“Politics-The art or science of Government”– Merriam-Webster
“Politics The art of Life”–An olde government teacher
Many years ago when a young lady I knew heard that my childhood was spent in the North she informed me, “I was twenty one when I learned that Damn Yankee was two separate words.” A similar analogy can be made that “dirty politics” for many is one word. In my teaching I had to dispute that as frankly there is politics every where you look. In my high school there could be politics between teachers and departments and even for the kids in regard to such things as making a team, becoming a cheer leader, a class officer or even joining the band. I used to jokingly tell my students that even getting a date, getting dressed and prepared for the date, and how you dealt with each other on the date could be seen as politics.
That may seem like a long introduction to get to a review, however this review is about a book that I wish I had had access to when I was still in the classroom for four decades. It is a book I would encourage every government and civics class to have in secondary schools and colleges. PolitiChicks: A Clarion Call to Political Activism is a collection of articles by different authors that this brilliant group of ladies have accumulated over the years covering every aspect of society. That includes religion and our churches which is why my newsletter, Point North Outreach, needed to cover it. Put together by Ann-Marie Murrell, Morgan Brittany and Sonya Sasser, whose own articles are included, it is good fast reading that looks at our society in depth.
There is too much to cover in a review so only highlights that especially attracted this writer will be mentioned. We have here an excellent analysis of political parties past and present and the best explanation I have read yet as to how Donald J. Trump became our 45th president. As a retired teacher I appreciated their articles on education and the dangers presented by Common Core. How there is a rewriting and falsifying of our past and the praise of socialism being superior to capitalism and the answer to all Earth’s problems.
What attracted this writer the most was the examination of religion. That included the dangers we face from the spread of Islam which is deceptive in its outreach to non believers. There is a definite war on women in this belief system and a hatred toward the Western world and American democracy. I felt great joy in the reminders of how Judaic-Christian philosophy was the backbone in how our nation was formed. As early as 1775 we had an annual National Day of Prayer. The quotes from scripture that are scattered throughout the reading sets the writing of this book apart from many political books on the market today. We are faced with discrimination against Christians, not just overseas, but in our own nation. Religion and politics do go together and when used correctly can be a blessing, however many of our churches are being destroyed internally by blindly accepting non scriptural ideas in the belief new members will be attracted. There is a need for a national revival.
Another attraction in this book was the coverage of the media which has changed over the years and has been a major concern for this writer. Enough of a concern that has caused a number of Christians to work with Point North Outreach which is an organization dedicated to supporting high quality family and faith films and television productions. There are people in the entertainment media who seek to put out products that attack the ethics and values that built our nation and which demean Christian beliefs. This segment of the population is only too eager to call those who stand up for their Biblical beliefs hypocrites, bigots and neanderthals. The great majority of the news media itself has taken on an extreme liberal taint in presenting false news and turning fact into fiction.
What is the purpose of this book? It is a call for activism. Not the crazy fascist protests we see against free speech/conservatives when buildings are being burned and people killed. It is a call to end what some see as the worst division we have had in our nation since the Civil War. It is a call to take America back, to be willing to speak out for our values and beliefs. We need to be informed, know what our leaders are doing and this does not mean just leaders in government, but also leaders in the media, in business, in labor, in education and the media. We need to write letters, go to meetings, vote and not be afraid to take a stand.
This writer considers this a most important book and highly recommends it. I do this as one who has made government and society a life long study and because I want to do my part to make our nation great again for my children and grand children.