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It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom Hardcover – October 17, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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.Read more ›
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Judge Napolitano is an interesting guy and a Constitutional scholar. If you are not libertarian to some degree in your philosophy, you may bristle at some of his comments, or you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A Tronzo
Great example of how better think before you speak. You'd be better off disconnecting from the social media if you don't have the ability to do so vs one little burst of anger... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lexovet
According to the law this guy tells it like it is. You may not always agree with him but he is very informative.Published 4 months ago by Carson
The Judge educates you and gets you thinking with this book. He will inform you on very complex legal issues and debates in a way that makes it easy to understand. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Raymond W. Barton
Watched mr Napolitano on tv and was very interested in what he was saying so now I'm going to read the book for more insightPublished 7 months ago by derek. A
This one too is disappointing. Lacks the clarity and direction in it's message that Napolitano has shown elsewhere.Published 7 months ago by Spiritgide