Republican Punk, written by Jason Price, immediately grabbed my attention and kept me wanting more. Now is the time to read this book as we move toward the 2016 presidential election. The book takes the reader behind the scenes on the campaign trail.
Here is the description:
Jack Turner lives a content life as a devoted family man and small-business owner. That is, until the day he confronts a politician at a staged rally. When footage of the encounter goes viral, the self-described “everyday, hard-workin’ American” becomes an unlikely celebrity. Traveling in a used Winnebago with his family and close friends, Jack leads a national movement to save America from the fat cats and bureaucrats—one city at a time. His overnight fame attracts the attention of wealthy Republican Party financiers; and his popular cross-country tour soon explodes into a full-fledged campaign for the Party’s nomination. But Jack’s resolve is tested when rumors surface of an internal coup. As tensions rise, and his poll numbers fall, he realizes his greatest threat isn’t a single candidate but the Party itself—a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to ensure his defeat.
I found myself wishing for a candidate like Jack Turner. Here's a sample of his reform plan:
... Also proposed are large cuts to federal programs, including the EPA, Department of Education and the NEA (safe bets among conservatives, who overwhelmingly regard the three agencies as expendable), with the Department of Education reduced to nil— authority, instead, resting squarely on state and local governments. How the present infrastructure would manage such an aggressive overhaul is altogether ignored. Our excerpt concluded with a government-funded academic grant program, including tax credits for homeschoolers.
On the topic of immigration reform, candidate Jack Turner heard an interesting viewpoint while on the campaign trail from a legal immigrant from Mexico:
... “See, my wife and my sons, we still keep our Mexican traditions, but I understand, I live in this country, means I have to speak English. Those people make me mad.” “Who makes you mad?” Jose slings the damp cleaning rag across his shoulder. “The ones who don’t follow rules. I love my country. I love my people. But we can do better.”
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