Originally published May 2, 2004.
I got this book some time ago, but hadn’t gotten around to reading it until now. Holy crap! Had I known what I was missing, I definitely would have read it earlier!
Hologram of Liberty, by Kenneth W. Royce (aka Boston T. Party) is by far the best analysis of the United States Constitution and its founding than any other anti-federalist book I’ve ever read. Boston documents and fully explains his premise with hard-to-refute proof, using quotes from the Founders themselves!
Boston starts with a simple question, asked on the back of his book:
“Civic Belief #1
Congress was given few specific powers. All else was left to the States and to the people. Ample checks and balances protect the Republic from federal tyranny.
Civic Belief #2
The Federal Government has become so powerful only because despotic officials have overstepped their strict, constitutional bounds.”
“If #1 is true, then how did #2 happen?”
During the time I was reading this book, I had the chance to see Boston T. Party speak twice: once at a local libertarian fundraiser and another at the Grand Western Alliance (“free state west”) meeting about a week later. Both times, Boston mentioned this premise and this book.
I also got to speak with him a little bit and learned some more of his viewpoint on this matter.
Boston is not an anti-American. At worst he is an anarchist. However, he lays out his premise, denoting several facts about the Constitutional Convention (vs. the Continental Congress and the real Founding Fathers of this nation) that are not widely known to most Americans. He points out the difference between our Founding Fathers (Washington, Jefferson, Patrick Henry, et al) and the Founding Lawyers (Hamilton, Adair, et al). The Founding Fathers were instrumental in fighting the American Revolution. The Founding Lawyers were responsible for creating our Constitution, including ambiguities and weak phraseology which was later construed to destroy what the Founding Fathers fought for.
Whether you believe this premise or not, I highly recommend that you read this book! If nothing else, it will make you reconsider your religious-like beliefs in the Constitution and realize that it was written by men…fallable, imperfect man.
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