Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds Summary & Study Guide

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"Government Bullies" by Senator Rand Paul is a non fiction book about the overgrowth of our government programs, and the horror stories of government agencies who have gone out of control. The EPA, the Lacey Act, the TSA, PDA, and USDA, among others, are criticized for their handling of several cases, and for their virtual attack on U.S. citizens and their freedoms. Rand then presents ways in which citizens can fight back against such bullying tactics.

In "Government Bullies" by Senator Rand Paul, a variety of governmental agencies, designed to protect U.S. citizens, are attacked as a result of their bullying tactics against regular, law abiding citizens. The Environmental Protection Agency is examined, and Paul shows that, as a result of badly worded guidelines and laws, homeowners are unknowingly being trapped into violating "wetland" property laws. Its punishments far outweigh the actual crimes, with some unknowing citizens receiving years in prison for merely moving soil from one part of their land to another. The EPA is also criticized for it's overuse of the Lacey Act, which claims to help conservation efforts. In reality, the Lacey Act, again due to vague and nonspecific wording, is used to imprison simple fisherman for packaging products in the wrong materials. The TSA is also examined, as Rand puts forth the idea that the Transportation Security Administration violates our privacy and our rights daily as a matter of course thought illegal searches and scanning. Rand promotes strongly the idea of ousting this group, and replacing them with private security firms. He also advocates pulling foreign aid to any country that detains or holds US citizens. Finally, Rand denounces the FDA and the USDA for punishing people for thinks like choosing to buy and drink raw milk. He points out that these agencies, originally designed to protect consumers, now dictates them, diminishing or eliminating their choices.

Throughout the book, Rand makes it clear that his goal is to stop these government agencies from getting even bigger, and to help restore American citizen's ability to make decisions for themselves, without the overreaching arm of government. He points to many legislative bills he himself has pushed forward in an effort to limit these governmental groups, and challenges citizens to take their freedom back from unelected officials that grossly overuse their power. He reminds readers that the foundation of the United States is freedom, and that to give that up is to essentially give up the country. Rand's book, while at times self promoting, does provide some unbelievable examples of government gone astray, and does serve as a call to action.

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