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Be the People is a courageous analysis of today’s most pressing issues, exposing the deceptions by the cultural elite and urging ‘We the People’ to restore America’s faith and values.”—Sean Hannity

“There are many good books but only a few really important ones. Dr. Carol Swain’s Be the People is one of the latter. Brave, informed, candid, and thoughtful, she brings her fine academic mind to bear on the most pressing needs facing our country.”—Tony Perkins

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Overview

Be the People is a courageous analysis of today’s most pressing issues, exposing the deceptions by the cultural elite and urging ‘We the People’ to restore America’s faith and values.”—Sean Hannity

“There are many good books but only a few really important ones. Dr. Carol Swain’s Be the People is one of the latter. Brave, informed, candid, and thoughtful, she brings her fine academic mind to bear on the most pressing needs facing our country.”—Tony Perkins

“A courageous, challenging, and controversial call to Americans of all colors to return to their Creator and to come to their Judeo-Christian senses.”—Dr. Peter A. Lillback

“In Be the People Professor Carol Swain thoughtfully examines the biblical roots and religious significance of today’s most pressing issues. Professor Swain shows how to make your voice heard and how to reclaim America’s faith and values.”—Lou Dobbs

An insightful analysis of the forces of deception rapidly reshaping America's morals, social policies, and culture, with a call to specific action, written by a thoughtful and courageous Christian social scientist on the front lines of today's issues.

Cultural elites in the media, academia, and politics are daily deceiving millions of Americans into passively supporting policies that are detrimental to the nation and their own best interest. Although some Americans can see through the smokescreen, they feel powerless to redirect the forces inside and outside government that radically threaten cherished values and principles.

Drawing on her training in political science and law, Dr. Swain thoughtfully examines the religious significance of the founding of our nation and the deceptions that have infiltrated our daily lives and now threaten traditional families, unborn children, and members of various racial and ethnic groups—as well as national sovereignty itself--and provides action points for the people of this country to make the political system more responsive.

The book is divided into two sections:

  • Forsaking what we once knew
  • Re-embracing truth and justice in policy choices

It also covers key topics such as:

  • America's shift to moral relativism
  • America's religious roots
  • Abortion's fragile facade
  • Historical and biblical views on families and children
  • Erosion of rule of law, national security, and immigration
  • Racial and ethnic challenges
  • Reclaiming the future
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849949432
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 703 KB

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xiii
A Risk Well Worth Taking....................1
PART ONE BROKEN VOWS: FORSAKING WHAT WE ONCE KNEW....................5
1. Reshaping Our National Identity....................7
2. America's Religious Roots....................21
3. Abortion's Fragile Facade....................47
PART TWO BANISHED VIRTUES: RECLAIMING TRUTH AND JUSTICE IN POLICY CHOICES....................83
4. Family Matters....................85
5. Immigration, the Rule of Law, and National Sovereignty....................131
6. Moving Beyond Race and Racism....................171
7. Racial Politics: President Obama and Me....................191
8. Reclaiming America's Faith and Promise....................219
Appendix A: The Ten Commandments....................231
Appendix B: The Declaration of Independence....................233
Appendix C: The Bill of Rights....................239
Appendix D: The Constitution of the United States of America (1787)....................243
Notes....................261
Index....................303
About the Author....................321
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First Chapter

BE THE PEOPLE

A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise
By Carol M. Swain

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Carol M. Swain
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8499-4943-2


Chapter One

Reshaping Our National Identity

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men ... That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government ... in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. —Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

It is good to appear clement, trustworthy, humane, religious, and honest, and also to be so, but always with the mind so deposed that, when the occasion arises not to be so, you can become the opposite ... Let a prince then concern himself with the acquisition of a state; the means employed will always be considered honorable and praised by all, for the mass of mankind is always swayed by appearances and by the outcome of an enterprise. —Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

The audience was clearly impassioned. Panelists were divided between supporters of reparations for black slavery and pragmatists, such as myself, who rejected the idea as impractical. At one point in the discussion, a well-dressed, middle-aged black man in the audience stood up, identified himself as a successful Harvard graduate, and proceeded to tell the packed audience that nothing much had changed in America for blacks since slavery. He claimed that the country was as racist as it had ever been and would always be. I nearly choked.

I glanced at the man and then studied the faces of students nodding in gullible agreement. I thought, How could a man who has obviously enjoyed the fruits of success give America's youth such a dismal message? Unfortunately, I hear negativity like this dispensed often across America by a rainbow coalition of liberals who seem to disdain the country I hold dear.

As a high school dropout and teenage mother in the 1970s, I could see the promise of a better life glimmering before me. I trusted in the American Dream. I believed that if I worked hard enough and played by the rules, my efforts would be rewarded one day. I was one of twelve children born in extreme rural poverty, but even I could arise and make something of myself.

