In the midst of great tensions in the United States there are many who are rising up and asking “What about us?” Many are crying out for “We the people,” not “We the government.”
That is exactly what you get from “A Broken America” written by Dave & Cathy Burdick. As American citizens, parents, workers and really, like most of us, they are tired of what they are seeing happen to this great country. Not just for their own sakes but for the future of their children, grandchildren and so on.
“A Broken America” starts from the very beginning. Where America used to be and they ask the question, what has happened to America? If you wonder where we should start, it would of course be with our Founding Fathers. I love the quote they included in their book from Thomas Jefferson:
“But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, then they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years.”
We know our nation is in serious debt and please allow me to digress here a bit. The blame game has to stop. Bush is no longer in office and while he may have started the ball rolling, it seems the current administration is only pushing it down the hill faster.
Now back to the book…the message you get loud and clear is that what the Founding Fathers intended for this nation is exactly what is not happening. They didn’t want to see those in government wielding their power to further their own agendas. They built this country on “We the people,” that government would put the country first.
But it goes deeper than that as “A Broken America” talks about the moral fiber of this country lacking in the area of politics. It goes on to discuss three examples of “politicians” that had integrity and worked on behalf of the people rather than themselves: George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. These men really believed in government by the people and for the people…something clearly lacking today.
In “A Broken America” you get a simple but sensible history lesson of the last three decades, from Reagan to our current administration. But what I really appreciate about this book is that it’s not just about history or what is wrong with the country. The authors present some solutions. Why fuss about a problem if you aren’t going to present a solution? They do that. While you may or may not agree with their answers, they at least are thinking of ways to make this country better.
This book is only the first in a series they plan on writing. I am really looking forward to the next book. It was a very easy read but filled with lots of interesting facts. I really believe it speaks what is in the heart of many Americans.
It isn’t until you get to the end that it becomes clear they are supporters of the Tea Party and encourage you to join their movement. While I don’t personally ascribe to everything the Tea Party stands for and you may or may not either…I do believe that the resounding message of less government is what the majority of Americans want.
“A Broken America” can be purchased for $8.95 at Patriot Publishing Company.
*Patriot Publishing Company provided this review copy of “A Broken America” to me free of charge.