Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History

Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History

by Andrew P. Napolitano


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ISBN-13: 9781595552662
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Pages: 349
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Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is Fox News Channel's senior judicial analyst, currently seen by millions of viewers weeknights on The Big Story and The O'Reilly Factor. Napolitano is the youngest person in New Jersey history to receive a lifetime judgeship. He is bright (graduate of Princeton and Notre Dame Law School), articulate (four times voted most outstanding professor at the two law schools at which he taught), and broadcast-experienced (as a daily fixture on Fox News Channel since 1998). He is the author of Constitutional Chaos and The Constitution In Exile.

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Myth, Power, and Deception in American History
By Andrew P. Napolitano

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 Andrew P. Napolitano
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Chapter One

Lie #1 "All Men Are Created Equal"

On July 4th 1776, the thirteen United States of America declared independence from Great Britain and its tyrannical king, George III. The Continental Congress, in the Declaration of Independence, stated that "all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable1 Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." The delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration believed that government power is fueled by the consent of the governed, and that its primary purposes are to ensure the people's freedom to pursue happiness and to protect their inalienable rights. King George III had never embraced this philosophy, and the bulk of the Declaration listed the ways in which he had abused his power: Great Britain taxed the colonies without granting them representation, prohibited them from trading with the rest of the world, and broke its own laws to exploit them. According to Congress, the King left the United States no alternative but to sever ties with Great Britain and form a new nation with its own government, one that would keep secure its people's natural rights.

Thegovernment that emerged from the American victory in the Revolutionary War, however, did not treat all men equally. The United States Constitution, for example, contained provisions that implicitly and explicitly recognized slavery's legitimacy, protected it as an institution, and insulated it from regulation or interference by the federal government. In fact, the government permitted slavery for almost one hundred years after Thomas Jefferson wrote the immortal "all Men are created equal" language. It was not until recently that the government's behavior matched these words and African-Americans truly became equal under the law.

President Barack Obama stated that it is an American tradition that "all men are created equal under the law and ... no one is above it." The implication in that statement is false. It may be true that no one is above the law, but for much of American history, African-Americans were below it. The Founding Fathers, as brilliant and courageous as they were, lied to us. Abraham Lincoln, the so-called "Great Emancipator," lied to us. The Supreme Court of the United States, in upholding Jim Crow laws, lied to us. Thankfully, one of the great things about this country is that over time, Americans get smarter. We recognize our transgressions and work to correct them. Some of the greatest advances in human rights have come after some of the greatest assaults on them. After 230 years of exceptional indignity, lawlessness, and bloodshed, we can now say that "all Men are created equal," and mean it. But that was not the case in 1776.

Founding Slave Owners

Upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 20 percent of America's population was enslaved. Most of the approximately five hundred thousand slaves living in the United States in 1776 were concentrated in the five southernmost states, where they represented 40 percent of the population. The Founding Fathers owned slaves. In fact, four of the first five American Presidents, including the still-beloved George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, owned slaves.

Thomas Jefferson condemned slavery and vehemently opposed its expansion. In his first term in the Virginia House of Burgesses, Jefferson proposed a law to free Virginia's slaves. In 1774, Jefferson urged the Virginia delegates to the First Continental Congress to abolish the slave trade. According to Jefferson, "[t]he abolition of domestic slavery is the great object of desire in those colonies where it was unhappily introduced...." Furthermore, Jefferson wrote a draft constitution for the State of Virginia that forbade the importation of slaves. Also, in a draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson complained of Britain's introduction of slavery and the slave trade to the colonies.

Jefferson also played an integral role in enacting the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which quickened the westward expansion of the United States, while also providing that "[t]here shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the said territory ..." Later, in 1808, President Jefferson signed a statute prohibiting the Atlantic slave trade.

Jefferson should be admired for instilling in America the democratic and egalitarian principles that we hold so sacred today. The fact remains, however, that Jefferson owned slaves. At the time he wrote that "all Men are created equal," he owned about two hundred slaves, and slavery played an integral role in his life. Slaves constructed his majestic home and even his personal coffin.