And I did. I earned a GED, went to a community college, and graduated from a four-year college. I moved on to graduate school, where I earned the academic degrees that allowed me to become a university professor. But when I worked in an Ivy League school, I was a fish out of water. I shouldered the disregard of the arrogant, liberal mind-set that showed little patience for a black conservative woman with a thick Southern accent. Looking back on those early years, I chuckle and say, "God has a sense of humor." Nothing else could explain this journey I'm on.

I was born in 1954 and grew up at a time when patriotism and respect for authority still mattered. Unlike many people I've encountered at elite institutions, I've always loved and been proud of my country. I embrace traditional values. I count myself among the middle-aged nerds who never smoked a joint or quite understood all the protests of the 1960s. Through it all, I developed and have sustained a sense of patriotism that now mixes with faith in God.

Today I am in the uncomfortable yet opportune position of being an African American academic who disapproves of the unbiblical direction my country has taken in recent years. I proudly wear my American flag pin, salute the American flag, and stand while our national anthem is played. I believe that America is still the greatest nation in the world. I have written this book because I care about this nation and the promise it still holds. This book sounds a rallying cry for my fellow Americans to stand up and reclaim the promises of life, liberty, and justice envisioned by our forefathers, many of whom were deeply committed to Judeo-Christian values and principles.

This book sounds a rallying cry for my fellow Americans to stand up and reclaim the promises of life, liberty, and justice envisioned by our forefathers.

COMPLICITY'S PRICE

People find it surprising that I take offense when I hear national leaders end their speeches with "God bless America!" This unsettles me, because a national leader asking a blessing from God assumes two things: first, that America acknowledges God, and second, that America considers itself worthy of blessing. However, we must face foundational problems that lie in these assumptions. First, our government has repeatedly taken actions to alienate itself from God. And second, which actions or attitudes in American society in recent memory would warrant God's blessing? While surveys show that the overwhelming majority of Americans profess to believe in the Judeo-Christian God, our individual actions and government policies often disregard or disdain anything holy or sacred. In recent years, we have allowed politicians, educators, media experts, and cultural leaders to persuade us to embrace behaviors diametrically opposed to biblical teachings.

The cold winds of change sweeping through Washington, D.C., and our nation are damning evidence that even though we say we believe in God, we live like atheists. We consider God to be either nonexistent or irrelevant—and certainly not in the business of distributing rewards and punishments. The solemn vows of faith that once impelled our leaders to bravery and provided the solid principles upon which our country was founded have been broken and abandoned to the wind. The virtues produced by faith in God have been banished from our borders.

For the most part, We the People have met the recent radical shifts in our nation with a collective shrug. Thus we have been complicit in not only the erosion of our constitutional rights but also the spiritual malaise that grips our nation.

Recent grassroots uprisings reflect growing disillusionment and demonstrate that we finally realize something is profoundly wrong in our beloved country. The rules of morality have changed, and we sense that the new moral relativism will ultimately result in harm, not good. A Gallup poll taken in 2010 found that 76 percent of Americans agree that moral values have deteriorated. Similarly, a Rasmussen Reports survey found 65 percent agreeing that the United States is headed in the wrong direction.

For the most part, We the People have met the recent radical shifts in our nation with a collective shrug.

Americans' acceptance of cultural relativism has opened the floodgates for many changes. Cultural relativism rejects absolute right or wrong, teaching that truth is valid only for a particular society at a given point in time. Acceptance of this worldview creates an environment in which tolerance is elevated as the highest virtue. In order to gain control and indoctrinate others, "cultural enforcers" in media, education, and government have seized responsibility to set the standards of behavior for the rest of the American people. Often these efforts are tragically well-intentioned, motivated by a desire to create a better world—a utopian society that replaces old values and norms with a better way of life.

Columnist Chris Hedges argues that a small number of elite educational institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge shape a disproportionate number of editors and reporters for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. These institutions also produce many Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, corporate executives, political nominees, and presidential Cabinet members. According to Hedges, who is a product of the institutions he criticizes, these universities mold students from the same "cookie cutter" and socialize them to think and act alike:

The elite institutions disdain honest intellectual inquiry, which is by its nature distrustful of authority, fiercely independent, and often subversive. They organize learning around minutely specialized disciplines, narrow answers, and rigid structures designed to produce answers. The established corporate hierarchies these institutions service—economic, political, and social—come with clear parameters, such as the primacy of an unfettered free market, and also with a highly specialized vocabulary. This vocabulary, a sign of the "specialist" and, of course, the elitist, thwarts universal understanding. It keeps the uninitiated from asking unpleasant questions.

As a university professor I, too, have observed a strong tendency of people educated at elite institutions to smirk at working-class Americans and those whose dialects and behaviors identify them as outsiders. Cultural enforcers disdain the use of biblical references as explanations for human problems. They act as if the answer to every problem lies in the secular humanist's reasoning. Americans empower this group when we weakly defer to their so-called expert opinions, even when these opinions lack sound judgment.

