"Lies the Government Told You" is the latest book of Judge Napolitano, a professed libertarian and former Judge of New Jersey Superior Court (1987 to 1995). He believes that the government is simply not to be trusted, and is interested more in acquiring more power than in actually serving the public. Simply, the government is not your friend. This is his fourth book which amplifies this theme.
Before discussing his latest book, let me have a review of his earlier works that will provide a deep insight into the thinking of Judge Napolitano who quit judgeship in 1995 to return to private practice began television broadcasting in the same year. He currently serves as the senior judicial analyst on FOX.
His first book "Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws" was published in 2004 in which Judge Napolitano argued that government law breaking is a serious and hidden problem that is recognized primarily by those who benefit from or are victimized by it. He said unchecked lawbreaking will lead to tyranny.
In his second book (2006), "The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land," he made the case that the feds have systematically stolen power from the States and freedom from individuals, under the guise of interpreting the Constitution. He believes that much of that power and many of those freedoms will be impossible to reclaim.
In "A Nation of Sheep," published in 2007, Judge Napolitano argued that government in America hates freedom. He said that the government defends its power and not our rights, even though our rights are natural, come from humanity and as Jefferson stated, are "inalienable." He blames Franklin D. Roosevelt of promulgating a doctrine of legal positivism or legal realism, by which "the law is whatever the lawgiver says it is," any time the lawgiver says it.
Napolitano proudly proclaims his personal devotion to the concept of natural law. "Natural law teaches that our rights come from our humanity. Since we are created by God in His image and likeness, and since He is perfectly free ... freedom is our birthright. Thus, the natural law informs that freedom comes from our humanity, not from any outside source, like, for example, the government." For an enumeration of these natural rights, Napolitano turns to the best sources anyone could find: the Declaration of Independence and other essays by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
In "Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America" published in 2009, Napolitano explores the contentious debates over allowing or prohibiting slavery in the territories, as well as famous court cases that dehumanized blacks and reduced them to mere property.
He stressed that any government that thinks it can suspend free will of the innocent is fatal to life, fatal to freedom, and breeds horrors that can last for centuries.
Judge Napolitano has pugnaciously and provocatively titled his latest 256-page book published this month by Thomas Nelson, "Lies the Government Told You." He enumerates 17 lies the government has told the American people. The book begins with the following quotations which set the tone of his study:
"For this reason I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone, who is of the truth, bears my voice. Pilate said to him "What is truth?'" John 18:37