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 historically accurate and decidedly entertaining owner’s manual, The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story covers the how’s, what’s, and why’s of the United States founding documents – but with a healthy dose of political humor. It offers a historically accurate and 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,” observes author Tom McHale. “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.”
Reading the original text of the founding documents can be daunting. Was a little political humor high on the framer’s collective priority list? Probably not.
“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 Constitution – A Revolutionary Story 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.
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 Constitution – A Revolutionary Story 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 Constitution – A Revolutionary Story will not only help you impress your friends, but it’ll also equip you to dominate your social media debates!
Tom McHale is a committed learning junkie always seeking a new subject victim. As a lifelong student of whatever grabs his attention on any particular day, he thrives on beating rabbit trails into submission. In between his time as a high-tech marketing executive, restaurant owner, and hamster cosmetology practitioner, he’s published seven books and nearly 1,500 articles.
For Tom, learning is only half the fun – the other half is sharing his experiences with readers using his trademark “half-cocked but right on target” style.