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Mark R. Levin
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Aug. 13 2013

For a century, the Statists have steadfastly constructed a federal Leviathan, distorting and evading our consti­tutional system in pursuit of an all-powerful, ubiqui­tous central government. The result is an ongoing and growing assault on individual liberty, state sovereignty, and the social compact. Levin argues that if we cherish our American heritage, it is time to embrace a consti­tutional revival.

The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Conven­tion in Philadelphia and the delegates to each state’s ratification convention foresaw a time when—despite their best efforts to forestall it—the Federal govern­ment might breach the Constitution’s limits and begin oppressing the people. Agencies such as the IRS and EPA and programs such as Obamacare demonstrate that the Framers’ fear was prescient. Therefore, the Framers provided two methods for amending the Constitution. The second was intended for our current circumstances—empowering the states to bypass Congress and call a convention for the pur­pose of amending the Constitution. Levin argues that we, the people, can avoid a perilous outcome by seek­ing recourse, using the method called for in the Con­stitution itself.

The Framers adopted ten constitutional amend­ments, called the Bill of Rights, that would preserve individual rights and state authority. Levin lays forth eleven specific prescriptions for restoring our founding principles, ones that are consistent with the Framers’ design. His proposals—such as term limits for mem­bers of Congress and Supreme Court justices and lim­its on federal taxing and spending—are pure common sense, ideas shared by many. They draw on the wisdom of the Founding Fathers—including James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and numerous lesser-known but crucially important men—in their content and in the method for applying them to the current state of the nation.

Now is the time for the American people to take the first step toward reclaiming what belongs to them. The task is daunting, but it is imperative if we are to be truly free.

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"[Mark Levin] has done an incredible job of drafting these proposed amendments aimed at re-establishing the balance between the federal and state governments...let our national conversation begin, and let us thank Mark Levin for initiating it." (David Limbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Destroyer)

"Mark Levin’s The Liberty Amendments is the revolutionary blueprint millions of Americans have been waiting for...carefully and powerfully written." (Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator)

“Mark Levin's book is a serious work that can serve as an action plan for curing what ails us.” (Cal Thomas, The Washington Examiner)

About the Author

Mark R. Levin is the author of the million-copy-selling #1 New York Times bestseller Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto. His nationally syndicated talk-radio show has 8.5 million listeners and is heard nationwide on hundreds of radio stations as well as on satellite radio and Armed Forces Radio. His previous books, Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America and Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish, were also New York Times and national bestsellers. He also contributed a preface to a book by his father, Jack E. Levin: Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Illustrated. He was a top adviser to several members of President Reagan’s cabinet. He is president of Landmark Legal Foundation and holds a BA from Temple University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law. Visit Mark Levin on the web at

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5.0 out of 5 stars A+ Feb. 10 2014
By Rocky7
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Levin is one of North America's leading political philosophers. This book is well grounded in history and philosophy and, as usual, displays an uncommon ability to simplify the complicated - a sure sign that the author knows his stuff.

Highly recommended, even if you are not American.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous and passionate Aug. 30 2013
By Kaman
This is an excellent project. Marvelously and passionately written. The author seems to have done his homework. I admit I often don't like Mark's shouting and yelling into the microphone, but I know that he deeply cares about the American idea/project. And so this book is a product of his passionate admiration of the US constitution and such. One does, however, wonder how these grand ideas he has proposed within these pages, can be materialized. It is important that senators and SCOTUS justices be limited to defined terms. It is however my worry that the American public is no longer able to enforce these wishes. I hope I am wrong and I hope this doesn't come across as a pessimistic cynical observation, but considering the obstacles it may be very difficult. It is critical for all of us who care about the United States' future as a great republic to resist the tyranny that dems and republicans alike have forced upon the great American republic. A strong, healthy America is good for the world. I wish the American people and Mark good luck in their struggle to take their wonderful country back. 5/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Brief Summary and Review Sept. 17 2013
By A. D. Thibeault TOP 100 REVIEWER
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*A full executive summary of this book will be available at newbooksinbrief dot com, on or before Tuesday, September 24.

When the early states came together to discuss the possibility of establishing a confederacy, they did so with a great deal of hope, but also a great deal of trepidation. The hope was that a federal government might be formed that could handle the few issues that were common to all the states but which could not be dealt with by the states individually. The fears, on the other hand, were that this government might come to gain an enormous amount of power; that this power might come to be concentrated in the hands of very few; and that the federal government as a whole might end up overreaching its purview and meddling in affairs that ought rightly to be left to the states and the various local governments (if not individuals themselves).

Thus the constitution was framed in such a way that the power of the federal government would be split between 3 separate branches—each acting as a check-and-balance on the power of the others. And the power of the federal government as a whole was limited to certain specific areas—all other areas being left expressly to the power of the states and local governments (and individuals).

