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Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History Hardcover – March 2, 2010
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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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In this book, he does what he does best. He takes a look at many of the legal cases of the pat 250+ years of America and applies the original understanding of the Constitution to them. The "lies" in this book come from common sayings we hear about from politicians. Judge Napolitano draws from legal cases and the play out of American history to show that most of the sayings are mere platitudes. I have to say that this book was a great read because of several reasons. First, he covers so many subjects and many of them might sound difficult to dispute the original saying (aka "lie") as there are many of them that cover legal aspects. He does a great job of stating not only the legal ruling reason but what the real legal ruling should have been and what the moral backing for it should have been. Another reason this was so great was because he communicated well the natural law ideology. He doesn't make it a left vs. right divide but he condemns both political parties and applies what the original ideology of the Framers of the Constitution would have been. I would be nitpicking to say that his coverage on slavery was a little light and since he covers it first I was nervous that the rest of the book might not be as deep. Not so. Judge Napolitano's voice can be heard throughout this book and so many lines and cases were very familiar.
This is a great book covering an originalist's understanding of the Constitution, of historical legal rulings, and of common rhetoric we take for granted as "truth". Final Grade - A
You also realize Democrats and Republicans keep thing they way they are for the benefit of a small elite that control our lives.
It is disturbing to understand what has been happening since our Nation was founded and that our state governments lost control
of their state senators who really listen to people outside their state.
Because of the emense damage caused the american people, they ought to be taken streight to prison, and locked up, in place of all the american citizens who have been incarcerated for marijuana offenses. To make criminals out of americans for marijuana issues is no different than making criminals out of those who choose to drink a beer, or smoke a cigar. (Thets CUBAN cigars, for politicians!). Cigarettes, for the rest of us! It makes NO SENSE, economic, or otherwise, to purposely make criminals out of citizens, for what is ONLY a crime in the eyes of the ruling class of idiots. Here, again,the american public has stuck its head in the sand, ignoring indisputable evidence that marijuana is FAR SAFER than: 1. Alcohol. 2. Tobacco. 3. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. 4. Aspirin! WTF!!!! Wake up! I'm sick to death of MY tax money going to bust marijuana using americans, when there are far worse things they could be spending their money on, like stopping heroin, Meth, Crack, and CROOKED politicians!
One day, you will all wake up and find you HAVE NO MORE personal freedom, and you will be a slave to an out of control government monster, and then maybe you will be thinking "magna carta".
By then, it will be too ;late to defend your personal freedoms, and maybe it is already too late. READ THIS BOOK. I bought it, and read it. Napolitano: Tell me HOW I CAN HELP, Please!!!!
It would have been nice if he offered more ideas for solutions to the erosion. It would be very interesting if he would edit the Constitution to make it more difficult for the power-seeking politicians to erode this wonderful document.
A minor criticism: I'm not sure what was accomplished by the extensive discussion of the horrible practice of slavery. The subject could have been covered much more quickly. The drafters of the Constitution pointed the way at several points toward slavery's elimination. The framers recognized that immediate elimination was not possible and that an immediate attempt to end slavery would have ended the United States.
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