Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington
  • Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington
  • Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington

Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington

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by Rick Perry
     
 

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Now, do not misunderstand me, America is great.

But we are fed up with being over-taxed and over-regulated. We are tired of being told how much salt to put on our food, what kind of cars we can drive, what kinds of guns we can own, what kind of prayers we are allowed to say and where we can say them, what we are allowed to do to elect political candidates,

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Now, do not misunderstand me, America is great.

But we are fed up with being over-taxed and over-regulated. We are tired of being told how much salt to put on our food, what kind of cars we can drive, what kinds of guns we can own, what kind of prayers we are allowed to say and where we can say them, what we are allowed to do to elect political candidates, what kind of energy we can use, what doctor we can see. What kind of nation are we becoming? I fear it's the very kind the Colonists fought against.

But perhaps most of all, we are fed up because deep down we know how great America has always been, how many great things the people do in spite of their government, and how great the nation can be in the future if government will just get out of the way.

Our fight is clear. We must step up and retake the reins of our government from a Washington establishment that has abused our trust. We must empower states to fight for our beliefs, elect only leaders who are on our team, set out to remind our fellow Americans why liberty is guaranteed in the Constitution, and take concrete steps to take back our country. The American people have never sat idle when liberty's trumpet sounds the call to battle-and today that battle is for the soul of America.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In his latest book, Governor Perry (On My Honor) offers a compelling defense of federalism and the dangers of a vast bureaucratic central government, though he's selective with supporting facts. Perry argues that the enumerated powers of the Constitution given to us by Madison and Jefferson, guaranteed under the Tenth Amendment, must be restored. States should govern closer to the people, with each state functioning as a "laboratory." Perry defends Massachusetts's state-run health care and supports the ability of states to attract "like minded" people and compete with each other. Liberty is under threat by progressives from each party, an overzealous Supreme Court, and fiscally unsustainable government programs. Perry charges Washington with failing to meet its "statutory obligations" when it comes to illegal immigration. With candor, Perry compares Social Security to a Ponzi scheme that "hoodwinked the American public" into thinking that it is "financially sound, when clearly it is not." True to his orthodoxies, he ditches federal programs and regulations. But beyond revealing his own beliefs, Perry highlights an overlooked history of growing federal power and the purpose of the states as a matter of Constitutional law and prudent governance. (Nov.)
Husna Haq - Christian Science Monitor
"A new cowboy ... has entered the ring, toting his own political book....it's big, bold, and, to borrow a word that was once associated with our current commander-in-chief, audacious."
Ezra Klein - Washington Post
"Campaign books are terrible....Any campaign book, that is, except Rick Perry's Fed Up.... This is not a boring book. More to the point, it's not even a book about Rick Perry. It's a book about Rick Perry's ideas. And his big idea is that most everything the federal government does is unconstitutional..... Perry's book is... a serious argument about what kind of country we should be. I recommend it highly."
Bobby Jindal
“My friend, Rick Perry knows that it is the American people who make this country great and not Washington. With appropriate respect for both our rich history and the practical needs of today, Rick sees a bright future for America, based on freedom and limited government.”--(Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana)
Rush Limbaugh
“Rick Perry lays out the falsehoods and fantasy world our federal leaders live in, which left us holding the bag. And he writes on the simple steps Americans can take to begin to right the ship. No citizen should skip this book: your future does depend on it.”--(Rush Limbaugh)
Mark Levin
“In FED UP!, Governor Perry explains that we can and will save America by taking necessary steps to restore the proper balance of power between federal and state government. He understands what seemingly few other prominent politicians do—that America’s greatness stems from the people and our collective respect for the Constitution, not from the 'geniuses' in Washington.”--(Mark Levin)
Michael Reagan
“FED UP! lays out the truth of how far on Washington politicians have driven this nation off track. It’s refreshing to read that at least one of our leaders understood what my dad always knew. The Government works for the people and not the other way around.”--(Michael Reagan)
Ezra Klein
Campaign books are terrible....Any campaign book, that is, except Rick Perry's Fed Up.... This is not a boring book. More to the point, it's not even a book about Rick Perry. It's a book about Rick Perry's ideas. And his big idea is that most everything the federal government does is unconstitutional..... Perry's book is... a serious argument about what kind of country we should be. I recommend it highly.
Washington Post
Husna Haq
A new cowboy ... has entered the ring, toting his own political book....it's big, bold, and, to borrow a word that was once associated with our current commander-in-chief, audacious.
Christian Science Monitor
Newsweek
"If he's good for Texas, why not America? Could Perry be the second coming of Ronald Reagan, the plain-spoken man from the West who presided over a new 'Morning in America' by cutting taxes, reducing government (well, promising to), and standing tall against the nation's enemies? As the tea-party movement gains momentum, as more Americans are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore, Perry is their kind of hero, an avatar of a lost age that could come again, if only Washington politicians and other undesirables were put in their place."
From the Publisher
"My friend Rick Perry knows that it is the American people who make this country great and not Washington. With appropriate respect for both our rich history and the practical needs of today, Rick sees a bright future for America, based on freedom and limited government."—Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana"

