The Nation's legal analyst and justice correspondent enumerates what rights we have, what rights Republicans are trying to take away and offers idea for how to stop them—arming readers with the knowledge to defend themselves against conservatives who want everybody to live under the yoke of 18th-century white men.
It is impossible to enjoy reading the constitution more than through the searing perspective of the brilliant Twainesque humor of Elie Mystal ... There is literally something for every literate person in this treatise ... any sentient analysis of the shredding of the constitution with rulings by Supreme Court Justices, which can only be viewed as racist, homophobic, or misogynistic is depressing. But Mystal finds ways to cram humor into his riveting recount of the origins and bastardization of the US Constitution ... His discussion of cruelty and the death penalty is replete with beautiful verse ... Mystal’s examples of equal protection and due process provide hope ... If you are a sentient being with the capability of empathy and a strong gut, you will enjoy Mystal’s take down of the constitution.
An irreverent refutation of a document many profess to revere ... Although he writes offhandedly at times and certainly off-color at others...it’s eminently clear that the author knows his constitutional law and history inside and out. There’s something to learn on every page. A reading of the Constitution that all social justice advocates should study.
The Nation contributor Mystal debuts with a pugnacious and entertaining critique of conservative interpretations of the Constitution ... Buttressed by Mystal’s caustic wit and accessible legal theories, this fiery takedown hits the mark.