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By Adam Goodheart

An epic of braveness and heroism past the battlefields, 1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of the way the Civil conflict all started and a moment American revolution spread out, environment Abraham Lincoln at the route to greatness and thousands of slaves at the street to freedom.

In this gripping and unique e-book, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known solid of Civil conflict heroes—among them an acrobatic defense force colonel, an explorer’s spouse, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of latest York urban firemen, a group of Virginia slaves, and a tender collage professor who could someday develop into president. Their tales take us from the corridors of the White apartment to the slums of ny, from the waters of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston universal to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at its second of final obstacle and decision.

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The purpose of this book is to tell the unhappy story of liberty lost, federalism trampled, and Big Government run amok. The United States Constitution established the framework for a federal government holding only specific, enumerated powers. Yet the federal government has actually involved itself or threatened to do so in a vast array of human behavior, nowhere even hinted at in the Constitution. Today the federal government intrudes itself into the blood alcohol level of automobile drivers, the legal drinking age for alcohol, the amount of wheat a farmer can grown for his own use, the ability of a terminally ill cancer patient to grow medical marijuana for personal use, the amount of sugar manufacturers can use in ketchup, rebuilding private homes after hurricanes, regulating steroids in athletes’ blood, regulating the size of toilets in private homes, preventing states from enhancing the freedom of their citizens to join publicly funded groups, using the concept of federalism when it suits the Congress but rejecting it when Congress disagrees, saving banks from the thieves who robbed them, regulating state court systems, and forcing states to increase penalties for state crimes.

Indeed, because of the power of the federal purse strings, states have been coerced into sacrificing some of their sovereign powers. Congress now influences state government to a far greater extent than the Founders ever imagined. EIGHTEEN POWERS In establishing our system of separate powers, checks and balances, and federalism, the Founders limited Congress—and thus the will of the Positivists—to eighteen specific, enumerated, and delegated powers. Those three words are important. Specific means something that is definite or explicitly set forth.

Under Natural Law, if Congress made it unlawful to speak out against abortion, or if a state governor issued a decree that ordered Christians and Jews to cease worshiping, judges would surely invalidate those acts even if there were no First Amendment protecting freedom of speech and religion because the right to speak and worship as we wish comes from our humanity, not from the government or from the First Amendment. Because of that, judges can enforce those rights—regardless of the misguided will of Congress or a state governor.

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