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Book Reviews: The Cloning of the American Mind and Political Sermons of the American Founding Era

Political Correctness: The Cloning of the American Mind by David Thibodeaux Huntington House Publishers P.O. Box 53788 Lafayette, La. 70505.

We are living in a day of great change. Our language itself has not escaped change. The author, an English professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, gives a multitude of examples to show how people are being encouraged and taught to use language that is politically correct. This is clearly seen within our public education systems especially at the college level but also in other avenues of life. Dr. Thibodeaux begins by explaining that many want to deconstruct the English language. "Deconstruction is basically the notion that language is a hopelessly imperfect vehicle for the expression of ideas, and because words have no interest, 'meaning' all meaning -- is relative." (p. 20)...

Political Sermons of the American Founding Era 1730-1805 Edited by Ellis Sandog Liberty Fund, Inc. 8335 Allison Pointe Trail, Suite 300 Indianapolis, Ind. 46250-1687, 1,596 pp $38.00 (h.b.) $12.00 (p.b.)

"This principle that a whole nation has a right to do whatever it pleases, cannot in any sense whatever be admitted as true. The eternal and immutable laws of justice and morality are paramount to all human legislation. The violations of those laws is certainly within the power of a nation, but it is not among the rights of nations." This quotation of John Quincy Adams is printed in the opening pages of this remarkable volume that contains fifty-five sermons that were preached and then printed for circulation during the foundational days of our nation. These sermons are supportive of Adams' cogent remarks. Each sermon is a reminder to government leaders as well as members of their own congregations, that the Bible speaks to political issues such as war, taxation, and citizenship.