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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
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DOES THE GOVERNMENT EXIST TO SERVE US OR TO MASTER US?
DOES THE GOVERNMENT EXIST TO SERVE US OR TO MASTER US?If the government exists to serve us, and if freedom is part of our humanity, how can the government take freedom from us? Is human freedom in America a myth, or is it reality? The United States of America was born out of a bloody revolt against tyranny. Yet almost from its inception, the government here has suppressed liberty. Within the pages of It Is Dangerous To Be Right When The Government Is Wrong, New York Times best-selling author Judge Andrew P. Napolitano lays out the case that the U.S. government, whose first obligation is to protect and preserve individual freedoms, actually does neither.
The judge offers eye-opening, sometimes frightening examples of how, time and again, the human liberties we are guaranteed in the Constitution are vanishing before our eyes. He asks: where does freedom come from? How can government in America exercise power that the people have not given to it? What forces have collaborated to destroy personal freedom? This back-to-basics on freedom addresses hard questions:
- What is a Constitution, and do we still have one?
- What are the limits to government power in a free society?
- Why does the government attack, rather than defend, our rights?
- If our rights are inalienable, how can the government take them away?
- Do we really own any private property?
RunnerChicago, ILAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A worthy read for all Americans.July 2, 2012RunnerChicago, ILAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Judge Napolitano sheds a scary light on the direction of the United States of America. As a follower of the judge as a radio and T.V. personality, I was not surprised how straightforward this book was. Even the title gave a glimpse of what to expect once I opened the book, and it was not disappointing.
Truth is truth. Judge Napolitano states the facts of what our country was founded on, the failures of our government through time, and how we, as citizens, should be more responsible. This is a worthy read for all Americans.
Daughter of YHVHKYAge: Under 18Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Not as good as i expected.April 18, 2012Daughter of YHVHKYAge: Under 18Gender: femaleMeets Expectations: 1I must say, this book was not what I expected.
The authors style is definitely not one that I enjoy reading. He seemed to babble on and on in a monotonous manner.
I wanted to read this book so that I might understand more of how the government truly runs. But I couldn't really understand what he was saying. It all went over my head.
I do believe I shall never understand this writing style, that or the author needs to put things in a simpler way. And I shall certainly never be reading anything by this author again.
ShelbAge: Under 18Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is WrNovember 11, 2011ShelbAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4I was presented with a free copy of Judge Andrew Napolitano's book Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom from www.booksneeze.com, a division of Thomas Nelson publishing. I was required to write a review (either negative, positive, or indifferent) in order to recieve this book.
Now first let me say, that I normally do not read political books, or books of any sort of political nature, because I could care less. I do not live for this kingdom...I live for a kingdom not of earth. Now, with that being said, that doesn't mean that I won't use my vote to help change things.
In this back-to-basics on freedom, Judge Napolitano addresses hard questions:
Do we still have a Constitution?What are the limits to government power in a free society?Why does the government attack, rather than defend, our rights?If our rights are inalienable, how can the government take them away?Do we really own any private property? The Judge gives a sweeping treatment of natural rights and all the philosophical, religious, and ideological principles that underscore the concept of human freedom.
I believe that the Judge clearly conveys his points, without radically spoon-feeding ideas to the masses.
CaElRoAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 26, 2011CaElRoAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Americans, have you looked at the state of your country, your government and its involvement in your lives and asked, "What happened?" How did a country that was born from a revolution of people saying "no" to a tyrannical government encroaching on individual lives evolve into an Orwellian nation where both major political parties are bickering on just how they are going to control your life? What happened to individual freedom and Natural Law? Judge Andrew P. Napolitano addresses this very issue in It Is Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong.
Napolitano's introduction, while a bit dry, outlines two laws: Natural Law and Positive Law. Natural Law are rights that "every human being possess by virtue of being human." In other words, these are our God-given right to be free to choose. (For my non-believing readers, this is our plain ol' human nature.) Positive Law, on the other hand, are man-made laws given or taken away by other men or man-made institutions, such as governments.
Once you make it past the introduction, Napolitano takes you on a crash course in history, law and economics. As you make your way through theses chapters, I suspect that many people will become angry as their eyes are opened to the fact that we are not free, we do not have "life," "liberty," or the option to "pursue happiness" as everyday the United States Government encroaches more and more on this sovereign right that was penned in The Declaration of Independence.
And I suspect that Napolitano will make many people angry with the ideas that people have the right to be racist, to sell their organs and to do many things that would be considered offensive by the masses. I hope, once the anger subsides, that people will seriously start to think and ask themselves if the government should have control over your thoughts, your body, your property, your life.
The chapters on economics are the most enlightening, explaining in layman's terms the Federal Reserve, how it works and how it is killing our country. Napolitano's arguments are solid as he provides examples, gives both sides of the argument and is successful of putting the ideas of Positivism to shame. I also admired the fact that Napolitano reinforced the idea that we have not learned from the past and history does repeat itself. An appeal to tell us we must know our history, our true history, and that our children must learn it, understand it and keep it from happening again.
Napolitano penned a wonderful introduction to Libertarianism/Freedom/Restoring America. If you're an old-school revolutionary, this book may seem a bit obvious. However, for people who are starting to question the government, this book is for you. Read it, learn from it, think about it and buy a copy for your friend.
(I feel so wrong about adding the disclosure. Because Booksneeze asked me to, and I agreed, here it is: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.")