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Defeating Big Government Socialism

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Former Speaker of the House addresses the problems the U.S. is facing as big government continues to negate the freedoms of the people. Readers who read this book with an open mind will be enlightened. Recommended!
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I really like Speaker Gingrich's passion and this book just proved said passion. I really liked how he started off the book with explaining even the most subtle of differences when it comes to the way things are done when Democrats are in charge. For instance, like the buildings being locked down even though we have a right to them being that our tax payer dollars keep the lights on. Just well written and enjoyable.
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Do we continue to follow the road of decay and decline, or do we choose to revitalize our country and return to the feelings of patriotism that helped America become a shining light to those around the world? Author Newt Gingrich has his goals aligned with the latter and seeks to educate and energize others to follow this new path.

The book addresses the dangers of Big Government Socialism and what could happen if we sit back and allow it to continue its march. While much of it seems to have occurred in the last decade, the origins can be found over a century ago. Mr. Gingrich outlines the history, detailing the main events and explaining what has brought us to the precipice we are standing on today. While it would be impossible to address all the issues without naming those who championed socialism’s “achievements,” the author has chosen not to focus on those people. Rather, he attacks the institution of socialism and the tools that have been used to increase its power.

There are plenty of footnotes to support the writing, and I found myself investigating various facets of the history as well as what led up to some of the most recent issues. The book is anything but dry, and I quickly read it over the course of a few days.

Mr. Gingrich sums up with a call to action. Big Government Socialism will not go away simply because we wish it to, and if America is to survive with all its freedoms intact, it will need our help. It was encouraging the author explained that Republicans should not believe a “red wave” in 2022 and 2024 is the sole answer. Those who choose to represent the people must not turn their backs on the Democrats across the aisle, and only through civility and hard work will non-partisan legislation be once again the norm rather than an occasional surprise. This is a great guidebook for those who wish to be more involved in the solution. At the very least, it should give you perspective on why we should treat family relatives with respect. We may not agree with what they believe, but we will never achieve compromise without understanding what they think. Five stars.

My thanks to NetGalley and Hatchette Book Group/Center Street for a complimentary electronic copy of this book.
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Newt Gingrich is best known for his years in politics, particularly as Speaker of the House. He is also a scholar of history, well-studied, and well-spoken. He has that innate ability to see not only the details of policies, but the big picture as well. Defeating Big Government Socialism is Gingrich’s latest volume of policy explanations and prescriptions. Big Government Socialism here is defined in the widest way, but at its root is a description of bureaucracy gone mad. Gingrich cogently argues, with quotations from Locke, Tocqueville, Hamilton, Adams, and Krauthhammer, that our system of government was designed to be small, limited, and divided. Read the Federalist Papers, he argues, with its emphasis on separation of powers. What’s emerged, starting with FDR, but exploding more recently is a overarching bureaucracy of elitists who think that they, rather than the free market, have all the answers. Absolute power corrupts and giving government agencies all power corrupts the process and the outcomes. With these themes in mind, Gingrich tackles a number of issues relevant to modern-day America. Agree with him or disagree, but read his arguments with a serious mind, not just a dismissive wave.
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Defeating Big Government Socialism by Newt Gingrich was received directly from the publisher and I chose to review it.  I have read Newt's works and heard him speak many times over the years and he seems to write a book four times a year or so.  This particular book is about the American majority, the real Majority, not what the mainstream media wants us Americans to think is the majority, really wants.  We want the America we grew up in, not the post obama America,  Americans have serious decisions to make about the future for our children.  Big government needs to be vastly sized down, which would lower the crushing tax burden the workers are undergoing in this nation.  We also want to have a voice in how those taxes are spent since our elected officials seem to be all mostly emboldened by one entity or another anymore, who are not their constituents.   We as adult tax payers also want a say in our schools and our health care.  If you or someone you buy gifts for has these same questions, give this book a read.

4 stars.
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I would like to thank the publisher for an ARC of this book.  I really enjoyed this book.  As a person who has a bachelor's degree in government, this book is right up my alley.  I have studied governments of other countries, including ones that have socialist governments.  I fear that we are heading that way now.  I have real respect for Mr. Gingrich.  He is right that we need to change the way our country is headed.  I think this would be a good book for students to read and learn that we really need to change the way things are going in this country.  In fact, I think every politician should read this book.  I did get a little lost with some of the statistics in the book.  However, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves this country.  I fear that if we don’t stand up to the socialists in this country, we may lose our standing in the world.  I will definitely be buying a copy of this book when it comes out.
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I am a huge fan of Speaker Gingrich's but his latest book has several serious flaws. First, the introduction is terrible. Yes, it is 100% accurate factually but it reads like a stream of consciousness with no clear theme. It was so bad that I almost put the book down and was not going to read it. Thankfully, I decided to go on, and the body of defeating Big Government was much better organized but on balance it was way too much history and way too little in the way of solid ideas on how to defeat the progressives. Again. everything was 100% correct but not focussed on how to defeat the left.
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