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A View of the Republic: Contemporary Observations About American Society

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A View of the Republic: Contemporary Observations About American Society

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Oct 20, 2010


Readers will find that this book is written by a citizen such as themselves and reflects the concerns that each of us share in one way or another. Although some may agree with what the author say's and some may not, but all will agree that the topics that I comment on are primary problems within American society. It is a unique perspective from an ordinary citizen and not from an analyst from a big think tank. This work reflects common attitudes for not so common problems that we face as a nation with an insight which seems to be uncommon to our leaders. It is a work of reflection, critique and sharp truths about several different aspects of American society and how we project that image to others.

Oct 20, 2010

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The authors formal education consists of undergraduate degree's in political science and economics, along with an MBA in finance from two esteemed university's in New York City,Fordham University and Wagner College. His unique perspective is based on his educational credentials coupled with the author's observations and insights as a common citizen. His perspective is from being one of ourselves as compared to that of a politician. This approach is refreshing and show's how one of a nations own citizens views itself from within while taking a step back to gain a larger picture.

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A View of the Republic - John Desantis


© 2010 John Desantis. All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means without the written permission of the author.

First published by AuthorHouse 10/7/2010

ISBN: 978-1-4520-7322-4 (e)

ISBN: 978-1-4520-7324-8 (sc)

ISBN: 978-1-4520-7323-1 (hc)

Library of Congress Control Number: 2010913827

Printed in the United States of America

This book is printed on acid-free paper.

Because of the dynamic nature of the Internet, any Web addresses or links contained in this book may have changed since publication and may no longer be valid. The views expressed in this work are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher, and the publisher hereby disclaims any responsibility for them.

To my friends Peter, Steve, Candi,

and Father Ed of the Holy Child Roman Catholic Church.

Your support in my time of difficulty was priceless.

And I cannot thank all of you enough.

I will never forget it.





Chapter 1 The American People

Chapter 2 The Government, the lesser of two evils

Chapter 3 The Media

Chapter 4 Our Courts, Law Enforcement

Chapter 5 Education

Chapter 6 Our Economy

Chapter 7 Families

Chapter 8 Hollywood



To my father, I miss you. I dedicate this book to my nephew William Leo. I am astonished by his intuitiveness, intelligence and kindness, which is in no small part due to his upbringing. I am proud of you for the young man you are, the man you will undoubtedly become and the accomplishments you will achieve. I am proud of you and love you no matter which path you choose. Be steadfast in your beliefs, and live life to the fullest; you will never regret it.

To my brother Michael, please take care of yourself. I need you in my life. To Jeanine and Jennifer, I love you both very much and am amazed at how both of you have turned into beautiful young ladies. To my mother, who has helped me in ways I can never repay. I also wish to honor the memory of certain men who were part of my youth and were very strong influences in my life. These men were my father, my uncles Billy, Joe, Carmine, and Larry, and both of my grandfathers, John and William, all of whom were very strong willed men. I have taken some attributes from all of them, which has made me the man I am today.

Also, there were other men, not part of my family, who affected my thought process as well. These men were my company commanders while in boot camp in the Navy and my drill sergeants in the Army. These men taught me much more than knowing how to fire an M-16 or stowing my gear correctly. If at the end of my life I can reflect back and find that I turned out to be half the man that they were, I’d be pleased.


Were it not for the mere fact of my intention to do something like this for a while, it is only that I have gotten older that my drive to do it has consumed me, especially in the times we live in. My observation is that our country, our people and our folkways, have skewed off course, and it’s through this prism that the distorted images have unfortunately changed our identity as a people and as a nation.

It is only natural that as time advances, changes are the byproduct of such passage. But, it is the degree and direction of such variability that has repainted a completely different portrait of America, in a completely different manner. To give an analogy, it is like an artist from ancient Egypt looking at work from the European renaissance. Although my descriptions are in the metaphoric sense, the physical difference is so perverse that we are not the same people.

From a sociological standpoint, the United States is so alien to what we were at our national birth that the founders would be beside themselves if they were aware of our present form of government. How eager Americans are willing to accept what they normally wouldn’t. If this national persona existed in the eighteenth century, would the nation have existed today? And if not, why subject ourselves to such heresy? I believe that all the topics I cover in this book, in each subsequent chapter, have played a vital role in the reshaping of the American portrait. And by no means has this reshaping been beneficial to us as a nation, nor do I see an end to its existence.

On a lighter note, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Richmondtown and Huguenot branches of the New York Public library for putting up with me while I conducted my work there. And to my friend Dianne, who is one of the managers of the Huguenot branch, for her kindness and support. I found it refreshing, while in the Huguenot branch, to see that they had free copies of the U.S. Constitution available to the public. I was pleased to see the gesture and I hope that people understand that gesture.


In the United States the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own

Alexis de Tocqueville

We are a defiant bunch, we detest authority, yet we debate over which brand of it we will

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