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Declare Independence from Party Affiliation Paperback – September 21, 2011

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Sangamon State University Writer's Guild (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615535453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615535456
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,691,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Afia TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2012
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Our nation was founded on the principle of independence. The idea was to become independent of a monarchy as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. William T. Wainright extrapolates on that idea and applies it to independence from powerful elites that to a large extent control our elections. It gave me hope that we can make the act of voting sacred.

Wainright shows exactly how we're given false choices by political party elites. These elites increase their disproportionate power over the rest of us by dividing us and sowing distrust. It's so simple but it works.

According to Wainright, the primaries are more important to the elites than the general election. A lot of states have closed primaries. In a closed primary, you have to state your party affiliation as a matter of public record. Put another way, you accept the mark of the party as the price of voting in a governmentally operated and publicly funded closed primary. The placement of candidate names on the ballot is important, generally with endorsed party candidate names in first position. Endorsements communicate to the straight ticket voter who is favored by party elites.

The author takes us through the election process and cites many examples of past elections. He demystifies the special triad of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The presidential nominating process is not fair, yet Wainright is not cynical. He calls for Americans to declare independence from party affiliation as the important first step toward empowerment of the many.

Additionally, this book discusses citizenship in the most compelling manner. Epic Greek mythology heroes, Achilles and Odysseus, are brought up as examples. The distance between Greece and Troy was to them like that of the U.S.
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