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History and writing are my passions, but real estate and construction have been my business life for decades. Everyday someone comes into my office desperate to save their home and I do all I can to help. I have witnessed the heartbreak, the scams, and the brutality of the banks.
The same applies to war. I watched friend after friend come home from Vietnam in flag covered boxes. Those who made it back always left part of themselves over there. Our warriors of today, who have and are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, are experiencing the same thing, if not worse.
I have lived in the aftermath of poverty after my parents fled the Texas Panhandle during the Dustbowl. My mother and her family lived under tarps along the Willamette River in Oregon when she was only eighteen, while my father and his family scrapped out a living by share-cropping a farm in Bakersfield, California.
My mother's father, JB James, was born only ten years after the Civil War in Alabama. He was proud to be related to the outlaw Jesse James. He told his kids and grandkids that Jesse was a Robin Hood who robbed banks to give money to the poor. Banks were widely hated at that time, just like today.
My parents and the rest of the Greatest Generation worked hard to rise into the middle class, but now, once again, the middle class is under attack. Conditions may not as harsh today as they were during the Great Depression, but if Wall Street isn't re-regulated, conditions will definitely begin resembling the soup line days.
We all know Americans are tough. Just like the Greatest Generation survived the Great Depression, the Dustbowl, and WWII, we will get through these bad times--one way or another.
on Nov. 09, 2011 :
I highly recommend this read. This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. It has embraced the times and troubles that we are experiencing in real time. The stories about the housing crisis, the homeless problems, and the news media who pulls the strings are so forceful and interesting. I was impressed with the characters, such as the savant daughter who had such a focused mind that she could pull the truth out of any witnesses that she cross examined in the court martial of her father. I can't say anymore about the characters I love so much because it would take away the thrill of the read. I applaud the author for his honesty and exposing our present reality as he addressed our current problems. Even though the book is fiction, it will hit a nerve in all of us and I know we will look at solutions in a different way if we open out minds to possibilities described in this book. I Pledge Allegiance.. feels like a true story of the battle between truth and greed.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)