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Good, but kind of soft
on April 19, 2010
I was kind of surprised that a book written by Scott Rasmussen was so light in backup material. Perhaps I wrongly suspected that the book would have used some statistics gathered in the author's experience that supported the claim of self-governance. But all in all, the book seemed to be a kind of "pep" talk.
All in all I doubt anyone (conservative or liberal) could find too much to complain about in the book. Perhaps this was what gave me the impression of "softness." I think I, like many current readers, half-way expected a more compelling argument.
The book's theme seems to be that Americans are basically self-governing; that our Constitution recognizes and supports this self-governance. What is missing is a compelling argument about how we got into the predicament we are in (loss of self-governance). That would be enlightening - and perhaps controversial.
The book's plea is that the common American needs to pick up the gauntlet and enter the political arena, even if it's not in our nature. I found this plea to be the weakest part of the book. Though the reasoning and need are clearly spelled out, there was not enough in this little book to motivate a cynical, not involved, contributor to the current state. Had I been motivated, there were insufficient tools or means presented that would allow a "common" person to rise above the tyranny that already exists.
I'm not saying that this book was not helpful in defining the need to return to our "roots" of self-governance and public service by true citizens, but it is not enough. We need a book that tells us how to do it; how to overcome the "professional" politicians, the "professional" lobbyist; the money machines that fund our political races.