Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds

Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds


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Government regulations are out of control. They dictate how much water goes into your commode, and how much water comes out of your showerhead. They determine how hot the water needs to be in your washing machine, and how many miles to the gallon your car must achieve. Since the Patriot Act, your banking records, your gun registration, and your phone bill are easily accessible by government snoops. Mothers are arrested for buying raw milk. Families are fined for selling bunny rabbits without a license. Home and property owners are strapped with obscene fines, entangled in costly legal messes, and sent to federal prison, all for moving dirt from one end of their land to another. Unelected bureaucrats, armed with arbitrary rules and no need to back them up, stonewall and attack American citizens at every turn. The damage can be overwhelmingly taxing—financially, emotionally and even physically.

And who is being held accountable? Government regulation and red tape run amok in Washington, and honest, tax-paying citizens are the victims of an administration's misuse and abuse of power. Now, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, takes an in-depth look at the legislation that is trampling the rights of ordinary citizens, strangling their ability to conduct private, everyday activities without egregious government interference. He highlights outrageous searches, seizures and arrests, and points to thousands of regulations that have been added to the books since Obama took office. Most importantly, he charts a direction out of this mess, and toward renewed freedom for all Americans.

These stories are of everyday Americans badgered and harassed by their own government—the very institution that is supposed to serve us all. This gross breach of our constitution is as frightening as it is real, and GOVERNMENT BULLIES is a call to action against it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455522774
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 451,116
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Senator Rand Paul has represented Kentucky in the United States Senate since winning the seat in 2010. When he's not in session in Washington, D.C., he lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky with his wife and three children. Senator Paul is the son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ron Paul vii

Introduction xxiii

Part 1 Property Wrongs-EPA Bullies

1 Government "Wetland" Goons 3

2 Escaping Communism and Finding Tyranny in America 13

3 From American Dream to Nightmare 29

4 Living Every Day in Fear of Your Government 41

5 American Hero 55

6 More Heroes, More Horror Stories 67

7 How Can We Solve the Problem? 83

Part 2 The Lacey Act-An Open License for Government Bullying

8 Leave American Businesses Alone 103

9 Stringing Up Gibson Guitar 111

10 Trapping Lobster Fishermen 121

11 Bureaucrats Destroy Caviar Dreams 135

12 How Can We Solve the Problem? 143

Part 3 Enemies Foreign and Domestic-The TSA and Bullies Abroad

13 Touching and Squeezing America 155

14 How the TSA Terrorizes American Citizens 171

15 How Can We Solve the Problem? 181

16 Foreign Bullies 193

Part 4 Keeping Us Safe? FDA and USDA Bullies

17 Paved with Good Intentions 213

18 Public Enemy No. 1: Amish Raw Milk 223

19 State and Local Bullies 231

20 Cute and Fuzzy Bunnies 237

21 How Can We Solve the Problem? 247

Conclusion 258

Appendix: Notes and Sources 263

Acknowledgments 278

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