Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds

If you’ve been paying attention to Glenn Beck at all lately, you know he’s been lauding the ideas of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

In fact, Beck opined over the airwaves that Paul has “a real chance” at becoming the first Libertarian to receive the nomination for president.

Paul’s public persona has been ramped up of late as well—case in point, his tough-minded response to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address.

So if you’re game for a deeper look into Paul’s political perspectives, you’d do well to check out his latest book, Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds. (His previous title is The Tea Party Goes to Washington.)

What does Paul have to say here?

In short, that government regulations are out of control. Endless rules and red tape are flooding Washington, D.C., and honest, tax-paying citizens are the victims of an administration’s misuse and abuse of power.

For example, Paul says the feds dictate how much water goes into your toilet, and how much water comes out of your showerhead; they set the temperature for your washing machine, and how many miles per gallon of gasoline your car must achieve.

Check out Glenn interviewing Paul about Government Bullies:

Since the Patriot Act went into effect, he notes, banking records, gun registrations, and even phone bills are easily accessible by government snoops.

And that’s not all. How about mothers who’re arrested for buying raw milk? Or families getting fined for selling bunny rabbits without licenses? Of course, there’s always home and property owners who’re hit with obscene fines, entangled in costly legal messes, and even sent to federal prison, all for moving dirt from one end of their land to another.

Paul joined Glenn on the radio to discuss the president’s State of the Union address, the response (or lack thereof) to Chris Kyle’s death, and more:

Unelected bureaucrats, Paul says, armed with arbitrary rules and nothing in place to keep them in check, are guilty of both stonewalling and attacking American citizens. And the damage can be taxing—financially, emotionally, and even physically.

Who is accountable?

Paul takes an in-depth look at the legislation that’s trampling our rights and even hampering our ability to conduct private, everyday activities without egregious government interference. He highlights outrageous searches, seizures, and arrests and points to thousands of regs that have been added to the books since Obama took office.

Most importantly, Paul charts a direction out of this mess and toward renewed freedom for all Americans.

Paul reacts here to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Real News: