if a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be. the functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty & property of their constituents. there is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Thomas Jefferson quote from a letter to Charles Yancey
Unfortunately our abysmal educational system, at all levels, has worked very hard at keeping everyone ignorant to the true meaning of our Constitution. Because of this very few of us have a proper understanding of that most magnificent document which is the foundation of our nation and legal system. Because of our ignorance the federal government has distorted the true meaning of the Constitution so much that they now use it as a weapon to take away our freedoms, rights, and property. The only way to reverse this is for all of us patriots to educate ourselves and others about the true meaning of the Constitution.
I’ve assembled a reading list of seven books that I consider to be essential reading for all patriots who wish to educate themselves about the Constitution,
1. The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen
This is the book that got me started on my journey to becoming a Constitutional scholar. I consider it to be the best primer for learning about the concepts that the founding fathers used to write the Constitution and build the United into the freest and most prosperous nation that ever existed.
2. The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution by W. Cleon Skousen
Every single clause of the Constitution is broken down and explained in great detail using quotes from those that wrote and ratified the Constitution. This is a lengthy book however it is extremely informative and very interesting.
3, Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison
There is no better way to achieve a proper understanding of the Constitution than to study the transcript of the convention where the Constitution was written. James Madison’s transcripts chronicle the many twists and turns during the entire process of the drafting so you achieve a perfect understanding of the final product.
4. The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
The ratification of the Constitution was very touch and go. It looked like it would not be passed in several states. To improve the odds three individuals wrote essays explaining the different components of the Constitution in great detail, often answering concerns of critics of the Constitution. This is a perfect resource for understanding the Constitution.
5. The Anti-Federalist Papers by Robert Yates and Et Al
The Anti-Federalist Papers are a collection essays from critics of the Constitution. In most of the essays they raised valid criticism, pointing out actual flaws. In many cases it took decades for their criticisms to be proven correct.
6. The Bill of Rights: Original Meaning and Current Understanding by Eugene W. Hickok Jr.
The current meaning of the Bill of Rights is 180 degrees opposite from the meaning understood by those that wrote and ratified it. The author of this book compares the original meaning and the current understating of every clause of the Bill of Rights, There is no better resource on the Bill of Rights that I’ve found so far.
7. The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom by Walter Levy and William Mellor
The Judicial Branch is the one branch of the federal government that was restrained the least by the Constitution. The Supreme Court has issued far too many rulings that contradict the meaning of the Constitution. This has allowed the federal government to grow so huge that it is now a direct thread to our freedom, liberties, and rights. This book examines twelve cases that were the most egregious examples of the Supreme Court not following the Constitution.