Monday, March 24, 2014

Falling In Love With America Again by Jim Demint

In his new role as president and CEO of The Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint has travelled the country talking to Americans about how to return to our founding principles and restore and protect our economy and culture for future generations. He's realized that he-and all of us as fellow citizens-must fall in love with America-again.

In this book, DeMint introduces Americans all across the country who are working towards the same goal, We see example after example of Americans coming together locally in what DeMint calls the "little platoons"-the families, churches, communities and voluntary organizations succeeding on the model that smaller is better. They are the hands-on citizens who make America the exceptional, caring and can-do country it has always been.

DeMint illustrates why each of us-regardless of political party, age, race, religion or ethnicity-must rediscover the power we represent. The country's future is at risk, not just because of constant pressure from "the Bigs" (big government, big banks, big labor, big Wall Street cronies etc.), but because so many of us fear it's too late to solve problems so huge and seemingly intractable. Jim DeMint is here to reassure us that this is not true.

In riveting yet plainspoken style, he tells real-life success stories and affirms the compelling truth that conservative ideas are really American ideas, and they must guide us as we turn our institutions upside-down, taking them from the top-down centrally-controlled bureaucracies they've become back to the bottom-up democratic framework the Constitution intended.

Through this heartfelt, fascinating and inspiring look inside the America of both yesterday and today, and the everyday citizens who are working tirelessly and selflessly to insure its future fulfills the promise of its beginnings, Jim DeMint is beckoning us to join him on one of the most meaningful and momentous journeys we have ever undertaken together: FALLING IN LOVE WITH AMERICA AGAIN.

My review:
  Rare is the politician that I am impressed with, but Jim Demint was one such politician. He wasn't my Senator, but I'd see his comments in the news often, and feel he was one of the more conservative members of the Senate. When I saw this book being offered for review, I figured it would be worth reading, so I requested it, and was not disappointed.
  Anyone that is paying attention can see America is far from what it should be, and from what it used to be. Demint shows in his book some things that are still good in this country, and how we can still love it.

  He shows why we need more "mom and pop" stores, as compared to the big corporations, and what this country could be like if the federal government would stay out of the private sector, our health care, and a lot of other areas.

 Demint has other books published, but this is the first one I have read. He knows his stuff, and knows how to write. This is not a boring book, but is an interesting read, and it isn't a book that is full of empty political ideas. He has some great things to say that make sense. The book is worth reading.

About the author:

Jim DeMint left his post as U.S. Senator from South Carolina to become the new President of The Heritage Foundation-the popular conservative think-tank in Washington D.C. He is the author of three books, including the bestselling Saving Freedom. The senator and his wife, Debbie, reside in Greenville, South Carolina and are the proud parents of four married children. They are also greatly enjoying their new role as grandparents. 
 Falling In Love With America Again is available from Center Street Publishing, part of Hachette Book Group.

Thanks to Hachette for the review copy.