Unlike the authors of other books I've read, I've actually gotten to know personally Governor Harris and his dear wife, Elizabeth, to some extent. I nUnlike the authors of other books I've read, I've actually gotten to know personally Governor Harris and his dear wife, Elizabeth, to some extent. I never expected to have the opportunity to meet them and, to be honest, I never really had a desire until recently (he was a two-term Democrat governor, and I am a lifelong conservative Republican). However, a few years ago, through business networking, I met Governor Harris' son Joe, who was serving as the interim president of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce. We began with the normal pleasantries, and a few minutes into the conversation he realized that I was the same person who writes a weekly Sunday column for our county newspaper. That lead us to a discussion about the Founding Fathers and the role of religion in public life (topics I cover frequently in the articles), and we soon were deep in what would be the first of many such conversations.
Over the last two years or so I have had the opportunity to become close friends with Joe, and through that friendship, I met his father and mother. I can say unequivocally that I found in Governor Harris and his wife something that is all too rare these days...public servants in the truest sense of the word, and a couple whose devotion to God and family rose, and still rise, above all other considerations. They are a family who take seriously their obligations as Christians, and those obligations extended all the way into the highest office in the state. As Governor, Joe Frank Harris held the highest standards for himself and his staff, and even refused to allow alcoholic beverages into the Governor's Mansion, something he was told would be considered an affront to the powerful and which would hurt his governorship. Not only did it not hurt, it set the tone for an administration which would be executed with integrity, and leave a lasting legacy for the State of Georgia.
It has been my sincere privilege to get to know the Harris family, and I can personally attest that, while most biographies and autobiographies of this sort are filled with self-serving grandiosity, if anything, this book understates the power of an honest man in high office, with a wonderful woman of integrity at his side. I pray that we will have, across this state and nation, more men and women of high office that truly see their role as servants to the public good, and who govern their decisions not by polls, but in accordance with those actions which would earn the approbation of their Savior, Jesus Christ....more
Great book, lots of action and plot twists, and it leaves you wishing more people in government had this type of moral clarity when it comes to protecGreat book, lots of action and plot twists, and it leaves you wishing more people in government had this type of moral clarity when it comes to protecting Americans from those that want to fill us....more
This book offers an excellent overview of the Electoral College for those unfamiliar with either the foundation or structure of this venerable AmericaThis book offers an excellent overview of the Electoral College for those unfamiliar with either the foundation or structure of this venerable American institution. In America today, there is an alarming lack of understanding about our history, the American Revolution, and the forming of the governments that started afterward. Few can tell you what the Articles of Confederation are, or why they failed so disastrously. Few have an appreciation for the Constitution, the most brilliant and inspired legal charter ever devised by the minds of man, through the inspiration of God. Few can opine, even on a rudimentary level, on the topic of the doctrine of federalism, the vertical and horizontal separation of powers within government, and the brilliance underlying them as the helped provide for a governing majority, while still protecting the rights of the minorities.
Our Founding Fathers loathed democracy, understood the inherent dangers within, and therefore chose to establish a constitutional republic, with instruments of representative democracy implemented to allow for an expression of the will of the people while also subduing the flames of passion that arise in moments of heated confrontation.
This book provides a concise summary of the inner workings of the Electoral College, and why it has been so immensely successful in providing a stable government for our nation for over two centuries. To all who sing the praises of pure democracy and call for an abolition of the Electoral College in favor of direct democracy, a reading of this book will surely change your mind, IF you love liberty....more
Michael Chrichton being one of my absolute favorite writers, I was thrilled when I learned there was an unpublished manuscript discovered after his deMichael Chrichton being one of my absolute favorite writers, I was thrilled when I learned there was an unpublished manuscript discovered after his death. I was surprised to learn that it was about pirate adventures in the New World, set 350 years ago, but as I began reading it I saw that it was no less compelling a read than his other novels. It was like finding one last unopened gift behind the Christmas tree after Christmas dinner. I can only hope that one day yet another undiscovered manuscript will be found....more
Another masterful of Koontz's ability to weave a story out of divergent threads. When I started reading I had no idea where teh story was going, but tAnother masterful of Koontz's ability to weave a story out of divergent threads. When I started reading I had no idea where teh story was going, but the twists and turns of the plot were brilliantly laid out, leading to a surprising ending....more
The last book of "The Last Jihad" series, it was the most riveting one yet. It grips you from the very first page, and take you down paths with twistsThe last book of "The Last Jihad" series, it was the most riveting one yet. It grips you from the very first page, and take you down paths with twists and turns that you never see coming. The good guys don't always win. Rosenberg seems almost prophetic in his storytelling, which ties in so closely to modern day political events that you can see his story actually happening in the real world. Indeed, some of it has. A brilliantly written book that is near impossible to put down once you start....more
I've loved every book in the Camel Club series, but this one was even better than the others. It was riveting from the very first page, so much so thaI've loved every book in the Camel Club series, but this one was even better than the others. It was riveting from the very first page, so much so that I stayed up until 3AM reading the last 150 pages because I simply could not put it down. Baldacci gives the world another literary masterpiece. The characters or so well written, and the villians so loathesome that you wish you could reach into the book and get your hands on them. Ad to that the seemingly inescapable crises and the last second salvation, you have a compelling story, Beautifully written!...more
This is an excellent book. The premise is that someone starts assassinating prominent politicians and in order to get the killing to stop, the assassiThis is an excellent book. The premise is that someone starts assassinating prominent politicians and in order to get the killing to stop, the assassins demand that the president pass a balanced budget which controls spending (including entitlements), does not use accounting gimmicks, does not raise taxes, ends wasteful spending and ends partisan intrigue. They also demand s national crime bill that keeps violent criminals off the street, and another that pays off the debt.
In the book the assassins are angry at $5 trillion national debt and $1 billion per day in deficit spending. This was written just 14 years ago. Today our debt is over $14 trillion and we are adding $8 billion in new debt. If the assassins were angry then, they would be apoplectic today....more
A friend recommended that I read this book after we had a short discussion about the Federal Reserve. I only understood the Fed from a very general peA friend recommended that I read this book after we had a short discussion about the Federal Reserve. I only understood the Fed from a very general perspective, and with the current financial crisis fresh in mind, I decided to delve into it. This book concludes with a detailed history of how the Federal Reserve was brought to life by those that would most benefit (in a true "fox guarding the henhouse" scenario), and how it has led to a long series of economic boom and bust cycles. However, from my perspective, the most valuable part was at the beginning, with a layman's explanantion of fractional-reserve banking and how money is created out of thin air, leading to the "invisible tax" of inflation. A very good primer for those interested in the financial structure we are operating under....more