Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Witness The Power Of Books In Our Fledgling Democracy

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Former National Security Adviser John Bolton will soon to release a book that corroborates the impeachment case against President Donald J. Trump, that there was a quid pro quo full-on press by the president to force Ukraine to dig up dirt on his 2020 opponent in exchange for the release of Congress-approved military aide of $400 million.  The reason this is important is not just because the president stands trial, but because once again we witness the power of book publishing, a free press, and the First Amendment.

Whether you like the president or think he’s guilty or believe the punishment should be impeachment, it doesn’t matter. What is important is that our nation allows, even encourages, the publishing of such books. For democracy to survive or thrive, it must operate under a system of checks and balances.  The fourth estate, our media, serves us well in that regard.

Now, I don’t know exactly what’s in Bolton’s book.  I just hear what the news media reports. I also don’t know, if given the chance to testify would Bolton’s testimony prove to be factual or damaging. But the idea that, as a trial is underway, where one political party seeks to squash the calling of any witnesses, and where the accused invokes executive privilege more to cover up the truth than to protect national secrets, a book can make headlines before it is published and possibly force a great turn of events in our nation’s history is amazing. It’s also necessary.

You may write books for any of a million reasons – fame, fortune, branding – or to share a good story and an empowering message. Fine. But books that potentially impact and influence the governing of our nation and keep our democracy alive, well, that is truly beautiful.

On the other hand, what if Bolton is lying or sharing third-party anecdotes and has no new evidence to support his claims? What if the book is a tool of revenge against his former employer?  What if he hopes the spotlight of the of the trial enhances his book sales?

The only way to find out is to:

·         Read his book.
·         Have him testify.
·         Have other relevant witnesses testify.

The House of Representatives did an injustice to put forward a sloppy impeachment case, rushed through without all of the evidence or proper procedure normally afforded such an event. But the Senate can correct it if the goal is truth and justice. They should let everything be exposed and then vote based on the facts and rule of law.

As the nation witnesses firsthand how our government of politics before people really works, a book with some possible insights or facts looms over a trial that lacks real substance.  

May free speech lead the way to keep our fledgling democracy in check.


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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2020. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America.

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