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So I Ran for Congress

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In 2016, Arik Bjorn ran against veteran Republican Congressman Joe “You Lie!” Wilson as the Democratic Party/Green Party fusion candidate in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. Bjorn stepped forward at the registration deadline, as no legitimate Democratic Party candidate had emerged to run.

“So I Ran for Congress” chronicles Bjorn’s uncharacteristic first race
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published August 2017 by Viking Word
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Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Something of a mixed bag.

I didn’t particularly enjoy the interview format of the first part of the book. It felt like I was not “getting” a number of inside jokes. The collection of articles and speeches that made up the second part became repetitive. (I love that the author included social media posts written by his daughter.) However, the messages are clear and important. This book changed my behavior and pushed me to become more politically active beyond “clicks and shares.” So, in that sense
Amber Nicole
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Insightful, and hopeful. I'm glad I read this one and would recommend it to other aspiring activists in the South.

My one gripe with Mr. Bjorn is in his explanation of '#resist,' which happens to be throughout the book. I guess I'm a little disappointed in leftist America in general that Trump is being held up as something different than what has been going on in the Republican Party for decades. Trump is no different; he's the logical conclusion of Regan Republicanism, just much louder and more
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Arik Bjorn is a novelist, essayist, and poet, but most of all, a dedicated father. He enjoys French silk pie as well as a quality shot of bourbon. His writing explores such themes as the Problem of Pain and building Civilization--or at least humanity's efforts to-date.

He has eight books available on on Goodreads and Amazon, including his first novel, "The Prodigal" (2020). "The Prodigal" took 25 y

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