Sunday, January 26, 2014

Reengineering America - Dick Formichella - A Novel on Changing the Government System

Reengineering America

Dick Formichella
iUniverse, 21-Jun-2005 -

A driven entrepreneur who made millions in the software industry, John Payton strongly believes that the American system of government is outdated. In fact, he's on a mission to convince the American people that they need a new 'tech-savvy" Constitution. According to John's calculations, such a version would be more effective, save billions of dollars in taxes, and could even establish a form of government closer to pure democracy.

With the secret help of an ambitious senator and his brilliant chief of staff, Payton starts a movement called 'Reengineering America." The group is dedicated to pressuring Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment mandating that a second Constitutional Convention rewrite the document.

But Payton's unlikely crusade captures the attention of sinister and powerful forces both in and outside the government. Some want to stop him at any cost-while others want to ensure he succeeds for their own nefarious purposes.

Unable to distinguish friend from foe, John Payton must ultimately put his fortune- and his life-at risk trying to convince a dubious nation it's time to modernize a 200 year old system of government.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Humility - An Unlikely Virtue

Presentation by Dr. David Bobb on his new book, Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue given at Hillsdale College's Kirby Center on November 5, 2013.

It is the time where people say be assertive, be aggressive. It is surprising to note that some US Presidently has shown humility.



Conservatism and Radicalism - Burke and Paine

Burke and a lot of conservatives  begin with very low expectations of human beings.They are very limited in the abilities and based on this it is amazing if something is working and giving results. Hence they  want to build on existing working systems it, rather than try to uproot the system and substitute it with a new system.

Paine thinks in the opposite way and starts with the belief that systems put in place by some people earlier can be replaced by new system designed by people now. Therefore,  there is no excuse for failure and things which are not working and delivering expected results have to be redesigned. When we see a society in which injustice reigns, we have to start from scratch and in a radical way change things.

Yuval Levin Author of "The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left" in an interview.