At less-elite institutions of higher learning, administrators and faculties often forget their unique roles as they strive to mimic the universities of the Northeast. Often I hear of institutions of higher learning seeking to be known as the Harvard of the South or the Harvard of the West, yet this is a problematic quest. Our universities rarely, if ever, challenge politically correct rules that demand religious arguments, texts, and references be off-limits in public debates because of the separation of church and state. Many of us have bowed to the atheistic arguments of cultural enforcers at elite universities, even though an overwhelming majority of Americans describe themselves as Christians and even more as believers in Almighty God.

Also highly disturbing is evidence that our nation is following a path strikingly similar to totalitarian societies. In these societies, government gains control over the media, the economy, and educational and religious institutions. Those in power possess the means to shape and manipulate information. Today in America, cultural enforcers are seeking control and deceiving citizens into supporting policies and practices detrimental to our individual and collective interests. Some Americans have awakened to the cultural forces reshaping society but feel powerless to resist. Most prominent among the people who are successfully fighting back are those within the Tea Party movement, largely composed of first-time activists, which swept the country in 2009 and 2010.

Many of us have bowed to the atheistic arguments of cultural enforcers at elite universities, even though an overwhelming majority of Americans describe themselves as Christians and even more as believers in Almighty God.

One of those fighting back is Matt Moynihan, a thirtyish Vanderbilt University graduate and married father. Moynihan cofounded the Sumner County, Tennessee, Tea Party in February 2009 and writes editorials for a conservative newspaper. The election of Barack Obama catapulted Moynihan into action. "I was never involved in politics until the fall of 2008," he said. "I saw we were losing what was beautiful about the country, what our Founding Fathers envisioned and what has made us the envy of the world ... Electing a black man fueled a celebration of overcoming racism ... [and] in the process we failed to look at the values of the individual being elected ... I don't think the Founding Fathers expected it to be this way."

ORWELLIAN PARALLELS

George Orwell examined the process of systematic cultural change in his riveting novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Sobering—perhaps even chilling—parallels can be seen between twenty-first-century America and the country of Oceania depicted in Orwell's novel. Oceania is a totalitarian society in which government controls every facet of life, including thought. Citizens of Oceania can never be sure when or where the government is monitoring them. They are not free to create or think beyond the boundaries set by "Big Brother," their ruler. Big Brother exerts control through strategic deception, manipulation of rhetoric and language, and revision of history.

Oceania's four government agencies execute its policies. The Ministry of Love administers law and order, the Ministry of Peace conducts war, the Ministry of Plenty controls the economy and the production of goods, and the Ministry of Truth writes and rewrites the history of the nation by exerting power over the news media, schools, entertainment, and arts—all to strengthen Big Brother's grip on society.

LANGUAGE, REVISIONIST HISTORY, AND THE ROLE OF DECEPTION

In Orwell's world, language controls thought. The government manipulates and controls the context and flow of information, producing an illusion of truth. Words are regularly redefined and given new meanings that contradict what they formerly represented. For instance, the definitions of truth and justice are reinvented: "War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Truth."

Oceania's governmental enforcers use a thought-control technique called "doublethink" to befuddle citizens into accepting government-controlled messages. New messages often contradict previously held directives. Citizens are forbidden from questioning government or holding it accountable for actions. One propaganda slogan encapsulates the government's philosophy of deception: "Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU

The reality of Oceania is knocking on America's doors in the form of increased surveillance and White House authorization to assassinate American citizens suspected of terrorist links. Acting on recommendations of the Defense Science Board, the Obama Pentagon in January 2010 pushed for creation of an Office of Strategic Deception to gather and disseminate information to confuse America's enemies. That idea fortunately never left the proposal stage. But if an Office of Strategic Deception does not cause chills, perhaps other American similarities shared with Oceania produce alarm. In August 2009, West Virginia senator Jay Rockefeller introduced legislation (S.773) that would give the president emergency control over the Internet. Rockefeller's bill has been making its way through Congress.

In February 2010, Americans learned that Google, the world's largest Internet company, had entered an information-sharing agreement with the same National Security Agency that would gain control under the Rockefeller bill. This unusual agreement between the government and a private company potentially compromises the privacy of millions of Americans who use Google's search engine on a daily basis.

The reality of Oceania is knocking on America's doors in the form of increased surveillance and White House authorization to assassinate American citizens suspected of terrorist links.

In July 2010, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) published reports that Consumer Watchdogs, an advocacy group, was asking Congress to investigate reports that Google was using its roaming street view to spy on members of Congress. It was reported that Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, and eighteen members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee had their homes pictured on Google's StreetView. For this to have happened suggested that their Wi-Fi networks had been scanned. Google later acknowledged that it recorded information that came across on unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. Harman's system was unencrypted.

