Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History
I learned a lot from reading this book!
I have been watching Judge Napolitano for some time as Glenn BeckÃ¢ÂÂs fill in on Fox, and more recently on his own show Freedom Watch. I knew from seeing him on television that he was very knowledgeable about history and the constitution, so I was anxious to read and review his book for Thomas Nelson publishers. I have to say that I was not disappointed!
Judge Napolitano lists 17 lies that we have been told by our government and backs up his arguments with court cases, stories, and other well documented references. In the very first chapter, he proves that our founding fathers didnÃ¢ÂÂt really believe and hold as sacred the famous words from our Declaration of Independence that Ã¢ÂÂall men are created equalÃ¢ÂÂ since several of the founders themselves owned slaves! Many of the lies about which he wrote involve power grabs from our federal government that are actually unconstitutional. Americans have been fooled into believing that the government does these things for our safety and for our good, but in fact, many governmental leaders are power hungry and are chipping away at our liberties granted in the Constitution. This book helped me to look at things from a different perspective and realize that if we want to remain the land of the free we need less of the governmentÃ¢ÂÂs intrusion into our lives and workplaces.
Judge Napolitano is a gifted writer who keeps up the pace and yet includes all the necessary details. I never felt bogged down while reading about the legal cases and laws. I enjoyed reading the book and noticed many of the same themes and topics that he shares on his television program.
As a member of their Ã¢ÂÂBook SneezeÃ¢ÂÂ program, Thomas Nelson sends me free books to read and review. They do not require me to give favorable reviews.
January 4, 2011
Lies The Government Told You by Judge Andrew P. Na
"Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History" by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano attempts to reveal lies that he believes our government tells us. Every American wants to believe that their government would never lie to them, but in essence the government hasn't lied. The people who take oaths to support and defend the Constitution of our government have lied and misinterpreted the true meaning of what our American Government is and was created for. Most of us don't understand what our government is doing, including me, because so much of it appears to be an enigma wrapped in a burrito; its baffling and sometimes silly.
Written as if Judge Napolitano were a lawyer presenting his case before a judge, (the judge being the reader) Judge Napolitano creates each argument and defends the argument with notable cases from the past.
This book neither supports the Democratic nor the Republican parties and for me appears impartial as Judge Napolitano brings every member of the government into question.
Although limited to only 17 lies in this book, some of the lies Judge Napolitano attempts to argue and discuss include the lie that 'All Men Created Equal,' 'Everyone Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty,' Government Programs, Natural Law, and 'Every Vote Counts.'
Some of the accounts that I read in this book are certainly very troubling. Although I will leave the troubling parts to the eye of the reader, this book has opened my eyes to realize that our government hasn't served its citizens to the best of its constitutional ability. I love my country and am very proud of it and I will defend her. I appreciate this book for its American spirit and purpose, which I believe is to create a debate in our country about what freedom truly means to us as Americans.
Thomas Nelson Publishers provided this book for free as a part of BookSneeze.com book review blogger program.
December 29, 2010
This novel is extremely well written and filled with tons of information about the "Myth, Power and Deception in American History". Napolitano starts off this great read by discussing the difference between truth and lies and introducting the "government is not your friend" theme. The titles of the chapters include "well-known government-generated myths" (XV) such as "all men are created equal", "every vote counts", "your body is your temple", "everyone is innoncent until proven quilty", "your boys are not going to be sent to any foreign wars", "the constitution applies in good times and in bad times", and many other lies we were all taught to believe at one point. Before even starting chapter one, Napolitano promises, with confidence, to hold him to all the themes of this book as he calls out the government on their lies that have destroyed thousands of lives, families, hopes, and dreams.
There are 17 chapters, and like I said before, the chapters are all dedicated to one basic lie the government tries to hide. Inside the chapters are facts, quotes, stories, cases, and mini chapters that further out the deception in the American government.
Some of the things I have read, I have been disgusted and appauled to know how the government cares for, abuses, and treats its people. Jose Padilla, an American citizen was detained under suspicion for planning to construct a "dirty bomb" and was completly isolated from any human for six years. When he was to be moved places in the prision, his eyes were covered, ears blocked, hands and fingers covered, and ankles bound together. When he finally met his attorney, he started blubbering and drooling like a baby. No wonder, seeing as he was completly forbidden to any human contact for six years.
In 2004, pictures were released of American military making Iraqis masturbate while they sexually assulted them with chemical light sticks. Pictures were also released of them standing over dead disfigured Iraqis laughing.
There are many things wrong with this world and in America, instead of trying to fix things, the government lies, spends millions of dollars trying to hide their lies, and then lies again, all the while assuring its people things are okay.
These lies start from the beginning of the American government and will probably never end, but Judge Napolitano had to finish this book sometime. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, as I am sure they will find it very well-written and shocking. I sure did! It is filled with many interesting facts and stories and I am glad I have read this novel as it had made me change my views on the American government completly.
December 27, 2010
Resounding proof the government lies ...
Want to read a book that will make you happy, make you angry, and make you think deep enough you just may change an opinion or two? Then you'll want to pick up "Lies The Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History" by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano (published by Thomas Nelson).
Armed with an array of case law, Napolitano details 17 specific "lies" perpetrated ... and perpetuated ... by our government. In doing so, he takes the reader through deep political territory. Napolitano's views often tend to support liberal political leanings, then suddenly he veers right, then winds his way (often) into libertarian territory, castigating American politicians from some of the Founding Fathers, to Abraham Lincoln, up to the most current presidential administrations.
The outcome is that no political figure is safe from Napolitano's accusations of lying to the American public. People of all political persuasions will find times where they agree with the Judge on certain topics and strongly disagree on others. What I appreciated most was the few times Napolitano so aptly detailed a point that he caused me to think more deeply about some of his claims, and moved a few of my opinions from where they started prior to reading this book.
But I also think Napolitano makes the classic political error of calling a "lie" the views or actions taken by some who have a different political philosophy than he does. And by finding most any American leader throughout our history to be liars, it makes you wonder if there is a government Napolitano would actually be happy with.
But Napolitano provides a great service with this book by helping the average reader see that our government isn't so trustworthy as it routinely proclaims itself as being. Lies have, and continue, to be told to the public quite routinely by the government. Understanding that, and how it wears away our freedom, is the best lesson Napolitano provides, regardless of your political persuasions.
December 21, 2010