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Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives Paperback – March 17, 2009
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About the Author
Grover Norquist is president of the taxpayer advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform, which was founded in 1985 at President Reagan's request. He chairs the "Wednesday Meeting," a weekly gathering of more than 120 elected officials and political activists, and he serves on the board of directors for both the American Conservative Union and the National Rifle Association. Voted one of the fifty most powerful people in Washington, D.C., by GQ magazine in 2007, Norquist, his wife, Samah, and their daughter, Grace, live in Washington, D.C.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book lacks an index. This is a HUGE MISTAKE on the part of the publisher because there are too many important ideas in this book. The publisher should create and post online an index to this book. The publisher can also be criticized for failing to provide Library of Congress cataloguing information. This is a REFERENCE work. The author should consider holding the publisher accountable for such fundamental incompetencies that detract from the book's lasting value.Read more ›
Well written and well researched.
"Since founding Americans for Tax Reform at the behest of Ronald Reagan in 1985, Grover Norquist emerged as a powerful behind the scenes player in Washington. Besides offering a trenchant view of what factions have come together to unite in a common conservative cause politically, this book crystallizes his inclusive view that redefines conservatism broadly as a coalition of Americans that spans across immigrants, Moslems, gun owners, or investors, with one thought in common: they wish to pursue their interests and be left alone to do so."
Grover Norquist's new book, Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives, is a panoramic view of the many coalitions of the left and the right that are polarized like never before in American politics. The Conservative Economist finds it showcases the exceptional analytic skill of Norquist, who dissects the factions backing each side, reveals some surprising milestones of the modern conservative movement, and identifies needed reforms that would have maximum impact. The Conservative Economist viewpoint, which is strongly influenced by current negative macroeconomic trends, fears for additional gains to be had by Democrats in 2008 as a follow-on to the 2006 election cycle. However, Norquist demonstrates that there is much about which to be hopeful, if not in this cycle then in the next.
To wit, thanks to Ronald Reagan's establishing the IRA, there is now a vital "investor class" possessing 50 million such accounts, and two-thirds of voters own stocks. If one is part of this emerging faction, one's proclivity to vote Republican is vastly greater.Read more ›
In any case, that is a minor part of this very helpful and interesting book. Norquist lays out his case quite well. He divides the 21 chapters of the book into five parts and build his case line by line and layer upon layer. Part I discusses what he calls the two competing coalitions - the "Leave Us Alone Coalition" and the "Takings Coalition". He carefully avoids the familiar, but too ideologically freighted terms of left-right, or socialist-capitalist. He describes what each of the coalitions is after and what the methods are. You will recognize them right away and notice that one of them uses the Republican Part and the other the Democrat Party. However, it would be a real mistake to associate the parties as being identical with the coalitions. Parties change their issues in a struggle to win, coalitions fight for their purposes and to make their ideas important enough to win elections and hence gain the support of a party.
Part II is covers one hundred pages in eleven chapters examining the political trends for the future.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A guideline to how we should deal with Government overreach.Published 16 months ago by Denny Taylor
Excellent look at what America may become if we do not reduce size and intrusiveness of government. Grover Norquist takes no prisoners.Published on March 2, 2014 by Richard J. Bishirjian
To listen to Grover Norquist's ravings one would think we should have no government at all and let the corporations run the country! "Hey Grover... Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by GHIGGS
"In politics, taxation is not the most important thing. It is the only thing." This is the first sentence of Mr. Norquist's chapter on TAXES: The lifeblood of the state. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Thomas Molitor
this man has single handedly destroyed not only the republican party but created our record deficits. a true traitor.Published on December 16, 2009 by Nicoly
Thomas Pain was quoted as saying "That government is best which governs least." If you believe that then this book was written for you. Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by MAT
Very insightful, and provides a good deal of thought provoking information. I think this should be "must read" material for anyone who is interested in the American political... Read morePublished on October 6, 2008 by Mark M. Miller