Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Whose Constitution

for all its elegant simplicity and its ubiquity in the lives of citizens, there was, until now, no practical guide to which ordinary Americans could resort for concise answers to what the Constitution requires in a given situation. To the contrary, there is either too little (namely, the pocket-size copies without annotation that many of us carry about) or too much (the lengthy treatises with page counts that run into the thousands and are geared for the scholar or practitioner). The latter is plainly impractical for the common man. The former, while helpful, is of limited value.
--Andrew C. McCarthy, Decoding the Framers, review of 'The Citizen's Constitution: An Annotated Guide', by Seth Lipsky,