Fed Up!: Rick Perry Takes on the Leviathan State

At the core of Fed Up! is an argument that the states still matter and are keys to personal liberty and national solvency, and to making real progress on the issues that confront us.  Any book that deals with states' rights is bound to stir up controversy given the historic uses and misuses of the idea, but Perry fails to fall into any of the usual traps even on this dicey issue. Perry describes the years leading up to the Civil War as a time when states' rights were certainly being violated, but the states being violated in his telling were those in the North, via the Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which was intended as a major compromise on slavery but forced Northerners to act against their conscience in treating slaves who had escaped from the South. Perry's is an unusual and intriguing read on states' rights. As a Southerner who is a fan of Lincoln and sympathetic to the Union's cause, in my mind Perry's take on states' rights accomplishes two things: It redeems the principle of states' rights from its least savory historic associations, and puts it to the service of patriots who truly love and defend freedom and want our national constitutional order restored in order to keep our country the strongest, most free, and the most prosperous in the world.

Fed Up! is certainly a timely book.  The United States currently has the most ideological president in our history, and he has brought his "Progressive" vision and a slew of state-centered policies like his national health care plan to bear on Washington. As a result, our national debt has never been higher, and the debt and stagnation that have resulted from Obama's policies will saddle our nation with debt for generations to come. Breakdown and bankruptcy are even possibilities if we continue on our current national trajectory. Citizens and states have also lost much of our liberty and power under the Obama Democrats' two years in office. Among the four large states, New York, California, Texas, and Florida, two are controlled by "Progressive" politics and two have conservative governments in place, making them useful "laboratories of democracy."  The two "Progressive" states, California and New York, are suffering greatly from the recession and face bankruptcy, while the two conservative states, Texas and Florida, are solvent and have suffered comparably less from the national recession. Texas in particular has created about 80 percent of all the jobs created in the United States over the past decade.  As the 10-year governor of Texas, Rick Perry is uniquely qualified to lay out his vision of what's being done right and what's being done wrong on both the state and national levels. Fed Up! is where he lays out that vision, with clarity and conviction.