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Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  326 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Government regulations are out of control. They dictate how much water goes into your commode, and how much water comes out of your showerhead. They determine how hot the water needs to be in your washing machine, and how many miles to the gallon your car must achieve. Since the Patriot Act, your banking records, your gun registration, and your phone bill are easily access ...more
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Published September 11th 2012 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2012)
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Rsoeffker
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, so many people will ignore this book because of the author. The tragic state of learning in this country tells us that if we don't believe in someone, they have nothing good to say.

This will cripple you, and your learning will grind to a halt.

This book is almost completely non-political. This is a book loaded with the most vile stories that you will want to write off as exaggerated. After some research, you will realize that this tyrannical government is a real thing.

Without bei
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Shea Mastison
Rand Paul has to be one of the most frustrating politicians for me to think about. He has an undeniable libertarian streak, combined with a largely dissonant sort of traditional Republican values; a contradictory style that I could guess might remind some people of Reagan.

In this book, he tells a set of horror stories revolving around the TSA, FDA, USDA, and all those other various governmental departments that carry around guns nowadays. He explains the way they've overstepped rationality, and
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Daniel
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was at the Mall of America one day when I met an atheist.

After quickly finishing his donut, he became quite argumentative with me and prophetically stated "If you really think about it, God is an atheist."

I then won the argument.
Richard L.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED THIS BOOK.... Makes you really aware of the internal operation of our government.
SCARY
Carlos
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every American should read this book and gain awareness of the truth of the current government.
Harold Cameron
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and imprisoned by the Feds"

"Government regulations are out of control. They dictate how much water goes into your commode, and how much water comes out of your shower head. They determine how hot the water needs to be in your washing machine, and how many miles to the gallon your car must achieve. Since the Patriot Act, your banking records, your gun registration, and your phone bill are easily accessible by government snoops. Mothers are arres
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Matthew Hurtt
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most Americans have read or heard about some aspect of our intrusive federal government, be it invasive screenings by TSA at the airport or the nonsensical raids on Gibson Guitar in recent years. In Government Bullies, Senator Rand Paul provides more than a dozen individual examples of government overreach and abuse, usually under the auspices of some vague regulation established by unelected bureaucrats or in the name of “safety.”

In organizing Government Bullies, Senator Paul gives these expans
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Judi
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are horrifying stories of government bureaucrats run amok. Though I had read reports concerning government agencies that have large stockpiles of arms, it was shocking that any non-law-enforcement agency would be using fully-equipped SWAT teams, without a warrant, to raid private homes and businesses, many times on the flimsiest of evidence. Rand Paul has done a service to the nation in exposing unmerited raids by the EPA, USDA, FDA and other federal agencies, raids that have ruined busine ...more
Ralph Bierdeman
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The general media impression is that Rand Paul is a bit on the fringe as a Libertarian and ultra conservative. After reading this book, I changed a few perceptions:

Rand Paul is a smart and pragmatic guy.
He isn't against everything, he forms his views based upon normal citizens experiences and extreme examples of undisputed bureaucratic and governmental overreach.
Others may not like what he stands for, but they can or won't challenge his views based upon facts.

I think he brings an important voice
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Monica Zeringue
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frightening and informative. Senator Paul reflects on many of the injustices inflicted by the federal, state, and local governments that you never hear about. Reading this book will rile up ones sense of justice while making the reader more aware of his constitutional freedoms. It is never too late or futile to fight for your freedom, and help others do the same.
Alan
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
As I'm largely a Rand Paul supporter, I thought this would be an insightful read on the bureaucratic overreach of the federal government. Obviously, there is some disheartening stories of normal folks falling victim to the heavy-handed iron fist of the 'omnipotent' federal government. Recommended for those that are still convinced that our government truly has our best interests in mind.
Phyllis Murrell
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written accounts of individuals being harassed by varied government agencies. Some are real horror stories. Makes you want to fire some beaurucrats.
Christine
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All American's concerned about our freedoms and government interference
Recommended to Christine by: Penny Hariville
Shelves: have-read
This is a fascinating and scary book. It's hard to believe the government is this out of control. This kind of abuse should never be allowed to happen in the USA. Everyone should read this book.
Rd
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative - an easy read.
Frank
Jul 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-up, political
To start this review I need to set some ground work. I most identify currently with the libertarian philosophies, not just the libertarian philosophies that some claim is “Libertarian” but the honest to god, think for yourself and the obvious answers come out. While that means I don’t have all the answers, I do have an idea what should be done.

At the same time as 2016 elections are starting to liven up, I have a strong interest in Rand Paul and even after this book I still consider him a good ch
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Wamer15
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in modern day America. It is a non fiction book written by Senator Rand Paul. It is set all over America. Some of the stories take place in Dr.Paul's home state of kentucky. Rand Paul and everyday Americans are the main characters of this book. He tells the stories of many average people. The conflict is the American people v.s. the federal government.
I liked this book. It showed me how a U.S senator deals with problems in the government. He explained the countless ways that
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Manny
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I was reading this book, I do what I always do. I connect to either Amazon or Goodreads and I look at the other customer's reviews. Although I tell myself not to, it is something I cannot control. At any rate, I did so and read one of the only review on Goodreads (since the book was so new at that time) wrote that the book sounded like Dr. Paul was trying to break his arm by patting himself on the back (my words). I commented on her post and informed her I was on chapter three and did not ...more
John
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
This book made me angry. And afraid. I know there are abuses by government agencies, but the number, magnitude, and scope of the examples in this book are shocking. Otherwise law-abiding citizens are being sent to Federal prison for "crimes" none of us would consider criminal (e.g. Federal prison for importing lobsters in plastic bags instead of cardboard boxes). What's criminal is the government abuse of power documented in this book.

