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Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom Hardcover – November 12, 2012
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"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.Read more ›
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.
book and Biography of Presidents but this is so much better, and the Judge makes it easy to understand.
I think ever American who is intrested in this country should read it.
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A very interesting look at two early Progressive Presidents. The book breaks down progressive policies section by section and explores the intent and the effect both then and now. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Shane C. Pruyne
Absolutely a book EVERYONE needs to educate themselves on! You will understand why the things are the way they are today. Progressives behind the wheel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yeshooron
Learned things I had no idea occurred during the presidency of these Progressive politicians.Published 2 months ago by Lexovet
A must read for anyone trying to figure out where the present day madness comes from ..Published 2 months ago by subas
Excellent, in-depth, and very educational. What a shame this isn't part of the history we teach our children.Published 2 months ago by MM
very dry read for me. but might be better for someone elsePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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