Saturday, January 8, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Lies the Government Told You by Andrew P. Napolitano

Lies the Government Told You
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Page Count: 368
Release Date: 2 March, 2010
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Complimentary copy provided by BookSneeze in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)

You've been lied to by the government.
We shrug off this fact as an unfortunate reality. America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth, here and there?

When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don't return.

In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America's freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.
With emphasis both on government and on U.S. history, two topics I take interest in, this book thoroughly awed me. Using laws present in our own U.S. Constitution, as well as accurate historical information acknowledged by most American citizens, Napolitano criticizes and picks apart the flaws present in a government that to say in the least, is hypocritical.

Many of Napolitano's examples include Obama, the current war, and today's problematic economic system. I found both positive and negative aspects in this. Positive: the book was easy to comprehend and relate to, since it discussed stories I hear everyday from peers and on the news. Negative: the economy and government can change swiftly, so I don't expect this book to be considerably timeless.

The only reason my rating isn't higher is because of Napolitano's writing style. He didn't have poor grammar or anything, but reading Lies the Government Told You felt like reading a cross between a self-help book and a history textbook, which personally is not my cup of tea. For a nonfiction constitutional law and social politics title, it was pretty satisfactory, though.

Stephanie Loved: Below, are the seventeen lies Napolitano presents. Take some time thinking about how they are said but unjustified in the American government. Your mind will be blown:
  1. "All men are created equal"
  2. "All men ... are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights"
  3. "Judges are like umpires"
  4. "Every vote counts"
  5. "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech"
  6. "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"
  7. "Your body is your temple"
  8. "The federal reserve shall be controlled by Congress"
  9. "It's only a temporary government program"
  10. "I'm from the government and I'm here to help"
  11. "We are winning the war on drugs"
  12. "Everyone is innocent until proven guilty"
  13. "The Constitution applies in good times and in bad times"
  14. "Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars"
  15. "We don't torture"
  16. "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, shall not be violated"
  17. "America has a free market"
Radical Rating: 7 hearts: Not without flaws, but overall enjoyable. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