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Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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Envy...I'll get there;but first a disclosure.
Then author Ron DeSantis is now freshman Congressman DeSantis representing Florida's 6th District; where I live.
I have personally known one person with a photographic memory; it really exists. And after avoiding envy for more than 7 decades, I am now scourged by it.
DeSantis' book is more than a treatise on our Founding Fathers, our First Principals, The Federalist Papers; he also reports and forecasts* how damaging to American Constitutionalism the Age of Obama will become!
In Eight Parts and 26 Chapters, Ron, (hey, I am also on a first name basis with Adam Smith and Laz Long) contrasts the President and Liberal America with our Founding Fathers' most prolific original sources- spontaneously and seamlessly. One can do that only if one is fluent in the material. He is.
It took me two weeks to learn The Gettysburg Address, a requirement of our Air Scout Squadron to participate in The Lincoln Trail hike. I am not comparing Ron DeSantis' "Dreams from Our Founding Fathers" to Lincoln's Address, No. However, when one looks at my fully used up copy of this book...a photographic memory would have been very useful.
This book is a Must Read for all and a Must Have for Republican Leadership.
* Copyright in 2011
Nowhere in the Constitution, for example, can be found the power of charity to reside in the government in Washington. It is assumed that charity will derive from the individual citizens of our country.
If the politicians in power choose to find mythical powers to redistribute wealth so that there is "fairness" or so that we are forced to live under the thumb of a one size fits all health care system, or so that we must all bow to Washington as it decides how we spend our money, how we run our companies, how we live our lives, this can only lead us to destruction and will result in tyranny to maintain calm. The admonitions that we should follow the Constitution lead us to see these inevitable conclusions when we decide to trash it.
On page 251 of this marvelous book, DeSantis tells us how those writing the Federalist Papers wanted to weaken the potential power of charismatic demagogues to promise goodies, because it was seen how often this destroyed liberty in the colonies.
When I saw the title of this book, I knew this was going to be a good read. The Title is so clever, how could the book not be marvelous?
Quoting from the Constitution in all its logical glory, Congressman De Santis then shows how President Obama is willfully undermining our Document, and inevitably, our freedom. With logic, skill and clear writing he makes the reader wince with each chapter at examples of how our president is ignoring the law he has sworn to defend. Only those who are on the receiving end of the theft of our national wealth, and those who choose to be blinded by their feelings of compassion, will not be willing to see the reality that is so beautifully presented on these pages.
Read Chapter 12, The People's Representatives. It is a perfect example of the build up of one side of an argument, then the answer to it. You get to see all sides, but are carefully driven to the proper conclusion. How wonderful if all political arguments could be conducted this dispassionately and beautifully.
This book was published in 2011, after the 2010 congressional elections with the large win for the opposition to Obamacare, so it is especially painful that chapter 12 ends with the hope that the country will continue that selection in the Presidential election of 2012.
Reading PP 244 to 249 about the dignity and humility of George Washington can make you swoon with disappointment when you compare it to the opposite behavior of our current president.
Likewise read the top of page 270 to see the appropriate way to deal with foreign threats. The entire chapter, The Diplomacy of Deference shows what is the exactly wrong way to do things, by contrast.
This is an essential book. You learn a lot more about our Constitution and see more clearly what is wrong with the way we conduct our political dialogues these days.
Congressman DeSantis has done a good job with this book.
There is example after example of members of the political class failing in their most basic duties. One will certainly wonder how a member of Congress can take an oath to the Constitution and yet, once in office, completely disregard the principles that undergird the document.
Also interesting is the extent to which Obama has failed to live up to the absurd praises lavished upon him by progressive journalists, pundits and politicians during the 2008 election campaign. His incompetence, though, is less alarming than his progressive ideology and his failure to keep faith with America's founding principles. This book shows that Obama wants to transform this great country because he never believed in America's founding principles in the first place!
Also, it is truly amazing to read about the Founders' insights. Many of the things they most feared are currently coming to pass. They were visionaries -- yet we may be in the process of defaulting on their vision for America through statist policies. The author does a tremendous job pushing this point home.
Dreams From Our Founding Fathers no doubt serves as a wakeup call to a nation in need of a new direction. It's an absolute MUST READ. I actually bought multiple copies to give to friends and family! We'll no doubt be hearing more from this author going forward, as he seems to have a very bright future.
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