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It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom Hardcover – October 17, 2011
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Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is Fox News Channel's senior judicial analyst, currently seen by millions of viewers weeknights on The Big Story and The O'Reilly Factor. Napolitano is the youngest person in New Jersey history to receive a lifetime judgeship. He is bright (graduate of Princeton and Notre Dame Law School), articulate (four times voted most outstanding professor at the two law schools at which he taught), and broadcast-experienced (as a daily fixture on Fox News Channel since 1998). He is the author of Constitutional Chaos and The Constitution In Exile.
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Jefferson's Masterpiece: The Declaration of Independence, The right to own property, The freedom of speech, The freedom Association, The freedom to travel, The right to privacy, Hands off: You own your body, The right to self-defense, The right to petition the government for redress, The right to enjoy peace, The right to fairness from the government, The right to sound money, The right to spend your own money, The right to be governed by laws and moral limits, and the right to reject the state.
If you are an American who believes we should adhere to the founder's belief that the constitution and bill of rights should not be trampled on by power hungry dictatorial politicians, whether they be Democrats, Republicans, socialists, progressives, liberals, or conservatives than you may want to check out this excellent book. I do not agree 100% with Judge Napolitano on all these topics, but I like him because he is a strict constitutional lawyer and not a corrupt power hungry politician. The founders did not trust a tyrannical government to do the right thing and that is why they wrote the constitution and the bill of rights. Sadly, most Americans fail to grasp the genius of our founder's when they created a document to live by, not just in their time, but in our present time as well.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politician: A critical review of politics and politicians).
You see, one of Andrew Napolitano's premises is that both parties are for big government and for suppressing Natural Rights in the name of safety and the good of the people.
This book is a legal, moral, and philosophical critique of the erosion of liberties in the United States. Napolitano starts out defining such terms as Natural Law and Positivism--which to some people might sound like a yawner, but Napolitano (for the most part) writes with clarity and wit.
Each chapter takes on a Natural Right that the people have, but has been eroded, taken away, and (for some) thoroughly crushed. He goes through the likely candidates like Freedom of Speech and the Right to Bear Arms. He also touches on a topic that I wish more people would acknowledge: the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Since petitioning the government is not a topic I stumble upon very often, this chapter was the most educational. In fact, the entire book contains a great amount of information and knowledge that would be difficult to come by in the classroom or mainstream media.
I also appreciated the chapter on sound money. Of course, this is a topic brought to the forefront by Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, but the term "sound money" is given lip service by the other candidates as well; I wonder if they even know what "sound money" is. If not, they should read Napolitano's book.
A couple nit-picks: (1) Chapter 11 starts out with an overly-convoluted hypothetical that could've been edited for clarity and (2) in the chapter on war, Napolitano uses the example of "neither a submarine in the sea nor bullet in a soldier's gun produces wealth", which is true, but those things could protect the freedoms of people who do produce wealth. I think a better and more consistent example (of his argument in the chapter) would have been of a detonated bomb, which destroys materials, wealth, and lives.
Whether you agree with him or not, Napolitano's new book is a well-written and enlightening treatise on the loss of liberty and why it's important to fight and take back our Natural Rights.
5 out of 5 stars for liberty-minded folks
4 out of 5 stars for those people in another camp
I recommend this read to all who love and honor the US Constitution and our form of government. It is a call to action! Read and see if you agree:)