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, February 6, 2012
This review is from: The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers (The Politically Incorrect Guides) (Paperback)
The premise of the book is sound, and I dare say academically useful, if not necessary. (I write as a full professor of government and law at a medium size university). But it's utility is diminished, if not undermined, by its focus: it would have been better if it had been written objectively rather than from a pre-determined point of view. Of course the author finds in the founding fathers exactly what he's looking for because, just as in interpreting the Constitution itself, interpreting the founding fathers is also an inexact science, not the precise act that the author would like us to believe. Indeed, as in any interpretative effort, the author had to pick and choose which of the founders to use and to omit, and what of their writing to use and omit.
And what of the founders who said one thing in 1789 at the convention and changed their views entirely by 1805? That would include Madison and Hamilton, of course, and even Jefferson (if one wishes to include him as a founding father), as his ideas expressed in writing and actions before 1801 are very much at odds with how he governed after 1801. How does one *really* decide which view point is the *correct* one? I found it "interesting" and a signal to how he approached the issues by a statement on the inside flap, which excoriates the "hopelessly liberal and self-serving" members of Congress -- yet as the book was published in 2009, during the years he was writing the volume, both Houses of Congress and the White House were in the hands of the conservative GOP majorities. Self-serving they may have been, but I would suggest that many, if not all, of the GOP majority was hardly liberal, hopelessly or otherwise.
Finally, obviously anything published by the Regnery Press is the first sign that the book is not an objective work intended to educate and elucidate, but just another politically biased effort to indoctrinate the non-thinking into the conservative mind-set.
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