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Feeling Your Pain: The Explosion and Abuse of Government Power in the Clinton-Gore Years Paperback – October 19, 2001
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"An eloquent and blistering indictment. Feeling Your Pain ' is filled with horror stories. They are spun so engagingly that readers may feel pleasure even as they grit their teeth in rage."--The Wall Street Journal
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FREEDOM IN CHAINS: THE RISE OF THE STATE AND THE DEMISE OF THE CITIZEN (2000) Just finished this book and it is filled with examples of the "Statist" (politicians and bureaucrats) extorting money to facilitate their appetite for power and thus controlling as many aspects of life in these "United States"(separation into red and blue states does not make much difference). The research is excellent and the sources of "wisdom" are unrivaled. The EEOC and EPA appear to be the most outrageous of bureaus but closely followed by HUD and others; however, the Supreme Court clearly wins the "stuck on stupid" award between the three branches and the Senate is a clear choice in the Congress. Much of what Mr. Bovard relates is probably well known by the average political savvy reader, but his ability to back up his message with research, i.e. facts and sagacious quotes makes for an excellent read. Still, as one other reader stated, "What exactly can be done with the current apathy and addiction to the Welfare State by so many voters?". An excellent 5 star book.
*****FEELING YOUR PAIN: THE EXPLOSION AND ABUSE OF GOVERNMENT IN THE CLINTON-GORE YEARS(2001) An excellent recap of what the pervert, his enabler wife and a cast of spinners cum sycophants "got away with" during a low point for the country rivalled only by the Johnson and Carter year. The Nixon years were not that great either as the 60s crowd, along with their "start, cut and run" Democrat friends, began to take over the country, after Watergate. Clinton and Hillary certainly lived up to their ''60s elite lawyer promise after practicing crooked law/politics in Arkansas. As Bovard tells the story in his book, the Clintons set new records in corruption while conning their enemies and receiving unwavering support from their Democrat allies and the media! A 5 star for the details of the crimes already known.
TERRORISM AND TYRANNY: TRAMPLING TREEDOM, JUSTICE, AND PEACE TO RID THE WORLD OF EVIL(2003) Anyone who read the two books above is bound to be a bit disappointed with this;however, it is well written but seems to emphasize Board's libertarian roots too much for my taste. The topic is also a bit tough for a libertarian as they are creatures of "no government". National defense is not their bag and especially dealing with a threat on home turf. Civil rights and street radical will love to find out they were mistreated by their government even more than they thought. Bovard pull out all the stops in relating the excesses of big government spying and some of his sources such as Senator Leahy, the ACLU and other acronyms appear to border on conjecture at times. Probably a 3 star mostly for the facts among too much philosophy and "privacy" nonsense.
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What is common to all of these books is that the Clinton administration was a co-presidency; with Hillary as the leader. The opening paragraphs of Chapter 2 (headed: Clemency for Cop Killers) demonstrates this. The second sentence of the first paragraph: "It was America's first joint presidency &c.". And as all these books develop, it is clear that Hillary was the Queen Bee of the Clinton hive. And she appears to have performed her role as a modern day Lucretia Borgia. God help America if she gets nominated and wins the 2016 election.
Bovard's concerns are legitimate. Government power is getting out of hand. When we have to worry about our private e-mail being read by government agents; our property being seized for no good reason; our house being broken into by police without a warrant; and our medical records being made public, for all to see, it's time we make a change. Clinton increased the power of the presidency, moving it in the direction of a dictatorship. His feeling toward government is that it can do whatever it wants to, regardless of whether or not any innocent people have to suffer, and if anyone stands in its way, they can expect to be prosecuted. Government employees, especially the police, FBI, and BATF, were elevated during the Clinton administration to levels that place them above the law. The Ruby Ridge and Waco incidents are two well- known examples of this. No matter who gets killed, if government does the killing, then it's excused and often even congratulated. I don't think I ever heard Clinton condemn the actions of the police, in any incident of excessive force. He always took the side of the police, I presume because the police are employed by the state and to go against them would be an admission that government force was excessive. In Clinton's world, there was no such thing as too much government.
It's amazing how easily Clinton was able to get away with all of these abuses of power and this book lays many of the abuses out in the open, for all to see. No matter how many lies were told, or how many rights were taken away, the public didn't seem to care. The only explanation I can think of is that, since individuals and families were comfortable throughout most of the 1990's, they became more apathetic toward the actions of government. The attitude seemed to be "well, nothing bad has happened to me, personally, so I won't worry about what they do over there in Washington D.C.". Clinton and other government officials took advantage of this attitude of indifference to greatly expand government. This book points out many of these abuses, with some well- known examples and some that are less well- known, showing how much larger and more intrusive government became throughout the 1990's.
When I read books like this, there's one old question that invariably comes to mind. It's something that has puzzled me for years and years: Why is it that people are so quick to believe authority, even when a person in authority has openly lied to them in the past? Why don't people question and challenge authority more often, particularly when the person in authority has lied many times before? I'm not just talking about Clinton, I'm talking about any person in authority. This book really brings questions like this to the forefront.
People really need to heed the advice of authors like James Bovard. This isn't a book of paranoia or exaggeration. It's a book showing actual, documented abuses of government power. We need to take action, and regain our freedom, before it's too late.
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