Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Putin on the March By Doug Schoen

The Russian President's Unchecked Global Advance

By Douglas E. Schoen

In his 2016 book, Putin’s Master Plan, Doug Schoen warned of the Russian president’s grand vision to expand his country’s influence around the world, especially in Eastern Europe, while destabilizing the Western alliance and delegitimizing the very principles of free societies - and especially the political model of democracy’s exemplar, the United States. Now, in his follow-up, Putin on the March, Schoen tells us Vladimir Putin is winning. Schoen brings the story up to date, warning that Putin’s mission is no abstraction but rather an active, ongoing campaign, and one that the Russian president has pursued with far more successes than setbacks. And Schoen warns again that the U.S. continues to lack a coherent plan for combating Russian aggression, political intrigue - including the cyberwarfare that has upended American politics - and the communications and propaganda offensive that seems continually to keep the Western democracies off balance.

In Putin on the March, you’ll learn about:

·     Russia’s ongoing aggression and its petro-politics;
·     The forming of the new Russian empire;
·     Russia’s backroom dealings;
·     Espionage: spies, leaks and cyberwarfare; and
·     How we can fight back, countering Russian aggression, with closer allies, clearer goals and empowering cyber-counterintelligence

In Putin on the March, Doug Schoen examines Russian moves across a range of geopolitical areas, including Moscow’s sustained menacing of its Eastern European neighbors, especially Ukraine, and analyzes Russia’s current posture regarding energy markets, the diplomatic situation, espionage and cyberwarfare, and Moscow-Washington relations. This follow-up reveals that Schoen’s previous warnings have been borne out. Under Putin’s leadership, Russia is achieving success in the three key areas in which it needs to prevail: foreign policy; control of Russian internal politics; and keeping the U.S. confused, demoralized, and even destabilized. Those who dismiss Putin’s behavior as unsustainable or reckless overlook the fundamental truth: he is getting away with it, and the more he gets away with, and the longer he does, the stronger he becomes - especially as the Western democracies grow more fractured both from their own internal problems and from lack of consensus on how to respond.

About the Author: Democratic Strategist, Fox News analyst and best-selling author, Doug Schoen, has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for over thirty years. Doug has advised President Bill Clinton, numerous governors and senators as well as NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. [more...]

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The False Promise of Big Government By Patrick M. Garry

By Patrick M. Garry

It’s time to change the debate by debunking progressives’ favorite myth about big government

Patrick M. Garry, a law professor and political commentator, explodes this widely accepted myth in his powerful new book, The False Promise of Big Government: How Washington Helps the Rich and Hurts the Poor.

The federal debt recently topped $20 trillion. So much for “the era of big government is over,” a statement famously made by a Democratic president two decades ago. What happened? Why has the crusade against big government failed? Because the advocates of limited government are making the wrong arguments.

Professor Garry shows why, and also reveals the right argument against big government. Progressives have created a massive and intrusive federal government by repeating this mantra: big government is necessary to help the “little guy” - the poor, working class, and middle class. There’s only one problem with progressives’ favorite claim: IT’S A MYTH!

The False Promise of Big Government reveals:

·     How big government hurts the very people it purports to help;
·     How big government is a tool of the elite, helping the rich, powerful, and politically connected;
·     Why America’s four richest counties are all suburbs of Washington, D.C.;
·     How the poor have been trapped in poverty by a federal War on Poverty that has cost THREE TIMES more than all of America's military wars combined
·     Why the two most common arguments against big government - about costs and constitutionality - don’t work;
·     Why big business loves big government and welcomes more federal regulations;
·     How big federal programs like Dodd-Frank and Obamacare spawn industry monopolization that hurts the average person; and
·     Why proponents of limited government aren’t heartless or mean-spirited - in fact, they’re trying to free the poor and vulnerable from government policies that harm them and hold them back.

In just 100 pages, The False Promise of Big Government lays out everything you need to know about why big government fails and how to overcome it at last.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patrick M. Garry, JD, PhD, is professor of law at the University of South Dakota. He is the award-winning author of several books, including Conservatism Redefined. Garry writes frequently for both popular and scholarly publications and has delivered hundreds of lectures across the country. He has been invited to testify before Congress several times.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Armageddon File By Stephen Coonts

By Stephen Coonts

Was the last election stolen? And if so, who did the stealing... and why? The answer lies in The Armageddon File - the latest book by national bestselling author, master thriller writer Stephen Coonts.

Stephen’s blockbuster bestsellers include The Flight of the Intruder and Libertys Last Stand. Now, at the top of his game in The Armageddon File, a story ripped from the nation’s headlines, Stephen takes a fresh look at the American presidential election system.

In Armageddon, CIA Director Jake Grafton and CIA Agent Tommy Carmellini race to discover who might have attempted - or succeeded - to steal the last presidential election. A string of dead bodies, rigged voting machines, and a conspiracy that seems to lead in divergent directions - from the uppermost reaches of the FBI to foreign powers, from high finance to organized crime - are only part of this gripping story of cross and double-cross that leads to a shattering climax.

Life imitates art and Coonts knows how to tell a story all about the real Electoral system and its profound effects; he knows that voter fraud is alive and well in America; and that courthouse politics has always been played for blood and money in America and political machines ruled some states for generations. In the old days politicians stayed in power by buying votes with whiskey, money, jobs, and illegal access to public assistance. Political machines stuffed ballot boxes in the big cities.

In America today, the cultural and political divide can generally be defined as a split between rural and urban America. In 2016 the press reported that in thirty-seven percent of the precincts in Detroit there were more ballots cast than there were registered voters. Ballot box stuffing, allowing illegal aliens to vote, and the failure to require a photo ID before allowing someone to vote no doubt all played a part. Still, despite the efforts of the Detroit Democrats, and to their horror, Michigan went for the Republican candidate, Donald Trump. What if the efforts of the Detroit Democrats had given the state to Hillary Clinton by one vote?

Coonts says the American election system is a patchwork antique that desperately needs an overhaul, which will probably have to come from the federal level. Requiring photo IDs to register and to vote is a cheap and easy fix that would do much to cure some of the system’s ills. However, politicians who think they benefit from crooked elections have resisted this change with all their might in legislative bodies and federal courts, waving the bloody flag of racial discrimination. [more...]

About the Author: Stephen Coonts is one of America’s greatest thriller writers. A former naval aviator and Vietnam War combat veteran, he is the author of The Flight of the Intruder, The Assassin, The Disciple, Libertys Last Stand, and sixteen national bestsellers. A graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Colorado School of Law, follow Stephen Coonts on Facebook and visit his website at www.coonts.com.