Alan Knox reviews Preserving Democracy.
Preserving Democracy is an excellent survey of the American political system and what has gone wrong. It is not a book that gives you a thorough in-depth view of any particular study and I wouldn’t say I came across anything new, but it still was an engaging read and is a book I would recommend for people who are less familiar with the bigger political issues of the day. …
Joel L. Watts has begun his review of Preserving Democracy, working through the introduction and chapters 1 & 2. Please join the discussion on his blog.
The article What’s Attorney General Holder Hiding? relates to two chapters in Preserving Democracy, 4 – The Rule of Law and 6 – The Breakdown of Voting. In fact, it ties in with other chapters as well, dealing with the media especially.
This is a troubling situation. As Elgin notes at the conclusion of chapter 6:
Voting should be treated as the important cornerstone of democracy that it is. We should do everything we can to protect and preserve it with the goal that not only should every vote be counted, but also that every vote that is cast is legally cast by an eligible voter; a voter who is given an actual choice in the process. — p. 173
Ken Thomas at No Left Turns discusses the Elena Kagan’s dismissal of the Declaration of Independence as the foundation for constitutional liberties.
From Preserving Democracy, p. 230:
Religion in America serves three very important functions in regards to democracy. The first is that it provided the intellectual foundation for the country, as stated by the Declaration of Independence. Remove the Declaration’s claim that our rights come from our creator and you are left with the question of where do they come from?
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Allan R. Bevere discusses the recent report of the bipartisan commission on the deficit. The new is not good, but it is also not surprising.
In Preserving Democracy, chapter 2, “Taxes and the Welfare State” discusses spending, taxation and the deficit, and these topics are taken up in chapter 10, “The Never Ending Struggle,” where recent massive increases in the deficit are discussed.
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Elgin posts this on his blog today.
We didn’t post this yesterday as it was both Sunday and the 4th of July when attention is and should be elsewhere, but Preserving Democracy’s new, expanded paperback edition was released on time. It became available on Amazon.com and B&N on July 3, and is available also for direct order from Energion Direct.
Those involved in the political process should request a special coupon code from Energion Publications for $5.00 off of your purchase at Energion Direct.