"Everywhere across the political landscape of the ‘Land of the Free’ there reigns the dismal darkness of disinformation and deceit."

An impassioned commentary on corruption and greed in American society today, Montpelier's political treatise examines the misery such extremism inflicts upon the masses as a newfangled fascism rises to power, betraying the nation's democratic system. In his critique of nearly five decades of conservative Republican "deceit and deception," as he terms it, the author explores everyday Americans struggling to provide basic family necessities in a "profit over people," trickle-down economic paradigm (which he relentlessly refutes). Such "imperial" conservatism, which since the 1970s has rewarded a "survival of the fittest" pursuit of absolute power, has, he writes, fleeced America's wealth and prosperity from its rightful owners—the American people—resulting in mass impoverishment for the vast majority of Americans. Emphasizing the Founders' belief that government is foremost responsible for "promoting the general welfare and securing the blessings of liberty" for all, the author argues the nation has not lived up to that promise.

The author passionately and consistently makes a case for turning away from "trickle-down" conservative extremism (where, for example, deregulation reigns supreme, and free markets will inherently solve societal woes). His sincerely held beliefs are well-articulated throughout. Those who agree with these political, economic, and social theories will undoubtedly find his analysis effectively reinforces their views. Montpelier also includes a couple of features that prove to be quite appealing, serving to break up the material with refreshing "intermissions" of sorts. Specifically, these include a fictional dialogue between a small cast of characters directly relating to the material at hand, which humanizes the issues, as well as pages throughout showcasing brief, powerful poetry by the author that accompany the primary text.

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