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Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History Hardcover – March 1, 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.
Lies, you say, "from our government?" How about, "Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars" (FDR) and "We do not torture" (Vice President Dick Cheney)? The author, who describes himself as a pro-life Catholic libertarian, was a New Jersey superior court judge and is now a Fox News analyst. He doesn't just narrate his audiobook but rather delivers it like a sermon from a legal pulpit. He singles out instances when Congress and the Supreme Court have defied our constitutional protections. Napolitano attacks "the culture in government that facilitates lying" and believes that "it challenges readers to recognize that culture, to confront it, and to be rid of it." The judge's blaring voice and authoritative jeremiads may tempt listeners to question his indictments. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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
This book will not set well with the "government as the be all to end all" crowd or those who are so quick to say "there ought to be a law". This book shows how politics have bastardized American politics and society and worsens with each action by Congress and the SCOTUS. It explains how the government has been working to restrict individual freedom and set itself up as a kingdom with many rulers not unlike the government of King George III; only with multiple kings and queens. And most importantly how the SCOTUS has grabbed power in areas it does not belong while ruling according to the political wind blowing at the time, most certainly not the constitution.
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.
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