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In The Next American Revolution, Charles R. Hooper identifies the corrupted congressional electoral system as the culprit behind a failed national legislature. No matter how much Congress is despised or how dramatic elections appear to be, 80% to 90% of incumbents remain in office. Until reforms are made that alter how members of Congress are elected and how long they can serve in office, there will be no stopping a runaway Congress from ruining its own country. Hooper empowers Americans with the knowledge of a tool the Constitution's framers left to overcome a corrupt federal government. Through Article V of the U.S. Constitution Americans have the right and the power to legally, safely, and effectively take back their Congress. Hooper argues that Americans should momentarily lay aside their partisan differences and focus their combined power toward one common cause--a revolution calling for a convention of the states specifically and solely for the purpose of proposing amendments that will restore Congress to the institution envisioned by the Founders. The author dispels most of the myths surrounding Article V and effectively explains why this is the peoples' best (and last) hope of saving our country from a tyrannical Congress.
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Charles R. Hooper graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a concentration in sociology and political science. He later received a master's degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He describes himself as a "professional advocate." He wants to show Americans how they can use the Constitution to solve the greatest challenge our nation has ever faced--tyranny from within.Review:
Charles Hooper begins this important book by quoting Thomas Paine, whose famous line,'These are the times that try men's souls,' was used by George Washington to inspire his troops and whip the British. According to Hooper, we're again living in very trying times, due to the paralysis in Congress caused by partisanship and greed. He spends the rest of the book arguing for a new American Revolution -- a call for congressional reform and a return to our Founding values -- that will throw out self-serving bureaucrats and replace them with 'servants of the people' envisioned by our Constitution. The book ends with a warning from 20th president James Garfield: 'If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.' As Hooper says, we owe it to past and future generations to fight for a better America.
By: Jim Barnes, Editor, Independent Publisher Online, August 2010.
The United States Congress has been reduced to a partisan body of bickerers, controlled by special interest groups, in which members are more concerned about their re-elections, perks, and power than they are about serving their constituents, claims the author. His remedy is for the states to call an amendment convention, as described in Article Five of the Constitution. This is not a radical screed calling for the overthrow of the government, but rather a well-conceived plan that would result in a peaceful revolution and make Congress responsive to the public.
Likely, his role as a professional advocate informs this sensible, concise blueprint for congressional reform. This reviewer does not share the author s optimism that the public would form the dedicated grassroots movement necessary to convince their state legislators to call an Article Five Convention. Amendments passed to reform Congress at such a convention must be approved by three-fourths (or thirty-eight) of the states to become part of the Constitution. Public concerns about jobs and the economy might take priority; and congressional power for better or worse is likely too entrenched to be reined in. (A classic example of the foxes guarding the henhouses.)
However, Hooper might ultimately be proven right and his analysis and suggested changes are worthy of consideration by all people concerned about the current state of Congress. The author calls for new constitutional amendments: the 28th would impose term limits of twelve years total on congressmen and senators, the 29th would require that all campaign funding come solely from individual citizens, and the 30th would reduce the number of congressional districts in each state to one or three.
The author does not offer his plan as the ultimate cure-all for Congress, an institution clearly in need of repair, but rather as a springboard for further dialogue and public action. Much of what Hooper says make sense, notably that congressional districts are too large, that state governments have been increasingly burdened by unfunded federal government mandates, and that Article Five may be the key to congressional reform. Readers might not agree with all that the author proposes, but will likely be impressed by his passionate commitment to this cause and the public s role in making it happen.
By: Karl Helicher, ForeWord Reviews, August 2010
The book is boldly called The Next American Revolution with a subtitle of "How to Demand Congressional Reform NOW." And by all possible reasoning that is an accurate description of what the author, Charles R. Hooper, aims to achieve. Lest you worry it is not some Turner Diary style call to arms, but a call to use the provisos set aside in the Constitution to help keep government as it's meant to be, by the people and for the people.
Hooper, mercifully, does not believe that this book needs to be a long turgid tome. The book, all of 144 pages including the Constitution, is more a pamphlet than a political book. The book is meant to be read by everyone and is not merely a theoretical examination of his suggestions.
His ideas are not unique as he is hardly the first person of late to call for a Constitutional Convention. What is clever about this book is that he has written helpful suggestions to possible constitutional amendments to be proposed by any such convention. He even takes the time to get the wording so that it's in a proper format.
...this is a well written book that is well worth the read. It goes some way to allaying the fears of those fearful of even contemplating a Constitutional Convention. This is a valuable addition to the debate about how to rectify the current Washington vs. people disconnect.
By: Andrew Ian Dodge, Special to the Washington/San Francisco Examiner
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