A Common Sense Platform for the 21st Century (Platform) has been formulated by award winning author and columnist Beverly K. Eakman. Among a long list of credentials and works, Ms. Eakman has most recently contributed feature length articles to The Washington Times, National Review, and The Washington Post. She was also Editor in Chief of NASA’s official newspaper, and chief speechwriter for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. Ms. Eakman’s award winning books include Educating for the New World Order, and Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality through Education. A more comprehensive list of Ms. Ekman’s background and works can be found here. Platform (Midnight Whistler Publishers) is available in paperback and in Kindle format. Among other locations, it can be found at Amazon (ISBN: 1452887721).
Ms. Eakman’s new book contains a platform for candidates and political groups who might be best described as Constitutionalists, or more casually referred to as freedom loving Americans. Aside from the platform itself, the author guides us through the reasons for the need of a new platform. This is done through a review of both positive and negative events in American history, as well as the mind-set that has led to the events that have put us in our current, unenviable position. Tea Party people are definitely the prime audience for this book, but the real world problems, and common sense solutions provided, would likely spark active thought in anyone willing to give the book a chance. This is critical if the new American Revival is to reach past the choir and out to those who are not yet paying full attention. The movement to reinstate Constitutional principles must reach past the Tea Party if it is to succeed. Platform takes a long stride in this direction.
Within Platform’s 120 pages, Ms. Eakman does a nice job of condensing the common sense notions that drift through so many minds, but given busy lifestyles, don’t often thicken into complete and organized thoughts. For example, she points to the obsession that the Boomer generation seems to have with rules and limitations. It is both gratifying and eye-opening when she leads us to consider both the irony and the danger of this fixation. One way she does this is by highlighting the gap between modern American attitudes and the more traditional mode of American thinking.
“[M]odern Americans, on the whole, do not equate accelerating incursions into their daily lives or the overabundance of rules, regulations and handouts with control, dependency and collectivism. Indeed, talk of self-sufficiency today is akin to being called a “loner,” and we are reminded daily that loners are dangerous, on a level with sociopaths.”
This statement and others like it trumpet how the American spirit has been altered, and ultimately, the book offers ideas on how to correct for this sway.
It’s funny to have to mention, but many of the thoughts expressed in Platform are so commonly sensible that they may actually seem drastic to some modern political observers. In “Section 6—The Platform,” the following concept is presented.
“No single agency of government can hold power greater than the people’s elected representatives, and no elected representative can attest to powers greater than the legal citizenry that keeps him or her in office.”
This is simple enough, but a timely example of the need for the restoration of this concept can be found in the recent FCC “Net Neutrality” decree. Factually, creating federal regulations is specifically restricted to Congress (see the U.S. Constitution: Article I, Section 1, sentence 1). However, three of five unelected and unaccountable administrators at the FCC voted, and simply granted themselves the power to regulate aspects of the Internet for 300 million people. This is power that our representatives in Congress (the people) have refused to award to them, and that the courts (the guardians of justice) have actually ruled illegal. This is regulation without representation, and is just the sort of thing Ms. Eakman is referring to in the above quote.
The reader will find that most of the concepts presented in Platform have been presented before—one way or the other. However, the importance of this book lies in its success in pulling these common sense ideas together into a one-stop political guidebook. The platform itself is well organized, the problems and solutions presented are timely and understandable, and there are a couple of sections that are openly reminiscent of this country’s founding era. These elements are well mixed to make Platform educational, motivational, and even exciting.
There is just one aspect of Platform that falls into the “disappointment” category. It’s painful to disclose, but there are several noticeable typing errors (Paperback, First Edition, October 2010). Platform as a whole is great, and is full of little gems (get your highlighter out). However, the scattered editing mistakes may obscure the book’s greater points when perused by a reluctant or skeptical reader. Certainly, the book should have been more thoroughly proofread.
The Constitution is the rule book for Washington, but the players have ignored the rules for decades. This is because the people have not been paying attention. The luxury that results from a society founded in liberty has distracted us, and now we are faced with the loss of our liberty, as well as the subsequent loss of the abundance that goes with it. We must begin to pay attention and be involved, and then remain vigilant thereafter. Platform is an excellent guidebook for this pursuit, a guidebook that can lead us back to Constitutional principles. In this respect, rather than calling it a guidebook, Platform might be better described as a treasure map.