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A republic, if you can keep it...

Todd Douglas' latest book chronicles the counterrevolution that has already taken place
Patrick Henry University Press

When Benjamin Franklin descended the front steps of Independence Hall on September 17, 1787 after signing the new Constitution of the United States, someone shouted a question: “Well doctor, what have we got – a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied, “A republic…if you can keep it.”

Written by former Navy Intelligence Specialist and 22-year state police commander Todd Douglas, it is the first book of its kind to provide the historical record of the decline and fall of America’s constitution, and to combine that context with the political and intellectual trickery that keeps the statist elites of both major political parties in power. The two-part book chronicles the highlights of the constitution’s demise from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, to Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of Habeas Corpus and invasion of the Southern Confederacy, through Woodrow Wilson and FDR’s direct repudiation of both the Declaration of Independence and the constitution.

A Republic, if you can keep it, explains how the founders knew what danger governments posed to the people they govern and specifically refutes the legal doctrines that have allowed the federal government to expand its powers to cover nearly every aspect of Americans’ private lives.

The book’s second part details how lies, deception, and blatant stupidity are used to keep the public confused and to turn American values of freedom and equality on their heads to justify the endless expansion of government. Part two exposes the techniques used to divide, distract, and oppress the citizenry, examines the current state of individual liberty, and offers solutions for a return to freedom.

The book differs from other “conservative” non-fiction, in that its focus is on educating the reader about the universal nature of power and a great deal of forgotten American history. Rather than simply a rant or another angry indictment of the Obama, administration, the book demonstrates that the Obama presidency is nothing more than the logical result of a historical path America started upon in earnest in 1913. The book also does not merely provide yet another recitation of so-called conservative values relating to sexuality, drugs, and religion. Rather it points out that politicians have no business discussing any of those issues – at least not at the federal government level.

A Republic, if you can keep it explains to readers of all political persuasions that while terms such as left, right, socialist etc. have some utility, a free individual should look at governmental systems along a continuum of government control over their lives, and that both Republicans and Democrats are perfectly happy with the gigantic, illegal monster of a federal government we all struggle under; they just want to be the ones to decide which levers and dials to manipulate to fix everyone’s problems and keep themselves in their seats of power and privilege.

Most conservative books are written from the premise that the threat to our freedom and the future of our republic are some recent and sudden development that arrived with the administration of Barack Obama; and that can be reversed by the election of a Republican to the presidency. As Newt Gingrich writes in his recent bestseller, “America as we know it is now facing a mortal threat." A Republic, if you can keep it points out that the mortal threat to America has been more than a hundred years in the making. The central fact missed by most of the popular literature is that the American constitution has been swept aside long ago - the counterrevolution is complete.

While the book offers plenty of criticism of the present administration, there is criticism for Republican politicians as well, including Abraham Lincoln and George W. Bush. The criticism however is not simply a vehicle to express outrage or generate negative emotions in the reader, but rather to provide object lessons for the underlying, root cause of America’s decline. That cause is twofold; the abandonment of the fundamental corollary to the Declaration of Independence, which is that governments are by their nature dangerous to liberty – that they are a necessary evil and not a force for good; the second is our society’s general abdication of reason – the refusal of individuals to accept the responsibility of facing reality and drawing rational conclusions.

Rather than providing a litany of things that government can do to fix all of America’s ills, the book provides a list of actions to restore freedom by stripping the federal government of its ability to tyrannize its citizens, through a constitutional convention to restore federalism as established by the founders and sweep away a century of Supreme Court perversion of the constitution.

The book not only provides a succinct historical explanation of when and how America became detached from its core principles and constitution, but makes clear to the reader that the ideas being debated by our political masters are not the most important concern; in most instances, the most serious problem is the fact that politicians are having the debate in the first place – the fact that virtually every aspect of human existence has become the province of a distant centralized government, whose unelected bureaucrats issue more edicts and commands than can even be reliably counted.

The book is available at Amazon and at a 15% discount at

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