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What Would the Founders Say?: A Patriot's Answers to America's Most Pressing Problems Hardcover – March 8, 2011
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I also greatly enjoyed the author's humor and tone. He applies his broad vocabulary effectively without making you feel like you need to go get a dictionary to keep up, and his dry-witted comments enlivened the pages. If everyone read this book, America would be a better place!
* How important is religion, especially Christianity in matters of State and Government?
* What is the Function of Education and how much control should the Federal Government have over it?
* Is the Government Responsible for Protecting the Land and the Environment?
* Should the Government Stimulate the Economy and Otherwise Ensure Full Employment?
* Should the United States tolerate high deficits and a large national debt?
The author states the governmental philosophy and positions that our Founding Fathers took towards these and other issues and compares them with today's governmental policies. There is ample documentation to the polices of the Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe Administrations. The recurring theme is that the American citizens were fearful of an all-powerful Federal Government.
Larry Schweikart's book is very timely in this modern era when the Department of Labor is seeking ways to prevent Boeing from building an assembly line in South Carolina for their "Dream Liner", the Federal Reserve telling a bank that it can not have religious symbols in its lobby and the Supreme Court giving the OK to confiscate people's land for the benefit of developers.
The 10 Chapters deal with the following subjects:
1) The U.S. as a Christian nation and the concept of separation of church and state.
2) Public Education & who should control.
3) Private Property vs. government control.
4) The "General Welfare" clause -- to enable the people or control them?
5) The government as controller & stimulator of the economy.
6) The government's responsibility to assist favored businesses.
7) The government in managing the money supply & banking.
8) Government attitudes towards public debt & mortgaging the future.
9) War -- when and if it should be pursued.
10) Gun regulation -- if valid, by whom?
The volume is hardly revisionist history as claimed by one reviewer, but it is at odds with the history taught by leftist and atheist historians today. It would be amusing, if it weren't so tragic, that a reader(?) would throw away the book and denounce it after reading only one chapter because the facts presented did not conform to the reader's own faulty knowledge of history. I read the Economist every week, not because I agree with what it says, but because I want to better understand the world view of the state socialists in Europe and the U.S. and what they are recommending our President do to conform to that view.Read more ›
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Good book but I honestly bought the wrong book from this author. But did enjoy itPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A radical conservative states his views, then cherry picks data to reach a conclusion that he supports. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jeremy
Good information everyone needs to know. Well documented sources for verification. A very book for the conservative point of view.Published on January 17, 2013 by Charles Hasting
This is only the second book I've ever returned to Amazon in about 15 years and over 1000 purchases. Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by T. Zehrer
I'm incredibly interested in the founding fathers beliefs, motivations and intent, and so was looking forward to this when I first saw it. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by Hittman