Over the past century, though, this original arrangement has largely been undone. Indeed, after numerous constitutional amendments—and loose interpretations of the constitutions itself—each of the branches of the federal government has, by turns, usurped (or been left with) more power than it was ever meant to have, and the federal government as a whole routinely involves itself in matters far from federal in nature—to the extent that it now insinuates itself into virtually every aspect of life, political, economic, and social.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amending the Constitution? Aug. 13 2013
By Joanna Daneman - Published on
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Mark Levin is a radio host and a Constitutional scholar. Invoking Article V of the Constitution, which sets out methods for amendments, Levin has proposed a number of changes to term limits, taxation, restoring states' power and more.

Currrently, states' powers have been almost completely overruled by Federal laws and mandates, debt is out of control, stretching past two generations of American's ability to pay it off. Government spending is a significant proportion of GDP and the GDP itself is stagnating; is this caused by the heavy burden of non-productive government spending? Government regulation has even gone so far as to dictate what kind of light bulb can be manufactured and sold and choices in healthcare may soon be dictated by unelected bureaucrats. For those who think that this kind of centralized power is dangerous and even tyrannical, Levin's amendments seek to address the power that the Federal government has arrogated unto itself, a power that never was the original intent of the Founding Fathers and which reduces individual liberty significantly.

Levin's amendments include:

1. Term limits, including for justices.
2. Repealing Amendment 17 and returning the election of senators to state legislatures
3. A congressional supermajority to override Supreme Court decisions (overruling what could be a stacked court)
4. Spending limit based on GDP
5. Taxation capped at 15%
6. Limiting the commerce clause, and strengthening private property rights
7. Power of states to override a federal statute by a three-fifths vote.

These ideas will be opposed by those who favor central planning and a very powerful federal government, who believe that a few should decide the fate of many, who like the current system and the way it's headed. It will also be ignored by those who think that there is too much inertia to oppose the direction we're headed. It's true there are powerful forces at work fundamentally transforming the nation, but it's also true that there is a plurality of opinion throughout the US. For those who wonder how we've gotten to where we are presently, and how we might restore personal liberty and more localized government, where we have MORE of a say, not less, this is a very important book and worth reading and discussing.
455 of 490 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Daddy's Republican Aug. 13 2013
By Kevin - Published on
Mark Levin is an outstanding scholar and intellectual force multiplier for liberty. Having dedicated his life to defeating the Hobbesian leviathan that resides within our national government (and plenty of state governments mind you), I personally admire his steadfast defense of liberty and the constitution. Many of my libertarian friends might be skeptical of his intellectual prowess, merely writing him off as another "neocon." This is an incorrect, and intellectually lazy, assumption which flippantly discounts Levin's commitment to liberty. So, for any libertarians out there that are not sure whether Levin is a champion of liberty and a true intellectual, I encourage you to read Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America. We are all on the same side here. The Liberty Amendments provides hope, direction, and an attainable goal for all lovers of liberty, conservative and libertarian alike. What is that goal? To use the second method found within Article V for amending the Constitution through the States. I did not realize that this could be. I thought that the only way for a Constitutional amendment to become part of the Constitution is for them to be introduced in the legislature which must support it with a 2/3 vote and then ratified by 3/4 of the states. Not so, explains Levin. This is what statists fear most: the states uniting against the national government to amend the Constitution and restore limited government and begin an exodus from the post-Constitutional era into the Constitutional era. This should be a rally point for conservatives and libertarians who can appreciate Levin's original premise and intellect that produced this first-rate scholarship and provides fuel for the torch of liberty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amending the Republicrats Aug. 13 2013
By Southern Review - Published on
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~WARNING: This is Not Your Bubbe's Meatball Recipe!

Our Republic is broken. Some of the most hostile and antagonistic adversaries to liberty reside within our own government, including those apostate politicians we trusted to rightly represent us. We have a malevolent body of reckless politicians whom pass 3000-page omnibus legislation they cannot have read. Washington statists have no incentive to read their own legislative bills because they are wont to exempt themselves from their laws. Example: Affordable Healthcare Act - The U.S. Congress is exempt from Obamacare! In fact, Barack Obama is himself exempt from Obamacare! Americans are capriciously mandated to comply with onerous, life-changing laws, by the Ruling Class statists in Congress, who contrive, (in bad faith) to actually exempt themselves from the very laws they author as compulsory for, "We the Little People".
SEE: Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

Further, these arrogant statists cherry-pick exemptions from their own lawmaking by doling out exemptions from their legal hardships as Party favors to their union cronies. Then to their largest contributors. Then to their friends and office staff. We have become a broken system with two sets of laws. Once our elected representatives are safely embedded on the other side of the Potomac, they then join notorious political coalitions, as they plot in secret, to upend their constituents' political, and moral principles, as well as forsake the Constitution they swore an oath to uphold. SEE: Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

Something must be done to change the Country's collision course with an authoritarian government. Top conservative radio talk show host, Edward Meese's chief of staff in the Reagan Administration, dog lover, and constitutional scholar Mark Levin, has put much thought and scholarly effort into The Liberty Amendments. His desire is to begin the discussion for a Constitutional means to reign in our government and return our country to her founding principles.

