Wednesday, May 13, 2009
A Familial Literary Challenge
My dad and I have been discussing Liberty & Tyranny and The 5000 Year Leap...and how far BOTH PARTIES have deviated from the intentions of the founding fathers.
We have been wondering how someone like Barack Obama (who taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School) would be okay with moving the country SO FAR from what was originally intended... Many on the Left espouse the belief that the Constitution is a "living, breathing document", but when reading these books that highlight the intentions set forth, there is no way you could infer a "living" or a "breathing." ...And even many Republicans are way off the path set for us.
So I was going to ask one of the Left-leaning readers here (RBP or Honest Partisan maybe) to read 5000 Year Leap and justify their views in light of their opposition to what was intended. But then my brother (a socialist-leaning Lib) offered to read it if I would read "Freethinkers" by Susan Jacoby.
Of course I took him up on this offer (much to his dismay) and procured a promise of a post when he is done reading. See, I will even read 447 pages on the "history of American Secularism" for all of your edification! :)