Furthermore, the Department of Homeland Security now monitors social networking and news sites, blogs, and search engines. Twitter, Facebook, the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, Google, and the Blotter rank among its targets. Existing government-sanctioned Internet surveillance goes beyond searches for terrorists and allows the government to investigate and apprehend drug dealers, "tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters."

In January 2010, the Washington Post reported that President Obama had signed off on documents that would allow the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command to assassinate US citizens living abroad if the agencies suspect an al Qaeda connection or a potential threat to other Americans. This action allows assassinations of Americans, even if they are not involved in combat situations. Assassinating an American citizen without a trial seemingly violates the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the long-held understanding of how the rule of law operates in a democratic republic. In Oceania, the state vaporized its enemies.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    With Highest Recommendations!

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! Dr. Swain touched on some very important issues/problems with our society. America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles contrary to some beliefs. As the saying goes you're entitled to your own opinion but not facts. Dr. Swain encourages the reader to do more than just read her book. She wants you to research and ponder things yourself by posing questions at the end of each chapter. For the last several decades the education system in our country has been so biased and ideological that we don't even learn about our founding. They'll focus on any negative thing like slavery, but America is more than that and always have been. It's time we learn how to think not what to think. It's time to face the truth and reading this book will make you do just that. Don't read it with an agenda, just read it, you will be enlightened. This book is a must read for anyone who is serious about saving the nation or if you just want to learn some truth. God Bless You, Dr. Swain!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    A Balanced View of America's Problems and What to do about them.

    Dr. Swain, a well-respected and intelligent African-American woman has written a balanced book about problems our nation faces. She recognizes that we are losing our moral and constitutional foundations, but believes if we would work and pray together the USA can still be saved.

    The author begins the book with a review of where we came from as a nation.
    Some other issues Swain discusses include a loss of our national identity, the problems of abortion, immigration, family definitions (gays), and racism. She talks about her feelings as a black woman concerning President Obama.

    I especially enjoyed reading the Ten Commandments, our Constitution and Bill of Rights at the end of the book. I was surprised to realize that folks quoting the Constitution seem to leave off the first paragraph, expressing our dependence on God.

    The extensive notes supply the many sources this writer uses in her comments about various issues. Every concerned American needs to read this important book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    "Be The People" by Carol M. Swain, PhD ( A MUST READ)

    I have just had the pleasure of reading what could be called a very controversial book entitled "Be The People", by Carol M. Swain. Swain takes great strides in outlining just how our country has seemed to have forgotten where our roots are. That being of a Judeo-Christian background, and how that basic faith has eroded. One can only guess at how this has occurred or maybe somehow we have allowed it to happen.
    Swain, is certainly on the Conservative side of the argument, and she backs up her writings with the apparent well thought out and researched plan to bring us back to America's faith and promise. Each chapter dedicates itself to a particular aspect and at the end of each chapter, you will find what the author calls an Action Plan. This Action Plan is a series of questions or thoughts related to the previous chapter, to give the reader a starting point to find out how we can correct the errors.
    Our Founding Fathers took great pains and strides in forming this great nation and these aspects are also included in the wonderful book. At the end of this book you will find some of our most important documents. ' The Ten Commandments', ' The Declaration of Independence', ' The Bill of Rights', and ' The Constitution of the United States of America.' Now the previous are certainly documents and creeds that we can all live by.
    I'd like to thank Book Sneeze, (Thomas Nelson Publishing), for the opportunity to both read and review this outstanding piece of literature. I'd also like to commend the author, Carol M. Swain, PhD, for her tireless efforts in putting forth such as informative book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    Recommended to understand issues...

    This book covers a myriad of issues that are affecting the future of the United States. While I am diametrically opposed to any semblance of Christendom in America (or any other country, by the way), she does have some valid arguments. I find her discussion regarding the religious roots of America compelling. While many people talk of America being a Christian nation, I would disagree. There have been (and continues to be) serious reasons for having this opinion. The first would be our being a country of slavery during our fight for independence from England. It seems quite hypocritical for that fledgling group to be fighting for their freedom, while many were holding and owning slaves. In reality, this fact has had something of an influence on the country throughout its history, including today. This idea is addressed in this book by the chapters that refer to interracial relationships and the reduction or elimination of racism in our society.

    I found the book, at times, to be difficult to read. There seemed to be a little more repetitiveness than what was needed, but this did not hamper the overall story at all.

    I felt this was a good book to help illuminate the real and perceived issues in the United States. I would recommend it, despite my listed reservations, to anyone who has an interest in seeing a viewpoint of our issues as a country from someone who lived them and has lifted themselves above their circumstances.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Informative and engaging!! GREAT book!

