2009 nonfiction book by Terri McCormick, M.A.< read all 1 reviews
Terri McCormick from Appleton, Wisconsin looks at the world just a bit differently than most politicans do. Terri does not define the political battle currently being waged in this country as merely "Republicans vs Democrats" or "liberals vs. conservatives". Rather, Terri sees the battle for the heart and soul of America as a clash between "elitists' and "populists". I think she is on to something. In the gospel according to Terri, if we are ever going to experience genuine change in the way our nation conducts its affairs it is going to have to emanate from both the voters themselves and from a new breed of political leaders who get into politics for all the right reasons. Leading by example, Terri McCormick has given us the handbook for the type of change that so many Americans seem to be longing for these days. In "What Sex Is A Republican?: Stories from the Front Lines in American Politics and How You Can Change the Way Things Are" Terri McCormick provides her readers with a glimpse into the rather sordid world of state and national politics. Drawing from her experiences in both the private sector and as a Wisconsin State Representative Terri outlines what is wrong with the current system and offers up well-thought out alternatives as well. This is a very thought-provoking book indeed!
Like a whole lot of us out here Terri McCormick was fed up with the elitist politicians who seem to dominate the political scene today. You know the type. They simply don't give a damn about what their constituents think and are cocksure that they possess all of the answers. These people rule by imtimidation and often operate in the dark of night. Important decisions are made in back rooms and there is a distinct "pecking order". These so-called "leaders" sit in the front row in state legislatures and in the U.S. Congress and stifle legitimate opposition and concerns. They disdain open debate and those who espouse new ideas. Terri McCormick on the other hand would like to think of herself as the ultimate "populist" politician. Terri simply has no tolerance for back room deals, political backstabbing and power grabs by favored and entrenched politicians. Rather, Terri got involved in the political process because she honestly believed that she had ideas and lots of energy to offer her constituents. Terri would experience a great deal of success in her 6 years in the Wisconsin legislature and was responsible for a number of innovative pieces of legislation. Yet she was never a favorite of the Republican party leadership and at times found herself fighting tooth and nail with the leaders of her own party. When Terri chose to run for Congress in 2006 the Washington political establishment led by the Republican National Committee and the Republican National Congressional Committee decided to inject themselves into a local Congressional race and backed her opponent in the primary. Evidently the powers that be determined that Terri was not the "go along to get along" kind of candidate they were looking for. I certainly believe Terri's version of these events as the very same scenario played itself out in the my home state of Rhode Island in the Republican U.S. Senate primary that took place that very same year. The results were the same in both cases. The candidate backed by the party establishment in the primary lost to the Democrat in the general election.
I took away a couple of things from "What Sex Is A Republican?". First and foremost, I found Terry McCormick to be a very impressive individual. She worked very hard at her craft and seemed to understand precisely what the problems were and much more importantly how to fix them. In addition, she explains to her readers in clear and concise language how a bill becomes law in the State of Wisconsin. I found this to be very useful as so many people simply have no clue at how complex and frustrating this process can be. Finally, Terry McCormick pulls no punches when describing the level of sacrifice required to be an honest servant of the people. There simply are not enough hours in the day. Nonetheless, Terri encourages good people to get involved and run for political office. It seems to me that "What Sex Is A Republican?: Stories from the Front Lines in American Politcs and How You Can Change the Way Things Are" would be a great primer for someone contemplating a run for political office. Now more than ever we need good people like Terry McCormick to step forward and serve. Highly recommended!
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There is only one way to change that -- We the people must take responsibility for what our government has become while we weren't looking. As he left Liberty Hall upon signing the Constitution of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was asked, "What kind of government did you give us?" Franklin replied, "A republic, if you can keep it!"
Let's keep it together, shall we?
What Sex Is a Republican? presents a case for courage by a lawmaker who is uniquely qualified to do so. The author, Terri McCormick is a former legislator and congressional candidate who is a woman. According to her friends and foes alike, "Terri has been battle tested in state and federal politics." An advocate for political and government reform and change, former Representative Terri McCormick has proven time and again that "ideas" trump "career politicians" and their trysts and turns.