Men in Black How Judges are Destroying America Conservative talk radio host lawyer and frequent National Review contributor Mark R Levin comes out firing against the United States Supreme Court in Men in Black accusing the institution of corrup

  • Title: Men in Black: How Judges are Destroying America
  • Author: Mark R. Levin
  • ISBN: 9780895260505
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Conservative talk radio host, lawyer, and frequent National Review contributor Mark R Levin comes out firing against the United States Supreme Court in Men in Black, accusing the institution of corrupting the ideals of America s founding fathers The court, in Levin s estimation, pursues an ideology based activist agenda that oversteps its authority within the government.Conservative talk radio host, lawyer, and frequent National Review contributor Mark R Levin comes out firing against the United States Supreme Court in Men in Black, accusing the institution of corrupting the ideals of America s founding fathers The court, in Levin s estimation, pursues an ideology based activist agenda that oversteps its authority within the government Levin examines several decisions in the court s history to illustrate his point, beginning with the landmark Marbury v Madison case, wherein the court granted itself the power to declare acts of the other branches of government unconstitutional He devotes later chapters to other key cases culminating in modern issues such as same sex marriage and the McCain Feingold campaign finance reform bill Like effective attorneys do, Levin packs in copious research material and delivers his points with tremendous vigor, excoriating the justices for instances where he feels strict constit utional constructivism gave way to biased interpretation But Levin s definition of activism seems inconsistent In the case of McCain Feingold, the court declined to rule on a bill already passed by congress and signed by the president, but Levin, who thinks the bill violates the First Amendment, still accuses them of activism even when they were actually passive To his talk radio listeners, Levin s hard charging style and dire warnings of the court s direction will strike a resonant tone of alarm, though the hyperbole may be a bit off putting to the uninitiated As an attack on the vagaries of decisions rendered by the Supreme Court and on some current justices, Men in Black scores points and will likely lead sympathetic juries to conviction.

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    1. When I earned my degree in Political Science, one of the most interesting courses I took was in Constitutional Law. I've also read widely about the framing of the Constitution and the early history of our nation. This NY Times Best Seller lived up to all the hype I heard about it. Mr Levin, aReagan-era appointee, radio-talk-show host and Constitutional Law expert succinctly describes how the Supreme Court has taken unto itself unprecedented power to legislate from the bench. Having just viewed t [...]

    2. This book clearly chronicals the systematic over-reach by the judicial branch, detailing the general disregard of the Constitution by the the same branch charged with evaluating the Constitutionality of Federal law. Of particular historical interest was the efforts of the Supreme Court to uphold slavery in disregard of the 10th amendment and "seperate-but-equal" segregation. Of current interest is the the modern efforts of liberals to use the court as a vehicle to advance goals they are unable t [...]

    3. There are about a billion books out there about the conservative approach to constitutional law that are more scholarly and/or even-tempered, but this one is the most direct, succinct and comprehensible for the lay reader. Some of the issues presented (abortion, first amendment) might be familiar, since they are the ones that receive a lot of popular attention; but Levin's discussions about more esoteric matters (commerce clause, privacy, filibuster) that make this book valuable. The sad fact is [...]

    4. Mark Levin's book falls into some of the usual pitfalls that almost all biased political argumentation today falls into--evidence is often stretched and recontextualized to fit certain predisposed conclusions. The book is clearly well researched, and Levin is no doubt quite knowledgeable about legal process and the language of the US Constitution, but his conclusions are often stretched to a degree that no longer fits the evidence. I would hesitate comparing his method to a smokescreen, for I am [...]

    5. This right-wing rant is the result of shallow reasoning, biased reporting, and disingenuous scholarship. Levin's prejudice and combativeness ruin his effort. He conveniently dismisses all of the Supreme Court's so-called liberal decisions with which he disagrees on ideological grounds as "judicial activism," while ignoring the modern judicial activism of conservatives. In fact, Levin actually fails to mention the greatest judicial activism in American history: When five conservative Republican a [...]

    6. A good overview of the Supreme Court's excesses and absurdities in that past 70 years. Levin is on very shaky ground, though, when he questions whether the Constitution grants courts the power to determine a law's constitutionality.

