Book Review: What Does It Mean to Be an American

As a nation, we have strayed away from what our Founding Fathers envisioned.

Syndicated radio talk show host and author Mark Levin addresses this subject in his new book, Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism. He writes:

“I often wonder what Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and the other Founders would think about today’s America. What about the earliest Boston Revolutionaries, men like Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren, John Hancock and Paul Revere?

“Of course, they would be mesmerized by all the modern inventions and conveniences of everyday life, but what of the ubiquitous nature of the federal government? Surely they would object.”

Surely, indeed. Levin’s work is an emotional yet logical plea to Americans to do whatever they can to return their country to its most important – and sacred – values.

Levin worked in the Reagan Administration during the Eighties and was a chief of staff for Attorney General Edwin Meese. He also served as deputy assistant secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education and as deputy solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

As Levin points out so powerfully, the Founding Fathers were not just some dreamers who happened upon a workable system. They believed very strongly in what they were creating. And amazingly, they figured out exactly how it could eventually go wrong and what Americans should do to prevent that tragedy from occurring. Unfortunately, many people chose not to listen through the years.

The Founding Fathers warned that once the tyranny of England faded into the distance, our government would attempt to do the same thing. It would overreach its bounds and try to make people serve it instead of the other way around.

This No. 1 New York Times bestselling author doesn’t just paint a picture of doom and gloom, however. He also focuses on how we can try to save our exceptional country. He adroitly presents the case that it has never been more urgent for our country to return to the essential truths on which it was founded.

In Rediscovering Americanism, Levin effectively appeals to his fellow citizens that they do everything within their power to reverse the course of our misdirected nation. Not just for us, but for our children and for their children and beyond.

The Washington Examiner calls Levin’s book, “an assault on the media and progressives, and a call for Americans to take back their country.”

Levin told the Washington Examiner: “My new book covers a lot of territory – philosophy, history, economics, law, culture, etc. And I look deeply into what is meant by Americanism, republicanism, individualism, capitalism. What do we mean by natural law, unalienable rights, liberty and property rights? From where do these principles come? Why are they important?”

About the Author

Mark Levin was born in 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees from Temple University. The president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, he contributes commentary to several media outlets, including National Review Online.

Levin’s other books include Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, the second best-selling book of 2009; Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America (2012), in which he describes the U.S. as a post-Constitutional country; and Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America (2005).


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