According to Jefferson, African-Americans may not have been inferior to whites, but they certainly were different. In his book, Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson recounted his observations of the physical differences between blacks and whites and wrote negatively and positively about African-American behavior. For example, Jefferson noticed that as compared to whites, blacks required less sleep, but were more adventurous than whites. In analyzing their mental capacity, Jefferson observed that blacks had better memories than whites, but could not reason nearly as well as their white counterparts. From his observations, Jefferson concluded that by nature, African-Americans were not as intelligent as whites. However, with respect to moral capacity (the "heart," as Jefferson called it), Jefferson believed that God did create all men equal. Furthermore, Jefferson wrote that "nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that [slaves] are to be free," and he believed that African-Americans had "a natural right" to pursue freedom.

Moreover, according to the historian John C. Miller, in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson may have intentionally left "property" off the list of inalienable rights to pave the road for placing slaves' human rights above the property rights of their slave owners. Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father who once owned slaves in New York, and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, wrote in The Federalist, No. 1, written for the People of New York, and more broadly, the citizens of the United States, that signing the Constitution "is the safest course for your liberty, your dignity, and your happiness" (emphasis added). However, the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution states, in part, that "[n]o person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law" (emphasis added). In ratifying the Constitution, did Congress abandon Jefferson's intent? Did it become less sympathetic to human rights? Did the Founders find no shame in condoning slavery as a property right protected by due process?

Regardless of his ideas on the equality of men, Jefferson believed that blacks and whites could not coexist as equals. He feared that if whites did not treat blacks paternalistically, there would be a race war resulting in the black race overtaking the white. Jefferson stated, "We have the wolf by the ears and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice in one scale, and self-preservation in the other." Nevertheless, Thomas Jefferson freed five of his slaves in his will, and even though Virginia law mandated that freed slaves leave the state within a year of their emancipation, Jefferson petitioned the Virginia assembly to permit his freed slaves to remain "where their families and connections are." The Virginia assembly honored Jefferson's request.

George Washington, known throughout the ages as the "Father" of his country, was a Southern planter who owned and relied on slaves. Washington punished his slaves by whipping or selling them, divided their families so they would work more efficiently, and provided them with as little means as tolerable. He also raffled off the slaves of those bankrupt slaveholders who owed him money. Washington's most gruesome act as a slave owner came in 1784, five years before he became President of the United States. In that year, Washington hired a dentist to extract nine teeth from the mouths of his slaves, and implant them into his own mouth.

During his presidency (1789 to 1797), Washington lived at the President's House in Philadelphia. In 1780, Pennsylvania had passed "An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery," which prohibited nonresidents from holding slaves in the state longer than six months. In an attempt to circumvent this law, Washington and his wife, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, neither a permanent resident of Pennsylvania, rotated their slaves in and out of Pennsylvania so that none of them established continuous residency for six months. This practice violated the Pennsylvania Act, but the Washingtons were never prosecuted under it.

During the Revolutionary War, however, Washington's attitude toward African-Americans was markedly different. Washington recruited free blacks into the Continental Army, and by the time of the Battle of Yorktown, African-Americans constituted 25 percent of the Army. By 1786, Washington promised never to buy another slave. By the time of his death, Washington found slavery morally wrong, and freed his slaves in his will, upon the death of his wife, Martha. He even expressed a desire to have his freed slaves educated.

Like Jefferson, however, Washington, did not seek to abolish slavery swiftly, or with any type of urgency. Despite not purchasing a slave after 1786, and eventually freeing his slaves, Washington believed slavery would be abolished by "slow, sure and imperceptible degrees."

A Less Perfect Union

The Founding Fathers overtly defended slavery and racism in the United States Constitution. Protecting the institution of slavery was necessary to gain the South's support for a new, centralized federal government. It is important to realize that our Constitution legitimized the ownership of some human beings by other human beings. This was, of course, directly opposed to the Natural Law values of the Declaration of Independence, which asserted that the rights of "all Men" come from our "Creator" and are thus "unalienable," absent due process. The Constitution contained express provisions recognizing slavery's existence, protecting it as a legal institution, and insulating it from regulation or interference by the federal government.

Three provisions of the Constitution implicitly recognize the existence of slavery: the Fugitive Slave Clause (Article IV, Section 2, Clause 3), the Importation Clause (Article I, Section 9, Clause 1), and the Three-Fifths Clause (Article I, Section 2, Clause 3). The Fugitive Slave Clause provides that "[n]o Person held to Service of Labour in one State" shall be discharged from such labor if he or she escapes into another State. This clause essentially required the States to return fugitive slaves who escaped into their territory. The courts interpreted this clause as providing slaveholders with a right to their slave property that no state where slavery was prohibited could qualify, control, or undo.

