In the past couple of years, since the beginning of the Tea Party movement, the U.S.A. has seen many books that seek to influence it.
Dozens of authors vie to be proclaimed the “Thomas Paine” for a new generation of patriots, although most seem to have forgotten that Tom Paine was a rather harsh critic of organised religion, Christianity and possibly even an atheist. These authors tend to implore the movement away from merely fiscal issues into the murky realm of the social and religious.
Reason & Tolerance by Davis Jones IV boldly proclaims on its pamphlet-like cover “an argument asserting the necessity for an American Civic Revolution.” It goes on to proclaim “including Ten Amendments to Save America.”
In short, the author wants to toss out all the wisdom of the original constitution and constrict behaviour of the individual and governance with 10 new amendments to the constitution.
He rants against modern culture, society and all its ills. “Live and let live” seems a foreign notion to the author. Like the spectacle that was Beckapalooza this weekend, he believes God and religion will solve all ills.
That said while Beck rants, this is a clear and concise call for a distinct move away from both reason and tolerance. It would be antithetical to those who founded the nation and completely misses the point of the separation of church and state.
I suspect this will not be the last of such tomes written.