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United We Stand: How We Can Take Back Our Country Paperback – August 24, 1992

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  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (August 24, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562828525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562828523
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 20, 2014
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A lot has happened since 1992. Bill Clinton was elected President to two terms and became only the second President to ever be impeached. George W. Bush was elected to President despite "losing" the popular vote (other Presidents were elected in the same manner). Even though the 1980s have been labeled as the decade of greed, the 1990s were the true decade of greed as money seemed to flow like water until the stock market bubble burst in 2000. September 11th, 2001 happened and changed our nation and world in a moment. We were able to do what the Russians weren't and invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban. Later we invaded Iraq and captured Saddam Hussein. Back in 1992 it was a very different world.

1992 was also an election year and in this heated election of 2004, I thought it would be interesting and read the book that eventually ended up causing George Bush (41) to loose the 1992 Presidential election. Bush (41) had a huge lead over the relative unknown Democratic governor from Arkansas, Bill Clinton, whose administration had been filled with scandals of every variety. In fact, at one point, most everyone agreed that Bush (41) was a shoo-in. Then Ross Perot and UNITED WE STAND arrived on the scene and everything changed in a moment. Unlike Ralph Nader in 2000 who never was a real threat to either Al Gore or George W. Bush, Perot really did cause Bush (41) to loose the 1992 election (Perot captured almost 19% of all votes cast). UNITED WE STAND is the book that ended up forming the foundation for Perot's campaign and also for the now defunct United We Stand Party.

Even though over a decade has past since the book was published and 1992 is ancient history in the political world, UNITED WE STAND proves to be an interesting read.
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This is Henry Ross Perot's campaign statement from the 1992 presidential election. Perot ran as an independent against Bill Clinton (who won) and incumbent George Bush. Despite a somewhat chaotic campaign, Perot received 19% of the popular vote, making him the most successful third party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

I admit I was somewhat surprised by “United We Stand”. The book gives a moderate/centrist impression, and is essentially a potpourri of more or less reasonable demands in no particular order of importance. The main issue is the skyrocketing federal debt and various proposals to bring it under control. Immigration is hardly mentioned, and the usual right-wing conspiracy theories about the Federal Reserve and the New World Order are also absent.

This is not how I remember Ross Perot, and judging by Wikipedia, it's not how Americans remember him either. Rather, the Texas billionaire was seen as a dangerous populist demagogue with authoritarian tendencies. Proto-fascist? Perot's peculiar ideas about “Electronic Town Halls” was interpreted as the usual way for a strongman to get his proposals accepted by plebiscite, circumventing the usual checks and balances of the constitution (any constitution). Wiki quotes Perot saying that the Founders would have devised a very different constitution if alive today, due to the impact of technological changes on society. Perot was also interpreted as an economic nationalist and isolationist. After the elections, Perot did become a prominent opponent of NAFTA, warning that it would destroy American jobs.

If read carefully, the centralizing tendency can be seen even in “United We Stand”. Perot is obviously opposed to state rights, and wants the president to be directly elected by the people.
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United We Stand, by Ross Perot

This book is dedicated to the millions of volunteers who got the petitions signed to qualify a new national party. [Can this be done again?] The 'Acknowledgments' thank those who gave practical ideas on how to solve out country's problems. The 'Introduction' discusses sluggish economic growth, high unemployment, and inflation. [It does not connect this to Nixon's 1971 dollar devaluation, which allowed a Private Bank Cartel to control your wealth.] The "United We Stand" party did not set up a self-sustaining organization similar to either Twin Party; it can't exist on enthusiasm alone. But its success demonstrates that the majority of voters dislikes the current Twin-Party system; half the people don't even vote.

Chapter One lists the economic problems: working longer hours and getting less [raise the Federal minimum wage to $8 an hour, equivalent to 1968], The Federal debt is a method that taxes the many to benefit the few rich [Andrew Jackson eliminated the national debt]. One solution is to raise the top income tax rate to 70%, and break up the big corporations so more better-paying jobs result [not even mentioned here]. Perot does not mention oppressive taxes, lowered union membership, and the elimination of owner-operated small businesses as a reason for declining economic growth. There is no mention of corporate advertising, media control, and polling to fool the people. Perot blames Reagan for starting the increase in deficit spending (p.11). But he doesn't blame Reagan for the greatest tax increase on wage-earners (to lower taxes on the rich).

In Chapter Two Perot mentions the Savings & Loan crisis in 1984, and how it became a larger crisis.
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