Summer Reading List

The people in the Tea Party Movement are readers. As a former remedial reading teacher, you can guess how thrilled I am to make such a statement. We are voracious readers of history, economics, philosophy, and current events. Therefore, as summer begins in earnest, it is only fitting that we have a reading list to load up your iPad, nook or Kindle for those quiet relaxing moments between kid’s sport’s camp or family vacations.

Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led To Economic Armageddon

Reckless Endangerment, a true crime story

I am currently reading this book and if you want to know names and organizations responsible for the current economic meltdown that began with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, this book reads like a true crime story. Chapter One begins by explaining how James A Johnson upon succeeding David Maxwell as manager of Fannie Mae used funds to lobby legislators to ensure rules limiting the power of any governing agencies in order to amass great personal wealth for himself and his friends on Wall Street and in Congress. By purchasing power in the legislature, no governing authority of Fannie Mae could succeed making Fannie Mae in charge of their own investigators.

Such Machiavellian political scheming by James Johnson and those Wall Street Investors and Legislators involved with him can only be explained by the title: Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption led to Economic Armageddon.

That Johnson and his cohorts in crime are still at large in society, enjoying the privileges of their ill-gotten gains and exercising the power accompanying wealth and influence is evidence of the necessity of the Tea Party Movement’s success. For our nation to continue there must be a reckoning—a settling of accounts—of the intent of American Justice.  Therefore, it is our duty to be aware of the facts and persons responsible for our current “economic Armageddon.”

As the review states:

The New York Time’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist reveals how the financial meltdown emerged from the toxic interplay of Washington, Wall Street, and corrupt mortgage lenders. In Reckless Endangerment, Gretchen Morgenson, the star business columnist of The New York Times, exposes how the watchdogs who were supposed to protect the country from financial harm were actually complicit in the actions that finally blew up the American economy.

Drawing on previously untapped sources and building on original research from coauthor Joshua Rosner—who himself raised early warnings with the public and investors, and kept detailed records—Morgenson connects the dots that led to this fiasco.

Morgenson and Rosner draw back the curtain on Fannie Mae, the mortgage-finance giant that grew, with the support of the Clinton administration, through the 1990s, becoming a major opponent of government oversight even as it was benefiting from public subsidies. They expose the role played not only by Fannie Mae executives but also by enablers at Countrywide Financial, Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve, HUD, Congress, the FDIC, and the biggest players on Wall Street, to show how greed, aggression, and fear led countless officials to ignore warning signs of an imminent disaster.

Character-rich and definitive in its analysis, this is the one account of the financial crisis you must read.

Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America

Demonic, mob mentality in action and history

The Tea Party Movement has experienced the Liberal Mob and we must be aware of how mob mentality is the natural result of pure democracy. In our study of the Federalist Papers, we have learned that human nature must always be taken into account and that factions are always at work to deny the civil liberties of members within their own community. Characterize a nay-sayer as obnoxious or undesirable and the mob mentality will take care of the rest. Common sense and the truth mean nothing to a mob acting at the behest of faction.

Personality drives American politics far more than principles, which is why each of us must understand and appreciate the politics of mobs. From the Overview on Barnes & Noble’s website:

Citing the father of mob psychology, Gustave Le Bon, Coulter catalogs the Left’s mob behaviors: the creation of messiahs, the fear of scientific innovation, the mythmaking, the preference for images over words, the lack of morals, and the casual embrace of contradictory ideas.Coulter traces the history of the liberal mob to the French Revolution and Robespierre’s revolutionaries (delineating a clear distinction from America’s founding fathers), who simply proclaimed that they were exercising the “general will” before slaughtering their fellow citizens “for the good of mankind.”

Similarly, as Coulter demonstrates, liberal mobs, from student radicals to white-trash racists to anti-war and pro-ObamaCare fanatics today, have consistently used violence to implement their idea of the “general will.”

This is not the American tradition; it is the tradition of Stalin, of Hitler, of the guillotine—and the tradition of the American Left.

As the heirs of the French Revolution, Democrats have a history that consists of pandering to mobs, time and again, while Republicans, heirs to the American Revolution, have regularly stood for peaceable order.

Hoping to muddy this horrifying truth, liberals slanderously accuse conservatives of their own crimes—assassination plots, conspiracy theorizing, political violence, embrace of the Ku Klux Klan. Coulter shows that the truth is the opposite: Political violence—mob violence—is always a Democratic affair.

Surveying two centuries of mob movements, Coulter demonstrates that the mob is always destructive. And yet, she argues, beginning with the civil rights movement in the sixties, Americans have lost their natural, inherited aversion to mobs. Indeed, most Americans have no idea what they are even dealing with.

Only by recognizing the mobs and their demonic nature can America begin to defend itself.

For Christians only – Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity

My third summer reading title is decidedly Christian, so it may not be a book for everyone’s taste. I know that many of my friends working side-by-side with me in this group and in the Tea Party Movement are of other faiths. My point in including this book is that it seems a necessary philosophical explanation of the underlying cause of cultural unrest.

Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity

Because of my experience with the spiritual depravity of Liberalism, I needed intense study and prayer to understand what happened, why, and then restoration with God. It is not by chance that Alexander Solzhenitsyn found solace in Christianity and the Christian philosophy after being sent to the soviet prison system he wrote about in The Gulag Archipelago. Those experiencing the denial of civil liberty find that God – as His Word – in His Spirit – is the very source of our civil liberty. This profound fundamental truth is acknowledged in our own Founding Documents.

In viewing our own culture and its myriad of problems it is integral to our understanding to appreciate that the atheistic philosophy of Post Modernism is falling apart. However, the current cultural reality for Progressives/Liberals and all those whose world view is crumbling before its eyes is to not just deny that reality, but to insist dogmatically and tyrannically that the philosophy is absolutely true. This is the reason behind our state public school curriculum wars. Although Darwinism is breaking apart as a theory, its adherents are screeching that we must act like Darwin’s Theory is a law. Therefore they grow louder and shriller in stating that pursuit of the truth as to first cause of the cosmos down to the single cell can not disprove Darwin’s Theory, making science a discipline of tyranny rather than discovery.

In philosophy, the “fact” that God is merely an invention of man denies man’s own spiritual nature. If we are nothing more than uncaused accumulations of cells, needing nothing more than a central planner to tell us what to study, what to pursue in work, and then an assignment to fulfill our work needed by the community, then why do we perceive beauty, goodness, justice, and a feeling of joy when we do something to help another? One only has to look at ObamaCare to see that central planning is anathema to everyone that stops to contemplate its purpose and reality. Even the argument that we must enact ObamaCare to prove our moral superiority is filled with spiritual schizophrenia. The same people at war to remove God from the public square are the very people arguing for this principle of a state religion.

In times of change, voices get heated and arguments can become irrational as everything accepted as true is called into question. Knowing what is driving the arguments being acted out in popular culture allows us to be forewarned and prepared. It also simplifies the chaos created by change and makes the complex understandable. All necessary for a nation struggling to once again acknowledge the fact that

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

 

Comments

  1. The Declaration of Independence for Children

    Hello,

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