    I'm flipping the calendar to November today. In one week, I'll be standing in line at the polls and ready to vote! Yay! Being an American is such an incredible blessing and an exciting, empowering privilege.

    But as Spiderman was told.(all together now:) "With great power comes great responsibility."

    The leaders of our country are not holding all the power. Each citizen has the power to let his or her voice be heard-whether by phone calls to representatives, letters to the editor, purposeful conversations with friends and family, and even financial support. This is our country and we need to take responsibility for its course.

    Author Carol M. Swain, PhD., exhorts us with the title of her stirring book: Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith & Promise.

    Let me summarize: I LOVED this book. When I first received it in the mail, I was intimidated by the amount of words and pages. Though I was interested in the topics and love reading my Citizen magazine each month (Thank you, Focus on the Family!), I wasn't sure how well I would be able to get into a whole book of such information.

    I didn't need to worry. It was both interesting and engaging. I found myself picking it up at breakfast, on my lunch break, in the evenings. I shared thoughts from it with my family and my friends and my co-workers-who kindly put up with my enthusiasm!

    The author looks at the founding values of America and contrasts them with those of today. She covers crucial topics of abortion, the definition of marriage, racism, and immigration. These topics weren't new to me, yet I learned so much from the studies, lawsuits, quotations, and more that Ms. Swain expertly compiled along with her opinions and knowledge. My favorite chapter was undoubtedly "Family Matters."

    As far as any negative feedback on the book, I don't think I can give more than a sentence or two. Naturally, I didn't agree with everything the author said, but I feel she did a great job presenting facts and opinions fairly. Even if I disagreed or did not have a formed opinion, she provided me with lots of food for thought. There were a few times it felt over my head or failed to keep me as engaged, but overall I am so glad I read this book. It was stirring, convicting, and energizing. I plan to pass it on for others to read and I highly recommend it.

    [I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers via Booksneeze at no charge. These are my honest and original comments about the book.]

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    Be the People

    In Be the People Ms. Swain does a great job of presenting the problems we as a nation face and backing them up with facts. I agree with her on many topics included in this book. As an American of faith I see the way this country is changing and wonder with sadness what will become of us if we do not reclaim America. This book should make you want to look deeper into issues such as abortion, marriage, immigration, politics and our religious freedoms in America, help you to want to stand up and make a difference and become a praying patriot again!

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    Good, but not Great

    "If you are concerned about the direction America is headed, you are not alone. The majority of Americans are [sic.] disillusioned with the moral shift in our country and recognize that something is profoundly wrong.. It is time to take a long, hard look at our country and take action to reclaim our unique American vision. We the People must stand up and Be the People because we are ultimately responsible for our nation's future."
    After reading this on the back of the book, I felt excitement at the thought of reading something about reversing the gradual American decline and restoring her to her former foundations of godliness and Biblical principles, a topic that weighs heavy on my heart. And that is what I found in this book, but I also found some things that I was less than excited about.
    I appreciated Carol Swain's objective handling of all the topics covered (which included America's religious heritage, racism, abortion, sexual immorality, illegal immigration, and more), her honor and respect for those in authority even when she strongly disagreed with them, as well as her using the Bible as the ultimate standard in all that she said and supported. What I did not appreciate was her leaving her general treatment of topics to delve into an over detailed chapter on illegal immigration which leaned far more on her personal political opinions and less on Biblical truth than the rest of the book, as well as some content in the chapter on America's declining sexual morality that some readers may find to be too graphic (and which made me very cautious about whom I would have recommended the book to). And as a side note, her theory of an American Covenant with God that resembled that which He had with Israel is, I believe, faulty and of dubious logic, but that topic is more appropriate for an essay response than a book review.
    Overall I felt mixed emotions concerning this book, ranging from agreement of principals to disagreement of details and (to be frank) boredom at its slow pace and dry style. Carol M. Swain, PhD has many valid points, states them with integrity, and bases them on Scripture, yet sadly these good qualities did not add up to the wonderful book that I think it could have been.

    Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise by Carol M. Swain, PhD is a complementary book I receive via BookSneeze.
    For links, cover images, guides and more, check out booksneeze(dot)com.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Carol makes many valid points throughout the book and nails many things on the head as it were. She does a wonderful job of presenting the problems we face as a nation and the lack of us as a nation to do what needs to be done. I found myself agreeing with her on many topics included in the book and intrigued by some of her prospective solutions or at least open discussions of these issues we face. The only let down of the entire novel was this feeling that behind the lines or between them if you will allow, she was doing nothing more than to expose "Christian" propaganda. However, if you can look past the mostly "Christian" finger pointing and just listen to the base of her arguments then you shall see truth and that folks is what matters. Cause in the end we are all at fault and the sooner we face it the sooner we shall rise above.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Be The People by Carol M. Swain - must read!

