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9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her - Hardcover – February 8, 2016 by Brion McClanahan (Author)
Of the forty-four 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 readers 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.
“Every once in a while American historians will be polled regarding the men they consider the greatest presidents. Without fail, they choose those people most dedicated to the expansion of government. In this outstanding book, Brion McClanahan blasts these historians to smithereens, and reveals the true history of the dangerous men who are known as our great presidents. It’s about time someone did!” — Tom Woods, author of Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century and The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to American History
“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 and The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Constitution
“Congratulations to Brion McClanahan. As a true American historian, he tells the truth about the rogues’ gallery of US presidents, who have stolen our freedoms, and killed millions in the process. And what great prose!” — Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr., founding chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute
"Mr. McClanahan has a hit on his hands, or should. He lays out a case, in plain English, how each of nine presidents “Screwed up” our country. It is a fascinating and factual accounting of presidential usurpation of power...This book is entertaining and educational – a feat which is all too difficult to achieve. I must say, I am smarter for reading it." — Brent Smith, The Daily Caller
"Brion McClanahan presents a masterful and superbly-scholarly discussion of how nine presidents, beginning with George Washington himself, effectively destroyed constitutional government."
—Thomas DiLorenzo, LewRockwell.com
From the Inside Flap
It Didn’t Start with Barack Obama
America is well on her way to becoming a banana republic. With presidents signing patently unconstitutional legislation, refusing to enforce laws they don’t like, and even making appointments without the advice and consent of the Senate, it’s clear that the federal Republic our Constitution established is hanging by a thread. And yet the chances that a president who has flouted our founding document and the very rule of law will be impeached are slim to none.
Americans seem to have resigned ourselves to the exact form of government that the framers and ratifiers of our Constitution feared most: the tyranny of an elected monarch. The executive branch of the U.S. federal government has grown so far beyond the bounds set for it in our Constitution that Americans can no longer claim to govern ourselves. We only get the chance to pick the man who will spend four years legislating unilaterally with his pen, waging undeclared wars, and usurping still more powers that the people and the states never delegated to the federal government in the first place.
But how did we get here?
Step by unconstitutional step, as historian Brion McClanahan reveals in Nine Presidents Who Screwed Up America—And Four Who Tried to Save Her. McClanahan’s ranking of the presidents is surprising - because he judges them on the only true standard: whether or not they kept their oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Top Customer Review
Measuring Presidential Actions with the Constitution
By Carl Jones on February 2, 2016
When a presidential candidate gets on TV or in a debate and says “elect me and I’ll lower taxes”, “fix education” or “reform healthcare”, most American voters overlook the fact that the office of President has no power delegated to it allowing the office holder to do any of these things. The President’s role as “chief executive” is to “execute” the laws passed by the legislative branch (congress), and to defend the constitution by vetoing laws that congress passes which are not constitutional. But over time the perception has become that somehow the president is in fact the “King” whose will the congress must bow to, and from whose hands alone “change” can come. As a result of this, many on the right today think “Obama has destroyed the country” while those on the left believe “its all Bush's fault.” There’s truth and error within both positions, but looking at the subject contextually, the fact is that those two Presidents, and others, were able to wield power as a result of the “precedents” set by their predecessors- not as a result of the existence of any constitutional authority allowing them to do the things they’ve done. Said another way, contrary to popular belief, we did not just awaken one day and find ourselves in the mess we’re in. Rather, the proverbial snowball has been accumulating speed, size and potential destructive capacity for several generations. If Americans could be provided the evidence needed to glean this reality, then, and only then, can real “change” be brought forward and applied to our system of governance.
Brion McClanahan’s book “9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America, and Four Who Tried to Save Her” will walk readers through the process by which the powers of the office of President have been expanded far beyond anything even opponents of the constitution could have imagined. Using “originalism” with regard to the intent of the framers and ratifiers of the constitution, McClanahan expertly shows not only that the presidency has become imperialistic over time, but he provides the pertinent documentary information from primary source materials to prove his assertions. Readers of this important tome will come not only to see that presidential actions are no longer held in check by the constitution, but they will learn important and relevant facts concerning why these “checks and balances” were put into place to begin with. The end result is a thorough understanding of how and why usurpation of non-delegated powers works to erode liberty.
This book is not designed to libel or slander past Presidents. Rather, it offers a look at the office of President from a constitutional standpoint, and judges their actions, both good and bad, on that basis and from the viewpoint of a real expert on the subject. There are no punches pulled and no sacred cows. Just the facts delivered with erudite analysis. This will be another in my collection of books that I will refer back to over and again.