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Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds [Kindle Edition]

Rand Paul , Ron Paul
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Government regulations are out of control. They dictate how much water goes into your commode, and how much water comes out of your showerhead. They determine how hot the water needs to be in your washing machine, and how many miles to the gallon your car must achieve. Since the Patriot Act, your banking records, your gun registration, and your phone bill are easily accessible by government snoops. Mothers are arrested for buying raw milk. Families are fined for selling bunny rabbits without a license. Home and property owners are strapped with obscene fines, entangled in costly legal messes, and sent to federal prison, all for moving dirt from one end of their land to another. Unelected bureaucrats, armed with arbitrary rules and no need to back them up, stonewall and attack American citizens at every turn. The damage can be overwhelmingly taxing---financially, emotionally and even physically.

And who is being held accountable? Government regulation and red tape run amok in Washington, and honest, tax-paying citizens are the victims of an administration's misuse and abuse of power. Now, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, takes an in-depth look at the legislation that is trampling the rights of ordinary citizens, strangling their ability to conduct private, everyday activities without egregious government interference. He highlights outrageous searches, seizures and arrests, and points to thousands of regulations that have been added to the books since Obama took office. Most importantly, he charts a direction out of this mess, and toward renewed freedom for all Americans.

These stories are of everyday Americans badgered and harassed by their own government---the very institution that is supposed to serve us all. This gross breach of our constitution is as frightening as it is real, and GOVERNMENT BULLIES is a call to action against it.


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About the Author

Senator Rand Paul has represented Kentucky in the United States Senate since winning the seat in 2010. When he's not in session in Washington, D.C., he lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky with his wife and three children. Senator Paul is the son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

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  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089EHNMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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81 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Free? Think again... September 13, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I received Senator Rand Paul's new book, Government Bullies, yesterday and read the whole thing today while, ironically enough, travelling all day and being greeted by the friendly neighborhood government agents of the TSA, those stalwart folks making travel not at all safer and immeasurably more unpleasant for all Americans. Senator Paul is on the list for potential candidates for President in 2016 if Romney loses in this election and this book is obviously his opening salvo.

First, the negatives. Senator Paul tends to be pretty repetitive in many places. I felt as though I was reading the same thing over and over in places and in a few I am sure I read the same thing more than once. The editing is not great. Most annoying Senator Paul spends a lot of time referencing the various legislation that he has put forth. After all he is a politician and he clearly has aspirations beyond the Senate seat from Kentucky. All in all this is not a great work of literature but it really isn't intended to be.

The gist of Government Bullies is a recounting of a litany of simply outrageous abuses of government power by unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrats, many armed to the teeth with guns and all armed with the nearly limitless power to make life miserable for average citizens for any or no reason at all. Each successive event that he records is more egregious than the last. A co-worker travelling with me couldn't even finish one chapter before he became so upset that he had to put the book down.
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108 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing List September 11, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book is a must read for everyone regardless of party affiliation - or no party affiliation. While Rand Paul will never be confused with the great authors of our time, he makes a compeling case as to how we are gradually losing our freedoms in the good old U.S.A. at the hands of government. He accentuates the Federal regulatory intrusions and jailings. There are also local and state intrusions. In Montgomery County, Maryland (where I live) it is not legal to install or retrofit double key door locks (dead bolt locks that require a key to lock and unlock from the inside as well as the outside.). These are the only secure dead bolts if the door has any windows proximate to the lock, which is now required to operate inside with a hand activated lever type device; a device which is readily accessable by an intruder by simply breaking the window and reaching around to the inside lever device. Now that's freedom. Feel safer yet?
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rand Paul stands up for the people September 12, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a must read. Rand lists several examples of how the federal agencies have abused their power and bully ordinary hard working Americans.

The book is broken down into 4 parts.
Part 1: Property Wrongs - EPA bullies
Part 2: The Lacey Act - An Open License for Government Bullying
Part 3: Enemies Foreign and Domestic - The TSA and Bullies Abroad
Part 4: Keeping Us Safe? FDA and USDA Bullies

There is an example of how the EPA locked up a man for years for purchasing an auto dump and trying to clean it up. There is another example of how we locked up a man for years for breaking a Honduran law that even the Honduran government admits was never signed into law. There are examples of ridiculous fines($75,000 per day) imposed on people for moving dirt from one end of there property to another. These are all real examples of abuse by our bureaucratic wing of the government.

Please take the time to read this book. It is an easy read. If the examples of abuse here don't make you angry, then there is seriously something wrong with you. I for one am outraged.

The thing I like best about this book is the fact that not only does Rand write about these issues but also has introduced bills and amendments to help reign in these out of control agencies.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up call September 12, 2012
By Sean
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a wake up call to all Americans on our out-of-control, unrestrained government. The book is filled with tragic stories of American citizens who are constantly being abused by their own government. If there is one thing to take away from this book, it's that big government is certainly no friend to liberty. This book proves that when government is allowed to grow large, out-growing the restraints that were originally put in place by our constitution, it does so at the loss of our freedoms. Rand gives some great insight into these issues, and offers up many solutions. We can not continue to allow our selves to be overrun by unelected bureaucrats. Rand has proved himself to be a leading voice in putting an end to this out-of-control government, and is a rising star in the Republican party. He's one of the few who has earned the peoples trust and would be a great potential presidential candidate in the future!
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rand Paul Tells the truth September 11, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Although I am not an ardent supporter of Paul, I have found him to be for the American people and what is says is true. regulations are out of control and with each new regulation more of our freedom is stripped away and as such I highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book! Highly insightful.
Pray for a Rand Paul presidency in 2016. This book is easy-to-read, fun, entertaining and highly insightful. Great book! Highly recommended.
Published 14 days ago by Ashley Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars He tells of terrible things that are happening to average Americans...
This book was a real eye-opener. Rand Paul is, I think, our hope of the future. He tells of terrible things that are happening to average Americans that have been rail-roaded by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BettyLou
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Arrived as advertised, packed properly.
Published 2 months ago by John H Downer Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars We need an Article V convention of the states
Every American should read this. Power to the Feds was limited to prevent the types of abuse described here. I support an article V convention of the states
Published 2 months ago by Willie_C
5.0 out of 5 stars He is right on the money
Very easy to read, and tells it like it is. He should be President, unless his father decides to run again!
Published 3 months ago by John B. Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
This book exposes so many things that many people wouldn't normally know about the federal powers taking advantage and pushing people around. Read more
Published 3 months ago by katheryn Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to alert you of dangers of the government
If you want to learn the truth about government abuses and about how government agencies treat small businessmen, this is the book for you. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bethany Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars great premise
A little repetitive but should be a call to action. Has a great point about criminalization of business issues that are civil matters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Oatman
5.0 out of 5 stars Power grasping non-elected government employees!
A clear collection of instances of non-elected beaurocrats grasping power and creating policy! These agencies need to be restrained , downsized and defunded! Read more
Published 4 months ago by JimMetcalf
5.0 out of 5 stars GOVERNMENT BULLIES
The word loved it seems out of place, as who loves bullies? While some say Rand Paul did not write this, it does reflect what he believes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James R. Morrella
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