Book Review: Suicide Pact by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

In Suicide Pact, the newest book by Andrew P. Napolitano, the Judge focuses his attention on the dangerous expansion of power in the executive branch. The Constitution separated powers and instituted checks and balances for a reason. The power grabs by presidents over the years have been blatant and have led to diminished liberties for us all.

While this book could have been an easy attack on the Obama administration, Napolitano resists. Being the balanced historian and Constitutional scholar that he is, he goes back to the beginning, tracing executive abuse of power from America’s early days to the present time.

It is easy in our polarized political world to see those opposite us politically as the bad guys. The judge reminds us that there is plenty of evidence showing that all political parties have been guilty and nearly every president has abused their authority. It is up to us to hold our leaders accountable and demand that they uphold the laws on which this great nation was founded upon.

BookLook Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.



Book Review: The Conservatarian Manifesto

Anyone paying attention to politics over the past four years knows that the tea party brand has been spoiled and the disillusioned non-establishment Republicans are desperately searching for a new label.  As we head into another presidential election cycle, the term Conservatarian is being thrown about more and more and we can most certainly expect to hear it often on the campaign trail.

In his new book The Conservartarian Manifesto, National Review writer Charles C. W. Cooke tries to define what the label actually means (or could mean) and how it can be most effective. In the process he examines both Libertarian and Conservative ideology and points out common ground and inconsistencies in both (although he reserves the majority of his criticism for Conservatives).

Cooke spends a large portion of the book championing local governance and States’ Rights which is a good starting point for Libertarians and Conservatives to begin a discussion. The problem here, is that in the real world these discussions rarely advance from this point as supposed small government individuals get bogged down in supporting unconstitutional big government laws like Federal drug and marriage laws.

The author stresses to Conservatives that they are on the losing side on these types of social issues and would be wise to embrace a more consistent liberty oriented argument. In turn (and where I would argue the book goes slightly off track) Cooke suggests that Libertarians should not be as strongly non-interventionist as they are on foreign policy. He then evens the criticism by telling Conservatives to be more consistent on the topic.

The take away message from The Conservatarian Manifesto is one of unity and common ground. The writing is on the wall. Conservatives and Republicans will continue to lose their power and influence if they do not wake up and realize that the young right leans strongly Libertarian. After years of pushing Libertarians away, Republicans are realizing that they need them.

The question we should all be asking ourselves is can this alliance even be possible? Have too many bridges already been burned?

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Book Review: The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

Karen Newcomb‘s classic book The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden has been completely revised and reworked for its re-release some forty years after it was originally published.

Making your garden work in a confined space and getting the most out of your miniature garden is the key focus of this book. It doesn’t matter if you only have room for a small raised bed or a few pots, you can get a substantial amount of food whatever your situation.

One of the things I like most about this book are the several pages of sample postage stamp garden plans. These give the beginning gardener something to start with and can be adapted to fit your individual needs. They also work as a guide to show what grows well together.

Choosing soil, preparing the ground and tips for watering are also explored in detail as is a list of planting instructions for a variety of common vegetables. Even the experienced gardener will find these bits of information useful for this spring’s crop.

A current list of heirloom seed sources at the back of the book is an added plus!

With the current trend of urban farming showing no signs of decline, this book is more important now than it ever has been.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.