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on February 24, 2010
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano does not believe that the government is anyone's friend. In his latest book, Lies The Government Told You, he takes his readers on a very informative journey in exposing various lies that he believes Americans have bought into. A little unsettling is Napolitano's warning (on page 295) that his readers should be very careful when reading THIS book, because it could set someone up to be monitored by the government for suspicious behavior.

I can only imagine that if merely reading a book like this makes one a target in the government's eyes, how much more incriminating it must be to WRITE a book like this? The author seems to truly know his stuff so I'm sure he thought long and hard before putting himself out there and exposing this information. If you're not into politics then this book might not hold your interest. It's a pretty deep read with tons of facts and information.

The author writes about seventeen lies, one of them being "all men are created equal." American history buffs will already be well aware that four out of the first five American Presidents (George Washington included) owned slaves. However, what about the The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment which gives the government the right to take away private property for "public use"? This includes YOUR home, even if you've paid it off.

What about Populism and Progessivism? When did these views develop and how have they affected our current government?

Why is FEMA so disorganized and chaotic? And why are they still allowed to operate, though FEMA has proven to be unprepared and severely lacking in disaster response?

What about the $40 billion dollars a year taken from American taxpayers and used to foot the bill for the war on drugs? In the midst of a failing economy, why are Americans forced to continue to pay for these types of ineffective programs?

Lie #12 is "Everyone Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty". Napolitano shows example after example of how the government has wrongly accused, convicted and imprisoned innocent Americans and gotten away with it.

Not only does the author cover historical events like the founding of our country and Pearl Harbor - he also addresses current events like the General Motors bailout, comparing it to the near failure of Amtrak in 1971.

Interesting, thought provoking and definitely for those who agree with Napolitano's view of the government.
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