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It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom [Kindle Edition]

Andrew P. Napolitano
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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?
America is at a fundamental crossroads.  There are stirrings in the land and a cry that "enough is enough."  The stories within these pages are told to help reawaken the natural human thirst for freedom-to point out government interference with natural order and the disastrous consequences that follow.




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About the Author

Andrew P. Napolitano is Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News Channel and the author of Constitutional Chaos, The Constitution in Exile, A Nation of Sheep, Dred Scotts Revenge, Lies the Government Told You, It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong, and Theodore and Woodrow.

Product Details

  • File Size: 640 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ENBCH8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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102 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and scary October 13, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Before reading the book, I was not familiar with Judge Napolitano's ideas about government. I didn't even get to the first chapter when I suddenly had an inkling of what this book might entail. This happened the precise moment when I read that the book was dedicated to Ron Paul, the man known for wanting to limit government control and protect our constitutional rights.

Judge Napolitano brings up great points and references showing how our constitutional rights are being trampled repeatedly. He doesn't hold back on anyone. He criticizes Republican and Democrat presidents equally.

He makes some great points and backs it up with references. It was scary to learn how big the government has grown in its quest to protect each and every one of us equally while encroaching on our constitutional rights.

Judge Napolitano has some very controversial views. Let's just start with a few of them. Organs (the kind tucked away in human bodies) should be bought and sold legally, gay marriages should be legal, drugs should be legal, prostitution should be legal. His logic is sound as far as measuring these laws against constitutional rights. Unfortunately his views are not very mainstream and may be alarming to some people.

After reading this book, I felt disturbed that the government disregards our constitutional rights, and at the same time, I was left with a helpless feeling. I think a book like this would be great for students learning about history, but I doubt any school would allow a book in the classroom that promotes legalizing drugs and prostitution. A quote straight out of the book "If you want to ingest drugs, the government should not stop you.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
While reading, "It's Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong," I was surprised to find out how much my own personal points of view seemed to be more along the lines of natural law. There were many instances, in the book, in which you could see the wrong the government had done and the difference between what freedom is and what government tends to do. It also changed the way I view the meaning of certain words. Such as property and it's relation to the person as well as physical property.

I found this book an interesting and quite disturbing read in some ways, because in very few of the cases was there ever an acceptable reason to have not have admitted wrong doing to the individual. This was definitely a compelling read and I found it to be more interesting than fiction and almost hoped it was fiction. I would recommend this book to anyone who really wants to know where they stand about what they believe in in this country. This will help them know the difference between freedom and what we actually have.

All opinions are 100% my own (as always. I did receive this book compliments of BookSneeze.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening October 11, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I am a big fan of the Judges, I always enjoy his commentaries on Fox News and jumped at the chance to review this book. As my followers are aware, I am a dyed in the wool conservative, and I always find his insights very informative. This book was no different. While the introduction was a little dry, the rest of the book was very enlightening. I sometimes find the direction our country is taking scary, and it was interesting to see examples of the way our liberties and freedoms are violated.
The book cites differing court cases and legal opinions and lays out the ways these rulings run counter to the ideals of our Founding Fathers. I especially enjoy the research that Napolitano has put into these issues and his commentary is insightful as usual. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is conservative and concerned about the direction our country is taking.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.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."
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Jeff S
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished reading Judge Andrew Napolitano's It is Dangerous To Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom, and the Insta-Review is simple: If you claim to love the Constitution, If you claim to love Liberty, If you claim to love America, If you claim to love God, if even a single one of the previous fits you, READ THIS BOOK!

Even as a former Libertarian Party official and founder of my own somewhat influential libertarian leaning political blog, I was not overly aware of the Judge's positions prior to reading this book, even though his work is frequently cited among my political allies and genuine personal friends. The reason is simple: I detest talk radio and TV pundits with a passion - I don't watch ANY of them, not even ones I would agree with, as it seems I would with the Judge.

In this book, the Judge starts by explaining what the concept of "Natural Rights" and the "Natural Law" are. Quite simply, they are the innate rights we all share as individual humans, whether you believe - as the Judge explains - that these rights came from our Creator or simply because we are human.

From that foundation, the Judge proceeds to tackle a wide range of issues, from cause celebres of the right (immigration, abortion, gun rights, etc) to cause celebres of the left (unions, free speech, privacy, etc), and a whole lot of stuff in between. In each case, he explains what the relevant Natural Law is and how government in the United States actively infringes upon that Law. In other words, this is a book that is bound to have some chapters that will piss off dang near everyone in the country, other than those of us with a pre-existing commitment to Liberty, pure and simple.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars He should be our Attorney General
Great book by a smart man and a real patriot. And he knows the Constitution inside and out. He should be be our Attorney General instead of that bozo up there now.
Published 12 days ago by Bill English
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Gene D Craig Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Napolitano's books are the best go to books
If you want to know about the United States Constitution and the Bill Of Rights, and understand them, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano's books are the best go to books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cristobal Baez, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The 'Judge' has it right...
Published 4 months ago by John W Benedict
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent reading
Published 4 months ago by Duane Leary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Everyone should read this book. It is right on the money with what is happening to the United States of America.
Published 5 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm So Depressed!I
I sometimes think I must be crazy because I see things so differently than the rest of the world. Then I read things like Judge Napolitano's books and feel refreshed again that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Title for a Great Book
This is a really dumb popular-cheesy-sounding title for such a good book. I know the publisher is only concerned about money, but it's a very misleading title, because this is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love Judge Napolitano and this book will enlighten anyone who needs to know exactly what our government is allowed to do or not. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pat Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars I Hope It's Not Too Late
Judge Napolitano writes a very important book about our ever-shrinking freedom in the face of growing government. I am glad he is speaking for so many of us.
Published 9 months ago by FemLee
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