Constitutional Renaissance
by Richard R. Monts

"The constitution evolved until it was signed. It became the datum, from that point on, of everything allowable the government could do."

The author’s book is a cross between an exposé and a pep-talk. The book exposes actions by officials whose goals were to gain control at the Federal level. The pep-talk is to Americans, who like the author, have accepted changes over the past two centuries which override the Founding Fathers’ original intent for state governments.

In the first chapters, Monts refers to early writings that produced the political beliefs prevalent during the 1700s. He compares these to current, politically-correct opinions. In the second half of the book, the author suggests how aspects of the current government could be rechanneled to uphold the Founding Fathers’ viewpoint. Suggestions include:

  • States take over Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

  • Affiliate organizations provide utilities and other services

  • Congress convenes only once a year

  • Parity fees help states compete fairly, rather than advantage imports over domestic goods

  • Financial system diverse and dispersed, but not socialist. Margaret Thatcher stated that socialism works fine until it runs out of capitalist money.

  • Economists and pilots have similar roles―at the helm of a system, designers have proved stable.

When the proposal for universal health care was introduced in Congress, Monts began to study the Constitution for himself. Researching history, he wondered how Government ever got the way it did. He questioned how we can protect it for the future. A turning point toward ‘original intent’ came after hearing someone announce at an earlier inauguration, “We are deciding on a new government.” He asked himself—”What?”

Monts’ book is insightful and thought-provoking. The addition of an index and a timeline of significant events that shaped the current government would only serve to enhance his excellent work on the subject. Monts believes we need leaders, not politicians. He asks that Americans educate themselves especially on what the Founding Fathers had in mind for state roles versus federal.

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