    7. A fantastic look at the history of the men and women who have served, and serve, on the Supreme Court; how they have usurped power from the other branches of government; and how the country is in danger of becoming an oligarchy instead of a constitutional republic. Levine walks us back through history and explains the important cases and how those decisions affect us today. He also makes some thought provoking suggestions on how to constitutionally reign in unelected unaccountable judges.

    8. I appreciated his frustrations with the judiciary, for they mirror my own. I'm a law student, and the refusal of the SC to tether its opinions into solid, historical, law as enacted and ratified by the people -- can be disheartening.

    9. Before reading Mark Levin’s “Men in Black” I was under the assumption that the Constitution of The United States of America was the “guiding document” the Supreme Court used when considering cases before them, but many of the unbelievable stories told in this book indicate that too often this is not the case. Levin tells the tales, in considerable detail of the incidents where the court sidestepped the intent of the Constitution, infringed on the authority of the democratically elected [...]

    10. WellThis was a book. I knew I wouldn't like it because in my gov. class we just talked about how flag burning is constitutional. So it was more of a fun read, one that would make me laugh at how stupid their knowledge of the Constitution is. However, the guy who wrote this knew his stuff. However, it was really boring in the latter parts of the book, it's a really really really extreme viewpoint, and it uses weird language which makes it more confusing.First off, any book with how (blank) is des [...]

    11. I don't generally read political books, but this was recommended to me as one of the best there is, and I finished it within two days. Whether or not you agree with Levin's conclusions, his writing is swift and effective, and manages to arrange the facts into a coherent narrative for easy reading. It's a bit old, but its message is just as timely today (even more so).This book's major stroke of genius was choosing simply to demonstrate how the Supreme Court has been stretching its power to pursu [...]

    12. This book is marginally useful. The author has some points, but does not make them in a building, logical manner. His argument is also inconsistent in what constitutes ‘activism’ and the role the Supreme Court has played in upholding or implementing bad policies of the government over its history.

    13. A troubling truth about our country's move away from the foundation set out 200+ years ago. Wake up people and see what is happening.

    14. Outstanding book! Mr. Levin reveals the truth about those who are supposed to uphold the Constitution yet, throughout time, are the biggest oppressors of America. Thank you for the truth Mr. Levin.

    15. Men in Black is a nice primer to the Supreme Court's judicial tyranny. It doesn't dive into any sort of significant depth, but it gives a good overview of the errors of the Supreme Court, if in a bit heavy-handed way at times. Levin covers a remarkable amount of material in a fairly short book, but is able to keep it highly accessible to the average reader. He has a unique and profound insight into our founding, which he consistently relates back to on most issues. I would have liked more of an [...]

    16. This is definitely a Bush-era book because Rehnquist was still the Chief Justice. Obviously some of the case law is not up to date. Like the horrendous Bush v. Gore decision, I wonder what thoughts Levin has on Obergefell v. Hodges usurping representative government. Most folks on both sides are so partisan that they applaud any Supreme Court decision that gives favorable results to their party. What Levin propounds (and I concur) is that the Supreme Court and Federal courts need to look first a [...]

    17. Before reading:I thought this would be a book that would come from the other side of the tracks (the Red side), but I didn’t know how much so until I read the prologue by none other than Rush Limbaugh. That's good. I'm always in favor of reading books from all points of view. There's no question that the Supreme Court has made some monumentally bad decisions. Nobody should argue that. What's important to discuss regarding the Supreme Court is its role in government, and what methods should be [...]

    18. This book addresses a topic critical to America's future, and it could be understood by the average reader. Levin makes his conservative stance transparent (as does the introduction by Rush Limbaugh and afterword by Edwin Meese). While I'm not convinced he would relegate so much to the states if current law swayed more toward his own moral views, he distinguishes between criticism and opinion sufficiently for his book to remain instructive. His main point is that the history of the Supreme Court [...]

    19. The title says it all. The Supreme Court is destroying America and the traditions it holds dear, most notably the idea of democracy. Mark Levin, one of my favorite radio hosts, put out his attack on the activist Supreme Court in 2005. Although some of the specific issues and justices are not longer around (as with any book on politics from 2005), Levin points out crucial errors of the Supreme Court which as still pertinent. While providing an overview of court history, his qualms are focused on [...]

