Book Review: “It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government is Wrong” by Andrew P. Napolitano

Being familiar with Judge Napolitano from his time on FOX News television and on the radio, I was not too surprised to find what I did in this anti-big government treatise, It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong.

Some readers might be a little surprised to find that Napolitano is more libertarian than conservative. He lambasts both Democrat and Republican presidents and the federal government in general for how it has far overstepped its constitutional bounds. Citing a plethora of court cases and legal opinions, Napolitano makes a case for the government to get out of our lives.

While I am most definitely a conservative with a libertarian bent (to a point), where I cannot go along with the Judge as a believer in Jesus Christ who believes what the Bible says about God established human government for good is in the areas of the legalization of drugs, prostitution, and gay marriage. Doing what is right before God is what promotes the general welfare. Yes, voters have for centuries now been willing accomplices to Presidents, Congresses, and Courts alike exceeding their bounds, but if the Judge were here with me right now I would tell him that you do not have to go to the extreme on moral issues, that government does serve a God-ordained purpose in these matters, and that we cannot throw the baby out with very dirty bathwater.

All of that said, I recommend the book to anyone interested in the role of the government, even if I cannot get fully behind Napolitano’s Ron Paul-esque libertarian conservatism.

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Author: Matt Privett

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