Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Freedom Answer Book: How the Government Is Taking Away Your Constitutional Freedoms By: Andrew Napolitano

The Freedom Answer Book is a great book by one of today's true free thinkers.  Andrew Napolitano (The Judge), once again shows his intense knowledge of the Constitution, its original intent, as well as the way today's government has grossly misinterpreted it to our determine. 

In this fairly short book (272 Pages), the Judge asks the questions we the people should be asking.  This book is vignettes of Constitutionaility in the form of question and answer.  The answers are concise, well documented and referenced.  The Judge, being a stalwart supporter of the Constitution, and being a mouthpiece for neither side of the two party dictatorship we have today, delivers equal crushing criticism to all without any concern for political party association or political correctness.

The chapters cover everything from freedom of speech to  what to change in the Constitution and everything in between.  It has a great detailed discussion about Natural Law v. Positive Law, a subject that is ever present in all of Napolitano's books.  It shows how the constant desire to move away from Natural Law recognition to the more progressive, Positive Law has been one of, if not the biggest cause of the problem with this country today.

The Judge references case law where the Legislative Branch has far exceeded it original intent and how such legal blunder affected us at the moment as well as how its effects have carried on well beyond their time to continue to harm us today. 

I may have a bias view of this book.  Politically, Napolitano is one of political heroes. I am often asked what role I would like for him to play in politics today, frankly, I wish I clone him to have in in every branch of government.  I would love to see him appointed to the Supreme Court

The best part of the book is in the "Conclusion".  Napolitano goes over what the states need to do.  With a Constitutionl amendment change the following:

1. Change "We the People" in the preamble to "We the States"
2. Change Article VIII "To regulate Commerce among the serveral States"  
    should be changed to "To keep commerce regular..."
3. The 10th should the word "Expressly"
4. Repeal 16th Amendment
5. Repeal 17th Amendment

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400320291
ISBN-13: 978-1400320295

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