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Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom [Kindle Edition]

Andrew P. Napolitano
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Book Description

“Either the Constitution means what it says, or it doesn’t.”

America’s founding fathers saw freedom as a part of our nature to be protected—not to be usurped by the federal government—and so enshrined separation of powers and guarantees of freedom  in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But a little over a hundred years after America’s founding, those God-given rights were laid siege by two presidents caring more about the advancement of progressive, redistributionist ideology than the principles on which America was founded.

Theodore and Woodrow is Judge Andrew P. Napolitano’s shocking historical account of how a Republican and a Democratic president oversaw the greatest shift in power in American history, from a land built on the belief that authority should be left to the individuals and the states to a bloated, far-reaching federal bureaucracy, continuing to grow and consume power each day.

With lessons rooted in history, Judge Napolitano shows the intellectually arrogant, anti-personal freedom, even racist progressive philosophy driving these men to poison the American system of government. 

And Americans still pay for their legacy—in the federal income, in state-prescribed compulsory education, in the Federal Reserve, in perpetual wars, and in the constant encroachment of a government that coddles special interests and discourages true competition in the marketplace.

With his attention to detail, deep constitutional knowledge, and unwavering adherence to truth telling, Judge Napolitano moves through the history of these men and their times in office to show how American values and the Constitution were sadly set aside, leaving personal freedom as a shadow of its former self,  in the grip of an insidious, Nanny state, progressive ideology.

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About the Author

Andrew P. Napolitano is the Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News Channel where he provides on-air legal, political, and economic analysis. He is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in New Jersey history and is a nationally recognized expert on the U.S. Constitution and human freedom. Judge Napolitano is the author of seven popular books on the U.S. Constitution, including Constitutional Chaos, Lies the Government Told You, Dred Scott’s Revenge, and It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong. He also writes a weekly column that is seen and read by millions. Judge Napolitano received his A.B. from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

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  • File Size: 838 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595553517
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078FACL2
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193 of 217 people found the following review helpful
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Napolitano's book will offend some and frighten others. Unfortunately what he writes is necessary to know for anyone trying to understand the current state of our government. For those who revere leading progressives like Theodore Roosevelt or Woodrow Wilson, this book will be offensive. For those who revere the Constitution and the principles of the founding fathers, the book will be revelatory. Anyone who thinks the Constitution is merely a guideline and who believes that the Constitution should be flexibly interpreted according to current language or beliefs will also be offended. Those who believe the Founders were operating according to John Locke's principles of written law safeguarding society from willful rule by powerful men for their own purposes will find strong arguments that these principles have been broken and are continuing to be broken by powerful progressives. This book is a painful but necessary education - without any sugar-coating - on the current state of the American. government. Libertarians will agree with it. Progressives will hate it
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! - Engaging and Informative February 13, 2013
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I had high hopes for this book but found it even more interesting and engaging than I thought I would. I have always liked Judge Napolitano, yet have thought some of his earlier writing a bit dry. This one really does a good job focusing on the roots of the Progressive Era, and the two larger than life presidents who embodied it. As he says so clearly in the final chapter;

"Jefferson believed that in the long arc of history, we can see repeated over and over again the struggle for individual freedom against a monopoly of force. The monopoly of force has killed, stolen, lied, and cheated its way into power and wealth. The first two decades of the twentieth-century America - an era arguably dominated by Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson - are not an exception to Jefferson's conclusion: rather, they are a heightened paradigm of it. In those twenty or so years the role of the federal government changed so radically that it would never be the same again." (pg. 248)

Besides providing fascinating details about these oddly juxtaposed yet soul-mate-like troubled men, I especially liked how Judge N. ties the Constitutional amendments of the time together. The only one that was any good, and worth changing the Constitution for was the 19th (women's vote). All the others have damaged the Constitution beyond recognition, yet are still in place today, except for the short live 18th (alcohol prohibition). I had never before realized how destructive the 17th was (Senators selected by popular vote and not by State appointment), and how fundamental the old arrangement was to the balance of powers established by the original framers.

