Judge Andrew Napolitano is the newest member of the 1% club, that exclusive group of individuals who set themselves apart from the 99% of us who don’t know what we’re talking about. Read this interview with Judge Napolitano in Reason magazine’s online edition, then consider buying his book.
Reason: The Born-Again Individualist
After you’ve read that, and if you’re up for a dose of metaphysical heartburn, here’s an interesting project: find your copy of the Constitution of the United States of America (you do have a copy, don’t you?) and read it start to finish. Then, go to the website for The Congressional Record or Thomas.gov and read up on the following:
- any or all of the bills currently before Congress.
- recent decisions of the Supreme Court
- executive orders of the Bush or Clinton administrations.
When finished, compare what you’ve read in the Constitution to what you’ve seen of your government in action.
If you really want to get depressed, go to law school and take a course or two in constitutional law. The bits on the commerce clause alone will send you running for a 40 oz. bottle of Pepto-Bismol.
On second thought, don’t do that. It’s expensive. And hard. And not a great deal of fun.
But do the other parts of my little project. It will be an invaluable education in civics, government, and cynicism.
But don’t say I didn’t warn you.
(tip of the cyber-hat to Old Oligarch for the link to the Reason interview)