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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
I liked Chapter Two on inalienable rights, and that The Judge used Kelo vs. New London as an example. It's amazing how few people understand this case and its meaning. Government has turned property rights into privileges on the government's terms. Lie #8 about the Fed is another very good chapter: "The Federal Reserve shall be controlled by Congress". Yeah, right. I remember the series of events when We the People demanded a full audit of the Federal Reserve, and watched in horror as the Senators gutted the bill in secret and with procedural motions (failure to recommit, so that they could pretend they voted for it if it comes up later.)
Another good chapter is Chapter #17: America has a free market. HA HA HA HA, that's a good one. Where to begin? Every market today is rigged. There are no free markets anymore, only interventions. Stocks, bonds, commodities, interest rates (the price of money), derivatives, real estate, health care, automobiles...you name it, government and large corporations are colluding to ensure markets aren't free.
I could go on and on, but this is simply an excellent book, and very useful at shattering myths that the uninformed believe. Many people in our Campaign for Liberty chapter read and enjoy this book. Break the Matrix and buy it! And go Ron Paul!
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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