By Sean Patrick
A Book Review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, September 11, 2019
Reader Note: Words appearing in BLUE mean they are links to web sites
From the book: It took our species thousands of bloody, torturous, and degrading years to climb out of the pits of hell and recognize the sanctity of life, the value of the individual, and the equality of our fellows. To this effect, Madison proudly declared, “The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”
I could not possibly think of a better book to finish on this infamous date; September 11, 2019. September 11 when America was under attack by a foreign enemy.
But I do not believe that IF America is to ever fall, it will NOT be from a foreign enemy but rather from within by citizens who know not the history of this great country and fail to stand up when it is the right thing to do.
This book should be read by EVERY American, yes that includes you, with no exception. It is that important. As I read the book, I took away many valuable insights into what happened in the early days of America that ended with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Imagine a country with 13 Colonies, no internet, no instant 24-hour news media and miles and days to travel through the 13 Colonies to get people of very different backgrounds and beliefs to agree on such a document that has survived all these years; at least until now.
I could not help but put myself into the picture as I listened to some of the most famous names in our history put forth their ideas regarding the rights of individuals in this new found nation. As I read the printed words I pictured Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Paine et al debating the wording of the various sections of the Bill of Rights. I understood how the individual Colonies created their own Bill of Rights and those Bills were eventually incorporated in the country’s Bill of Rights.
I feel I had a good understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights before I read the book but now, I know I have a greater knowledge of the intent of each section and why they are worded as they are.
In 2019 there is an increasing belief that Socialism is our future. I shutter to think that ever be the case. It is time everyone STAND UP and be counted to preserve our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy. One need not look very far to see what the perils of Socialism is – IT HAS FAILED EVERYWHERE IT HAS BEEN TRIED AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE DIED UNDER THE YOKE OF SUCH OPPRESSIVE SOCIALISTIC GOVERNMENTS.
I take the side of the author when I ask that YOU read the book and then get your family and friends to read it. Give it to them as gifts with personal notes inside emphasizing the importance of reading it.