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In Search of Self-Governance Paperback – January 22, 2010
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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.
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
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!!'
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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Fast read. Good information explained briefly.
In some ways we can be pictured as a "Sports Bar" nation. Shouting at our friends without listening to them. Read more
On TV, Scott Rasmussen is wise and insightful, and his polls are usually closer than anybody. However, this thin book which I breezed through in 10 minutes is a series of... Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Robert Fretz
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... Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by J. Grant Bristow
Mr. Rasmussen created a concise explanation, based on his experience and his surveys, of the American experiment in self-governance, the threats to its continuance, and what can be... Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by Earl P. Chantrill
Scott Rasmussen's timely book is must reading. His short 76-page book misses nothing as he defines The Search, The Threat(s), and How we must save Self-Governance. Read morePublished on March 28, 2010 by E. Oxner
Scott aims directly at the heart of the dissatisfaction that Americans have with their political system now. Read morePublished on March 19, 2010 by Peter Parker
Scott hits the nail right on the head with this one and his words could not be more true. Regular citizens don't have a history of following politics much, only right before... Read morePublished on March 18, 2010 by R. Thomas