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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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Larry Schweikart is the co-author of A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror, and is a professor of history at the University of Dayton. He has written more than 20 books on national defense, business, and financial history.
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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. I would recommend that atheists and socialists read this volume, study the facts presented within, and then re-evaluate (or not) their ideology accordingly.
For example, the idea of eminent domain as understood by the Founders was its necessary use for the construction of roads, port facilities, and forts to enable the defense of the nation and the public to prosper through its own development of a private economic sector. New London v. Kelo et at, abolished that idea with a vengeance.
Chapter One clearly presents why the 1st Amendment was constructed the way it was, but also that the Founders recognized and believed in the U.S. as a Christian nation. It was wrong for the limited Federal Government to establish a state church, not the least because a number of states already had state churches, AND THEY WEREN'T THE SAME. What was the Federal Government to do? Choose the religion of one state over another? Atheists should also remember that Jefferson played no part in the construction of the Constitution or the first 10 Amendments, and his letter to the Danbury Baptists was a PRIVATE letter to his former clients.
The historiography in Chapter One was absolutely accurate, and students should ask themselves today just how far the influence of atheist John Dewey has extended in education, and just how far the secularists will go in universities to deny the founding principles of this nation. Both Jefferson and Madison regularly attended church services while president, and the services WERE HELD IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' CHAMBERS. Could that be done today? Washington wrote at least one documented prayer to the Protestant Christian God, Franklin recommended the Constitutional Convention open its daily meetings with a prayer, and Jefferson re-wrote the Christian Bible taking out all miracles, but leaving the message intact. Yet atheists today claim they were Deists (by definition, Deists do not believe in prayer.) Talk about revisionist history! Yet that is what is currently being taught in American schools and colleges today. The reader should ask himself, why? Why is it so important to delete Christianity from America? With what is it to be replaced?
This book is important as a reminder to all Americans of our roots -- where we came from, and how far we have "progressed" to a non-Christian, Fascist/Socialist all-powerful Federal Government regulated and controlled society. Every day, property rights are trampled into the dust and Christian morality scorned. One should ask himself if we are the better for all this "progress."
Read and treasure this book as a reminder of who and what we should be.
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.