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Read this book!

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin". -Samuel Adams (1780)

You and I are those experienced patriots. Especially in the past 100 years, our individual liberties have been eroded right before our eyes. Sometimes we lose them unknowingly, and sometimes by choice. But we are no longer as free as our Founders had intended for us when they wrote the document by which our nation is supposed to be ruled, The Constitution. Before 1913, there was no income tax, no Federal Reserve (central bank) to manipulate our currency, and no entitlement state of FDR's "New Deal" or LBJ's "Great Society". In this era of the first Progressives, we began to drift from the restraints that the Constitution put on our government, and began down the road towards socialism. American government was no longer about protecting the freedoms of the individual, but about manipulating government policy for the benefit of the collective. The lyrics to the "Star Spangled Banner" need to be changed to "o'er the land of the slave", because we have truly become slaves to our government. Please don't misunderstand, I'm not preaching anarchy (no government at all), but I would like to see our government returned to its limited role as established by the Constitution.

Nowhere have I seen this better articulated than in the book, "A Return to Common Sense" by Thomas Mullen. Buy it online, pick it up at a book store, or check it out from the library, but by all means, please read this book. It will in many ways surprise you, it may even anger you, and it will certainly make you think twice about the role of government in our lives.

The book is relatively short, just over 200 pages. I found it hard to put down. There were times when I found it difficult to grasp a point when the words of our Founders or those philosophers they studied were cited. But when that happened, the author came through in the following paragraph with an explanation in modern day terms. Whatever your political persuasion, Republican or Democrat (not much difference, really), conservative or liberal, you will come away with a better understanding of why things are the way they are today.