And, what is worse, mankind may hereafter, from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, or conquest. Some were German by background and some were French and some were English, but none of it mattered: They were all equal under God …. This form of government is best described as a Democracy where the majority votes their will at the expense of any Constitutional guarantee I might have. Men as communities are supreme over men as individuals. I found Eric Metaxas to be quite partisan, devoutly religious there is a conclusion that all Sunday school teachers have sterling character and moral judgment and convinced of the concept of American Exceptionalism. All I have remaining is a Hail Mary attempt to protect what little influence I might have by joining this mob.
I loved hearing the stories about the beginning of our country and some amazing people like Paul Revere and George Whitefield. It is our duty to share with young Americans our deep belief in our U. My mother used to tell me I was named Elizabeth Ann was because of a poem A. No one will take it away, no matter what. These problems cause the book to feel less like a serious historical study and more like a well-intended, but misguided attempt at inspiring patriotism.
Attitude toward property is communistic — negating property rights. The founders knew that freedom and virtue went hand-in-hand. This book redirects focus from the individual to America as a whole, wipes the tarnish from several somewhat-forgotten heroes and events in American history, and implores us to reclaim the pride of our forefathers and the mission of serving our less fortunate neighbors beyond our borders. I have read reviews, however, that say that fact checking in the book is lacking; not all things said are historically accurate; that Metaxas writes so well he lulls the reader into complacency. Metaxas also goes on long tangents where he devotes time—and a substantial amount of his book—to what he is personally interested in and not necessarily what actually contributes to the subject of the book.
Other reviewers have pointed out how Metaxas claims President John Adams was an orthodox Christian but any real historian who has done even a cursory reading of Adams on his religious views will know he would never have even signed the Apostles Creed, let alone consider himself an orthodox Christian. All these layers of representation give me an opportunity to redress my grievances to someone elected who is beholden to the vote of the people and who is local within the jurisdiction for which they represent. I enjoyed the book immensely and would definitely recommend it. And we can say that to love someone is not to avoid seeing their flaws, but to avoid so focusing on them that the person gets a feeling of hopelessness about changing them. If there is a lesson in all of this it is that our Constitution is neither a self-actuating nor a self-correcting document. They will feel less good about paying their taxes, for fear that their money is being misused. If you like your private health insurance plan, you can keep your plan.
The Democratic process emplaced by the bureaucracy which assumes to redresses all comments for policy implementation in the Salmon-Challis forest is resolved by only one man, the Forest Service Supervisor. This is one broken promise that we cannot let go. All of this coming at the e This is my first Eric Metaxas book and I really enjoyed it. An acclaimed speaker and cultural commentator, he is also the host of a syndicated daily radio show, The Eric Metaxas Show. In other words, the U. For example, Metaxas states that the first settlers in America were seeking religious freedom. British troops and Hessian mercenaries raped their way across New Jersey.
I keep on saying this but somehow folks aren't listening — if you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. I enjoyed what I learned, especially about The Golden Triangle of Freedom. He makes a case for loving America, an idea that is increasingly backward, and even offensive to some because of certain historical realities, which he enumerates. This is definitely a book I recommend you read and take seriously. That is an idea that is more than prevalent and not just for America and not just in the modern day. There's so much more I could say but that would take forever. Metaxas strikes the right balance of America's amazing story while acknowledging our wrongs along the way.
He begins with the famous title story, wherein Benjamin Franklin was asked by a Mrs. This is a book that probably should be read by anyone who is concerned about where our country is headed in the future. Metaxas pointed out the unique relationship in America between the people and their government. The right to govern is only loaned to those officeholders elected and only within the limits of their terms and only under condition of good behavior. The views, opinions, or positions expressed by the authors and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, positions of Redoubt News. Great reminder of what America is and what we need to do to keep it strong. The third perspective, the one that acknowledges the wrongs committed, both in the past and present, but chooses to focus instead on the promise that America represents and is capable of fulfilling, is the one that has the best chance at actually accomplishing the most good.
Metaxas's fixation with Whitefield seems to be more personal. It is the kind of book that awakens you to realize it is an incredible blessing to be an American and to desire to live up to such a calling. There seem to be two camps that exist within America, those that seem incapable of recognizing her strengths and the good accomplished and those that refuse to tolerate any criticism of America whatsoever. No biographer can achieve anything higher. Some would call it arrogance. On March 15, 1783 the officers under George Washington's command met in a building near the Hudson River in New York, to discuss a petition that called for them to mutiny due to Congress' failure to provide them back pay and pensions for their service during the American Revolution. I think his gifting is story telling, so this book wasn't quite as griping as his biographies, but there were some really good points made.