The Importation Clause in the Constitution forbade Congress from outlawing the "importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper" until 1808. This clause permitted the international slave trade until at least 1808. The United States discontinued the international slave trade in that year when President Jefferson signed legislation prohibiting it.

The "Three-Fifths Compromise" was the clearest example of the delegates who wrote the Constitution abandoning ethical and moral standards, and even core values, in order to construct a new federal government. The Northerners wanted apportionment for the House of Representatives to be based solely on the population of free persons living in each state, whereas the Southerners wanted their slaves to count as whole persons, thus increasing Southern representation in Congress. The infamous and despicable Three-Fifths Clause emerged from the debate. It provides that apportionment be determined by the "whole number of free Persons" in each state, minus the number of "Indians not taxed," plus "three fifths of all other Persons." Therefore, the Constitution counted slaves ("other Persons") only as 60 percent of free, white persons.

In Their Defense ...

Regardless of their faults, many of the Founding Fathers did not own slaves and recognized slavery's inherent immorality. Benjamin Franklin, for example, called slavery "a source of serious evils" and "an atrocious debasement of human nature." In 1774, two years before signing the Declaration of Independence, Franklin and his fellow Founding Father, Benjamin Rush, formed the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting Abolition of Slavery. John Jay, an author of The Federalist Papers and President of a comparable society in New York, as well as the first Chief Justice of the United States, declared that "[t]he honour of the states, as well as justice and humanity ... loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused."

James Madison owned slaves, yet deemed slavery "the most oppressive dominion ever exercised by man over man." Madison noted that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention "thought it wrong to admit in the Constitution the idea that there could be property in men." In The Federalist, No. 54, Madison stated that "we must deny the fact, that slaves are considered merely as property, and in no respect whatever persons."

The Founders seemed to believe that slavery would meet its natural demise in the United States. At the Constitutional Convention, a Connecticut delegate, Roger Sherman, stated, "The abolition of slavery seemed to be going on in the United States.... The good sense of the several states would probably by degrees complete it." George Washington, in a draft of his first inaugural address, expressed the desire for the country to "reverse the absurd position that the many were made for the few." Just before his death, Thomas Jefferson, referring to slavery, asserted that "[a]ll eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man."


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Table of Contents

Foreword Ron Paul ix

Introduction xiii

Lie #1 "All Men Are Created Equal" 1

Lie #2 "All Men...Are Endowed by Their Creator with Certain Inalienable Rights" 19

Lie #3 "Judges Are Like Umpires" 35

Lie #4 "Every Vote Counts" 55

Lie #5 "Congress Shall Make No Law...Abridging the Freedom of Speech" 77

Lie #6 "The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed" 94

Lie #7 "Your Body Is Your Temple" 120

Lie #8 "The Federal Reserve Shall Be Controlled by Congress" 136

Lie #9 "It's Only a Temporary Government Program" 162

Lie #10 "I'm from the Government, and I'm Here to Help" 177

Lie #11 "We Are Winning the War on Drugs" 191

Lie #12 "Everyone Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty" 203

Lie #13 "The Constitution Applies in Good Times and in Bad Times" 228

Lie #14 "Your Boys Are Not Going to Be Sent into Any Foreign Wars" 244

Lie #15 "We Don't Torture" 262

Lie #16 "The Right of the People to Be Secure in Their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects, Shall Not Be Violated" 281

