Book Review: The Contract on the Government

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 8.22.19 AMIf the standoff between an American Cowboy (Cliven Bundy) and the federal government is any indication of a Government out of control, just wait until the real tyranny begins before the 2016 Presidential elections.  No doubt the current administration and the progressives who want more power will stop at nothing to keep it. Add to that list the many left-leaning Republicans and liberal Democrats, and you have a cesspool of corruption on the backs of the American people.  Tired of it? Think there is nothing you can do about it? Think again.

There is a growing swell of contempt by the American people against the “go along to get along” politicians. Blue dog Democrats, independents, conservatives, Tea Party member and libertarians are standing together in unison and as seen with the Nevada standoff, the federal government is growing concerned of the strength in peace resistance. Everyone is exhausted by the endless broken promises told to them by politicians who are more interested in the money than the principles they were supposed to stand for.

After five years of dedication, award winning author and investigative journalist Tommy “Scott” Hudson released a common sense layman-friendly book called The Contract on the Government.  Recently I talked with Tommy about what motivated him to write this book.  I came away with a new appreciation for the person I already considered a friend and admired greatly for his determination to be involved for his country.  Make no mistake, his daughter is the catalyst–but he has always had the burning desire to make a difference.

The patriot behind the shades

The cover of the book is intriguing to say the least. It shows George Washington with sunglasses, depicting the image of the Donkey (Democrats) and the Elephant (Republican) while brandishing a gun.  When I asked Tommy about his choice for the cover of the book, he explained how our very first President was neither a Republican nor a Democrat. Washington instead had a great dislike for the idea of a two party system.  Washington also never believed in long standing military involvement nor did he consider the concept of long term alliances (like the U.N.) a good idea.  Washington instead believed in more libertarian views of today and realized that to be anything else would be a detriment to a new nation.  Today we are facing the opposite of what Washington envisioned for this country, with not only out of control domestic spending but a military welfare state as well.

The 10th Amendment and 17th Amendment

“Liberals in Washington” as Tommy described “are very open about their intent for our Government. They are honest about wanting Government big and wanting more safety nets, programs and taxation to get that.  However, Conservatives talk about cutting spending when they are in campaign mode and once in office they do just the opposite. They forget who voted for them and why they were put into office in the first place.”

History is the great indicator of what will happen when a country spends over its means.  Romania, France and Greece are just a few examples of what happens when a government spends more than it takes in and America is on a fast track of facing the same reality. As Tommy states in Contract on the Government,  “America is bleeding money by not only spending on government programs that are failing and wasteful but also sending billions of dollars to countries that abhor what we stand for as a nation.”

Tommy also stresses the importance and intention of the 10th Amendment versus the General Welfare Clause and how the States should be in control, which is why he advocates abolishing the 17th Amendment.

“Senators were supposed to be the ambassadors for the people. The idea of dual sovereignty doesn’t exist because states have no voice in Washington. Again, not as the Founders intended. They (Founders) knew that Representatives would be swayed by the power of Washington which is why the two year term exists. We need term limits for Senators as well.”

For many citizens of this great country, the continued out of control growth of Government has become that monster under our beds. Generations before us raised the cover over their heads for far too long hoping that fear of the unknown to disappear; now we are facing the reality of just how big and scary Government has become. As Tommy so eloquently states, “It’s time that our generation takes a stand and makes a difference for our children and their children in s the future. Our grandparents had hope of new possibilities, our parents had them as well and now this generation for the first time is feeling that maybe things are not as hopeful and we are scared for our kids.” 

Failed Branches of Government

Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Education are just two examples of a big government politician who came up with another branch of power for Washington to control the American people. America spends more per child on education that any nation in the world and yet the unions and government bureaucrats are the only people benefiting from such policies not the children. The Department of Housing and Urban Develop (HUD) each year pay our billions of dollars in grants to entities under the guise of promoting infrastructure for inner cities and yet taxpayer money is never used for those purposes. Again, more government waste. The Contract on the Government explains this in concise terms and defends the need to abolish failing branches of government and let the states decide what is best for its citizens.

In The Contract on the Government, Tommy spells out the nine “planks” of how we as Americans can make a change for that bright future to occur once again.  The book is short and well written with interesting facts of our history many of us were never taught in school. It is clear in its content that Tommy truly understands what the Founding Fathers intended and how the Federalist Papers influenced the crafting of the framework of what government is supposed to be.  If you are looking for a 200 page rant about Obama and liberal policies, this book is not for you.  However this is more of a blueprint for those who have asked that question, “How do I make a difference and become involved?”

If you want a wonderful and informative book for your charter school or homeschool students,  or if you want a blueprint for how our country should be supported and how government should ideally operate, check out The Contract on the Government by Tommy Hudson.  It is a book that is short, easy to read and a great Civics refresher.  

Available on Amazon and at the website

Michele Toth

South Carolina PolitiChick Michele Toth served as producer and co-host of a popular Fox News affiliate station WNRR1380 and still fills in regularly as guest host for the Austin Rhodes Show on WGAC 95.1 FM in Augusta, Ga. Michele has interviewed such guests as Ambassador John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Economist Peter Schift, and many more. Michele also has assisted as a social media strategist for political campaigns in both South Carolina and Georgia. Michele holds a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership and currently works as an Administrator for a large healthcare entity in Augusta, Georgia. Her articles have been seen on the Daily Caller and several other conservative media sites. You can follow Michele on Facebook and also on Twitter @mychel and see more of her writing/articles on her website

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