Rick Perry has hit the proverbial nail on the head in FED UP!, making a powerful case for a return to limited government and the restoration of the proper balance of power between Washington and the states. As Governor of Texas, he has seen firsthand the greatness of America and the prosperity we can enjoy when we empower people and get government out of the way. He explains in detail the historical, constitutional, and practical reasons why a government closest to the people protects liberty, and lays out the path to right the ship - citizen involvement and engagement to hold politicians accountable. No citizen should skip this book - your future depends on getting this right."—Rush Limbaugh"

In FED UP!, Governor Perry explains that we can and will save America by taking necessary steps to restore the proper balance of power between federal and state government. He understands what seemingly few other prominent politicians do-that America's greatness stems from the people and our collective respect for the Constitution, not from the 'geniuses' in Washington."—Mark Levin"

FED UP! lays out the truth of how far our Washington politicians have driven this nation off track. It's refreshing to read that at least one of our leaders understood what my dad always knew. The Government works for the people and not the other way around."—Michael Reagan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316132954
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Michael Reagan
FED UP! lays out the truth of how far our Washington politicians have driven this nation off track. It's refreshing to read that at least one of our leaders understood what my dad always knew. The Government works for the people and not the other way around.
Rush Limbaugh
Rick Perry has hit the proverbial nail on the head in FED UP!, making a powerful case for a return to limited government and the restoration of the proper balance of power between Washington and the states. As Governor of Texas, he has seen firsthand the greatness of America and the prosperity we can enjoy when we empower people and get government out of the way. He explains in detail the historical, constitutional, and practical reasons why a government closest to the people protects liberty, and lays out the path to right the ship - citizen involvement and engagement to hold politicians accountable. No citizen should skip this book - your future depends on getting this right.
Mark Levin
In FED UP!, Governor Perry explains that we can and will save America by taking necessary steps to restore the proper balance of power between federal and state government. He understands what seemingly few other prominent politicians do-that America's greatness stems from the people and our collective respect for the Constitution, not from the 'geniuses' in Washington.

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Meet the Author

Rick Perry has served Texas as governor for 11 years--longer than any other in the state's history. He is also the country's longest continually-serving governor. Perry is the chairman of the Republican Governor's Association and is an Eagle Scout. After he graduated from Texas A&M, he became an Air Force pilot and attained the rank of captain. He is currently a candidate for the Republication nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

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Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
kaycherib More than 1 year ago
Perry approaches the problem of big government in a way others do not: let states prove what works best. There are 50 test cases (each state)...some succeed, and some fail. It's easy to see what works. It seems like every day there is a new article about Texas out-performing other states. Those states can study what's working. Perry also reminds us how the feds are overstepping their Constitutional authority and preventing prosperity (taxes, spending, regulations). Perry's had enough of that, and so has America.
Cris_Texas More than 1 year ago
I read this because the Texas economy leads the nation by leaps and bounds. Perry must be doing something right. He lays the blueprint for a thriving economy and highlights the dangers of over-reaching federal government that crowds out the private sector and stifles prosperity. This book will make you revisit the Constitution (always a good thing) and its clear parameters for a government that has lately gone awry. It's not written by a droning professor--it's the governor of Texas. This is convenient because he's in the business of communicating concisely and effectively. A swift read with a wealth of ideas...
Heather Lee More than 1 year ago
I figured that I could tell who read this book & who didn't by the knowledge vs. Lack thereof of the actual book, typical of liberals. Blind followers of ignorance, and not willing to educate themselves, but listen to one side, period...,and always on their periods! It's only fair for me to give it 5 stars, having not read it, yet, since several uneducated, liberal, idiots gave it 1 star, having not read this book, either!!! I'm downloading it now, and will read it!! I THINK PERRY HAS BEEN A GREAT GOVERNOR OF MY STATE, GET OUT OF THE WAY GOV'T/IF IT'S NOT BROKE, DON'T FIX IT! IF IT IS, FIX IT, NOW!!!!!
Bulldog1875 More than 1 year ago
Ignore the 1-line summarizations from the media and read this book if you want to understand Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Having governed one of the largest US states for over a decade, he speaks with authority when it comes to the issue of ever-growing federal power, and the price we pay in both liberty and coin at the the state and local level. Agree with him or not, Perry articulates a strong argument as to why a return to a dual-sovereignty basis of government, with the federal role limited to the enumerated powers, would restore and strengthen the USA. It is not a political screed, but rather a well structured and documented case for returning power back to the state and local level, as the founders intended.
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Rick and Newt are just jealous because they know they are too dumb to run this country. I know you all think Obama is dumb but hes not. They are two cranky old men who interupt each other and have no insight. I could go on for hours on end but you get what im saying people.
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Agree with hlm or not, Perry does have all hs facts and has some great points
Cabo More than 1 year ago
Forget Rick Perry's debate style. He is a true conservative. This book, written before he considered running for the presidency, shows how he loves this country, created jobs, and knows how to make this country energy efficient. He is a true conservative with governing experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those considering a Republican fot the US Presidency, this is a must read before the primary. Not necessarily a recommendation or condemnation of Perry but a fair insight into his politics.
Maggie_A More than 1 year ago
I read this several months ago and have re-read as Perry entered the presidential race. Lots of good commons sense in this book. Read the book before you make any judgement of debate rhetoric.
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MRthm More than 1 year ago
He has lived it and i totally agree with him all the best to Mr.Perry.