Review: Theodore And Woodrow

By Elisha Dorfsmith

“Progressive policies set out during the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson created the nanny state that we live in today.”  — Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

(Buy “Theodore And Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom” on Amazon HERE.)

Several years ago when Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar was campaigning for his first term, he was asked at a tea party event who his favorite president was. Without hesitation he said “Theodore Roosevelt”. The room erupted in applause and I was left shaking my head. How could someone who waved a pocket Constitution at every event consider a president who trampled the Constitution to be one of his role models? How could a group of self proclaimed Constitutionalists cheer when they heard his answer?

Sadly, this is just a small part of a much bigger problem in our country today. History is forgotten, the Constitution is waved but never read, and tyrants have become our heroes.

I was very happy when Judge Napolitano announced that he had written a new book. I was even more anxious to read it when I learned it was focused on Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. The Judge has a consistent track record of upholding the Constitution and defending the truth. Having his Constitutional expertise applied to these presidents would certainly be a fascinating read.  It turned out to be even better than expected.

The book starts out with a short biographical sketch of the presidents and then jumps straight to their policies. Those familiar with Napolitano know that he’s a no nonsense kind of writer. In this book he takes the positions and bills these presidents supported, explains how they destroyed the Constitution and then shows the consequences of their actions today.

By chapter two, the Judge is ready to dive into the really controversial issues. First on the list, compulsory education and the now commonly accepted idea that government is better at raising your children than you are.  How children are forced to give up their basic rights while attending public school. How public schools were intended to be reeducation and brainwashing camps.

Big government progressives will probably toss the book after reading that but the Judge is just getting started.

Under Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson:

1. The FBI was established against the wishes of Congress.

2. The monster known as the Federal Reserve was created.

3. The states’ rights trampling 17th Amendment was implemented.

4. Racism and eugenics made their way into legislation.

5. The military draft was justified and expanded.

6. Prohibition and the idea that government owns your body became mainstream.

7. Government propaganda was legitimatized.

8. Dissenters and whistleblowers were thrown in prison.

And that list just scratches the surface. Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were undoubtedly two of the most dangerous tyrants in American History. We all suffer the consequences of their oppressive agendas and actions on a daily basis.

Theodore And Woodrow is one of 2012’s most important books. Someone should probably send a copy to Congressman Paul Gosar so he can see why it’s not such a good idea to go spouting the name Theodore Roosevelt as someone who should be held in high regard.

Bonus points: The Judge dedicated this book to Ron Paul.


  1. Bill Tippett
    December 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Looking forward to checking it out–will be the first book I’ve read by The Judge.

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