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

Andrew P. Napolitano

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 1595552669

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


We shrug off this fact as an unfortunate reality. America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there?

When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return.

In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.

“Judge Napolitano’s tremendous knowledge of American law, history, and politics, as well as his passion for freedom, shines through in Lies the Government Told You, as he details how throughout American history, politicians and government officials have betrayed the ideals of personal liberty and limited government."

―Congressman Ron Paul, M.D. (R-TX), from the Foreword


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guaranteed to the people were being trampled. As a result, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary formed a Subcommittee on the Constitution, which was to examine the rights granted by the Second Amendment.11 The committee at the time consisted of some very familiar names, including Orrin Hatch, Bob Dole, Ted Kennedy, and Arlen Specter, as well as the current vice president, Joe Biden. In February 1982, after extensive historical research and hearings, the subcommittee issued its

of Texas, Austin, on August 1st 1966. On that date, Charles Joseph Whitman, a twenty-five-year-old Florida native and former UT engineering student, opened fire from the twenty-eighth-floor observation deck of the school’s landmark 307-foot tower.9 Whitman killed sixteen people and wounded thirty-one before he was killed by police.10 Until the Virginia Tech massacre, the Texas shooting was the country’s deadliest.11 Whitman’s shooting could have been much worse, though. Brave Texans used their

post-tragedy environment to bolster the government’s ability to restrict our rights and prevent us from defending ourselves against killers. The right to defend yourself, your property, your freedom, or any known innocent is a natural right. Your right to use available technology to effectuate that defense is a natural right as well. The Supreme Court of the United States, as we have seen in previous pages, has characterized the right as fundamental. I’ll be blunt: A major reason we have these

targeted Japan, which on September 27th 1940, signed a mutual assistance treaty, known as the Tripartite Pact, with Germany and Italy; the three countries were known collectively as the Axis Powers. If Japan committed an overt act of war on the United States, Americans would certainly not object to attacking Japan. Based on the treaty, Germany would then have to come to Japan’s defense, and thus, the United States would be able to sidestep American popular opinion, and get a crack at the Nazis.

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