Before the 16th amendment (legalizing income tax) the federal government got 40% of its revenue from taxes on alcohol.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theodore and Woodrow November 26, 2012
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Judge Napolitano has presented a rigorous and informative study of Constitutional issues that demonstrate how much we have strayed from the founders' principals and how they have taken away our freedoms. Basically, according to the original Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal government should be dealing with the States who ratified the Constitution that gave the federal government certain powers, and the States should be dealing with individual citizens and people.
Starting around 1900, under the Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson administrations, and followed by Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and others, the federal government has been dealing directly with the people on more and more key issues such as the entitlement programs, federal income tax, etc., and the States are being silenced. This has changed the nature of the Federal Republic and the American people are losing their freedoms[...].
I would like to learn what Judge Napolitano can offer as to how to correct the above problems and how we can return to the founders' principals.
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207 of 260 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - the dots are connected November 13, 2012
By D. New
This book is an important contribution to the historian who would connect the dots from the early Progressive era to today, in figuring out how and why there was a silent revolution by the radical Left to destroy the Constitution and replace it with a Marxist platform. One can well argue that the Marxists captured the White House BEFORE they captured the Kremlin! Wilson and T. Roosevelt implemented radical ideas that were subsequently built upon by almost every administration since. One can see this Red Thread running through the entire fabric of the national government for more than a century now. So many planks of Karl Marx were accomplished by Wildon and Col. Mandel House that historians of the future will be compelled to ask how such a paradigm shift could occur without a guiding hand behind it (and I do not refer to a Divine Hand). It took two world wars to keep the American People diverted away from what amounted to a coup de'etat. Thanks to Judge Napolitano for this expose. Napolitano should be sitting on the Supreme Court. But then, what SHOULD be, rarely is.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but ..... May 9, 2013
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This is my first book by Judge Napolitano. It was interesting, but didn't go into enough depth on the subjects that he discussed. He did mention in the introduction that this was his biased opinion, so that is what I expected and biased it was. If he had gone into more detail, then he could have supported his opinions better. Also, on the historical aspects of the book, there was also a lot to be desired here as well. Again, he only briefly covered these areas and spent more time on opinion. He could have gone into more depth here also. It was interesting the way that he brought the discussion into modern day, remembering these time I felt that he also didn't go into enough detail. It is an interesting read, but don't expect unbiased historical detail, this is not the place for history without bias.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but the wrong villians, Judge
The Judge has correctly identified the result; Constitutional Freedom has been destroyed. Unfortunately, he has misidentified the cause, as have most conservative writers on the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Merrell T. Denison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Product arrived in reasonable time and in good condition. Excellent book on the progressive policies of two famous presidents that set the stage for the current day liberal... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Michael D. Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Very informative.
Such an interesting book. It is a very detailed history of where and when our constitution started to be ignored. Read more
Published 26 days ago by mjl
5.0 out of 5 stars A must Read
Outstanding book!! very disappointed in 17 amendment. Not what Framers had intended it look like. If there was away to appeal I would be for doing so.
Published 1 month ago by George Tryon
4.0 out of 5 stars A new understanding of Teddy.....a reaffirmation of "Woody"
While I have always admired Teddy for his pioneer spirit and courage, I never realized how he had planted the seeds of a dominating government, setting the stage for Wilson to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!
Wow. Such a great book. Judge Napolitano does a great job of explaining how we have gotten where we are today. It's no wonder they don't teach about these things in school.
Published 1 month ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Woodrow Wilson was a thug.
My grandfather was a political prisoner, thrown in jail by Woodrow Wilson's minions for protesting World War One. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Randolph
1.0 out of 5 stars TWISTED
This man is indeed twisted, as is his interpretation of history, in this book and in general. Perhaps this explains his affiliation with Fox news, a welcoming sanctuary for cranks... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jamm
5.0 out of 5 stars A well organized, very readable, enjoyable book
In "Theodore and Woodrow", Judge Andrew Napolitano has made a good argument that the rise of the Progressive Movement in the United States can be traced to the actions of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kent Purdy
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, the good judge wrote something epic.
A fantastic book. But then again, it's Judge Napolitano, so that's to be expected. If you love what he stands for, you should absolutely read this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Czar Tovya
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