Monday, October 10, 2011

Review: For the Love of Texas by John D. Schutt

ISBN #: 978-1602648005
Page Count: 282
Copyright: 2011

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

Dr. Bobby Stump, a university professor of political science as well as President of the Texas Republic Movement, has spent most of his life dreaming of a free and independent Texas.  Over the years, his movement has attracted a few hundred like-minded individuals, but the group was never a strong enough voice to be heard universally.  Now that the new Administration in Washington is determined to strip Texans of more and more of their freedoms, Bobby Stump finds that he can rally an increasing member of the kindred spirits to his cause, including some wealthy and influential people as well as the Governor of Texas.  In an incredibly short period of time, the Texas Republic Movement begins to increase its membership by the thousands of Texans unwilling to let the Federal Government strip them of their inherent independence.  The ground surge of this grass-roots enterprise builds to a momentous conclusion, changing the lives and challenging the ideas of a watchful nation.  This is a must-read for anyone who loves and believes in freedom.

Charlene's Review:

For the Love of Texas focuses on Dr. Bobby Stump, the head of a movement that wishes to make the State of Texas a free and independent nation.  Unhappy with current events unfolding in the Nation's capitol, Dr. Stump finds a renewed energy behind his dream.  William Abraham Johnston, President of the United States, is a fiercely self-centered liberal, pandering to whichever ethnic or social group will further his career, whether it be illegals, or big oil companies.  As proponents of the Texas Republic Movement sees his charismatic personality threatening their way of life, thousands jump on the bandwagon to free Texas from the United States control.

I admire Mr. Schutt for his ability to take current events in our country and write a believable novel.  That said, it was a little too much for me, even as a staunch Republican.  Whether it was the intention or not, I felt it, at times, seemed to border on prejudice.  The issue of illegal aliens in our country is a great problem, but to dwell on it being the biggest cause of our nation's spiral was a little off-putting.

The novel was well-written, and showed a tremendous pride in the citizens of Texas, for its state.  The argument for succession seemed very valid, and the emotions behind the politics, though highly charged, fit with the unrest of our times.  Whether this book is intended to be informationally entertaining, or a bleak warning, I found it to be more of a one-sided political rant than an enjoyable story.

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