In the modern, polarized atmosphere between the political parties, books that describe political dirty tricks and their consequences are routine. What is extremely unusual about this one is that the author was a Republican in the Wisconsin state legislature and her fellow Republicans executed the tricks that were played on her. McCormick chronicles a sad and disgraceful situation where the Republican front row political elements (and some Democrats) played a cynical game where the order of importance was:
1) Self 2) Party 3) Constituents, as long as this did not conflict with (1) and (2).
This book has almost everything you do not want to read about in a political book. There is collusion between the political figures and selected industries to thwart badly needed attempts to protect the environment, manipulations of programs designed to provide jobs so that they enrich certain elements and create few new jobs and the actions of the teacher's union to prevent educational reform. National figures in the Republican Party also intervene in the Republican primary process in an attempt to prevent the maverick McCormick from winning the nomination to a seat in the House of Representatives. In summary, if you follow politics and are watching how figures such as Florida Governor Charlie Crist are being drummed out of the Republican Party in favor of units more amenable to following the party line, then there is little here that will surprise you. So much of what has made America great is being lost as both political parties are now concentrating on maintenance of the status quo and their own positions of power. McCormick is a rational, moderate Republican, the kind that the party now has little room for. Her story is one all aspiring political reformers should read.
This book gives an inside look at present-day state government in America. It is not a pretty picture. The author, a resident of Wisconsin, first got involved in state politics while working to get a law passed establishing charter schools in Wisconsin. It was intended to help those students who don't fit in the usual classroom setting. The state teacher's union was not happy. McCormick ran for the state legislature on the Republican ticket, but with a populist philosophy. … more
Charlie Ashbacher is a compulsive reader and writer about many subjects. His prime areas of expertise are in mathematics and computers where he has taught every course in the mathematics and computer … more
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What Sex Is a Republican? takes a look at the political game from behind the curtain with one intention: to call on each of us to serve in our local, state and federal governments. The principles of republican government have been lost on the money changers in our state and national capitols. 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.