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Monday, March 30, 2009

Freedom and Tyranny, a book review


I stood in line with about 1000 others who were merely seeking to have a book signed by its author. The significant aspect was this book was not some work of popular fiction but the manifesto of political conservatives.

Many are frustrated with our elected officials. Mark Levin has made a name for himself as a talk show host pointing out the great divide between the citizens and the politicians who they elect to secure the rights enumerated in our Constitution. In his book "Liberty and Tyranny" Mr. Levin makes clear that we are no longer choosing between Republican and Democrat but between Statists and our Constitutional Republic. Both parties have become the agents of statism, nether is reposive to the voter but seeks only the acquisition and exercise of power.revealing the objective of the Statist

What I found in the book was the clear articulation of what I have always believed. Each of the first five chapters lays out the reason and principle behind the Constitution and the form of government the founders chose to give us. He makes the case that the Constitution secures rights for individual citizens because the founders recognized true liberty could only be individual liberty. Conversely he demonstrates how threatening individualism is to the aims of the statist.

For the Statist, Liberty is not a blessing but the enemy. It is not possible to achieve Utopia if individuals are free to go their own way. The individual must be dehumanized and his nature delegitimized. Through persuasion, deception, and coercion, the individual must be subordinated to the state....


Then in a later chapter, he lays out in an easy to understand manner how the federal government is supposed to work and how the states under federalism should be the incubators of solutions to the issues of society. Quoting justice Louis D. Brandeis:

"A single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory, and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country."


This of course has been precluded by the extra constitutional mandates of the federal government that forces the states into a conformity that serves the power hungry politicians in Washington rather than allowing free citizens to seek their own solutions.

Subsequent chapters deal with specific issues such as immigration, welfare and environmentalism. Each states the intention of the statist and the violence he does to our constitution to justify such things.

Finally the author sums up the course of action that the conservative must take to regain the government we are meant to have with the freedoms it guarantees. This was the chapter that I found most valuable. The others just reinforced what I already knew. The epilogue lay out a call to action that will take a long term outlook and effort. We did not get here overnight and we will not undo the damage overnight. As the poverb states, a journey of a 100 miles begins with the first step. This book resonates with those who believe in the individual which is why 1000 individuals waited hours to have such an important book signed by its author.



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Blogger PHenry said...

Hey, I was there! Got two books signed. Arrived at 8:45 and got it signed around 1:45...

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Anonymous old n' cranky said...

Dibs on borrowing it when your done.....

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Blogger unknown said...

Hummel's "Freedom from Tyranny..." is a wonderful amplification of his booklet "Tyranny of the Urgent." Like its predecessor, the book encourages you to examine your life and realign your priorities by seeking to live a holy life. This book is a beautiful balance of illustrative vignettes, Scripture, and Hummel's thoughts.

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