Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama

Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama

by Ron Desantis

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The Age of Obama has sparked widespread public discontent, the formation of tea parties, and a renewed emphasis on the philosophy of the Founding Fathers. Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama shows why so many Americans have turned to the nation's founding principles in response to Barack Obama's self-described "transformational change" agenda.

Using critical primary sources like the debates at the Constitutional Convention and The Federalist Papers, Ron DeSantis identifies the important principles that the Founders relied upon when they created the Constitution and demonstrates how Obama and his allies have radically departed from them. On issue after issue—the scope of government, the redistribution of wealth, the role of the courts, political leadership, and foreign affairs, among others—Obama has chartered a course that is alien to the Republic's philosophical foundations.

America is at a constitutional crossroads. Obama's vision rests heavily on progressive thought and the plethora of left-of-center political influences that have informed his worldview, and portends a decidedly less exceptional America, an America more akin to governments throughout Europe, in which the state, rather than the individual, is supreme.

Such a vision is a far cry from the dreams bequeathed to us by the Founding Fathers, who created a constitution based on enduring truths about individual liberty and the role of government. The voters' choice between these competing visions will define the national character for a generation and, perhaps, irrevocably. Alexander Hamilton's observation in The Federalist No. 1, regarding the state of affairs in his time, is equally apt to our time: "The crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013356245
Publisher: HPH Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 701,283
File size: 800 KB

About the Author

Ron DeSantis received his bachelor of arts, magna cum laude with a major in history, from Yale University, and received his juris doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and deployed to Iraq during the 2007 troop surge on the staff of a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq. He has also supported operations at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He has served as a federal prosecutor and as a military prosecutor, prosecuting a wide range of cases involving offenses such as theft of sensitive military property, public corruption, child abuse, child exploitation, and fraud, as well as notable cases concerning interference with military air navigation and “stolen valor” offenses.

He works in private practice, lectures about military law, and served an officer in the reserve component of the United States Navy.

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