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Joseph D. Klotz

Verbum Domini Manet In Aeternum. Jesus Christus Dominus Est. I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to others, and I require the same from them.

Hodgkins, Illinois | Member Since 2010

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  • Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrew Napolitano
    • Narrated By Scott Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
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    (83)
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    (85)

    A harsh and revealing political exposé of two beloved presidents. Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how Teddy Roosevelt, a bully, and Woodrow Wilson, a constitutional scholar, each pushed aside the Constitution’s restrictions on the federal government and used it as an instrument to redistribute wealth, regulate personal behavior, and enrich the government. Theodore and Woodrow exposes two of our nation’s most beloved presidents and how they helped speed the Progressive cause on its merry way.

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    This was a fascinating and insightful look at the social/political philosophy of progressivism, and how it drove America's first progressive presidents - Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson - to fundamentally change the US Constitution. Andrew Napolitano cuts right to what he sees as the heart of the issue: Roosevelt and Wilson worked to destroy the federalism built into the US Constitution by the founders primarily through the means of: 1) progressive taxation (the income tax), 2) the expansion of the regulatory state and the scope of the federal government into state and local jurisdictions, 3) the wielding of US military power to influence political events around the globe, 4) federally directed social engineering to "improve" society, 5) the manipulation of US currency and orchestration of monetary policy through a central bank (Federal Reserve System), 6) the direct election of US Senators by popular vote.

    Napolitano, a staunch, energetic, and well-spoken libertarian, makes the case that the pressing of these items from the turn-of-the century progressive's agenda by Roosevelt and Wilson sent the US on a path away from the one envisioned by the founders. Instead of limited government power, state's rights, and frugal monetary policy and budgeting, with Roosevelt and Wilson the US started a journey toward a strong and oppressive federal government, weakened state jurisdictions which have increasingly become little more than sub-jurisdictional units of the federal burocracy, an imperial executive, bloated budgets, and reckless fiscal policy. Napolitano makes no bones that his book is not a history of the two progressive administrations or a biography of the men who lead them. It is, instead his brief with which he indicts them in the court of Constitutional Originalism.

    Napolitano is well researched and makes his points clearly. Liberals who worship these two giants of early 20th century American politics may be surprised to read many of the things they said and did, and what their reasoning was for pursuing a progressive agenda. Conservatives will be surprised just how much they have also strayed from ideals and mindset of the founding fathers when they compare some of the so-called "conservative" planks in their platforms with progressive ideas that found their beginning in the Roosevelt and/or Wilson administrations. A must read for all those who think they are familiar with Theodore Roosevelt and his character, or those who think they understand what caused America's entrance into The Great War (WWI).

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1795)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1551)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Strangulatus pro republica..."
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    Would you listen to Destiny of the Republic again? Why?

    Yes. This story of the shooting of President Garfield, and the botching of his subsequent medical care by Gilded Age American Physicians is intensely interesting and told in an engaging way. The author develops James A. Garfield, Charles Guiteau, and Alexander Graham Bell, all as an individuals, opening windows into their personal history for the reader by quoting from primary source material such as diaries and personal correspondence. The author also writes in clear language, which makes the book a pleasure to listen to or read. It is a fascinating look at Gilded Age America, its politics, and its societal change/growth after the Civil War.


    What other book might you compare Destiny of the Republic to and why?

    This book was a lot like Devil in the White City, in that both authors, who were telling an intricately connected and extraordinary tale, weaved the lives of several different, seemingly unrelated characters together, making the case that they were brought onto life's stage at the same time by fate. Also, both books were set during roughly the same era of American history, and both were written in an engaging style which makes the reader want to continue listening long after their ears hurt.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    That would have to be James A. Garfield. Between the change of voice Michael did to incidate Garfield, and the character study of him through his personal papers, diaries, and correspondence, I feel as though I understand him better, both as a politician and a person.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had to laugh out loud at Garfield's description of the Democrat Party. What he says about the Democrats is well worth the price of this book by itself.


    Any additional comments?

    Strangulatus pro republica...Tortured for the Republic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agenda 21

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (561)

    Just a generation ago this place was called America. Now, after the worldwide implementation of UN-lead program called Agenda 21, it's simply known as the 'Republic'. There is no president. No congress. No Supreme Court. No freedom. There are only the Authorities. Citizens have two primary goals in the new Republic: to create clean energy and to create new human life. Those who cannot do either are of no use to society. This bleak and barren existence is all that 18-year-old Emmeline has ever known.

    Patricia says: "Falls short"
    "1984 for 21st Century America"
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    What did you love best about Agenda 21?

    The best part of this book is the afterword. In this section Beck gives a brief history of the all-too-real United Nations action plan called Agenda 21. In the afterword Beck traces the evolution of what would eventually become Agenda 21 from the early 1970's through its present day implementation by local governments across the US. Beck also connects specific initiaves and goals from Agenda 21, citing chapter and verse from the action plan, with elements with the seemingly far-fetched elements of the story. Reading the novel by itself, a person who does not immerse themselves in the strange goings-on of the leftist environmental crusaders at the United Nations would never for a second think that this story was based on anything other than the author's vivid (and possibly warped) imagination. Unfortunately, the thing that makes this 1984-goes-green novel come to life is the afterword, which points the reader to the theories and documents in which it is grounded.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Glenn Beck? Why or why not?

