4 out of 4 stars
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Fire Congress by I. S. Petteice is a political exposé regarding the status of our Republic. The author is a conservative woman who feels abandoned by the political class of the United States. The reason behind her sentiment is quite clear. Neither Democrats nor Republicans represent their constituents and instead cater to the whims of corporate lobbyists and foreign backers. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The author also presents an easy solution to fix the problem: fire Congress and take back our nation together!
There are several things I enjoyed about this book, one being the author’s fiery personality. She writes with great passion on her subject and truly displays the attitudes of the electorate. Specifically, those individuals that voted for Trump. Her voice is full of indignation, frustration, and disappointment with our elected officials. Democrats are bad, but a lot of Republicans are equally if not more so. I’m a huge fan of Petteice’s unbiased honesty towards corruption wherever it’s found. Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter. This quality is what separates her from the average conservative who is more committed to a set of artificial “values” than our country.
Personally, I love how she exposes the abuse of tax payer money and certain politicians’ unwillingness to serve America over themselves. At times, she shares excerpts and letters from voters that display the anger they feel towards state representatives. She names everyone involved and defies the derogatory labels some politicians and left-wing media apply to all those who think like her. My one criticism is she utilizes several names herself such as “snowflake” which is either fighting fire with fire or hypocrisy. Either way, it won't endear her towards those who disagree, but I get the impression she doesn't really care if she appeals to anyone outside Trump’s supporters anyway.
What I like the most about this book is it captures a moment in history. Regardless of where you fall politically, the emotions and thinking of the average Trump supporter are right here for everyone to think about and absorb. Her opinion is very detailed, at times harsh, and clearly and creatively articulated. Her research is exhaustive and might literally make you feel sick to see just how bad everything really is. The more I read, the more angry and disgusted I became. It’s truly appalling that this corruption is allowed. By the second chapter, I was already beyond motivated to join the author in firing Congress. This book is not written for the establishment, so if you’re looking for politically correct language and sensitivity, you won’t find it here. This woman is fed up with the corruption in both parties and wants our politicians to know it.
The most important point the author makes is one I would also emphasize. There are 300 million Americans currently controlled by just 545 members of Congress, but many are so ingrained in the corrupt system that it’s virtually impossible to get rid of them. This book taught me why it’s important to do research on every candidate to find out what we are actually voting for. I’m never going to the polls without this knowledge again.
As far as editing and presentation, this book is exceptionally edited and researched. I didn’t notice any distracting errors. One minor issue is most of the author’s research is comprised of online articles. This format concerns me because the links may not last permanently. I would recommend the author collect and republish them in an online database herself so her book won’t someday consist of dead links.
Overall, this is an excellent book about political corruption. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. If you’re part of the establishment or a fan of some of the politicians named by the author, you’ll probably hate this book. If you’re sensitive about language, religion, race, and other touchy subjects, you’ll hate the author’s presentation, which is sometimes very similar to Trump’s. This book will be well-received by Trump supporters and similar anti-establishment types for the concise way she has collected and sourced her information. I learned a lot from her about how the establishment works, what the dangers are, and how to combat it. In short, this author knows precisely how to tell it like it is.
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