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If you enjoy reading outstanding prose on political, scientific and medical dilemmas, Now Tell Me I Was Wrong is a treasure trove of enjoyable reading by Tom Deweese, one of our leading conservative thinkers. The book is a compilation of re-edited columns from his newsletter, The Deweese Report, written between 1996 and 2011. It is divided into significant issues such as immigration, education, the United Nations, the environment and sustainable development, each with a newly written introduction for this book circa 2011.
Tom is neither Republican nor Democrat, but a true conservative and constitutionalist who is delighted with the Tea Party movement which has a chance to bring the nation back on track. He predicted that George W. Bush would be bad news because it was obvious his administration was accepting and advocating many of the same tired big government approaches we had heard before including central control of education and government land grabs in the name of the environment.
The book is worth owning for his comprehensive treatment of the growth industry in the last two decades of labeling children as victims of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and consequently filling them with daily doses of Ritalin whose long term side affects are largely unknown. The medical evidence for these new diseases is scant and perhaps non existent. Deweese’s thorough chase down the trail of money shows a growth industry for psychologists, pharmacies and schools receiving grant money and stipends for each child so named.
In 1991, eligibility rules for federal education grants were changed to provide schools with $400 for each student diagnosed with ADHD. In 1985 their were 500,000 diagnoses for ADD/ADHD in 1999 there were 7,000,000.
One of Deweese’s favorite targets is the United Nations. He quotes George Washington in 1796 who said: “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.” Deweese goes on in many essays to expound upon the UN’s efforts to usurp our sovereignty.
Most readers of Environment & Climate News see man-caused global warming as the delusion or fraud that it is. But few articulated it as well or as early as Deweese in an article written in March 1997. He dissected early unsupportable climate models and described the weathermen who know that their five-day forecasts are little more than a coin toss, and decadal forecasts an absurdity. In December of 2009 he wrote the best summary of ClimateGate titled “Melting the Chains of Tyranny,” which really says it all.
In 1997 he really nailed the entire environmental movement with these words: “Modern day environmentalism has nothing whatsoever to do with protecting the environment. Rather it is a political movement led by those who seek to control the world economy, dictate development and redistribute the world’s wealth. They use the philosophical base of Karl Marx, the tactics of Adolph Hitler and the rhetoric of the Sierra Club.”
He explains that the environmental movement is warmly tucked into an image of a grassroots movement of concerned and dedicated citizens engaged in a desperate race to save the earth from development and destruction. In fact Deweese explains and supports the facts that huge financial stakes are at risk if the major environmental organizations’ doomsday messages cease to be effective. Additionally he explains — back in January 1996 — how the Nature Conservancy thrives on buying land cheap from unsuspecting land owners and then selling it to the government for large profits. They did this with 73 million acres in a single year — meaning private property is disappearing at an alarming rate.
In his outstanding diatribes against so called “sustainable development,” Deweese points out that it calls for changing the very infrastructure of the nation away from private ownership and control of property, to nothing short of central planning of the entire economy — all in the name of integrating economic, social, and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. It is all based, Deweese says, on the overriding premise that the wealth of the world was made at the expense of the poor and that to improve the plight of the poor, wealth must be taken from the rich.
In a closing chapter Deweese deals with immigration with an essay amusingly titled “What Part of ‘Illegal’ Don’t They Understand.” He says which side you are on depends on your values. Essentially if you believe in the Constitution, a rule of law and individual freedom, then illegal immigration needs to be stopped. Agree or disagree — no one could make the case better than Deweese.
If you enjoy debating any or all of the issues that Heartland generally works to improve, this book will greatly add to your ability to discuss these issues with your friends and colleagues. It may also move you to subscribe to his newsletter The Deweese Report.
BOOK: Now Tell Me I Was Wrong