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A Conservative Who Gets It,
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This review is from: A Nation of Sheep (Hardcover)
Sometimes, it seems, we conservatives can't see the forest for the trees. We are the idealogues who are supposed to believe in limited government, the rule of law, and absolute, unencumbered liberty. The Constitution, as viewed by conservative eyes, is a document of government restraint--not government power.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, a constitutional scholar and FOX News judicial consultant, understands this, yet laments that so many people--fellow conservatives included--have willingly enabled the federal government to undermine our God-given, inalienable freedom. . .all under the guise of "keeping us safe." And he presents his arguments--in a clear, concise, and articulate manner--in his book A NATION OF SHEEP (very aptly titled).
Judge Napolitano is concerned, and rightly so, about the erosion of our civil liberties--by an administration that claims to be "conservative." To the contrary. The suspension of habeas corpus, warrantless eavesdropping and surveillance, arbitrary executive power grabs, torture and kidnapping, suppression of the press: These are not "conservative" values, by any stretch of the imagination. Yet the good jurist points out how we as a people--as a nation of sheep--have willingly allowed the federal government to absorb these extraordinary powers; how instead of resistance we quietly acquiesce. And if we, as a people, willingly and incrementally surrender our freedoms to the government, Napolitano warns, we grant more and more power to a government that will never, ever, relinquish it.
A NATION OF SHEEP is as brilliant as it is fundamentally disturbing. The horrific events of 9/11 have exacerbated the federal government's power grab; it is time to elect leaders who will uphold--not violate--the Constitution. In fact, at the end of this book, Judge Napolitano includes two documents that should be required reading for every American: The Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States. This conservative judge gets it; here's hoping his fellow conservatives wake up, before it is too late.
--D. Mikels, Author, Walk-On
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Initial post: Feb 14, 2008 5:45:45 AM PST
R. Kyle says:
Well done--you have my vote--and Happy Valentines Day!
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