Book Review: Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me

You may call him a blow-hard, a troublemaker, or just plain ignorant but one thing you can’t call him is unpatriotic. He loves his country but has become disillusioned by it. His time in office took its toll on him and his family. Granted, some of it was of his own doing. Politicians are under the microscope no matter whom they are and an actor turned politician magnifies the scrutiny even more. So if he wanted to steer clear of negative press, he should have thought before he spoke. But that’s not Jesse. He got elected as an Independent in the grand tradition of grassroots campaign. He didn’t have the money of affluent citizens or wealthy corporations behind him. He had to take to the streets in the stead of taking to the airwaves. He made many an enemy in both the government and the media by refusing to play the game. In doing, so he was in a very unique position and he’s now using that position to ask some controversial questions.

Calling upon his perspective as an outsider inside the upper levels of state government, some of those aforementioned questions are:

  • Did Castro have a hand in the death of JFK?
  • Could the planes on 9/11 have been intercepted?
  • Is the two party system broken?

It’s very hard to remain objective about the questions he asks. You’ll either be caught up in his “revolution” or you’ll deride him as nothing more than an unhinged conspiracy theorist. I don’t think there’s room for any middle ground. The stories are linked together by pretty apt descriptions of Middle America. Some of the descriptions even come from Terry, his wife. She chimes in on not only Jesse’s stories but also her thoughts on Middle America. It does afford the reader a different perspective, albeit still on the same side of the fence. If you’re interested in seeing which side of the fence you’re on, pick up this book and find out.

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