    I figured it was a risk choosing this book to review - and I was right. After reading the book, I longed for a feel-good story to pick me up. There is not much of a feel-good experience reading Carol Swain's latest book. Read it anyway.

    Her premise for the book is stated early on; that ".this book sounds a rallying cry for my fellow Americans to stand up and reclaim the promises of life liberty, and justice envisioned by our forefathers." Carol Swain provides expert, call-it-like-it-is analysis of how America has strayed from its Judeo-Christian roots and from its original purpose as outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. To aid the reader, the author has included these documents in the appendix to the book.

    Dr. Swain compellingly addresses, from a biblical worldview, the issues at the forefront of the nation's focus including abortion, family matters, immigration and racism. She is obviously well-studied in the various individuals and organizations that influence policy-makers in America, and she shares with the reader exactly how they have done so.

    As I read the book, some ideas I had stubbornly adhered to began to loosen, and I was forced to rethink my position on some issues. Though the transitions from subject to subject were not always smooth, the meaning and purpose of this book was clear.

    This is a must-read book for American Christians - especially for those wanting to understand the roots and foundation of America and our current state in comparison, and those who are willing to step up to the plate and pray for America.

    BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    VERY Conservative Political Views!

    I would definitely say that Ms. Swain is a Fundamentalist Conservative. Although we agree on some points, there are many things I honestly believe her thoughts are "over the top" about. Some of her ideas and beliefs regarding moral/social issues in politics, although I can understand them from a Biblical and moral standpoint, at this point, don't feel they are as dire to the needs of our country as the true fiscal issues currently are.

    She states her case clearly and in an educated manner. It is obvious that Ms. Swain has done her research and she shows her own life struggles and needs as examples to accentuate and prove the points within her book. I found that much of the book dealt with social issues that are, in my opinion, discussed and prompted too much by the Conservative side of politics. I sorely missed her reasoning for budget spending, government debt and military spending.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Recommended

    Overall
    Tackling many relevant issues of today and providing biblical thoughts and solutions to them, this book is a refreshingly realistic read. Beyond simply gripping about how bad things are in the united States of America, Ms. Swain expounds on how much we have lost or thrown away in terms of freedom and biblical principles since the founding of this nation. Although this book should only be viewed as a stepping stone to even deeper, more in-depth books, it is indeed an excellent stepping stone. Issues such as those of abortion, gay marriage, illegal immigration, racism, and the "banning" of God from the public arena are all addressed.

    After reading this book, I would recommend following it up with books such as R.J. Rushdoony's Law and Liberty, Gary North's Dominion Covenant: Genesis, Gary DeMar's God and Government, Kevin Swanson's The Second Mayflower and other such texts.

    Best points
    I am very grateful for Ms. Swain's willingness to be politically incorrect, even when she knows that she will be criticized for taking a stand.

    Following are some of the quotes from the book:

    "The removal of prayer from public classrooms across the nation censored the name of God in America's educational institutions and eroded an important foundation for teaching virtue and morality to America's youth. This is the same God whose name was emblazoned on our publicly invoked for blessing by our nation's politicians." - pg. 35 note that I would have changed it from "an important foundation" to 'the foundation'.

    "Much of the Old Testament describes God's judgment of nation, and there is nothing the in the New Testament that indicates that God has ended this practice...has our behaviour brought God's judgment upon America in the form of the curses spelled out in Deuteronomy 28?" -pg. 41

    "Margaret Sanger 'didn't just peddle birth control and also espouse eugenic views, as if these were two unrelated passions. Eugenics was at the very heart of her reasons for pushing birth control.'" -pg. 67

    "[T]he women's liberation movement crashed into American homes like a wave. The result was catastrophic for marriages and families." -pg. 86

    "The first casualty of same-sex marriages is the definition of marriage itself." -pg. 103

    "People who attend church regularly, who read the Bible, and who meet together with like-minded Christian for prayer...do best at breaking the generational cycle of poverty, hopelessness, and self-destruction." -pg. 127


    Warnings
    Not everything in this book is correct - there are several places where politically correct history is presumed/stated, a couple instances of rather weak affirmation of God's word, and a few other things I remember wincing slightly.

    Other Notes
    This book is not recommended for young readers. There are several chapters which deal with sodomy, abortion, and other subjects which parents might want to at least censure.

    My Rating
    8 out of 10 stars ??????????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2011

    Incredibly Timely, a Call to Action

    The title, a play on "we the people" is a call to stand up and BE the people--the people who make this country great. The book should ring true to anyone who looks, listens, and wonders what has happened to morality in the United States.

