United States Constitution The US Constitution and individual rights will be under attack from the first second the Republicans take control of the US government. Donald Trump has already, on numerous occasions, stated a desire to restrict freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and all rights of Muslim citizens and immigrants in general. Every citizen should have a solid understanding of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. Every citizen should also be willing to stand up and speak out in defense of these basic principles of American Democracy at any time Trump or his generally uneducated, ignorant, and unprincipled followers make attacks on these concepts. The Capitol Net publishes pocket copies of the Constitution and many other important American political documents which are cheap and easily ordered from their web site. Capitol Net will actually send you a free pocket copy of the Constitution upon request. Get a copy, read it, study it, understand it, carry it with you wherever you go, and be prepared to confront ignorance about the foundations of American Democracy wherever you encounter it.
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay Do not ever listen to and accept the opinion of another about what the Founding Fathers thought, intended, or wanted. Read what they said for yourself and form your own opinion.
Stubborn Twig: Three Generations In The Life Of A Japanese American Family For those of you who do not believe that anything remotely resembling the crimes of the Holocaust could happen in America, this book is a must read as Donald Trump rises to power after having preached disrespect, disregard, and unconstitutional labeling of groups in America such as the media, Muslims and immigrants. It details the life of a very successful and patriotic Japanese American family which had their land and property seized during World War II and were sent off to interment camps simply because of their ethnicity. Yes, it can happen in America and it already has under the administration of one of the greatest American Presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The Cherokee Removal A Brief History With Documents edited by Theda Perdue & Michael Green For those of you who have read "Stubborn Twig..." and still find yourselves saying it couldn't happen here, it already has...twice, once to the Japanese Americans and once to the Cherokee. In many ways, the disrespect that Trump shows to Muslims and immigrants is a lot like the attitude which Andrew Jackson showed the Native Americans.
The United States Of Appalachia How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment To America by Jeff Biggers This book will teach you a great deal about the birth of American Democracy, especially for those of you who have never heard of the State Of Franklin. Jeff Biggers will also show you a lot about how a few dedicated citizens can change a country for the better.
A Nation Defiant Polish Resistance To The German Occupation Of Poland by Richard S. Fuegner The only way the country will be able to successfully resist, confront, and stop the destruction of American Democracy by Traitor Trump and his henchmen will be by utilizing a committed, determined, and well organized populist resistance. Such a resistance is forming in America and can win this battle in the long run but that resistance must learn techniques which have been successful in other periods and other places. This is an excellent book about the Polish resistance and will teach you a lot.
When Even Angels Wept by Lately Thomas During 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin led an effort known as the Communist Witch Hunts which destroyed the lives and careers of many thousand falsely accused Americans. Senator McCarthy, another classic megalomaniac, led a senate investigation into alleged communism in the country and dragged hundreds and thousands of innocent socially active people in front of the committee where they were pilloried, denigrated, and defamed with little to no evidence in most cases. Many of these people spent the rest of their lives unemployed, defamed, and in poverty. But Senator McCarthy was confronted and stopped before he could completely destroy the country and American Democracy. This is a great book to learn about one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the country and to utilize that knowledge to prevent TRAITOR Trump and his henchmen from perpetrating another such crime.
I hope every person who reads this post will go on to read at least one of the listed works, especially the United States Constitution, which will be under attack for the next four years by the Republican Party whether or not Donald Trump is successfully prosecuted for treason.
“These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." Thomas Paine