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"Common Sense" is sorely lacking on both sides of the aisle in Washington these days.

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In January 1776 Thomas Paine published a pamphlet called "Common Sense".   It has since been hailed as one of the most brilliant documents ever written in the English language.  Though he didn't realize it at first what Thomas Paine had to say in "Common Sense" would galvanize the colonist's resentment of the British government in general and the reigning British monarch George III in particular.   In the forward to "Common Sense" Paine advocates an immediate Declaration of Independence.  He recommended the formation of a new government that emphasized the  sovereignty of the people and a written constitution that featured effective checks and balances.  Just six months later on July 4, 1776  the colonists decided to risk everything and declare their independence from Britain.
 
In much the same way that Thomas Paine openly challenged the authority of the British government over two centuries ago,   "Glenn Beck's Common Sense:  The Case Against Out-of Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine" implores the American people to take back their government before it is too late.  The compelling case made in "Common Sense" points the finger at the leadership of both political parties whom Mr. Beck contends are elitists who have little interest in the opinions and needs of the American people.  Those of us who work hard and play by the rules are tired of being ignored by our elected officials. 

Consider what has happened in Washington in just the past year,  Despite the legitimate questions and objections of a large segment of the American people the $700 billion  "Troubled Asset Relief Program" (TARP) was rammed through Congress last October by George Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Poulsen with little or no debate.  Furthermore, no one in our government seems to be able to tell us what happened to most of this money. Meanwhile, the madness has continued under President Obama beginning with the $800 billion dollar economic stimulus package,  the government  takeover of major banking institutions,  the breakup of two major car companies, cap and trade and now the proposed plan for national health insurance.  These monumental changes to our economy are flying through our Congress at breakneck-speed with very little discussion, debate or testimony.  So much for transparency!   In most cases our esteemed representatives have not even read the bills and in a few cases the bills had not even been printed before they were voted on!   Is this the kind of government you want?  Is this the kind of "change" that the American people voted for in the last election?  

This is sheer madness!   Clearly the leaders of our nation are much more interested in accumulating power and enriching themselves than they are in the welfare of the American people they are supposed to be serving.   "Glenn Beck's Common Sense:  The Case Against Out-of Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine" is a clarion call to the American people to emerge from their funk and begin to demand accountabilty from their leaders.  It seems to me that Thomas Paine had it right more than two centuries ago when he wrote:  "Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent;  selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;  and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions."     Recommended reading!

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December 21, 2009
While I find the review interesting and thought provoking, citing Glen Beck throws credibility out the window. I've always believed that's it's possible for anyone to learn something from anybody but in Beck's case I'm not so sure. He reminds me of the shock-jock portrayed by Eric Bogosian in TALK RADIO a film that oliver Stone adapted from Bogosian's one man stage play. Bogosian's character is so in love with the sound of his own voice and so abrasive and so lacking in any real beliefs himself that his death at the end of the film almost seems understandable if not justifiable.
 
October 23, 2009
Thanks for your great review. I have this book on my list to read and now I am go to put it at the top. If only the government nitwits would read it!
 
July 15, 2009
Great review......I read it twice.....thanks for sharing!
 
July 10, 2009
Thanks great review!
 
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Thomas Paine was extremely liberal compared to the other founding fathers. The fact that a right-wing ideologue like Glenn Beck finds some philosophical connection with Paine is just nonsense.
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"If you believe it's time to put principles above parties, character above campaign promises, and Common Sense above all -- then I ask you to read this book...."

In any era, great Americans inspire us to reach our full potential. They know with conviction what they believe within themselves. They understand that all actions have consequences. And they find commonsense solutions to the nation's problems.

One such American, Thomas Paine, was an ordinary man who changed the course of history by penning Common Sense, the concise 1776 masterpiece in which, through extraordinarily straightforward and indisputable arguments, he encouraged his fellow citizens to take control of America's future -- and, ultimately, her freedom.

Nearly two and a half centuries later, those very freedoms once again hang in the balance. And now, Glenn Beck revisits Paine's powerful treatise with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government's easy solutions, two-part monopoly, and illogical methods and take back our great country.

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Glenn Beck is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Christmas Sweater and An Inconvenient Book. He is also the author of The Real America and publisher of Fusion magazine. He is the host of a tv show on FoxNews and also the nationally syndicated radio show The Glenn Beck Program, which is the third most listened to talk show in America. Visit www.glennbeck.com

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ISBN-10: 1439168571
ISBN-13: 978-1439168578
Genre: Politics
Publisher: Simon and Shuster
Date Published: June 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
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