Monthly Archives: May 2017

Book Blast: The Right-Wing Threat to Democracy by Burt Hall

 

 

For over thirty years, World War II veteran and author Burt Hall assessed accountability in government and national security. Now, this seasoned, professional analyst delivers a tough account of what went wrong in our politics and system of government over the past two decades and what we can do about it.
The right wing (not to be confused with Conservatism) has hijacked the Republican Party and wrecked havoc on our nation. It exploited basic flaws in our system to gain power and a series of major setbacks and a weakened democracy have followed.
The Right-Wing Threat to Democracy lays out clearly what the basic flaws in our system are and how they can be fixed. The danger is that an ongoing shift of political power to the very wealthy and suppression of voting rights is silencing the voice of the average citizen.
If elected officials do not fix the basic flaws, the American people have alternatives in our democracy and must take matters into their own hands.
After early careers in the aircraft electronics field and as a CPA, Burt Hall joined the USGovernment Accountability Office (GAO), where he served as group director analyst on national security and other matters. For more than thirty years, he reported to Congress and testified before its committees on behalf of the GAO. Mr. Hall graduated from the Harvard Advanced Management Program and was loaned twice for two years, once to a bipartisan congressional commission and later to the Reagan White House.With Ed Asner, who also contributed to The Right-Wing Threat to Democracy, Hall coauthored Misuse of Power. He coauthored the bestselling book, How the Experts Win at Bridge, with his wife, Lynn.

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Book Blast: Say What Loneliness? by Chaunda Gaines

 

 

Loneliness is a universal thing that affects us all. It can happen when we least expect or when we isolate ourselves from others. Having experienced loneliness, author Chaunda Gaines reveals her thoughts and suggestions that can help you with the release of her new book Say What Loneliness? This book is an inspirational guide written to help you find out where loneliness fits into your life. It can inspire you to determine if you can make your life better than what it is or even find new directions whenever you feel lost, lonely and clueless. If you know someone feeling really lonely, buy this book for them. Start making a difference with this engaging book today!
Chaunda grew up in Third Ward, Texas. She’s half Hispanic. She graduated from Marion High School in Houston, Texas. She has worked in the insurance industry for twenty-three years. She always had a dream of becoming a writer from the very age of sixteen. She grew up finding about life the hard way. She had nobody to tell her about life problems you experience, the outcome of decisions and choices you make that can scar you for life. This is what aspired her to write to help others. She writes using discernment guided by divine inspiration. When she is writing she can zone herself in that element thinking how you as an individual can be thinking inside your mind. She has gone through many hardships, heartaches, failed relationships, failed marriages and many storms in her life. Her writings are real, simple and plain. Her book is about how loneliness can effect the behavior pattern of an individual life. The outcome of loneliness creeping inside your soul could result in erratic behavior. Which could have you making bad decisions or choices in your life which can end up hurting you. There are twenty topics in this book short and precise which deals with real life issues in our everyday life. In each topic, there is an solution to how you can make your life better than it is to continue moving forward in your life and not going backwards when loneliness is present. She hopes you enjoy reading “Say What? Loneliness.

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Book Blast: Iniquities of Gulch Fork by Bob Smith and Sara Rhodes

 

 

 

 

 

In the worn and tired town of Gulch Fork, Arkansas, certified nursing assistant Samantha Caminos heads to her patient Rob Dean’s home and wonders how she can find common ground with the aloof, disabled Vietnam veteran who suffers from not only PTSD but also severe neuropathy caused by Agent Orange. As Samantha approaches the house, she has no idea that very soon their lives will take a new turn. Gulch Fork, a town once filled with Ozark tranquility, takes on an aura of evil when bizarre events begin to affect Rob and two other war-scarred veterans, Peter Ness and Ron Woods-Samantha’s father. But when Samantha learns that two elderly couples without living relatives in the area have fallen prey to fraud and embezzlement by a man who claims to be a pastor, she sets out on a quest to piece together a complex mystery fueled by those hell-bent on taking advantage of citizens too fragile to defend themselves. In this compelling novel based on true events, three veterans seeking peace and serenity from PTSD fall victim to injustice, prompting a young health care worker to investigate the evil that has infiltrated their once peaceful Arkansas town.

Bob Smith is a naval officer who had Agent Orange spilled on him in Vietnam and suffers from severe PTSD in addition to disabling neuropathy. After living in Spain, he returned to America and settled in the Ozarks, where he is happily pursuing his dream of writing. Sara Rhodes is a wife, mother, and certified nursing assistant who originally lived in Alaska before moving to the Ozarks with her family. Bob is her former patient whose teachings about PTSD helped her recognize her own father’s battle with it. Both Bob and Sara find animals to be a great source of comfort.

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Interview with H. John Lyke and Kathryn L. Robyn, authors of Political Straight Talk

 

Inside the Book:

 

Title: Political Straight Talk

Author: H. John Lyke with Kathryn L. Robyn

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Political

Format: Ebook

In writing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, our Founding Fathers established a democratic republic with a solid political basis. What they wrote was the political map that future representatives would need to follow to conduct the people’s business in an efficient and effective manner. As long as they faithfully carried out the people’s will, our democracy and republic would function in a way congruent with our forebears’ wishes.



