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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 Napolitano brings up great points and references showing how our constitutional rights are being trampled repeatedly. He doesn't hold back on anyone. He criticizes Republican and Democrat presidents equally.
He makes some great points and backs it up with references. It was scary to learn how big the government has grown in its quest to protect each and every one of us equally while encroaching on our constitutional rights.
Judge Napolitano has some very controversial views. Let's just start with a few of them. Organs (the kind tucked away in human bodies) should be bought and sold legally, gay marriages should be legal, drugs should be legal, prostitution should be legal. His logic is sound as far as measuring these laws against constitutional rights. Unfortunately his views are not very mainstream and may be alarming to some people.
After reading this book, I felt disturbed that the government disregards our constitutional rights, and at the same time, I was left with a helpless feeling. I think a book like this would be great for students learning about history, but I doubt any school would allow a book in the classroom that promotes legalizing drugs and prostitution. A quote straight out of the book "If you want to ingest drugs, the government should not stop you.Read more ›
I found this book an interesting and quite disturbing read in some ways, because in very few of the cases was there ever an acceptable reason to have not have admitted wrong doing to the individual. This was definitely a compelling read and I found it to be more interesting than fiction and almost hoped it was fiction. I would recommend this book to anyone who really wants to know where they stand about what they believe in in this country. This will help them know the difference between freedom and what we actually have.
All opinions are 100% my own (as always. I did receive this book compliments of BookSneeze.
The book cites differing court cases and legal opinions and lays out the ways these rulings run counter to the ideals of our Founding Fathers. I especially enjoy the research that Napolitano has put into these issues and his commentary is insightful as usual. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is conservative and concerned about the direction our country is taking.
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Even as a former Libertarian Party official and founder of my own somewhat influential libertarian leaning political blog, I was not overly aware of the Judge's positions prior to reading this book, even though his work is frequently cited among my political allies and genuine personal friends. The reason is simple: I detest talk radio and TV pundits with a passion - I don't watch ANY of them, not even ones I would agree with, as it seems I would with the Judge.
In this book, the Judge starts by explaining what the concept of "Natural Rights" and the "Natural Law" are. Quite simply, they are the innate rights we all share as individual humans, whether you believe - as the Judge explains - that these rights came from our Creator or simply because we are human.
From that foundation, the Judge proceeds to tackle a wide range of issues, from cause celebres of the right (immigration, abortion, gun rights, etc) to cause celebres of the left (unions, free speech, privacy, etc), and a whole lot of stuff in between. In each case, he explains what the relevant Natural Law is and how government in the United States actively infringes upon that Law. In other words, this is a book that is bound to have some chapters that will piss off dang near everyone in the country, other than those of us with a pre-existing commitment to Liberty, pure and simple.Read more ›
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I love this man! A genuine Constitutionalist and Patriot, and a stunningly intelligent man, who can explain what's happening in our government so anyone can understand it!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Eye opening book about the dangerous path our country's taken.Published 3 months ago by david c hopp
It's a good book worth the read, I feel could have more examples to validate position.Published 3 months ago by Rick
Excellent book with plenty of examples of court decisions, and written in such a way that it is eminently readable for the common layman. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Wendt
Must Read - This is our real current governmental environment. Scary!Published 4 months ago by Mike