Thursday, April 29, 2010

By Terri McCormick, M.A.

OVERVIEW: 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. As he left Liberty Hall upon signing the Constitution of the Untied States, Benjamin Franklin was asked, "What kind of government did you give us?" Franklin replied, "A republic, if you can keep it!"

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. She is a public and leadership innovator. She is the President of the McCormick Dawson CPG, Ltd, a marketing and public relations firm. Terri McCormick was a state Representative to the Wisconsin Legislature from 2000 to 2006. She is a Wisconsin Truman Scholar.

MY REVIEW:  The sub-title of the book is: Stories from the Front Lines in American Politics and How You Can Change the Way Things Are. The thrust of this book is that it is a call to service for each of us. If I was trying to sum it up in a crude way, I would say, "Politically things are in a mess and it is not going to get any better until we do something about it." Immediately a question comes to mind, "What can we do?" Terri McCormick points out what needs to be done and how to do it as plainly as she can. You may not agree with what she says--or you may, but you will need to read the book to form your own opinion.

I agree with most of what she says. And I strongly agree with what she says is the three major changes that must take place. First, there should be term limits for all legislators to stop the pursuit of power for power's sake. Second, we the people need to study and engage in our government through the U.S. Constitution. Third, we must ensure that the checks and balances of ur three branches of government are working, as the U.S. Constitution intended.

Radio personality, Jeanne Anthony said: "This book should be required reading for every government and politics class in the country." I'm not in a position to know what should be required reading for these classes but I do recommend the book and I know it certainly wouldn't hurt them to read it and it would do them a lot of good.