Having lived under England’s tyrannical royal thumb, the last governmental system the likes of Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin desired for their fledgling independent colonies was another monarchy.
To the leaders of the new United States, freedom was, is, and always would be one of our “unalienable rights,” given to us by our Creator.
Therefore freedom had to be protected. And it was worth dying for.
Which is why the founders made the inspired move of enshrining separation of powers as well as guarantees of freedom in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
But, as Judge Andrew P. Napolitano asserts, two presidents—who seemed to care more about the advancement of progressive ideology and monetary redistribution than the principles on which America was founded—ambushed those God-given rights.
Theodore and Woodrow is the shocking historical account of how—a little more than a century after America was founded—a Republican president and then a Democratic president oversaw America’s greatest-ever power shift.
Napolitano writes that the United States moved from a land built on the belief that authority should be left to individuals and the states to a land that accepted bloated, far-reaching federal bureaucracy, which continued to grow and consume power each day.
Here’s Glenn Beck interviewing Napolitano about Theodore and Woodrow, specifically how progressive ideology and over-reliance on the federal government isn’t good for America’s present (or future) health:
He also shines an historical light on what he sees as the intellectually arrogant, anti-personal freedom, even racist progressive philosophy that drove Roosevelt and Wilson to poison the American system of government. As the author notes, these two presidents weren’t friends by a long shot…but they agreed on the following core values:
“The Constitution does not mean what it says, it is not the supreme law of the land, it does not limit the federal government to the specific powers delegated to the federal government in the Constitution. Rather, in the their view, the federal government can do anything it wants, as long as it is not expressly prohibited by the Constitution…that is 180 degrees from what their predecessors and the founders believed when they wrote the Constitution and created this Republic.”
And Americans are still paying for their legacy—through federal income taxation, through state-prescribed compulsory education, through the Federal Reserve, through perpetual warfare, and through consistent regulation and encroachment that props up special interests while discouraging true competition in the marketplace.
Check out the judge htting a few highlights of his new book on Fox & Friends:
Theodore and Woodrow offers eye-opening, detailed research that would satisfy Constitutional academics…yet Napolitano’s tone is far from high brow: He effectively explains his findings and conclusions for a universal audience while employing the same wit and charm we’ve seen on television. A valuable, inviting read.