    20. A Review of the Audiobook 7 disks approx. 8 hours read by Jeff Riggenbach Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America is written by Mark Levin, talk show host, author, former member of the Reagan Administration, part of the Landmark Legal Foundation, National Review Online and numerous other endeavors. Levin offers a compelling argument that shows that the Supreme Court has overstepped its authority from its beginnings. Levin's arguments are presented in classic Levin style - direc [...]

    21. Fascinating.Mark Levin frames and spurs the discussion of the role of the judiciary -- especially the Supreme Court -- in our society as a Constitutional republic. He argues the Court has systematically abused its role as one of the three listed branches of government. He presents the inherent struggles between the branches to guard against an overreaching legislature, a monarchical executive, and an unrestrained court. He contends that the Supreme Court (and subsequently lower courts) has overs [...]

    22. Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying Americaby Mark R. Levin (2005). This was a very interesting book and one that I admit I might not have otherwise read sporting as it does an introduction by Rush Limbaugh (making it immediately suspect) but since it was a freebee on a library give away shelf I figured it was worth a look. Levin is an experienced lawyer, writer and, although more conservative than my normal taste, a well-regarded Court watcher. It would be easy to quibble with som [...]

    23. upheld slavery and segregation, FDR judge & Hess—see Witness by Chambers, original common sense and individual rights not govt rights, FDR right to imprison Americans upheld, Dred Scott 1847 corrected by Brown in 1954, state judges accountable to constitution and people or impeach, Jefferson vs Marshall/Marberry right to replace judges, Adams midnight judges, freedom to pray in public, aid for sectarian education from Jefferson to 1897 when $500K eliminated when focused on Indians, kkkBlac [...]

    24. When a book about the Supreme Court starts out by listing over a dozen Justices and giving facts about their insanity and inability to do the job they were appointed to do, you know its going to be a good read. I was not disappointed. I was actually amazed at some of the ways that the constitution has been and continues to be subverted and even destroyed by activism and what can only be described as utterly criminal activity by the courts. Of course, they are mostly untouchable.Levin uses his ex [...]

    25. As a libertarian I can't deny I approached some chapters of this book with skepticism. How, for instance, would Levin argue that noncitizens shouldn't be given the same basic natural rights as U.S. citizens? For the most part, Levin makes his case well. He certainly establishes the idea that Supreme Court justices are human and will and often have in the past made grave errors. He also argues well that when a justice discards an originalist philosophy toward the constitution, he or she is free t [...]

    26. Mark Levin is really at his best in this one, because as an attorney and Constitutional scholar, he knows this material like no one else, and can somehow communicate it in lay-fashion to dummies like me! Interesting that right from America's shaky beginnings, the founding fathers were concerned about this third branch of government, the judicial, slowly sneaking into areas in which it didn't belong, and slowly but surely usurping the legislative and executive branches to become heavily weighted [...]

    27. This book is about how the author feels the Supreme Court is destroying America. I am a sort of in the middle person. Some people will agree with this book and some will hate the book. It just depends how a person feels. This author is a lawyer and he specializes in constitutional law and he thinks we should stick closely to the constitution. He belongs to a conservative law firm. He says that since the 1960's the judicial branch led by the Supreme Court has acclerated it;s path of usurping auth [...]

    28. Mark Levin again proves that he is one of the most brilliant minds in political commentary today. His knowledge of history, law, the Constitution and politics blend brilliantly in this detailed exposé of the inner workings of the Supreme Court, and the general judicial system. His well-documented research (including actual copies of insider memos) serves to explain why and reveal how things are being manipulated in our government today. The development of current pivotal events, such as the est [...]

    29. This was a really interesting book. I was surprised and stunned at how degraded many of our justices are while we are brought up to think they are sitting just under heaven. In fact, they mostly seem to think that way themselves, as many of our justices legislate from the bench and change their minds to fit current politics, but no one calls them on it because, really, what can any of us do? Often they base opinions on past opinions without any seeming regard for the Constitution, and as time go [...]

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