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What Is America, We Can Do Better?
America, We Can Do Better is a book advocating for a new conservative political party. The book establishes why the US needs a new major party and how we can make it happen.
Americans love choices and competition. From car repair and dry cleaning to video streaming and cell phones, we reward those who give us the best service at the best price. We have competition and choice in politics represented by the two major parties. There’s just one major problem. They’re both terrible.
The purpose of the America, We Can Do Better book is to show the reader how you can help create a new conservative political party. The book is written for both political activists and concerned citizens with limited resources to invest in supporting a new political party.
While the 2 U.S. parties emphasize where they differ, there’s a lot they have in common.
Both parties have:
● rewarded ignorant, nonsensical leaders.
● brought multiple political scandals.
● promoted sexual predators to high political office.
● winked at the bigotry of their own party members.
● sought to undermine the Constitution.
● pitted Americans against each other for power.
● no plan to address our nation’s skyrocketing $22 trillion debt.
● been immersed in corruption.
What’s A Kakistrocracy?
Americans know something’s wrong. The two major political parties form a kakistocracy, which is a government run by the worst, most unscrupulous people. A 2018 Voter Study Group poll showed that 68% of Americans want a new major political party.
Why Hasn’t This Happened?
Many minor party activists cite the challenging process of ballot access and lack of media coverage. Others will say third parties are hindered by our current electoral system. Both are hurdles a new party has to jump over, but the bigger problem is no one has started the race.
What About The Green Party, Libertarian Party, And 20 Other Smaller U.S. Parties?
Yes, there are more than two parties in the United States. However, they have not gained much of a following. The book America, We Can Do Better will help you and your movement be more successful than these minor parties because the goal is not to just make a point but rather to build a broad-based political party that will replace one of the major parties.
When I left my old party in 2016, I couldn’t find a viable game plan for forming a serious new political party. What literature I could find on third parties either just explains the problem with the major parties or promotes fringe political parties that won't capture the electorate.
America, We Can Do Better is different. This book incorporates my experience as a former Republican activist, precinct captain, state convention delegate, state presidential campaign coordinator, and a lifelong student of politics. The book combines a principled case for a new political party with practical insight on how to create a political party that can grow strong enough to replace a major party. While written from a Conservative’s perspective, most of its principles would apply to any new political party.
Why Do We Need A New Political Party?
The first section of the book outlines in detail the case for why this is necessary.
Let me be clear: forming a new political party is not going to be quick or easy. That’s why I remained an active Republican for many years despite the party being so off-course. I also address the popular argument no new party should be started until the legislative bodies dominated by the two major parties pass laws that make it easier for a new party to win and compete. A new political party isn’t the best way to affect political change. It’s the only way.
Issues The Book Tackles:
● The Republican Party failed to live up to their principles BEFORE Trump.
● How Trump made things worse.
● How the GOP has changed.
● Challenges to starting a new major political party.
● Why a Primary Challenge to Trump is pointless.
● Why Democrats are not an acceptable alternative.
● A new political party vs. running Independent Candidates.
How Do We Get It Done?
The second section of the book discusses how we can make a new political party happen. The topics the book covers include:
● Ways to avoid “splitting the vote.”
● 3 key foundations for a new conservative party.
● Identifying false dichotomies of today’s politics.
● 5 rules for creating an effective party platform.
● National and state party leader advice.
● How to establish State Parties.
● Understanding the role of local politics.
● How common citizens with limited time and resources can contribute.
● How to take action today.
It’s About OUR Party
This book doesn’t pretend to have the answer to everything, which is why it can do some good. Many political books dictate to activists an entire political program to address every possible political issue out there. I don’t do that for one simple reason. A political party based entirely on my ideas and philosophy would only have one member—or perhaps two members, if my wife felt sorry for me.
For a new party form and last, it has to be your party. We all need to have a say in what a new party’s platform will be. That’s why I lay out key principles a successful new party will stand for—such as the importance of character and ethics in government—and I suggest three issues I recommend a new conservative party address in their platform, but I leave room for grassroots activists to make a new party their own.
Who Is America, We Can Do Better For?
The book is written for both political activists and concerned citizens with limited resources (time and/or money) to invest in supporting a new political party.
For the activists, this book will be a good jumping off point that will provide solid basic advice that will get them started in the right direction. For concerned citizens with limited resources, this book will teach you how to identify a functional and competitive new political party that’s worth investing in. At less than 60,000 words long, the book makes its points with brevity and clarity.
This book is for people who love America and look at its history of grand achievements and the noble statesmen of the past and conclude we deserve better than our current broken, corrupt political parties.
What Is Included In Your Investment?
You will get a copy of the book (either digital or hard copy) and the chance to contribute to a bigger goal: building a new conservative party to address the challenges of the twenty-first century. You have the opportunity to shape America’s future.
December 2016 - Created Concept
June 2017-December 2018 - Wrote book
January 2019 - Edited book
April 2019 - Kickstarter Launch
June 2019 - Kickstarter successful, start working on publishing logistics, send digital copies
July-August 2019 - Everyone receives hard copies
August 2019 - Start building up social media events
September 2019 - Book tour and political events
Where Will The Funds Go?
When the goal is reached, the funds will be used to pay for proofreading, cover design, and final polishes to make the book a solid professional product as well as to distribute physical copies. Funds above that goal will be used first and foremost to help with specific marketing and public relations goals. (See Risks and Challenges section.)
Can’t Contribute Right Now? You Can Still Help In A Big Way!
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Who Created America, We Can Do Better?
Growing up, I spent six years travelling America with my mother and itinerant preacher father. Neither of my parents were politically active, but for my eighth birthday I received a deck of U.S. President flash cards. That sparked a lifelong interest in politics. I began to read voraciously about politics and history. I became a conservative because I believed limiting and reforming government would make people’s lives better.
Over the years, I became involved in many conservative, pro-life, and Republican causes and have volunteered for multiple conservative political campaigns. I was Secretary of the Flathead County (Montana) Republican Party. When I moved to Idaho, I became was a Precinct Committeeman from 2006-2008 and I was a delegate to the 2008 Idaho Republican Party Convention. I served as state coordinator for three Republican Presidential campaigns between 2000 and 2012. I was a candidate for the Idaho House of Representative in 2004.
I’m also a conservative writer whose work has appeared on PJMedia.com and I currently write at Caffeinated Thoughts. I live in Boise, Idaho with my wife, Andrea.
Risks and challenges
The book is complete and it will be published on my own imprint, but we still need to complete copy-editing and cover design. There’s little risk I won’t publish the book, but I need your help to do it right. When we meet our Kickstarter goal, it’ll help me hire qualified professional freelancers. The risk would come in choosing the right experts in their field to launch my book forward.
I have published several books before, with a small budget and limited marketing opportunities. Shipping and distribution could be a challenge to get the book to everyone on time. To negate this, I am offering a free digital copy of my book as you wait for your physical copy to arrive.
If we reach beyond our minimum goal to $2000, we'll be able to purchase a premium WordPress theme and a customer website header. Further beyond that will allow us to pursue key marketing opportunities that will promote the book, including making the book available for reviews on Net Galley. Note in-kind gifts/exchanges of services would also be gratefully accepted.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter