I loved this book for several reasons. One reason is that Evan Mecham is my grandfather’s brother. I met him a few times, and he was an amazing man. As I hear stories about him and read his books, me esteem for Evan grows. He was a true patriot, and an honest politician. That’s probably why he had such a hard time in politics.
Another reason I love this book is that it amazes me that Evan saw the downward trajectory of our nation, its causes, and the solutions so clearly, so long ago. He was right in most cases, and unfortunately, we the people, generally, have rejected the solutions he proposed. His ideas aren’t new; they are based on clear historical cycles and the writings of our Founding Fathers.
In the Epilogue, Evan writes:
If I can reduce my criticism of the present order of government to one statement it would be that centralized power expresses a fear of the future as reflected in the lack of confidence in people to guide their own destinies. I hold no such fear and I don’t think the majority of Americans do, either.
Doing what we must to remain a free people, putting aside false notions of government and rebuilding on the solid bedrock of the Constitution, we hae a fabulous future ahead of us.
He then summarizes the major points of areas we must change to return to a state of freedom and prosperity that naturally follows good government operating within the model of the Constitution. They are as follows:
*Reduce the cost of government operations to 25% of the Gross National Product.
*Return control of the monetary system to Congress. Mecham thoroughly discusses the dangers of a monetary system in which a relative few number of men have control(especially bankers and investors who might operate in a manner that benefits themselves and their friends at the expense of the regular people).
*Reduce non-democratic, bureaucratic, centralized control by social planners who believe they must protect the people from themselves.
*Return government functions to the appropriate level. Everyday matters such as law enforcement, welfare, healthcare, etc. are best attended to at the local level. When the federal government tries to control these areas, the resulting levels of bureaucracy make assistance less appropriate, slower, and more expensive.
The problems that Evan identified are still very real and are much more advanced than when he wrote this book. The solutions he proposed are still appropriate. In fact, their implementation is much more urgent than in the 1980’s.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in politics and Constitutional government.