    The book is relevant and timely, and includes sections on immigration, race, and ethnicity. I found the book immensely readable, and wanted to share it with people almost as soon as I had finished it. Coming upon a major election (while still far away, it is already dominating the headlines), I think this book should be required reading. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    We The People must stand up and "Be The People"

    I'm surprise in myself for wanting to read this book, Be The People by Carol M. Swain because I'm not one for these types of books. But I decided to take a chance and read it because if it caught my attention then it's possible that I might enjoy it. It turns out that I did! Most books I've come across like theses were boring and were too forceful in their views without taking into consideration of the other side and other concerns or possibilities. Carol Swain, a Christian writes from her perspective but she also keeps in mind of those other views which helps to allow readers an unbiased view.

    This book is a call to action for We The People and it's "intended for three distinct groups. First, the book is presented as a tribute to the 78 percent of Americans who profess a belief in the Judeo-Christian God and who find themselves increasingly disillusioned with the ethical and moral shifts in our political and social institutions. Second, the book offers points to ponder and debate for conservation scholars, public makers, intellectual of all faiths, and persons interested in public policy, religion, and politics. Lastly, it offers atheists and secular humanists an opportunity to examine closely the values and principles that motivate a segment of the population they disparage as the Christian Right." (Swain)

    As you read this you'll come across chapters about the deceptions that have enter our culture, the historical and biblical roots of these issues, and you'll be provide with action points that will help you to take the next steps. Just like the author of this book, I too "urge you to read this book carefully, educate yourself on the issues and facts, and then join the thousand other Americans who are taking the risk to restore our country's faith and values."

    No matter what your beliefs are and your position in politics, give this book a chance because you might just enjoy it and if not, at least it was informative, educational and hopefully enlighten you in some way.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2011

    A call to recaim America

    Be the People A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise is written by Carol M. Swain,PhD. Just as the title states, the book a call to recaim America. Swain feels that America has broken her covenant with God and that it is our duty as citizens to restore the covenant and bring America back to its' Christian roots. The book starts with a summary of our religious roots and how we have forsaken what we once knew. She also strongly condems abortion and Planned Parenthood. She then goes on to talk about the breakdown of the family. Focusing on divorce and gay marriage, she tells about the consequences both a these issues have on our country. She then stressed the need for immigration reform and the need to defend America's sovereignity. She expresses her desire to move beyond racism and tell how while America has make great strides forward we still have a ways to go. The final chapter is her guide to restore America to her roots. It list ten steps for citizens to follow that will help them get involved in the effort to correct the nation. The Appendix includes the Ten Commandments, The Declatation of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and The Constitution of the United States of America. These are the documents she believes can fix America's problems. Overall this was a good book and I would recommend it any politically minded friends of mine. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    a good read

    Be The People
    A Call to Reclaim Americas Faith and Promise is a book written by Carol Swain and published by Thomas Nelson. This book talks about many areas including but not limited to AIDS, illegal immigration, racism and relations in America etc. Things that some others dare not talk about. I really enjoyed this book because it comes from an honest author who tells it like it is. Author Carol Swain is an award winning author and is a law professor. You can believe that this book is written by a well educated woman. While reading this book it opened my eyes to many things that I never quite thought about, and some things I think about a lot. She really raises an awareness in the reader and keeps it informative yet simple and easy to understand. A good read, and I strongly suggest you read

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Be the People

    I have been utterly delighted to read my complimentary copy of Be the People by Dr. Carol M. Swain, provided by BookSneeze on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing. In Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith & Promise, Dr. Swain reminds us that the United States was established by the founding fathers as a covenant nation. When our nation was established they held God in high-esteem and protected our freedom to worship our Lord. However, as society has turned the tide toward secularism, God has been left out of the picture with detrimental consequences. Dr. Swain gives a very startling picture of reality in the different spheres of society. She proposes different remedies to cure our ailing nation.
    Where does that leave us? That is a question that has haunted me as I read Be the People. The statistics involving abortion, racism and marriage are daunting, leaving me heartbroken. Dr. Swain wants to inform the reader with reality. If so many Americans call themselves Christians why are we in the abysmal state that we are in? Every American, Christian or not, needs to take action and at the very least, vote.
    I was amazed at the blatant lies that our media feeds us and the ideals that birthed some of our nation's social programs. Planned Parenthood was created by Margaret Sanger, whom held eugenic views and wanted to eventually "exterminate the Negro population." It's hard to imagine that a program has been covered so well with a blanket of love and care. How is abortion glossed over as loving and caring? I owe a big thank you to Dr. Swain for enlightening my mind. I am pro-life anyway, but it goes to show how blind our society is.
    Dr. Swain also gives an account of scant beginnings to her place of prominence in political and educational circles. She is black and calls herself so. The reason I state that is I don't want to offend because I didn't call her African American, which is definitely part of the racism issue and labels that plague our nation. Swain is a refreshing breath of air, to voice her conservative and godly views of a nation in crisis. Racism is part of every citizen's life at one time or another. I have seen both sides of racism first hand. Being white in America can be difficult because I always am afraid that I will say something that isn't kosher in another's world view. I am married to a Mexican American and wonder how my fair-skinned children will fair. Most people see them as white and frankly I am proud of their heritage, even if some people have said their skin is "pasty."
    Dr. Swain speaks truthfully, which Christians are called to do. Some people may get upset, but isn't it time our country gets past labels and starts talking? We're all descended from the first people, so what good does it do to call one white or black, yellow or red? We are all God's created children, of course not everyone believes and not everyone wants to hear the truth.
    I enjoyed Be the People extensively. The subject matter is controversial and rather alarming. Some readers may find themselves disheartened, others may be even a bit angry and others may find themselves sitting at the edge of their seats wondering how they can jump into action. It is when we read a book and are moved to do something, when we can say with certainty, "that was a great book."
    Let me close this review with a quote from Be the People's Dr. Carol M. Swain herself. "With a concerte

