The Conservative Heart

b00nepdgrw-01-lBook #29: The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America, Arthur Brooks

“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.”  These immortal words penned by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 describe the ethos of what it means to be an American.  But sadly, for many people in our country, the principles of this statement are just out of reach.  There are a large number of people who are trapped in a cycle of poverty and don’t have the ability to pull themselves up into a life of dignity.  Liberals and conservatives debate how best defeat poverty.  In this book, Arthur Brooks gives an apologetic for why conservative principles are the best way to elevate the status of the poor and bring dignity to those who have been left behind.

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Hostile Takeover

51fn7uvusllBook #23: Hostile Takeover, Matt Kibbe

In 2008 with the election of Barak Obama, our politics shifted strongly toward a liberal, progressive agenda.  But while certain policies have been noticeable in the last 8 years, our federal government has been growing substantially for the past century.  And through presidents like FDR, LBJ and now Barak Obama, we have seen the expanding size and scope of the federal government.  At it’s heart, is a political worldview that all can and should be managed from a centralized place and in a centralized manner.  But our country was founded on the principle of individual liberty and freedom.  We threw off the yolk of centralized government in 1776 and the war to follow.  It is this top down vs bottom up perspective of economics and politics that was at the heart of the debate then and is at the heart of the debate now.  And while we do not take up arms against our federal government, the Tea Party movement was the call of the American people to return to decentralized, market based politics.   This book offers a prescription for market based solutions to the challenges facing our country.  From medicare to social security utilizing the free market and decentralizing regulation will allow for better quality and greater affordability both to the U.S. government but also to each and every tax payer.

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A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America

51p0aiphg0lBook #26: A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America, Ted Cruz

This book is an autobiography by Ted Cruz documenting his family’s history of immigration to America, his childhood, education and career leading to his current seat as U.S. Senator.  Ted Cruz is a man and politician dedicated to the principles of limited government conservatism and throughout his career has been a strong advocate of constitutional jurisprudence.  This book is definitely seems to be written as an “About Me” book in preparation for the Cruz presidential campaign.  However it is also written as a modern day version of William Simon’s book of the same title making an argument for liberty and conservative policies.

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The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas

b0064vhwk0-01-lBook #24: Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, Jonah Goldberg

Shaping an argument can be as much about content as about rhetoric.  And unfortunately truth can be lost in witty or colloqueal cliches.  I this book Jonah Goldberg discusses common cliches used in contemporary politics to influence the discussion of ideas.  This is an important read for anyone interested in politics.

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Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!

b0047y16fi-01-lBook #22: Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! Andrew Breitbart

From party boy at Tulane University to journalistic powerhouse, Andrew Breitbart describes his journey from careless ignorance to purposeful passion.   He is outraged at the blatant bias in the traditional media and discovers new media as a method of combatting this careless disregard of objectivity.  It is a must read for anyone concerned about the way traditional media moves and shapes politics.

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God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values

b00iqy2pnw-01-lBook #16: God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values, Todd Starnes

The last decade has seen a full, frontal assault on religious liberty in local towns all the way to national politics.  In this book, Todd Starnes documents the attempts to limit religious freedom and offers a wakeup call to Christians regarding the erosion of the first freedom guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

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The Tea Party Goes to Washington

b004geaqzu-01-lBook #10: The Tea Party Goes to Washington, Rand Paul

In an unprecedented victory for his Kentucky senate seat, Rand Paul describes his decision to run and the Tea Party principles that propelled him onto the public stage.   In this book he makes the case that the Washington establishment (both republican and democrat) are addicted to big government spending and outlines his vision of less spending, smaller government and greater personal liberty.

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