Lie #17 "America Has a Free Market" 299

Conclusion 313

Acknowledgments 317

Notes 319

About the Author 343

Index 345

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ErikaDawn0130 More than 1 year ago
I just read "The Lies the Government Told You" by Judge Andrew Napolitano. I LOVED it. I love learning and I love it when books teach me something I didn't know before reading. History and government especially fascinate me, and this book covered both areas. As I've gotten older, I've realized there's so much I don't know. The thing that stood out the most in this book, that I didn't know ahead of time, is that the Federal Reserve isn't owned by the government! In fact, it is a private corporation and they can pretty much do whatever they want. That scares me a little bit, I have to say. I came to the conclusion that there are a lot of flaws in our financial systems. The book even argued that the chairman of the Federal Reserve, is more powerful than the President. That is one example of a topic, the book covers many others (slavery, voting, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, etc.). The book was full of fascinating information. I think it's a must-read for all American least the ones that actually want to decide for themselves on issues of importance. I also liked that the book wasn't biased. It avoided slamming a specific political party, and stuck to the facts. This is a great book for instigating intellectual conversations-or starting lively debates! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning.
mom2girlsnboy More than 1 year ago
This book goes into detail on what the author states are 17 lies the government has told the American people. This book explains the 17 lies in detail and goes in depth to explain what they are supposed to be and how the government lied to us about it. I honestly don't like to read about history or anything that has to do with the government. But, this book caught my eye as I feel the government lies to us, you just have to find the truth. I agree with some of the lies and some of them really upset me reading them. This book makes you think about our government. The lies that made me think and got me all upset were; All men are created equal, Every vote counts, Your body is your temple, We are winning the war on drugs, Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars, The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects should not be violated. To me, the above are lies that the government has told us and continues to tell us, and these specific lies touch home to me on so many levels. I enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend it to my friends, to those who like history/government and to those who don't. This book really makes you think and I am glad I chose to read it. This book is from Thomas Nelson and was provided for review as part of their BookSneeze program.
RamblingMother More than 1 year ago
Very disturbing book actually but in a good way, in a way that will make a person want to fight for the freedoms that have been slowly eroded over time. Due to individual complacentcy we have allowed our governement to take over more and more of our freedoms. Hopefully we are waking up to the reality that the US government is TOO BIG and needs to change. Judge Napolitano writes in a very compelling way that challenged what I thought I knew about what our government could or could not do. Several times just out of frustration at what our government has done I had to step away from the book. We need not fear our government but we need to stop the loss of liberty.
Garridon More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for this review. Lies the Government Told You by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano identifies 17 lies--not just recent ones, but over the history of the United States. The lies he identifies includes gun control, social security, voting rights, torture, and a lot of other hot button issues. I've seen seen Napolitano on TV and have liked his bluntness and honesty. The book comes across the same way, and it shows through his knowledge of the Constitution and of American history. As he discusses each lie, he gives numerous examples of historical events and court cases that happened to ordinary citizens. One of the most memorable to me was a man who got arrested for carrying a large amount of cash under the premise he must be selling drugs. His expensive car was confiscated and given to the DA. The man was later proven to be innocent, and the judge had to get the car back. Later, the DA's wife complained that the judge had taken away her husband's expensive car! No politician is safe in this book. Even Washington and Lincoln are taken to task, as are both Democrats and Republications. This is a book to make you think, but may also make you mad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the newest bestseller by Judge andrew napolitano and he documents a list of several items that the goverment has misled us about over the years. each chapter has some fasinating research on each topic such as why we dont nessisarly have free speech and second amendment rights and voting rights. this is a very intresting bestseller and very hard to put down this arthur is an expert on the constitution and shows many ways in which this precious document has abused
just_gene More than 1 year ago
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano lists the lies that the government has told us in a simple list with the history and court cases surrounding that lie with the impact on our freedoms. The rule of thumb is simple... the BIGGER the government the LESS our freedoms. It is MORE CONTROL and MORE MONEY. Over and over he goes the founding of America and our fear of big government to the PROGRESSIVE ERA to today. The gradual chipping away of our freedoms to the progressively increasing slippery slope and higher velocity of our loss of freedoms. If you believe in GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION read about the creation of the FEDERAL RESERVE... the crooks wanted control and got it Then read about the PATRIOT ACT... that scared me the most. Get to the end and look the judges solutions... let me know what you think
