By US Daily Review Staff
A new book is proposing that Americans may not understand the Constitution as well as their high school government class grades illustrated – and that it may be due to our leaders’ own misinterpretation for the past 100 years. In A “Charter of Negative Liberties: Defining the Bill of Rights and Other Commentary” (published by WestBow Press), author C. Howard Diaz brings readers a foundation for renewed understanding of the Constitution and the intentions of our forefathers compared to perceptions and actions of today’s foremost political leaders.
With an in-depth look into the Bill of Rights, the book provides a context in which original language can be applied to recent political events. An eye-opening read, “A Charter of Negative Liberties” aims to provide clarity surrounding the direction the country is headed, and stresses the political, not moral, importance of these documents. “Even though our Constitution is the primary cause of American success, it has been under assault for decades,” says Diaz. “The more we distance ourselves from the Constitution, the worse America’s future becomes.
Morality and government were never intended to be intertwined; the Constitution is not a Bible.” As an American of Mexican descent, Diaz offers a unique perspective on both American history and the country’s deviation from the Constitution’s original intent throughout his 75 years. Upon hearing a 2001 interview with President Obama in which the president referred to the Constitution as “a charter of negative liberties,” Diaz says that he immediately began writing the book, which he calls “the biggest little book in America.”
An all-encompassing read that combines both historical fact and passionate opinion, “A Charter of Negative Liberties” brings forth an applicable perspective on our forefathers’ original intentions. “I decided to interpret the Bill of Rights as I, one of the people, read and understand it,” says Diaz. “The ruling class, the elites, the intellectuals and the academics may scoff at my views; but this had to be written.” “A Charter of Negative Liberties” By C. Howard Diaz ISBN: 978-1-44975-250-7 Retail price: $14.95.
About the author C. Howard Diaz is an American of Mexican descent. He grew up in south central Los Angeles in a broken home and as an ethnic minority, and says he grew up believing that being American was the best thing that could happen to a person. Working various jobs and serving as a staff sergeant in the Air Force, Diaz further nurtured his strong appreciation for opportunity and hard work. He was inspired to write “A Charter of Negative Liberties” because of both a passion and concern for America’s future. He lives with his wife in Tucson, Ariz.