Item description for Why We Whisper: Restoring Our Right to Say It's Wrong by Jim Demint & J. David Woodard...
Americans today live in the greatest nation the world has ever known. Never before has a country been the producer, and beneficiary, of so much wealth and freedom. But with great success comes even greater responsibility. Part of the American legacy is to pass our values to our posterity, as well as to future generations in other nations. To meet this responsibility, the next generation must understand what made America great, what is working, what is not working, and how to improve all the ideas that contributed to past success. No factor is more important in this task than our freedom of speech. This right is both a means and an end to improving and strengthening the nation. Why We Whisper is about free speech in America, but not "freedom of speech" as it is often defined today. It is not the freedom to practice destructive behavior or to produce obscene material. This book is about freedom of speech as it was intended by the visionaries who designed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment empowers Americans to join the public and political debate with their ideas and values, including those traditional ideas and values that have made America great. This fundamental freedom is under attack, and unless principled Americans fight back, our grandchildren and future generations around the world will receive a greatly diminished inheritance. United States Senator Jim DeMint and Professor David Woodard compellingly demonstrate that through court rulings, bureaucratic pronouncements, and well-intentioned, but ultimately unhelpful laws, secular values have allied with government authority to dismantle the ideals of a moral and decent nation. A country once confident of its values and optimistic about its future is now pessimistic, nervous, and confused. Traditional American institutions like the Boy Scouts, churches, businesses, college campuses, and public schools are routinely targeted for attack and government regulation. As a result, morally responsible, patriotic Americans are
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Studio: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.26" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.76" Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Release Date Dec 6, 2007
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
ISBN 0742552527 ISBN13 9780742552524
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More About Jim Demint & J. David Woodard
Jim DeMint was elected senator of South Carolina in 2004 and then chairman of the Senate Steering Committee in 2006. For standing up against wasteful spending in Congress and saving Americans about $17 billion, "Wall Street Journal "editor Steve Moore called DeMint the taxpayers greatest ally. DeMint was also recently ranked as the Senate s most conservative member by "National Journal "and as the No. 1 senator voting for responsible tax and spending policies by the National Taxpayers Union. The senator and his wife, Debbie, have four grown children, are doting new grandparents, and live in Greenville, South Carolina."
Reviews - What do customers think about Why We Whisper: Restoring Our Right to Say It's Wrong?
Outstanding book Jun 4, 2008
One of the best reads of the year. Recommended by Rush. Helps understand our declining culture and the high cost of a liberal agenda. Well researched & presented. Huge collection of information makes for a fairly slow read, but most worthy. Would have preferred a few clear Biblical links, although the principles are clear. Highly recommended.
Avoid this book! Jun 2, 2008
Save your money.
If you are a like-minded conservative, you will find nothing new I suspect. The arguments, such as they are, tend to consist of one of two types. Quotes digested from other sources (and endnoted to a fare-thee-well). Or polemical argument, oh those evil secularists. You've seen this before.
If you are, like me, not a like-minded conservative, but interested in learning more of the conservative arguments, you will find little of use here. Conclusions are generally stated without supporting explanation.
One example. The authors (page 37) state that the Supreme Court ruled against a school board that required every class to start each day with the words "Almighty God we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessing upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country." Okay. The authors opine (page 38) "It is a stretch to call this statement a prayer or a religious activity." Huh? Looks to me that the authors are not even being true to their own beliefs here. They're really arguing that this isn't a statement in support of some particular sect, but to call this statement non-religious is noncredible.
A last general observation is that the authors seem to have hailed from a different world than the one I grew up in. They extol a land in the 1950's where there was a Judeo-Christian heritage that was the basis of a well-ordered society. From that time I remember arguments about whether the Jews were condemned to a special hell for being responsible for crucifying Christ. Intermarriage in the church I grew up in did not mean whether whites could or should marry blacks -- unthinkable -- but whether it was possible for a Methodist to successfully wed a Presbyterian. Catholics also were out of the question for members of my mainstream Protestant church.
Full disclosure statement -- I've not completed the book yet -- I will finish it -- if my opinion changes by the end of the book, I'll update this, but that seems to be about as likely as the Rockies repeating this year.
ENLIGHTENMENT FOR THOSE WHO SEEK TRUTH May 28, 2008
"Why We Whisper" is a well researched compilation of ideas and beliefs that led America to stray from the Foundation of American Government. This book will educate and enlighten Republicans, Democrats, and those looking for supported answers to the moral decay of our society. I cannot believe a Jim Demint is a politician - he sounds to honest.
Why not? Mar 8, 2008
The "opinion" by jg "saved" (maryland), as to why we should not buy this book, incorporates all the reasons the Marxists wish to silence us and stop us from even whispering. His Marxist view of God would force us to pay for his wish list of programs (his tithes, in his view), so he can feel like he did something for (he dared to say it) ---egad, be careful now---JESUS.
It seems to be the thing to do for Marxists to sit in their PJs in front of their PCs, bashing books that they have no intention of buying, so they can silence those for whom the Constitution gave the freedom of speech. This is why I am no longer one of them. The freedom of thought, speech, and disagreement is one of our most cherished rights, and they bend over backwards to silence all those with whom they disagree. Just for once, can any of you grow up and not review a book that you haven't read? Uhhhh yep, I thought not...
Why We Whisper Feb 13, 2008
If you have a curiosity, an open mind, and a thirst for full and honest debate on the direction of American society, this is a thoughtful book you must read. It provides a quantitative understanding of the pervasive ability of legislatures and courts to negatively impact public behavior through public policy.
This book is a well written explanation of traditionalism and the role of traditionalism in shaping our nation's history. It chronicles how our founding fathers and the founding documents all relied heavily on the strong underpinnings of religous moral authority to shape our free society. This moral underpinning allowed the people to rule government instead of government ruling the people. It reminds us that religion played a major role in societal change. Religion gave the Reverend Martin Luther King the moral authority to lead Americans to demand an end to segregation.
The book clearly documents how secular progressive have systematically eliminated these underpinnings and reshaped society in their secular image. The result has been negative consequences for individuals, groups and society as a whole. It documents how they have stiffled the free speech of those who believe that the moral underpinnings of religion should play a role in public policy debate.