Jul 27

Theodore&Woodrow

 

Theodore and Woodrow, by Andrew Napolitano ★★★★★

This book was read on my iPad using the Kindle interface. I gave the book five stars even though it has it’s problems. The title is a little bit deceptive, in that not much is discussed about Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. My first impression was that this book would provide a history of these two presidents followed by descriptions on the damage they did to the US constitution. Instead, Napolitano organized the book as each chapter revolving around a particular freedom that was lost, spending a few paragraphs showing what Teddy or Woody did to “start the ball rolling”, with explanations of where we are today. Sixteen chapters range from the rise of the state controlling education, regulating us to death, creating racism, issues with labor laws, international politics, etc. etc. are all discussed and shown perhaps not to have started by Teddy or Woody, but to have brought into the mainstream of governmental influence by these two characters.  Napolitano doesn’t blame everything on Teddy and Woody, as  destruction to our constitutional freedoms began soon after the constitution was ratified among the various states. This is a quite educational book to explain how we possibly got into the mess that we’re in, worth reading by anybody interested in politics of the USA.

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4 Responses to “Theodore and Woodrow”

  1. Onkel Dennis says:

    ” … descriptions on the damage they did to the US constitution.”

    “… destruction to our constitutional freedoms began soon after the constitution was ratified among the various states.”

    As a follower of Christ, I am not beholden to that icon of idolatry known as the US Constitution but am beholden to right and wrong as defined by the law God has given humanity to live by. It is the only legitimate basis for human government. Most Christians, however, do not know this though it is hidden in plain sight in scripture. Even John Calvin was utterly confused on this simple point.

    It is not constitutional freedoms being destroyed by the creation of the secret coup d’ etat in Philadelphia that is of concern but the institutionalization of the rebellion against God and his covenant that the US Founders initiated. Yet hardly a “good Christian” in America can recognize any of this. No wonder judgement upon America is drawing nearer and nearer.

  2. Dennis;
    I disagree. Calvin was not confused. Perhaps Mark Ludwig and you are.
    I agree that the US Constitution is not overtly Christian, and has its problems, especially with how it was constructed.

  3. Onkel Dennis says:

    Mark Ludwig is dead; he is no longer confused. Here is what Calvin wrote, an unambiguous affirmation of biblical and humanistic syncretism:

    I will briefly remark, however, by the way what laws it [the state] may piously use before God, and be rightly governed by among men. And even this I would have preferred passing over in silence, if I did not know that it is a point on which many persons run into dangerous errors. For some deny that a state is well constituted, which neglects the polity of Moses, and is governed by the common laws of nations. The dangerous and seditious nature of this opinion I leave to the examination of others; it will be sufficient for me to have evinced it to be false and foolish.

    Institutes, bk. IV, chap. XX, para. xiv, John Allen translation, p. 787 ff.

    In Calvin’s day, the matter was not so clearcut as today because the “common law of nations” was largely based on biblical law, corrupted by Roman law. Yet anyone who can read can see from this excerpt that Calvin is preferring – and acrimoniously so – the laws of man to the laws of God.

    This really ought to rattle some Calvinst diehards who think he was so biblical. His thinking was also influenced by the Zeitgeist of his time and place.

  4. Onkel Dennis says:

    And I might add:

    “I agree that the US Constitution is not overtly Christian, and has its problems, especially with how it was constructed.”

    The root problem is not in how it is constructed but that it was constructed. It is, in essence, no different than what Adam and Eve were doing in the Garden, making up their own laws to live by – that is,making up their own basis for the social order. This is the root of all sin and what is at the core of the rebellion against God. Your Lord is whoever’s laws you obey. Understand this simple fact and the rest is not hard to figure out. Yet to understand it overturns both Catholic and Protestant doctrine on civil government.

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