The historically accurate and decidedly entertaining owner’s manual, The Practical Guide to the United States Constitution, covers the how’s, what’s, and why’s of the United States founding documents. It offers an informative background on the nation’s founding documents, but unlike the original, it won’t put you into a coma or lead to irritable bunion syndrome. The mission is simple: to make the Constitution so easy to understand that even a career politician can grasp it.
197.23 trillion people have never read the actual Constitution. OK, so maybe that figure is more of an estimate than a carefully researched fact. Regardless, most people arguing about what’s constitutional and what’s not know less about what it says than they do about the chemical composition of spackle. Why?
Reading the original text of the founding documents can be daunting.
Digesting the Constitution can be a bit boring, in part because it’s full of strange words like “attainder.” We’re pretty sure that ‘attainder’ has never even been on the Master’s Series of Wheel of Fortune, so how is anyone supposed to know what that is?
The Practical Guide to the United States Constitution covers the underlying concepts of natural rights and the real purpose of consent-based government. Hint: it’s not to subpoena and investigate each other.
Who would think that words carved into a 200-year old tree could cause so much controversy in this day and age? Well, technically, it’s not even a tree. While early drafts of the Constitution were likely written on hemp paper, the final was considered significant enough to warrant going out and skewering a sheep to make parchment. Ewww.
The heart of the book is a simplified and fun walk through the events leading up to the creation of the founding documents. It wasn’t easy. Remember the last time you attended a PTA meeting? Stop and think about the angst, pettiness, infighting, alliances, physical threats, and political struggles. Got a clear mental picture? Good. Now multiply that by eleventy-nine trillion, and you have a pretty good idea of what the process of designing and implementing the Constitution looked like.
The Practical Guide to the United States Constitution includes the following sections:
- A Brief History
- A New Type of Government
- Constitutional What’s and Why’s
- The Declaration of Independence
- How the Constitution Came to Be
- What Does the Constitution Say?
- The Bill of Rights
- Later Amendments
- The Constitution Today
- The Original Founding Documents
The Practical Guide to the United States Constitution will not only help you impress your friends, but it’ll also equip you to dominate your social media debates!