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About the Author

Scott W. Rasmussen is founder and President of Rasmussen Reports. He is a political analyst, New York Times bestselling author, public speaker and independent public opinion pollster. The Wall Street Journal describes him as "today's leading insurgent pollster" and "a key player in the contact sport of politics." The Washington Post says Rasmussen is a “driving force in American politics.” Rasmussen speaks regularly at events and with the media, translating poll numbers into meaningful analysis and commentary about current events, underlying trends, and the questions that Americans are curious about. Follow Rasmussen's work at or on the Rasmussen Reports Web site.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449593542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449593544
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,584,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Ben Cunningham on February 2, 2010
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I don't know if Scott Rasmussen had the TeaParty movement in mind when he wrote this book but it is nothing less than a complete, articulate manifesto for the TeaParty Movement.

I quickly finished reading it after a short 90 min sitting (71 pages) and I can say, without reservation, it is the best expression of TeaParty principles and strategies I have read.

Give this book to your children, your friends and family. Give it to anyone who values a free America.

The most sacred obligation of elected officials and government is to preserve and protect the freedom of sovereign citizens to make decisions for ourselves, so we can lead our lives on our own terms. We have drifted away from this foundational principle but we can return to it if we all work together to hold government accountable.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JM on April 7, 2010
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The book is clear, concise and easy to read. It is essentially an extended essay on Mr. Rasmussen's personal political philosophy - which, it is worth noting, is neither Republican nor Democrat. His assertions are presented civilly and would resonate with most Americans. Because Mr. Rasmussen is well-known for his polling data, some readers might be surprised to discover the book contains none (at least, none specifically referenced). Rather, it is a summary of what he has learned about the American people over the course of his career - most notably, their desire for self-governance - and his personal recommendations for improvement. The book is a brief and welcome addition to the political discourse of our day. Given his extensive polling data, Mr. Rasmussen undoubtedly could publish multiple volumes of analysis of the American electorate. Hopefully such work is forthcoming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle D. Lasch on May 17, 2010
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This book can be read in a day. I love how easy it is to read and digest. Short chapters and clear concise writing make it a dream book.

I very much agree with everything he said about current politicians forgetting that it is we who are in charge. They believe they are smarter than us and can therefore run our lives better than we can. But Americans have always believed we do better when we run our own lives. Afterall, I may not be as smart as Obama and others on the left, but I certainly qualify as a genius when it comes to how well I can make decisions that affect me! No one in Washington could ever run my life better than I can! I don't care how annointed they feel they are to guide the helpless masses. I'm a grown-up and America was founded as a nation of grown-ups. We need to show the politicians we hired to keep the country going that we are perfectly capable of governing ourselves.

I almost wish he would do an update to reflect the sentiments coming out of the Tea Parties and their supporters. He seems to believe a group like that has their finger on the pulse of this nation.

I would also love it if he would name names, but he is much too civil for that. I would at least love to know who the current leaders are that we can support. Who is standing up for us right now and ready to lead us back to the values of small, limited government we are looking for?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David M. Zuniga on June 19, 2010
The angst and anger for which the Tea Party movement is only the tip of the iceberg is well reflected in Scott Rasmussen's analysis of what ails the American republic today. America is past the point of just talking about the corruption infesting government, industry, professions, and the academy; now it is virtually screaming about it. This book should be in the hands of millions who are hoisting posters today, as much in defiance of corruption as in resignation to it.

Normally, one looks to Scott Rasmussen to take the political pulse of America, but with In Search of Self-Governance Scott exposes not just the pulse of our anxious republic, but her very heart.

David M. Zuniga, P.E.
Founder & CEO, AmericaAgain!
Author, This Bloodless Liberty
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Kelleher, Ph.D. on September 24, 2011
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Professional pollster, Scott Rasmussen, has written a patriotic (yes, 76 page) essay on what's wrong with America, and what can be done about it. His polling shows that the American people don't want to be governed from the left, the right, or the center. They want to govern themselves. But that isn't happening currently. The unholy alliance between the elites of government and big business has created a huge obstacle to obtaining our political desire for self-government. That alliance rules through the two-party system.

It would be great to disband the parties, send everybody in Congress home, and start all over again. But that is not going to happen. Instead, we need "a temporary surge of participation" by the people. Here is where it gets interesting. Scott has a "to do" list that makes some use of the Internet, but falls just short of calling for Internet voting.

He wants "voter approval" for every tax raising proposal made in Congress. He wants all bills to be put online for voter comment, before Congress votes on them. Even the president should get voter approval before signing any tax hiking bills into law. Scott also wants to allow Congresspersons to vote from home, rather than having to stick around Washington all the time. This would enable the legislators to stay in touch with the electorate.

OK, Scott, if they can vote from home, then why not the rest of us? We can conveniently obtain voter approval for everything on your list. Let's not take half measures in the formation of an electronic democracy. Let's do it right from the beginning, like I show in my book:

William J. Kelleher, Ph.D.
Author of 'Internet Voting Now!: Here's How. Here's Why - So You Can Kiss Citizens United Goodbye!!'
Twitter: wjkno1
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