This speaking event was recorded at the Mises Institute Supporters Summit, The Gold Standard Revisited, which was held on October 31, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. Includes introductions by Mark Thornton and Lew Rockwell, and the presentation of the 2008 George F. Koether Free-Market Writing Award to Judge Andrew Napolitano.
In A NATION OF SHEEP, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano frankly discusses how the federal government has circumvented the Constitution and is systematically dismantling the rights and freedoms that are the foundation of American democracy. He challenges Americans to recognize that they are being led down a very dangerous path and that the cost of following without challenge is the loss of the basic freedoms that facilitate our pursuit of happiness and that define us as a nation.
Judge Napolitano reminds readers what America is all about, that the purpose of government is to protect freedom, and freedom is the ability to follow your own free will and not the will of government bureaucrats. He asks the simple question, which are YOU, a sheep or a wolf? Do you blindly follow behind where you are led, or do you challenge the government at every pass, forcing it to make decisions that will protect our freedoms?
Judge Napolitano asks the questions that no one else will, challenging readers to rethink why they are blindly following a government that has only its own interests in mind. He asks:
-Why is the government using the war on terror as an excuse to sidestep the Constitution?
-Why are Americans not challenging and questioning the government as it continues to limit more and more of our freedoms?
-What part of “Congress shall make no law…” does the government not understand when it criminalizes speech?
-Whatever happened to our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that are proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, guaranteed by the Constitution, yet ignored by the governments elected to protect them?
-Why does every public office holder swear allegiance to the Constitution, yet very few follow it?
-Don’t we have rights that are guaranteed and cannot be taken from us?
Andrew Paolo Napolitano is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge. He is a political and legal analyst for Fox News Channel, commenting on legal news and trials. Napolitano started on the channel in 1998.
Napolitano was born in Newark, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Princeton University. He was a founding member of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton and Notre Dame Law School. Napolitano sat on the New Jersey bench from 1987 to 1995, becoming the state’s youngest then-sitting Superior Court judge. He also served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law for 11 years. Napolitano resigned his judgeship in 1995 to pursue his writing and television career.
Prior to joining Fox as a news analyst, Napolitano was the presiding judge on the television show, Power of Attorney, in which people brought small-claims disputes to a televised courtroom. Differing from similar formats, the plaintiffs and defendants were represented “pro bono” by famous attorneys. The show ran in syndication during the 2000–2001 season.
From 2006 to 2010, Napolitano co-hosted a talk radio show on Fox News Radio with Brian Kilmeade titled Brian and the Judge.
Napolitano hosted a libertarian talk show called Freedom Watch that aired daily, with new episodes on weekdays, on Fox Business Channel. Frequent guests on Freedom Watch were Congressman Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, and Lew Rockwell. Napolitano has called himself the “Ayn Rand of Fox News” and has also promoted the works of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Ludwig von Mises on his program. The show originally aired once a week on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm on Fox News’ Strategy Room. On September 14, 2009 it became a show that airs three to four times a week. On June 12, 2010 it debuted as a weekly show on Fox Business. The show was dropped along with several programs in February 2012 when FBN revamped its entire primetime lineup.