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(Vanity) My book, This Republic: Illuminating Republican Government, is now published
thisrepublic.net ^ | 2/5/14

Posted on 02/05/2014 5:16:56 AM PST by cotton1706

Some time ago, I got tired of hearing politicians, etc. refer to the United States as a democracy when it is a republic. So I took it upon myself to do something about it.

My idea was to produce a short, cheap book which explains the fundamentals of the American government, that could be easily distributed far and wide, similar to Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" or Barry Goldwater's "The Conscience of a Conservative."

There is very little material out there on republics and republican government, due to the fact that the word republic has had numerous and various meanings over time.

However, using the writings of mainly John Adams, the preeminent expert on the subject, I have successfully boiled down the basic ideas.

I hope the book is well received by the people, for a thorough understanding of the principles of republican and constitutional government can help them to halt and push back the forces of tyranny.

I'm working on having the search key words changed on Amazon, BN.com, etc. so it will be more easily found, but there are direct links at my website, thisrepublic.net.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Government; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: congress; elections; freeperbookclub; teaparty; tyranny
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1 posted on 02/05/2014 5:16:57 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
Who published the book?

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

2 posted on 02/05/2014 5:19:29 AM PST by expatguy (Donate to "An American Expat in SE Asia" By Paypal)
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To: expatguy

I did. I self-published.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 5:23:34 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
Arguing for the Constitution explains HOW to argue against liberals. I wrote it after being disgusted with our accepting the term "right wingers."
4 posted on 02/05/2014 5:28:52 AM PST by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: gortklattu

No kidding! Congratulations! I just bought a copy!


5 posted on 02/05/2014 5:33:48 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: PistolPaknMama

bump to self


6 posted on 02/05/2014 5:44:23 AM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: cotton1706

Will check it out. I read all your posts regularly and interested in your book

Good luck with your book


7 posted on 02/05/2014 5:46:52 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (A Theory is not a Fact....It is not called the "Fact of Evolution")
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To: cotton1706

Thanks for the heads-up and congratulations on the book.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 5:56:30 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cotton1706

Congratulations and thank you on your book...

Just bought a copy on Amazon, and looking forward to reading...


9 posted on 02/05/2014 6:46:32 AM PST by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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“Just bought a copy on Amazon, and looking forward to reading...”

Great! Thanks!!


10 posted on 02/05/2014 6:51:22 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
I question if we even have a republican government. We do elect representatives, but then our representatives go one step further and elect committee leaders, and a powerful House speaker. This second layer of leaders control what gets heard and voted on. It sets up a bunch of mini-dictators.

If a newly elected representative bucks the House speaker, they will be pigeon holed and neutralized to the point of being unable to represent their state. There has to be a better way.

11 posted on 02/05/2014 9:14:05 AM PST by aimhigh
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I think party primary voters should select the Speaker and Majority-Minority leaders.


12 posted on 02/05/2014 9:17:48 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cotton1706

It’s ironic that we say government is to blame for problems when we should say ‘our representatives are to blame for problems..


13 posted on 02/05/2014 9:20:21 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: aimhigh

“There has to be a better way.”

There isn’t. And the type of power you’re talking about has existed since governments began. And it’s that power checking power that protects the people and the law through a republican system of government.

The speaker wants more power, the chairmen want more power, they struggle against each other to get something done, or to stop something from being done. And then if they get something done, it is then sent to another body, whose members were chosen by totally different constituencies than the first body, and that same power struggle occurs there too. And then should both bodies actually agree on something, it has to be sent to a third part of the legislature, a single executive, who can utterly reject all that work.

And should it even become law, it is subject to review by a body separate from all of these, a court who can compare it with the guidelines of the people (a constitution) to determine if what they did was legal.

And all of these different people can be removed from office by either the people or their representatives.

It’s messy, but brilliant.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 9:24:23 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: aimhigh
Like probably all freepers, I feel your pain. WTF happened to our once republic?

I'm slowly plowing through a 1970 book on Alexander Hamilton by Gerald Stourzh. This morning a page jumped out at me, for it elaborated on the importance of first principles to republics. Beginning with Aristotle and on to Machiavelli, Coke, Algernon Sidney, Trenchard, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, . . . all wrote at length on the importance of endless repetition of first principles to keep republics vibrant and protective of their rights.

Over these past hundred years, the left has expertly replaced our first principle, securing our unalienable rights, with a bumper sticker slogan, democracy. I wager 95% of Americans think our founding principle is majority rule.

Put America's First Principle Back Into Practice.

15 posted on 02/05/2014 10:26:56 AM PST by Jacquerie (Natural Law cannot be repealed.)
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To: cotton1706

Well, thank you!

I’ll send you the recent revision; I found a punctuation error.

It just never ends.


16 posted on 02/05/2014 1:53:21 PM PST by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: Jacquerie

“Over these past hundred years, the left has expertly replaced our first principle, securing our unalienable rights, with a bumper sticker slogan, democracy. I wager 95% of Americans think our founding principle is majority rule.”

That was another reason I wrote the book, to dispel this idea of “democracy.” Democracy has come to mean self-government. And while it is true that the people govern themselves in a democracy, democracies have quickly descended to anarchy and tyranny, because there was no opposing power.

The United States is democratic, because the people choose the members of the legislatures, and the legislatures in general govern themselves by majority rule, but it is not a democracy. There’s a difference, which I do my best to explain.


17 posted on 02/05/2014 3:24:06 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Congrats!! Sneak it in to public school libraries and history classes! No, wait....Sunday school classes might be more effective ;-)


18 posted on 02/05/2014 3:32:33 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: cotton1706

No argument. I was using the vernacular sense. What came to mind in particular was that rotten baloney from Woody Wilson, “Keeping the world safe for democracy,” which has oozed over time into the American subconscious.


19 posted on 02/05/2014 3:34:47 PM PST by Jacquerie (To destroy America, destroy Christianity.)
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To: cotton1706
This Republic is in my Amazon shopping cart.
20 posted on 02/05/2014 3:42:06 PM PST by Jacquerie (Love my country, loathe its consolidated government.)
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