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Christian Political World View

    This book is a great open look at a christian world view. The author covers the beginning of politics in America and how Christianity played a part in the forming of our great nation. She goes into the founding documents and the founding beliefs that made our nation great. She doesn't go overly into "chrisitian nation" because she recognizes accurately that America was not created a christian nation but an open nation to all religions. So from the start, chruch and state were seperated. She starts off with a great overview of america's history and then tells us how america went wrong and how we drifted away from our values. When the values were lost, America began sliding down. This book is an encouragement to Christians to stand up and reclaim their country and reinstill values. It is a turn around for our country.

    Disclaimer - I received this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. I am not required to give a positive review, so I am giving my honest opinion for this review.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    Christian political view and worldview

    Great read for all young and old who are intersted in politics, christianity and philosophy. I think a consistent worldview is very important and very underrated. this book doesn't just tell us how we may want to live our lives right now but it also gives a background on how our country was founded and how it has progressed to fall apart. This is the cause and the solution all in one. I'm not saying the solution will work - I don't think in the real world a Christian worldwide revival would work - but I'm saying these are things worth thinking about. We all should take some time to form our worldview and that worldview should include our religious, spiritual and political beliefs. I would recommend this book to others. All Christians should read it at least once.



    Disclaimer - I received this book from the publisher for this review.

    I am giving my honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Must Read For Christians Interested in Politics

    A must read for anyone interested in a Christian view of politics! The author does a great job of going back in time and giving us an overview of how Christianity influenced the founding of America. She writes in an easy to understand manner and it does catch your interest. I was surprised to see the author was openminded and didn't buy into all the myths of our "Christian founding fathers". She is bright enough to know that many founders were not Christian and she is the first one to point this out. She also goes into how our nation is changing and has become a nation moving in the wrong direction according to 67% of Americans. And even though this book is new, she has a lot to say about Obama that you and I probably didn't know! She gives direct quotes from Obama that show his aim to destroy America's power, his outright lies, and also that he passed a law that now allows the CIA to assassinate American citizens WITHOUT trial. Every Christian interested in politics and history should read this book.

    Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher but am giving my honest review.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    America was never Christian and should never be a Christian nation

    The author believes in God and her country and the American Dream. She believes that America needs this book and that this book can change the country. Not a chance... but nice of her to dream and be well-meaning. This is a book on politics and ethics for the 78% of Americans who claim to be Judeo-Christians. The author is an African-American woman who disapproves of the unbiblical direction the country has taken over the years. This book is her critique and her hope for American to turn to Christian roots.



    Brightly, the author draws parallels to George Orwell's 1984 and today's world of reverse definitions. We call war, peace. Freedom = Slavery. Ignorance = Truth.



    The author writes that America is adrift and gets entangled in dubious international argreements. I agree that America shouldn't be sticking our nose into all the international conflicts that we cause/engage in, BUT I think the author is missing the truth. America KNOWS exactly why it is getting into these conflicts and it is seeking them out. It wants to be right there in the middle. We aren't adrift. America is aiming for goals that you and I might disagree with. But she certainly knows where she wants to be - it's just that I don't want America there. So it is a difference in core values.



    The author tries to tell us that we need to return to our American Christian roots - but again she misses the mark. America NEVER WAS Christian. Freemason founding fathers with unChristian goals. And I couldn't say that I would want America to be Christian. What good did any Christian government ever bring its people? The Salem Witch trials where anyone who stepped on their neighbors toes was proclaimed a witch and burned? Or the Inquisition and the HORRORS of the iron maiden and other torture devices? Christians are sick. Okay, so-called Christians are sick. And I could never wish for a Christian society. The horrors would be unspeakable. And you thought big brother was bad! Now you got the neighbor telling the church government that you have a hidden sin in your life and in one poof - your life as you know it is over. Big Church Government is just as bad, if not worse, than Big Brother Government. Any doubts? Think how many sins they might check off in your life? How many of these would you be burned, hung, tortured for? We'd all be dead by now.

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