What in the world happened?



H. John Lyke, a board-certified psychologist and professor emeritus at Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the author of multiple political psychology books, suggests that ever since George Washington retired as captain of our ship of state, subsequent presidents and members of Congress have failed to use the sailing chart of the Constitution. Instead, they’ve chosen to pursue their own and their political parties’ self-interests.



Lyke uses psychological principles to explore the reasons why our government has fallen so low, and in the voice of a kind but determined therapist, he offers simple and viable solutions to get us back to following our map.


The Interview:


Could you please tell us a little about your book? 
 
Kathryn: Political Straight Talk, like its subtitle states, is a prescription for healing our broken system of government. The book starts as a continuation of the discussion of John’s previous books, The Impotent Giant: How to Reclaim the Moral High Ground of America’s Politics and What Would Our Founding Fathers Say?—How Today’s Leaders Have Lost Their Way. First we lay out the vision the Founders of the United States of America had for a democratic republic with liberty and justice for all, the interpersonal processes of integrity they called upon to come to agreement in creating the documents upon which our overall mission of freedom (The Declaration of Independence) and the structure that would maintain that (The Constitution) were based, and the many ways we have struggled to live up to that vision throughout our history, by turns failing and progressing. Our view is that at our current crossroads, we are failing. The rest of the book talks about ways to fix that, including a discussion of psychological processes needed to restore the leadership and citizenry to sanity, four amendments to the Constitution to address persistent systemic issues with power and alienation in politics, and a call for love, for without empathy, compassion, and love for all the people, not only our democracy, but the planet itself will likely be lost in our grandchildren’s lifetime. 
 
Who or what is the inspiration behind this book? 
 
John: I became interested in history only as an older man, never having really had the opportunity to study it at school. I read everything I could get my hands on about our Founding Fathers and was particularly inspired by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and though he was not an original Founder, one might say he was the first founder of the country as a free state, Abraham Lincoln. Though very different men, they shared an implicit and passionate sense of what our second president, John Adams, referred to as “public and private virtue,” the twin qualities of integrity they each believed no democracy could survive without. I looked around for that quality in our leadership today, and found it wanting. I decided to explore why. 
 
What cause are you most passionate about and why? 
 
Kathryn: We are both passionate about the importance of love in all decision-making by government and business, in addition to our personal lives. When money or profit is the valued goal or motive, oppression and alienation will result, because the profit mentality is built around the idea of scarcity. The idea that we are all in competition for resources and successful outcomes has grown beyond the small business model into the realm of government, as if there is not enough liberty and justice and well-being itself to go around. Love has the opposite view: that with all of us pulling for everybody, there is plenty to go around, not just for liberty and justice, which should be free to all, but resources as well. In a healthy family, you don’t just feed some of your children and one parent; you make sure everyone is equally cared for to reach their potential. The same must be true in a democratic republic. 
 
Do you have any rituals you follow when you finish a piece of work? 
 
Kathryn: I’d like to say I dance a jig, but the knees aren’t what they once were. [Laughs.] But we did talk on the phone and share a nice grin. 
 
John: Since I’m 84, dancing a jig is out of the question. That’s because if I ever knew the steps involved, because of my age, I wouldn’t remember them today. Besides, my arthritic leg would prevent me from dancing even if I knew the steps! 
 
Who has influenced you throughout your writing career? 
 
John: Kathryn! I’ve said this many times, and though Kathryn gets embarrassed by it, I can’t say it enough that when I found her as an editor, my writing life changed to something I could respect and feel respected for. That was a great gift to me in my life, not just as a writer, but as a human being. Plus, over the years, she has unselfishly served as a marvelous catalyst for me to strive for excellence; it indeed has been an honor and a privilege to have received her generous tutelage over the years. 
 
Kathryn: Thank you, John! I have been an avid reader since I was a child; consequently, my influences are abounding. But I’d have to say that it was songwriters from Joni Mitchell to Paul Simon and Johnny Mercer to Beyoncé that have given me the sense of story, rhythm, and imagery with which I try to keep the reader engaged and turning pages. 
 
What are some of your long-term goals? 
 
John: To heal our beloved country! To get a national discussion going that brings back integrity as the number one quality we look for in politicians and infuses love into the electorate as well as the leadership when making laws that affect We the People. 
 
Kathryn: It’s a gargantuan task admittedly, but I think my efforts also lean in that direction. 




Meet the Author:


Dr. Lyke earned his master’s degree in clinical psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia and his doctorate at Michigan State University. He is a board-certified psychologist and professor emeritus at Metropolitan State College of Denver, and was a clinical psychologist for the State of Colorado for many years. He has written the political psychology books The Impotent Giant and What Would Our Founding Fathers Say: How Our Leaders Have Lost Their Way, and co-authored a psychology self-help book, Walking on Air without Stumbling. He lives in Denver and has three grown children and four grandchildren. To find out more, please visit lykeablebooks4u. com, where you can read more about him as well as follow his current and archived blog posts.



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