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If you pay any attention to American politics, you can easily tell that Democrats and Republicans don't agree on most issues. In fact, the divide between the two has widened even further with the election of Donald Trump as President. Stalemates in passing laws happen frequently in the House and the Senate because each side cannot or will not compromise. This fall, key elections will take place and all eyes will be on the voters. The shift to either more blue (Democrats) or red (Republicans) could alter the nation's course on how and what laws get passed.
Alan Schein's objective for his book, The Red Wave Imperative, is straightforward, and it is for Americans to vote Republican. More importantly still, is his desire for Americans to recognize the truth of what the Democratic Party has become and what it is seeking to do. The "New Democratic Party", as he calls it, "is not your mother and father's Democrats." The Party has transformed into promoting a "radical socialist/neo-Marxist agenda" and is "pushing the nation towards civil war." The author goes into detail about why socialism will never work for our country and will be more of a financial burden. Besides socialism, the author also touches on other hot-button topics such as immigration, gun control, and our debt crisis, just to name a few. In fairness, Schein talks about corrupt politicians on both sides of the aisle. Through well-organized facts, polls, and charts, he lays out why our system is broken and how we might fix it.
Schein suggests a creative solution, called Voters-Controlled Democracy, and he models it after Singapore's political system. Simply put, one party controls everything. At first glance, this may sound radical, but Schein backs it up with Singapore's success and how it has flourished under this system. One benefit for us is the elimination of deadlocks in Congress. Another would be that if the party in control does not fulfill their promises, the voters can see they are not the right fit and in the next election choose someone else. The pressure is on that party to keep their word. The author provides a website that voters can use to read up on new laws and see what politicians voted for them. Voters can also give their opinions and comment on other posts. Once the voters tell their opinion on the law, it gets compiled and sent to the representatives in Congress and the President.
My political views align with the author mostly, so I thought this book was informative and on the mark. Schein is concise and uses easy-to-understand language. I especially liked the separated boxes of humor that the author puts in to stress his points. A portion of one says, "A young boy asked his father, 'What are the three main branches of government?' His father answered, 'Lobbyists, fundraisers, and the media.'" I am not a fan of Donald Trump, but Schein makes a good case as to why we should still vote red.
Clearly, this book will not appeal to everyone. Those from the left might shy away from it or take offense from some of Schein's assertions. If you are willing to hear the other side or if you lean to the right already, you will enjoy this work. Anyone interested in politics, in general, would like it as well.
The only negative critiques of the work I have are about the number of grammatical errors in it and the website. There are missing periods and words throughout. Some words have extra hyphens in it like "dis-clo-sure". Also, I tried to get on the website that the author gave, but the link did not work. The author will need to fix that if he wants to promote it. Because of this, I give Red Wave Imperative 3 out of 4 stars.
Red Wave Imperative
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