Christian 2nd Conservative 1st: A Patriot's Guide to the Republican Agenda
This is an amazing story about the Republican Party and how they lost control of the Senate, House of Representatives, the Oval office...and themselves.
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A great work of fiction that captures a time when religious views influenced the American political landscape. The story begins during the Bush Administration and carries the reader on a political journey leading up to the inauguration of President Obama. The book has chapter titles that reflect a particular time frame, some of which are quite humorous like Chapter 29 "Our Country shows it's A.S.S.", the author's own acronym for American sectarian strife. Considerably less than 300 pages it reads rather quickly.
The main fictional character Terrell Sims' identity as a leader surfaces abruptly in the very first chapter when Milwaukee, Wisconsin becomes victim to yet another senseless murder. Finally a book that argues both sides of the partisan spectrum equally as Terrell's intellect, problem solving skills and astout ways as head pastor of a major Baptist church is rivaled by an ex-con turned Muslim with enviable oratory who rides the tide of dissent of the American people during the 2006 midterm elections.
By the time America changes presidents, Terrell is confronted with many questions that involves the rise of the moral majority and the power the Evangelical vote held in terms of electing politicians who courted them in the name of values voters and what it truly got in return. Terrell's own personal battles are questioned by the Conservative Wing of his Republican Party which in effect is what causes him to question if he had become a Christian second while being a Conservative to suit his social beliefs first. So many politicians are named in this book that it practically chronicles the events that many Republicans and Democrats would hope we forget by next election.