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Thoughts of A Common American: I've Had Enough! [Kindle Edition]

G.C. Gonzalez
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Book Description

Straight from the living room of middle class America…

There are plenty of political books out there written by “experts”—career politicians, economists, journalists, and Washington insiders who tell us what to believe based on whether they are “red” or “blue.”

This isn’t one of those books.

Thoughts of a Common American is a short, accessible message written by a regular person—a husband, a father, a former Marine, and a guy with a 9-to-5 job—who got fed up by the apathy and disregard that he felt from the political leaders who were supposed to be representing his best interests, not their own. This is more than a journal of frustration, though. This is a book of recommendations for what we can do to win back our country.

Full of fresh ideas and perspectives on everything from campaign promises to education reform, taxes to social welfare, G.C. Gonzalez challenges the idea that politics is too complicated to be understood by the average American, and shows us that there are things we can do to make the political systems once again work for us, rather than the Democratic and Republican parties.

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  • File Size: 831 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Commoner Press, LLC (October 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling argument for educating voters October 27, 2012
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Mr. Gonzalez has written a thought-provoking book about American politics. He covers what the two major political parties have done, what they have not done, what politicians have promised and what they have actually delivered. He includes facts, tables, and websites for the reader to use to check the truth for himself. Mr. Gonzalez also offers real solutions for current problems - not that our politicians currently appear to be interested in actually solving any of our debt, tax, or other problems. The author urges all Americans to educate themselves, contact their representatives in government, and let them know what we'd like to see them do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Quick Read June 14, 2013
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Written from the perspective of a hard-working veteran and engineer, Gonzalez unbiasedly approaches American politics with a logical, problem-solving attitude. He presents his thoughts on the status quo of the current two-party Unites States political system, and demonstrates how the power for change is still at the hand of the American public. Gonzalez supports his ideas with evidence from credible sources and personal experience. The book is a simple, thought provoking read that challenges the American public to wield the democratic power they possess wisely. I finished the book in hours, buts its lessons will change the way I view politics for the rest of my life.

His passion for bettering the United States of America is exemplary of freedom and liberty, and I sincerely hope this book becomes a doctrine for reform and inspires a renewed sense of public patriotism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts of a Common American April 29, 2013
By BigAl
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Evaluating a book like this presents an interesting balancing act. Should I evaluate the overarching message, the specific suggestions, or both? How much weight should my own political beliefs have on the review? How should I handle things presented as fact, that I believe are incorrect? Last, how should each of these be weighted?

I'll start with the first and the last of these. The main theme is that everyone should be paying attention to politics. That we should not only be investigating what our elected representatives are doing, but searching out multiple points of view on the subjects we feel are most important, weighing the facts and claims, and deciding for ourselves. He claims that neither party is right on every issue (maybe neither is right on some), that we need to decide on our own and, most importantly, let our representatives know our thoughts. If the people don't do this, our representatives will decide based on those who are talking to them. He makes a good case for this and has a lot of good suggestions for how to go about gathering information. This aspect of the book is its most important and, I think, deserves the most weight in evaluating the whole.

Buying into the overall theme gives me an easy out in evaluating the specific suggestions and how they line up with my personal political philosophy. Some, I agree with; others I don't. At least a few I'm not sure about or question, while at least a few I see as impractical. But those I have concerns with fit well within the concept of seeking out other opinions and challenging what you think you know, which makes even those worthwhile. However, when reading, follow the author's advice and don't believe everything he presents as fact.

I'll touch on a couple of representative areas where I disagreed.
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More About the Author

G.C. (Gilberto) Gonzalez grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, in the heart of the American auto industry, and just a few miles down the road from the woman he would eventually marry.

As a young child he was a daydreamer, always fascinated with the physical environment around him. He struggled in school, but was drawn to adventures in the woods, looking for lost artifacts or just walking and observing all the natural wonders of the American Midwest.

After graduation from high school, Gil joined the Marine Corps. He spent thirteen years traveling around the world as a Marine, and earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, before he ventured into civilian life. Gil went on to get his M.S. from Walden University and continues to work as an optical engineer at a research lab in Massachusetts.

Gil was not someone who paid attention to American politics earlier in his life, and he has come to the conclusion that his political ignorance is a fraction of the reason that government's run astray from representing the American people. He believes that if every American takes responsibility for their own fraction of the cause, then the American people would be able to force government to represent us as a whole.

That passion drove him to write a book, Thoughts of a Common American: I've Had Enough! (Commoner Press, 2012). Gil has always thought that writing was a chore to be avoided, when math and science were so much more interesting. A book seemed nearly impossible. But the challenge, mixed with the opportunity to learn something new (politics and improved writing skills), created a balance that made writing a book - and now a blog - possible.


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