    I would most definetly listen to more books from Glenn Beck. With Glenn Beck you know what you are getting - a right-wing conservative who opposes socialism and champions capitalism. He is quite upfront regarding who he is ideologically, and what his purpose is. Knowing that, one is able to focus what Beck says and writes through the prizm of his conservatism, doing appropriate research to determine whether or not questionable things that Beck says, which challenge the reader's paradigm, are true. One may not always agree with Beck's ideas or assertions, but one cannot say that he is not documented in all he writes, or that he does not do his research. This type of transparency is refreshing in the media, when so many journalists and pundits claim to be "fair and balanced", or "perfectly impartial observers", when, in fact, they all have their own biased presuppositions.


    What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    January LaVoy's narration was expressive and her voice was pleasant. While the production was not dramatized, neither was it simply a sterile reading of text. LaVoy was intuitive in her performance, and her use of emotion was appropriate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminded me a lot of Orwell's 1984, in that no real mention is made of how the world reached its dystopian state. Also, the indispensable afterword was, to me, reminicent of the Brotherhood's Manifesto, which is featured prominently in 1984. I would have liked for the author to have spent a little more time explaining how the changes from the "before time" happened to bring society to its present place. Without more of that transition explanation, I'm not sure the connection between the setting of the novel (the societal make-up and organization of the Republic) and Agenda 21 would be as clear as it could be to someone who is only casually interested in these issues, or politics in general. At any rate, it is imperative to dig in to the actual UN Agenda 21, which is readily available on the internet. Only after doing so will the truly terrifying nature of this work be driven home to the reader.

    12 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (224)
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    (197)
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    (195)

    For decades, the Left has been putting on a play with themselves as heroes in an ongoing civil rights move­ment - which they were mostly absent from at the time. Long after pervasive racial discrimination ended, they kept pretending America was being run by the Klan and that liberals were black America’s only protectors. It took the O. J. Simpson verdict - the race-based acquittal of a spectacularly guilty black celebrity as blacks across America erupted in cheers - to shut down the white guilt bank.

    Philip Busch says: "Ann knows how to deliver"
    "Another Coutler book that begged to be written..."
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    Ann Coulter refutes the myth that Republicans are racist, and the Republican party, is the party of racism. She does this by recounting much of the actual history of the civil rights movement in America, from Reconstruction through the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Coulter's thesis is that, far from being the party of racism and bigotry, the Republicans are responsible for the advancement of civil rights for Blacks in America since the Civil War. It was only after the Democrat party realized that losing the Black vote would consign them to irrelevance that they moved from their position of opposition and obstruction to civil rights legislation, to embracing it, beginning with the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Coulter makes the case that, because Republican Barry Goldwater voted against the 1964 legislation (on purely progressive grounds, having supported prior civil rights bills), Democrats were able to seize on that opposition and spend the next 30 years painting the Republican party as the party of racism. She goes on to make that case that the Democrat party has always been the party of institutionalized racism, and makes a lucid, compelling, well-documented case for her thesis. The history is there, and verifiable, but largely unknown by the general public, who seems to only be able to digest 30 second sound bytes. Of course, fans of Ann Coulter will cheer when they hear her make her case using the sharp tongue and cutting jabs for which she is known. Coulter also narrates the book herself, and her argument is therefore delivered in a natural and convincing style, as opposed to previous Coulter audiobooks, which sounded less authentic because of their use of a professional narrator. Love her or hate her, if you are a person who will investigate facts apart from your biases presuppositions, Mugged gives lots of facts to investigate.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (455)

    This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

    Jeff Parent says: "Great book, but...."
    "Hawking's Work for the Scientific Lay-person"
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    Would you listen to A Brief History of Time again? Why?

    I have listened to this book several times, and will continue to return to it in the future. In this work, Hawking gives the listener the foundational information regarding the development of modern physics. It is by no means comprehensive, but it certainly seems to take more than one reading/listening to digest it all properly. The mathematical concepts, and other ideas such as light cones, were difficult to grasp (for me) without the visual aid of diagrams. This book, however, puts the language of theoretical physics in one’s head, and the way in which Hawking presents the material, it seems to remain. Religious people may initially be put-off by Hawking's suggestion that physicists may discover that God, if he exists, did not have much choice in how He created the universe, due to physical laws. Hawking includes interesting historical and biographical information for physicists and other scientists throughout the book. His summary biographies of Einstein, Galileo, and Newton at the end of the book are concise, witty, and even poignant. If one is interested in the broad history of scientific thought, and moving on to the more recent developments in cosmology and theoretical physics, this is an excellent "100 level" course.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Jackson?

    Michael Jackson is an excellent narrator with a smooth and engaging delivery. The production values, however, were merely average. Page turns were audible, and sound levels fluctuated several times so much that one will need to adjust the volume. This is a minor annoyance, though, and does not distract significantly from the book itself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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