Men in Black by Mark R. Levin
How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America

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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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Mark Reed Levin (born September 21, 1957) is an American lawyer, author, conservative commentator, and the host of American syndicated radio show The Mark Levin Show. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated at age 19 with a bachelor's degree in political science from Temple University. Levin worked as an advisor to President Ronald Reagan's cabinet and was a chief of staff for Attorney General Edwin Meese. He is president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, based in Leesburg, Virginia. Levin has authored five books: Men In Black: How The Supreme Court Is Destroying America, Rescuing Sprite, Liberty and Tyranny, Ameritopia and The Liberty Amendments. In 2001, the American Conservative Union awarded Levin its Ronald Reagan Award.
 
Published September 25, 2006 by Regnery Publishing. 294 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Business & Economics, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The Supreme Court is speeding the country on the road to tyranny, according to this jeremiad from Levin, a conservative constitutional lawyer and radio talk show host. Levin argues that the Constituti

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Liberal judges who view the Constitution as a document whose meaning evolves over time are at odds with the founding fathers' ""clear and profound vision for what they wanted our federal government to be."" ""Activist judges,"" he says, ""make, rather than interpret, the law."" The author champio...

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Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) return in the third outing of this series in which they're dudes in black suits protecting the earth from the scum of the universe.

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