The book is not an abstract political screed. Instead, it is
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Doug
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I fell for the old 'buy this book and meet the author for a signature' trick while I was in Tampa for the Ron Paul rally back in September. While the content of the book is pretty good, and highlights a number of horrifying examples of arbitrary abuses of government power, I felt at times like I was reading an extended version of an annoying campaign for liberty email. You know the ones I mean? The ones probably written by John Tate, that repeat themselves five times using simple language meant ...more
Brett Ashton
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book to read from the standpoint of interest in the consequences of a government that has run out of control. Especially striking are the circumstances of the Amish dairy farmer being raided pre-dawn by heavily armed officials in full S.W.A.T. regalia with automatic weapons. Hardly necessary considering that the only thing he was suspected of was selling raw milk.

The thing I didn’t like about it was that there were placed in among the genuine horror stories of American citize
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Bobby Steinhoff
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I definitely like rand Paul a lot more after reading this book. Until now all I have done is focused on ways he was different from his father. Now I know a lot of ways they agree with one another. The stories in this book did their job of firing me up and getting me angry with the monstrosity that is our federal government. Not that it was a tough sell on me. Book wasn't written like an author, not that I was expecting it to be, but it did have great structure and effective language to portray t ...more
Ben Chapman
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Government Bullies' is an interesting read. Rand Paul makes the case on how liberties are being stripped from the American people; from EPA regulations to TSA screening/searching occurring at your airport. The examples and stories provided show Americans are being treated as criminals rather than what we as Americans claim to be: Free. I was not too familiar with certain topics listed in this book -- like EPA and FDA regulations, so this was a learning experience for me. Having read this on a f ...more
Zachary
Worthwhile quick read. Did a nice job making some pretty ridiculous government actions look, well, ridiculous.

The legal aspects of the actions were most interesting to me ... and also felt like the area least well explored in the book. The focus of book seemed to be on common sense 'check this out, it's crazy!', not 'here are the legal reasons this particular thing that seems crazy got through.' It certainly poked into this territory, just left me wanting more.

As another reviewer pointed out,
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Hobart
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Great read. This book angered me, made me want to change the world, and filled me with despair--certain that things'll only get worse. Frequently within the same paragraph (if not the same sentence). These tales of bureaucracy run amok should (and likely will) cause any freedom-loving patriot's blood run cold.

I can see where a lot of people would get tired of Paul bringing himself into the book as often as he does--as a candidate or Senator. But honestly, it's only as Senator/candidate that Paul
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Samuel
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Government Bullies will make you hate federal bureaucracy if you don't already. Furthermore, it will make you think: Why don't we have more senators like Rand Paul? In an absolutely worse case senerios the books walks you through nightmares that everyday citizens have been put through by the FDA, EPA, TSA, and USDA for reasons no more clear than flexing their might. It is Senator Paul's hope that many more individuals will be inspired to be more participate in their government and have the coura ...more
Vicki
Sep 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's diatribe against the Environmental Protection Agency. Paul portrays a country in which citizens live in fear of the government, particularly the EPA. He tells story after story in which private property owners have been prosecuted and treated unjustly by the EPA. Blaming the Clean Water Act of 1972, Paul tries to make a case for deregulation of agencies such as the EPA.

The book has a frenetic tone and it is not enjoyable to read. Rand Paul is a libertar
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Patrick Michael
Now don't get me wrong. Big fan of Rand and will vote for him in 2016. I voted for his father in 2012 primary. But this book is just tedious to read. It is a book that just repeated story after story that were really all the same. This felt like it had little thought behind it.

I would have loved to see a book like End the Fed around 150 pages but very well written. Rand is a guy that is intelligent, a practicing doctor and a true libertine but this was really just kind of a haphazard group of s
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Suzan Powers
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Startling examples of abuse by government agencies established to protect us like the EPA and TSA! I am particularly disappointed in the EPA stories since I consider myself an environmentalist and have supported the EPA for years. I have been to Priest Lake, ID, one of the locations in the book. It is a tragedy that this family was caught in this corrupt web of deceit by the EPA in such a beautiful rustic place, a place they loved especially. When government is at fault and innocent people are p ...more
The American Conservative
'Rand Paul remains a work in progress. Will he take the principled high road that his father paved with such courage? Or will he become simply another conservative who flourishes government waste, fraud, and abuse stories to make supporters believe he is going to roll back Leviathan? Unfortunately, the answer to those questions will not be found in Government Bullies.'

Read the full review, "Getting a Read on Rand Paul," on our website:
http://www.theamericanconservative.co...
Libertylover501
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this you will think you just read a work of fiction. Sadly the government abuses in this book are real and infuriating. I mean a man who fled communist Hungary was jailed and fined heavily for laying topsoil on HIS own land.... Sad. Summary-----> http://dirtyuglypolitics.wordpress.co...

A must read for any liberty minded individual.
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U.S. Senator Rand Paul lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky with his wife and three children. He has been a practicing ophthalmologist for seventeen years. His run for the US Senate representing Kentucky was his first bid for political office. He is the son of Ron Paul, Texas congressman and 2008 Republican Presidential candidate.
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