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FAQ 2:  What is different about The Second Bill of Rights and the New Federalist Papers?

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the book by Seth Lipsky, founding editor of the New York Sun and author of The Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide.

What makes Dr. Miller’s Second Bill of Rights and The New Federalist Papers different is that they are a holistic attempt to repair what he and his co-authors perceive as flaws revealed by two centuries of experience. Dr. Miller makes a point of retaining the Founders’ masterful structure and their commitment to individual freedom and liberty.  He starts not with any narrow problem but with an effort to find a balance among the enumerated powers of the national government, the police power of States, and the day-to-day exercise of liberty rights by citizens.

…The Second Bill of Rights and the New Federalist Papers couldn’t come at a more opportune time.  America turns out to be in what I have called a “constitutional moment.”

…If one can imagine the Constitution as a sprawling home, here is a master of soil mechanics and law with a plan to shore up the foundation.  A reading of these essays will repay the effort.

—Seth Lipsky, Author of “The Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide”, New York City, January 2012

FAQ 3:  Who are Amicus, Atticus, Prosperus, and Valerius?

Four anonymous contributors of the essays comprising The New Federalist Papers.  We hope to encourage attention on the merit of the ideas in The Second Bill of Rights and the New Federalist Papers.

FAQ 4:  What is Dr. Miller’s background?

Editor John B. Miller was formerly an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In addition to a BS in civil engineering, an MS in soil mechanics, and a PhD in infrastructure delivery systems from MIT, Miller received his law degree and an advanced degree in taxation from Boston University School of Law.  He has been engaged in the public and private sector delivery of infrastructure facilities throughout the United States and abroad for over thirty years.

FAQ 5:  Why did Dr. Miller agree to edit the book?

Dr. Miller agreed to edit the book out of concern that the divisive work of factions across the spectrum (from left to right) in American political discourse continues to tear our nation apart.  Focusing on concepts that unite us rather than divide us, The Second Bill of Rights and the New Federalist Papers: Eleven Amendments to the United States Constitution and Fifty Papers that Present Them offers a thought provoking return to the original principles of individual freedom and liberty.

FAQ 6:  Does TheNewFederalism LLC sell books?

No, publications are available through Amazon, Create Space, and through bookstore outlets.  Links to Amazon and Create Space can be found in the Links section at the bottom of this page.

FAQ 7:  How can I  learn more about the content of The Second Bill of Rights?

There are three ways:

1.  We’ve posted the Executive Summary of The Second Bill of Rights (from our book) on our Blog, at:  http://www.thenewfederalism.com/the-second-bill-of-rights-a-package-put-in-context-by-the-new-federalist-papers/

2.  You can examine the text of The Second Bill of Rights on the Amazon site, before making a decision to buy the book or not.  Click the link below, then click to “Look Inside.”  From the Table of Contents click on “The Second Bill of Rights”, which appears at page 1.

http://www.amazon.com/Second-Bill-Rights-Federalist-Papers/dp/0984876405/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332435051&sr=1-1

3.  You can purchase the book, in soft cover, or on Kindle, from the amazon site.

http://www.amazon.com/Second-Bill-Rights-Federalist-Papers/dp/0984876405/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332435051&sr=1-1

FAQ 8:  Is this just another opinion book only, without citations of authority and sources?

No, just the opposite.

Four contributors spent nearly three years authoring the fifty essays that comprise The New Federalist Papers.  The essays include extensive citations to the Constitution, the original Federalist Papers, relevant Supreme Court and state court cases, relevant federal and state legislation, and other recognized writings.  There are 314 footnotes to the essays, and an extensive bibliography is included.  The essays have been extensively edited with numerous cross references from one essay to related essays, to make it easy for the reader to see how the language suggested in The Second Bill of Rights specifically addresses issues raised in the essays.  Together, The New Federalist Papers provide a comprehensive review of the framework of the Constitution, in-depth discussion of the most current topics that arise from the Constitution, connected to specific proposals for changes in The Second Bill of Rights.

FAQ 9:  Do you recommend just reading The Second Bill of Rights?

No, we don’t recommend it, for three reasons.

First, the language in the amendments is aimed at adding specific “controls and precautions” (to use Madision’s terminology) to repair flaws revealed by two centuries of experience (flaws that Geo. Washington expected to be revealed over time).  We think it would be a mistake to separately lay the amendments out, without context.  The essays provide the specific historical progression for how the meaning of the words the Founders wrote have changed, been ignored, or been discarded.  Each of the fifty essays is short (approximately 1500 words), and they attempt to mix facts, history, humility, and humor together to provide context.

Second,  The New Federalist Papers will reacquaint readers with the simple framework that the Founders createda limited national government of enumerated powers, the police power retained by the States, and broad individual liberty rights exercisable under the Rule of Law.   Together, the proposed amendments and the essays scrape the algae and the barnacles (attached by factions) off the US(S) Constitution (see  essay Number 1.)

Third, the eleven amendments proposed in The Second Bill of Rights are a package.  The essays in The New Federalist Papers connect each of the amendments with the others and with the basic principles established by the Founders.

We do not claim that the amendments are perfect.  But, they were conceived as a package, and are best considered together, which the 50 essay in The New Federalist Papers are intended to achieve.

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