Here are some of his chapter topics:

~ An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Members of Congress
~ An Amendment to Restore the Senate (repeal of the 17th Amendment)
~ An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices and Super-Majority Legislative Override
~ Two Amendments to Limit Federal Spending and Taxation
~ An Amendment to Limit the Federal Bureaucracy
~ An Amendment to Promote Free Enterprise (redefining the Commerce Clause)
~ An Amendment to Protect Private Property (curbing abuses under the Takings Clause).
~ An Amendment to Grant the States Authority to Directly Amend the Constitution
~ An Amendment to Grant States Authority to Check Congress
~ An Amendment to Protect the Vote (requiring photo ID)

Even so-called "conservative" and "Tea Party" candidates who took of our time and money in return for bi-lingual political anodynes on their campaign trail, apparently feel no tweaks of compunction as they later join arms with our political enemies who champion Karl Marx, and various Hegelian dialectical stratagem, "A lie is not a lie if it advances your agenda," once they feel safely sheltered within their new Washington, D.C. coterie.

Today, we have watched the formation congressional "Gangs" who work in concert with hostile cabals of backroom elitists, and statists, using shameful junta tactics in BAD FAITH, to secretly plot, steamroll, and thwart their constituents' and the Country's best interests in ways never intended by the Founding Fathers.

Through procedural maneuvers and nefarious tactical exercises designed to fool the public, and ram through porcine laden bills, the Washington "Gangs," (lead by President Obama's surrogates) and front men, such as Senator Chuck Schumer, are anathema to their constituents' good faith efforts in placing these "conservatives" in office.
(Examples: Rubio and Ryan)

We are witnessing a mendacious, cynical, hostile process of lies and deceptions contrived to defeat supporters, - without whose effort, many of these politicians would not have been elected.

I admit I am somewhat squeamish about allowing this Congress any more power to affect my life through Constitutional Amendments, but Mr. Levin's stated intent is beginning the dialog on positive change.

This is not your bubbe's meatball recipe!
But it is a timely, and much awaited effort.

God Bless Mark Levin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the Message for the Times Aug. 13 2013
By Bernard Chapin - Published on
"Don't complain unless you have a solution" was the advice given to me by a mentor 20 years ago. Mark Levin takes this advice seriously, and rather bemoan what unconstrained statism has done to our fine country, this author offers solutions. I finished Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments quickly and am now reading it a second time. Mark embodies the generative qualities that are so emblematic among political rightists. Unlike the left, we have the wisdom to know that constant change can bring about disastrous results. This book proposes change within the existing framework of the Constitution. and have to say that the author is one of the few people I know who meet a crisis by attempting to solve it. Rather than simply lament the horrendous things that the political left has done to our nation, Mr. Levin presents a plan in these pages. He wishes for amendments to be proposed that will change America and return autonomy to the people. What we most need to do, as the author states, is prevent the federal government from eating the civil society entirely. Some of his proposals, such as term limits for Congress, have a good chance of being supported by 75% of the populace. The same can be said for his two proposed amendments for limiting federal spending and debt levels. Like Ameritopia and Liberty and Tyranny this book is a masterpiece.
87 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Back Our Country! Aug. 13 2013
By Kenneth Ahearn - Published on
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Mark Levin is a former member of the Reagan Administration, who worked in the Department of Justice. He is now the President of Landmark Legal Services, which has defended the U.S. Constitution in courtrooms. At the same time, he is host of The Mark Levin Radio Show, where he has educated his audience about the Constitution.

He has seen the Federal Government take more power for itself, and in the process it is making citizens nearly slaves with no concern about our opinions and future. Although this has occurred over several Administrations, President Obama is taking it to a new level using obvious lawlessness knowing nobody will stop him. Plus, the Congress has no concern about our climbing debt, gives legal making authority to Government agencies via regulations, and the Supreme Court has begun rewriting law (e.g. Justice Roberts) to make Obamacare constitutional. These people are all part of the Washington inner circle, who are only concerned about how to ingratiate themselves and make money with no concern for the public or country.

Mark Levin has outlined a way to take back our country with a long-term lasting approach, and it is almost like one of the Founding Fathers came back to lead us out of the darkness, where we had no hope except to get out of the way of the Federal leviathan. God bless Mark for his contribution, and now it is up to the states and their population to grab this tool and reclaim our country for our future and our children.
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