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Berlin Wall was taken down and is now being rebuilt on American soil. The Supreme Court has put its self above the Contitution and taken away are God given rights. The left wing the right wing, corporate America and the masses have set the stage for Americas death. The sad part is no one cares because the goverment uses fear to keep everyone in their place. Your homes can be taken, you are quilty and put in jail until you can prove you are innocent. The feds write their own warrents to burst into your home and search for anything that they want, in the name of Home Land Security. When I was younger I was told that, someday America would become Russian and Russia would become American. How true.
wifeysinger More than 1 year ago
This book is solid truth. Judge Napolitano has an extensive knowledge of both The Constitution and the history of our country. This enabled him to write riveting chapters explaining in detail the frightening reality that the government has indeed, lied to us.
BrokeNeckReader More than 1 year ago
Information and opinions were great. Really learned some things on the Federal Reserve, great views on taxes/inflation, and more. Thought it got a little dark witht the last few chapters seeming to be conspericyish. Not sure about the thoughts about Pearl Harbor and some of the war craze. Have read arguements completly opposite views in 48 Liberal Lies about American History (That You Probably Learned in School) by Larry Schweikart.
ministerdoc More than 1 year ago
Lies the Government Told You by Andrew P. Napolitano The Judge Hits A Homerun In This Book Of Lies And Deciet. He Shows Us How The Government For Years Has Been Lieing ,And Covering Up. All The Freedoms That You Thought You Have Are Slowly And Quietly Being Taking Away. This Is A Must Read For Americans Who Still Belive In The Constitution. Napolitano Delivers!
kitkatm More than 1 year ago
Lies the Government Told You is an excellent read and a very well researched book. Judge Napolitano thoroughly looks at past a present laws that the government has passed, what they claimed they passed it for, and what the truth was. An in-depth look at politics and the tricks that have been pulled, this is an excellent read for anyone searching for the truth behind vaguely worded law and what dangers those laws have. Judge Napolitano tells us of how the lies the government has told us has shaped out past in ways we would never have suspected. He thoroughly points out the whys of how these laws get passed and why the lies are told. Without trying to reason away the lies, he makes it clear what happened, who did it, and why on earth they would lie to us that way.
KatieCan86 More than 1 year ago
Judge Andrew Napolitano's new Political book is very interesting. He believes that the American people buy into lies pretty easily, and I can't disagree with him. In this book the author talks about 17 lies in particular the biggest and first being"All men are created equal". You can definitely tell by the way he writes that he is a big supporter in the Constitution. Being a political based book I really didn't know why I picked it at first to review because I thought it would be really boring! However, I found the lies that he talks about very captivating. The lies talked about: 1. "All Men Are Created Equal" 2. "All Men . . . Are Endowed byTheir Creator with Certain Inalienable Rights" 3. "Judges Are Like Umpires" 4. "Every Vote Counts" 5. "Congress Shall Make No Law . . . Abridging the Freedom of Speech" 6. "The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed" 7. "Your Body Is Your Temple" 8. "The Federal Reserve Shall Be Controlled by Congress" 9. "It's Only a Temporary Government Program" 10. "I'm from the Government, and I'm Here to Help" 11. "We Are Winning the War on Drugs" 12. "Everyone Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty" 13. "The Constitution Applies in Good Times and in Bad Times" 14. "Your Boys Are Not Going to Be Sent into Any Foreign Wars" 15. "We Don't Torture" 16. "The Right of the People to Be Secure in Their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects, Shall Not Be Violated" 17. "America Has a Free Market" If you are interested in reading books about the inconsistencies of the government this is a great book to own.
Warmfuzzies More than 1 year ago
This book has a chapter devoted to each lie, and there are 17 chapters in all. It covers 'lies' such as "The Federal Reserve Shall Be Controlled by Congress" and "Everyone is Innocent Until Proven Guilty". This is not a book written from a hypothetical point of view, as it is extensively referenced. I thought that I might find this book hard to read, since so many political books are dry and complicated. I was happy to find that it is a very enjoyable read, but still deep enough to explore the ideas and truths. I really learned a lot from it, especially regarding the way that our government is currently working (or not working, as you could put it). I feel like I am pretty well educated on the way things are SUPPOSED to be working, so it was nice to read more about what is actually happening, and more importantly, why. This book is not shallow. There is a lot here, so you should not expect to sit down and read it through in one evening. I found that I needed to give this book some time to really think about what he is saying. It is a thinking book. :) You may or may not agree with much of it, but if you still think that most of our government is constitutional, this book will be a great eye-opener for you. This is also a great gift for that uncle, father, or husband who really likes controversial and political reading.
Ronny More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading books that tell it like it is. This does exactly that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book on the truth of our American history, especially concerning the constitution and our government. This is information that you don't get in school.
ReginaS More than 1 year ago
