Edward Klein did a pretty thorough job interviewing a lot of people, both on and off the record, about Obama's thin skin, lack of experience, micro-maEdward Klein did a pretty thorough job interviewing a lot of people, both on and off the record, about Obama's thin skin, lack of experience, micro-managing (which compounds the lack of experience problem), close-mindedness, and megalomania. So, I give him and his book some credit for the in-depth approach to analyzing the president's personality. Doing so gives us a frame of reference to the president's ideology...which is useful knowledge. We can understand better the "why" behind much of Obama's craziness.
This book is for conservatives who already hate Obama and maybe for independents and progressives who've fallen out of love with our president. I don't know how many opinions this book will sway; it may just push Obama supporters to double down on their man.
I gave this book just three stars because it's basically one big ad hominem attack. With maybe for the exception of George Washington (and maybe Gerald Ford, since he was never elected), every president of the United States has been someone looking for power with the idea to remake the country in his image.
Attacking the personality of a person doesn't help us avoid the kinds of policies that have weakened our country. Bush 43, for as much as the GOP love him, is just as bad as Obama. Dubya signed No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D into law. He started the bank bailouts, and sent us into two costly and pointless wars. My point is, to really help the U.S. remain a prosperous, free nation, we need to focus on the policy, not the person....more
I gave this book 5/5 stars not for the writing, but for the book's concept: a state's ability to declare an unconstitutional federal law null and voidI gave this book 5/5 stars not for the writing, but for the book's concept: a state's ability to declare an unconstitutional federal law null and void.
Anyway, with that stage set, Woods expounds upon the Compact Theory of the Constitution. The United States was created by an agreement of the States, not the general population living in the Colonies. This is an important concept because when the Federal Government passes a law or claims authority and power not granted by the Constitution, who can judge?
Most of us would say the Supreme Court, but how can a branch of the Federal Government objectively rule on actions of the Federal Government? The Supreme Court is comprised of men and women hand-picked by the very people who create and execute the legislation of this country. No matter how much the Supreme Court may claim to be an objective arbiter in such matters, no one can deny that the Federal Government, aided by the Supreme Court, has overstepped its constitutional bounds.
That's where the States come in. Whenever an objective judge cannot be found to decide on matters regarding an agreement (or compact) the decision is left to the compact's original parties. In this case, the States, as the parties who agreed to form a Federal Government and grant it certain, limited powers, are the entities who have the authority to decide whether their creation, the Federal Government, has exceeded its constitutional authority. This is a no-brainer.
Woods does a great job explaining these concepts and answers critics. Read this book to get a better idea of how our Founding Fathers intended our government to work, and why the State Legislatures should redouble their efforts to resist Federal encroachment on powers reserved to the States and to the American people by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments....more
Ron Paul's "End the Fed" is the clarion call for Americans to awake and realize how the federal government is destroying wealth and future prosperityRon Paul's "End the Fed" is the clarion call for Americans to awake and realize how the federal government is destroying wealth and future prosperity through the inflationary policies of the Federal Reserve System.
Paul explains the history of America's central bank, how it was created to serve a select few in the banking sector, and how its power has constantly expanded to meddle with and manipulate the value of the dollar. Paul reveals that the Fed's monetary policy of simply printing money is an insidious tax on Americans that funds wars and bailouts and stimulus boondoggles.
Paul also bases his argument to abolish the Federal Reserve on three cases: the philosophical case (inflation is morally wrong because artificially devaluing the dollar is the same as theft), the constitutional case (the only legal tender was to be based on gold and silver - Article I, Section 10), and the economic case (central planning a la Fed leads to malinvestment, crushing consumer debt, and many other ills).
Reading this book has convinced me that ending the Fed is a no-brainer. We don't need a lender of last resort for foolish banks that deserve to go bankrupt. We don't need a central bank that prints as much money as it wants, with practically no accountability. We don't need to have our hard-earned money, and with it our purchasing power, lose value. We don't need the Fed....more
How many of us can say we've read every word of the Constitution? Before reading "The Words We Live By", I couldn't.
