On Line Reviews by Mike Ramey


“For the Statist, liberty is not a blessing but the enemy.  It is not possible to achieve Utopia if individuals are free to go their own way.  The individual must be dehumanized and his nature delegitimized.”

--Mark Levin, Author

“Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto”


     If you are a fan of Mark Levin (a.k.a. “The Great One”) then you have been hanging out watching his weekend TV show on Fox “Life, Liberty and Levin”, or have been blessed to hear his radio show where his passion comes out on matters of the Constitution and other political events of the day.  However, if you have had a desire to view Levin in the written format, a solid introduction to his wit and power with the written word may be found in his work “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” (2009, 245 pages, Threshold Editions).


     In light of what Americans have been viewing over the past few years in the political realm, Levin carefully guides the reader through a basic course of what makes a Conservative—a Conservative.  This particular work has been listed on the “New York Times” Bestseller list at the number one position a few years back.  It provides a great introduction to how Levin thinks and how well he can make the complexities of the U. S. Constitution easy to explain and understand.  


     The reason why Levin takes his time and makes the effort?  There is a real need to unfold the concepts of liberty in a careful manner when compared and contrasted with those who believe that they can ‘work around’ the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and come up with their ‘own’ version of a ‘Statist Utopia’…at the expense of the individual freedoms of a majority of the American public.  Levin is at his best clearly defining both liberty and tyranny and explaining why the two need to be understood.


     “Liberty and Tyranny” is composed of ten power-packed chapters.  A few of the highlights are contained in the chapters “On The Free Market”, “On Self-Preservation”, and “On Prudence and Progress.”  Levin starts the learning from the opening pages of this work and makes it hard for the reader to put it down.  While it may not be finished in an afternoon, it does have the ‘feel’ of a welcomed reference work that will have a welcomed spot on a library bookshelf to be reference again and again.


     “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” by Mark Levin may be found at your favorite brick and mortar or on line bookseller.  It is a welcome addition to help one ‘cut through’ some of the talking head clutter in the Mainstream Mess and allow the individual to form their own opinion on these issues as they form a large portion of our present public discourse.


     Mike Ramey is a Minister, syndicated columnist, book reviewer and consultant. “On Line Reviews” is one of a variety of regular column titles which Ramey has in cyberspace from Barnstorm Communications International.  If you care to drop him a line, or a whine, feel free to reach him at mgmikeramey@yahoo.com. ©2020 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Ramey is married and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Christian, an Ordained Minister and KJV Bible Teacher. Since the 1980s, Ramey has won--or helped to win--multiple journalism awards and citations (including 3 CASPER awards). He holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986) presented by the late Mayor William H. Hudnut III, and an award as ‘Best New Internet Writer’ (2003) “Black Men In America.com” from Mr. Gary Johnson, Publisher.

His career also includes serving as an award-winning broadcast reporter, producer and TV/Radio talk show host in the Indianapolis market since 1981. In addition, Ramey has served as staff writer and section editor for The Indianapolis Recorder, and a freelancer for The Indiana Herald. Ramey has also served as a guest Op-Ed writer for The Indianapolis News, a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, and a freelancer for BOTH The Associated Press and USA Today Newspaper (Gannett).

In business as an Anti-Gang Specialist & Consultant since 2007, Ramey is the Modern Street Gangs Specialist of “The Gang Line”. He has been interviewed in the U.S. and abroad on the dangers of Modern Street Gangs. Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gang Specialist, with Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010) and Gangs & Cults (2017) certifications, plus endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues (2010) and Transnational Gang Tactics (2010). He has held workshops, trainings and consultations with and for street-level/school-based personnel. He carries Specialist ratings in the area of Cult/Occult Crime, Transnational Human Trafficking and has served as a national/transnational consultant to various faith-based anti-gang ministries.

Ramey has also served as a veteran substitute licensed teacher (1986-2011), a college instructor, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based 2001-2007) with the Marion County Juvenile Court and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs for the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed and taught the course UM-190 “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies” in 2009 and 2010 at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana for those who desired to serve Jesus Christ in an Urban Ministry environment. Ramey also served as a post-production consultant for Chick Publications’ anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It had a 2013 national release, with an international Spanish-language version released in 2014.

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