Note of thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me for free with a Copy of this book! "Lies the Government told you" by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, is not my regular fare of reading material, but the Title of the Book intrigued me greatly. I was not disappointed in the least. It may not have come as a surprise to me or millions of other People that the Government tells us lies, but I had no Idea just how deep seated and "common" those Lies truly were until I read this book. Evenso you do not necessarily need a Law Degree to understand the wordings, since Mr. Naplitano does an excellent job explaining things, I found reading the entire book a little difficult. You simply find yourself so sucked into a topic he is explaining, that you may suddenly get curious to do some of your own research as well, and so find yourself hindered in continuing on. During the current times of just about everything being regulated including what we eat or use for medicine I found Lie #7 on Page 120 a rather eye opening statement. "Your Body is your Temple" Quote: If we do not have control over our own bodies, we have control over little else. If anything belongs to us, reason would tell us the thing we enter into and leave this world with - our body - belongs to each of us. Everything we do, our thoughts, our speech, our movements, and all physical actions, come from our bodies. Therefore, having control over our bodies is one oft the most fundamental rights we can possess." End Quote Page 120 Now as Mr. Napolitano shows over the following pages, obviously the Government does not seem to see it this way and gives us case after case to showcase the hypocrisy of the statements of freedom. That is only the tip of the Iceburg however, over Chapter after Chapter he takes apart statements and supposable rights we as Citizens have and case after case which proofs that in actuality our rights are being infringed on daily. He is not just giving us his opinions, but actually shows us solid proof via court cases and statements made by Justices. If you are at all interested in Law, or in history, I would suggest this book is for you. I give this book a 4 out of 5 Stars. Your Friend Regina S.
timetravel More than 1 year ago
What an eye-opening book! This is neither a liberals vs. conservatives nor Democrats vs. Republicans book, but a book about how our constitution has been distorted and eroded by every generation that gains power. Judge Andrew Napolitano clearly explains what the constitution says and how our presidents and elected officials created laws that are clearly unconstitutional. Do we really have property rights when it can be confiscated for "public use" by the government? I thought one of the most surprising facts is that in the original constitution Senators were not voted in by the general population. They were chosen by state legislators, not to be representatives of the people, but ambassadors of the state. There are heartbreaking instances, including an innocent man being executed because the appeals court refused to hear new evidence and a governor who refused to grant a pardon. We have seen our rights eroded over time that we think has happened in our lifetime, but in fact, it has happened all throughout the history of the US. One right, one freedom after another slips away, and we just accept it. The book is nicely referenced and annotated for each section. Congressman Ron Paul wrote the forward to Lies the Government Told You and it gives the perfect introduction to Judge Napalitano's work. I highly recommend this interesting and informative book.
lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
Lies the Government told you, Myth, Power, and Deception in American History by Judge Andrew P Napolitano, with foreward by Congressman Ron Paul. From the very beginning , it seems our governing forefathers had one set of rules for the 'masses' and another set of rules for themselves. Judge Napolitano uses 17 chapters, starting with Lie #1-'All men are Created Equal', to explain how the people were told one thing,when it was completely different for the ones in control. It gives examples of how the Government, be it Local, State, or Federal pretty much can twist things around to give themselves the upper hand. Chapter #14-'Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars' has personal meaning for me, because my dad actually discussed how we ended up in WWII, and that he knew before Pearl Harbor being bombed, that it was coming, because of the way our government was handling things. Judge Napolitano has really outdone himself. This is a book that I'll keep and reread many times, and use it as reference material. It isn't light reading, but it is very interesting, and it makes you think. I was not paid for this review, and all opinions expressed are my own. I was provided with a free copy to read and review. Published by Thomas Nelson Publishing Inc. Nashville TN
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I'm not shocked by what Judge Napolitano says; what shocks me is the people who are shocked to learn that government officials lie to us.  Government lying is nothing new, and it knows no particular political party or persuasion.  Typically, when the government is caught with its collective hands in the cookie jar, spokespersons claiming the high road  to truth are paraded before us and told to disregard the "traitor," or ""rogue" and trust your government to tell you the truth.  The Right blames the Left; the Democrats blame the Republicans, and on and on it goes. Rather than demand accountability, we see the blame game repeated again and again ad nauseam.  It's not that government lying--and ensuing scandals--will disappear; human nature doesn't work that way.   The real question is whether we are willing to make the effort to do more than blindly accept  the so-called official version of the truth.  Maybe we "can't handle the truth," but  one thing is certain: government  derives its authority from the consent of the governed.  And consent is based on faith. As people lose faith in their government--and poll numbers certainly demonstrate this--and more and more become frustrated with the state of our nation, the ensuing consequences should be all too obvious.  
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