges the states to initiate the process by calling for a national convention.

Mark R. Levin
His proposed amendments include:

-Term limits for Congress (12 years);

-Repeal the 17th Amendment (direct election of Senators) and let states legislatures choose them (the way most states did it before the 17th Amendement);

-12 year term limits for members of the Supreme Court;

-An amendment to limit the amount the government can borrow;

-An amendment limiting the percentage of GNP the government can spend;

-An amendment to limit the rule-making ability of the federal bureaucracy;

-An amendment to let the state governments overrule a Supreme Court decision if enough of them vote to do it.

I found Levin's suggested amendments to be well-explained as was the rationale behind them. But, sometimes Levin gets a little too dedicated in making his arguments and he quotes multiple lengthy passages from the Founding Fathers that make for tedious listening. There was nothing that veteran reader Jason Culp could have done to make those passages more interesting and since I am reviewing both the content of the book and its experience as an audiobook I have to deduct a star for those tedious passages.

NOTE: I was sent a copy of this audiobook by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I rate this audiobook 4 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on November 22, 2013.



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