Freedom Watch

Book Review: It Is Dangerous To Be Right When The Government Is Wrong

Fox News analyst and best-selling author, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, released a new book Tuesday October 18th entitled, It Is Dangerous To Be Right When The Government Is Wrong: The Case For Personal Freedom. I have not read any of Judge Napolitano’s prior books, yet I have watched his television show on Fox Business, Freedom Watch, and I find myself agreeing with nearly everything that he says.

Many of you know that I am a Libertarian (card-carrying, candidate-supporting Big “L” Libertarian), so it should come as no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed reading the latest work by Judge Napolitano. While most libertarians or Libertarians use the Constitution as their basis for political philosophy, the Judge goes beyond the Constitution to its roots as a protection of natural rights and Natural Law for all people. As someone who believes that the Constitution serves as our protection from the government trampling on our natural rights, I found this book aligns nearly identical to my political philosophy, as well as my sense of morality. Do not let that alignment keep you from reading what I found to be one of the best cases for personal liberty and the responsibility that an individual pays for such liberty.

The Final Word from “Freedom Watch”

As you know, Freedom Watch, hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano, was canceled last week by Fox Business. In case you missed it, here is the “Final Word” with the Judge from the last show from Monday evening:

Judge Napolitano: Stop e-mailing Fox

In messages to fans on his Facebook page, Judge Andrew Napolitano, host of the recently canceled show, Freedom Watch, is urging fans and supporters to stop e-mailing Fox. The first plea came on Saturday:

It will be far more productive for my work at Fox and the work of my friends and colleagues here—many of whom share our values—if the email traffic to Fox toned down considerably. I will continue to voice the message of freedom in many more Fox venues, and you will hear that message, and we will do our best to alert you in advance of those venues and the times that I will be on them; and we will post those alerts right here on this site. PLEASE BE SURE TO WATCH THE FINAL FreedomWatch SHOW ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 13TH, ON FOX BUSINESS AT 8:00 PM, EASTERN TIME. You have been very strong in your views and generous in your comments about the show, but now is the time to relax and lay low and prepare for the future. God bless each of you.

Apparently, the volume of e-mails didn’t die down as Judge Napolitano put out another message to fans yesterday morning, again urging them much more directly to stop e-mailing Fox about his show’s cancellation:

Dear Friends—

Fox Business cancels “Freedom Watch”

We received bad news yesterday as the Fox Business Channel canceled Freedom Watch, the show hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano that focuses features libertarian commentary on the news and issues of the day:

FOX Business Network (FBN) will debut a new primetime schedule featuring encore presentations of the channel’s top post-market programs, announced Kevin Magee, Executive Vice President of the network. Starting February 20th at 8 PM/ET, viewers will find additional airings of The Willis Report (5PM & 8PM/ET), Cavuto (6PM & 9PM/ET) and Lou Dobbs Tonight (7PM & 10PM/ET). The new lineup will replace FreedomWatch with Judge Andrew Napolitano, Power & Money with David Asman and Follow the Money with Eric Bolling.
[…]
We look forward to Judge Napolitano, David and Eric continuing to make significant contributions to both FOX Business and FOX News. In addition to daily branded segments, each of them will be showcased throughout future programming on both networks.”

Matt Welch discusses class warfare on “Freedom Watch”

Matt Welch, who along with Nick Gillespie authored The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America, recently visited with Judge Andrew Napolitano on Freedom Watch to discuss whether or not wealthy Americans owe their success to the government:

Mike Lee on Obama’s stimulus gimmicks

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) recently appeared on Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano to explain why President Barack Obama’s latest stimulus proposal won’t get the economy moving again; highlighting that his 2009 stimulus bill failed, as predicted:

Gary Johnson talks about his campaign

Gary Johnson has received a lot of attention since annoucing his campaign last Thurday. Earlier this week, Johnson, who served two terms as Governor of New Mexico talked about his campaign with Judge Andrew Napolitano and the issues he is running on; including balancing the federal budget, ending the wars we’re currently engaged in and restoring sound money:

Over at RedState, there is a great post discussing how Johnson is bringing the libertarian philosophy - not just paleoconservatism and “state’s rights” - to the Republican Party:

Should [l]ibertarian philosophy be a large contributor to the GOP platform? Can [l]ibertarian philosophy contribute significantly to the GOP platform? Or to ask another way, can we and should we govern America in a different fashion than that of Barack Obama? The opposite of Barack Obama is freedom. But after years of steadily growing the American version of Oligarchical Collectivism, how exactly do we get back to being anything that resembles the Constitutional Republic that our Founding Fathers bequeathed to us?

The missing anti-“kinetic military action” movement

As has been noted a few times in the last week since we began bombing Libya, launching another war “kinetic military action” without the approval of Congress, the anti-war movement that was so vocal during the run up to and during the Iraq War has been largely silent while the Obama Administration has taken on essentially the same foreign policy as his predecessor (oh, and Syria may be next).

David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, recently visited with Judge Andrew Napolitano on Freedom Watch to discuss the absence of the anti-war movement and why they are largely sitting this president out:

Mike Huckabee is a big government Republican

While visiting with Judge Andrew Napolitano on Freedom Watch this past weekend, Mike Huckabee, a potential GOP candidate for president in 2012, took issue with libertarians and free marketers over his record, saying, “If a libertarian thinks he’s a better Republican and calls people like me a RINO or a liberal, I have a real problem with that.”

Here is the segment:

While many are fans of Huckabee because of his support of the “Fair Tax,” there is little question that he is a fiscal liberal. During his tenure as Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee gave residents of the state a net tax hike of over $505 million to finance his big government agenda. His record on taxes is worse than Bill Clinton.

Free Trade v. Protectionism

On last week’s Freedom Watch, Andrew Napolitano had Lou Dobbs, the uber-protectionist talk show host, and Tom Palmer from the Cato Institute on to discuss the issue of free trade.

Dobbs claims to be supportive of free trade, but launches into a populist diatribe where he talks about unemployment, ostensibly saying trade policies will cause people to lose more jobs.

He was saying this when unemployment was relatively low as well. It’s the same old song and dance. He never offers a reasoned perspective, just emotionally charged rhetoric and Palmer destroys him on it.

 


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