Thanks to Linda Monk, I've read evHow many of us can say we've read every word of the Constitution? Before reading "The Words We Live By", I couldn't.
Thanks to Linda Monk, I've read every word, and I've gained insight into the history behind the Constitution's construction, the rationale behind its 27 amendments, and the way the various clauses have been interpreted over the years by the Supreme Court.
One realization that has surprised me as I read this book is how fluid the law is. The Supreme Court has molded and shaped its reading of the Constitution in many different ways throughout America's history. For example, the Court's ideas regarding the strength of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments concerning privacy and government intrusion, as well as the concept of Federalism: the separation of duties and powers among the central and state governments, has changed. That bothered me to no end. The law, like Moses' tablets, is supposed to be concrete and inflexible; that's what makes it the law. If the law, or a law, is to be seen in a different light, change the law explicitly, don't interpret it into something different. But I digress.
For those interested in a solid, concise (and appealing...it's got pictures!) history of the Constitution and its amendments, "The Words We Live By" is, at 288 pages, a brisk and entertaining read....more
No matter what you think about the "War on Drugs", I urge you to read this book.
Judge James Gray's position is that the U.S. is not just losing the waNo matter what you think about the "War on Drugs", I urge you to read this book.
Judge James Gray's position is that the U.S. is not just losing the war, it's creating thousands of casualties at the same time.
Despite relying a little too heavily, for my taste, on anecdotal evidence here and there, Judge Gray explains why this country's drug policy is so pathetically abysmal. He alludes to the racist history of drug prohibition, explains how illegal drugs directly support terrorism, shows how our civil liberties are trampled by the federal government, and how futile our efforts are in stemming the flow of drugs into the US. On every measure, we are losing the war on drugs.
However bleak the outlook may be, Judge Gray uses examples, statistics and precedent to show us what we can do to solve the drug epidemic once and for all. He focuses on narcotics regulation, similar to what we use to govern alcohol and tobacco, education about the effects of drugs, addiction treatment, decriminalization and others. His reasoning is impeccable and sustains the principles of a free society. His resolutions are also humane, and they treat addiction as an illness, not a crime. Nevertheless, Judge Gray stresses the need to punish criminals who harm others in their pursuit to support their drug habit.
It's a great book; again, one I strongly encourage all who love liberty to read and contemplate....more
I'm not even going to try to hide my unabashed man-crush for Ron Paul. Listen, this great country faces loads of problems, much of them are our own crI'm not even going to try to hide my unabashed man-crush for Ron Paul. Listen, this great country faces loads of problems, much of them are our own creation through a large, inefficient, invasive, power-hungry, debt-ridden government. You know this. I know this.
Ron Paul knows this. And his book "Revolution" lays out the argument for bringing true power to the people. It's awesome. I don't wanna spoil it for you, but lemme just say that we would be much more prosperous, much safer, much happier, much freer if we put Ron Paul's words into action....more
The Law is probably one of the most influential books I've ever read. I mean, it's helped solidify my beliefs regarding what a truly free society shouThe Law is probably one of the most influential books I've ever read. I mean, it's helped solidify my beliefs regarding what a truly free society should be and what purpose law in general should serve.
See, any time the law is used to make society into whatever the legislators want society to be, liberty vanishes. The purpose of law, which is the aggregation of an individual right to defend one's liberty and property, is to guard against injustice...NOT, I repeat NOT to make us more charitable, more equal, more moral, more religious, more or less anything. Bastiat explains why this must be so, and his logic is very, very compelling.
If you're interested in learning what the scope of law should be, what the true definition of justice is, what it truly means to live in liberty, then you need to read and study Frederic Bastiat's "The Law".
Yes, it is translated from French, and it was written in the 1800s, making the language a bit awkward to read in English, but that only serves to make you pay closer attention to all the nuggets of truth in Bastiat's essay....more