Review: Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic, by David Frum

In my own words

When it comes to the public in general, there are four types of voters in my opinion (book reviews are exempt from my Lenten abstention of giving opinions and pardon the cliches): firstly, the educated who are fed by the silver spoon, secondly, the educated who are raised by their own bootstraps, thirdly, the ‘uneducated’ informed, and lastly, the ignorant who believe whatever their ‘daddy’ believed. Just to be clear, I am not disparaging daddy. However, most ignorant people do not bother to become educated nor informed but tend to believe whatever is told to them. I am also not suggesting that all Trump voters are ignorant because there are ignorant voters in each political party. But I think it is safe to say that whoever does not cast a vote in any election is ignorant (but that’s another story or should I say, opinion).


Now on to my review of the book, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic, by author and senior editor at the Atlantic, David Frum, published by Harper Collins, New York, NY, Copyright 2018.


From the book jacket in part: “David Frum has been collecting the lies, obfuscations, and flagrant disregard for the traditional limits placed on the office of the presidency. During his own tenure in the White House as speechwriter for George W. Bush, from witnessing the ways the presidency was limited not by law, but by tradition, propriety, and public outcry, all now weakened.”

There were two reasons why I purchased this book. One, because it is written by someone who has intimate knowledge and experience in a Republican White House and two, the book is heavily notated with the author’s sources.


For people who continually ask, “how did this happen” to “I don’t understand how anyone could vote for this orange bullying dolt,” I recommend you read David Frum’s book, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic. The book reveals who the Trump voter is and why they would forsake tradition and propriety to vote for someone so unlike them from a socioeconomic standpoint, but who they believe seems to “talk like them” and personality-wise is probably one of them.

The Trump voter’s rally cry of draining the swamp namely of all Liberals, non-evangelical types and anyone who doesn’t stand for the United States national anthem would best remember that this deer in the headlights point in history culminated not solely because of the Democrat’s agenda but both political party agendas.

After reading this book, I did not come away agreeing with the Trump voter but I did come away with a better understanding of who they are and why they voted for Donald Trump as president. Unfortunately, as much as CNN bends left and Fox News bends right, we see the volleying of ‘fake news’ that feeds the ignorant voters on both sides of the aisle. (For the love of scotch! STOP watching cable news!)


Donald Trump may be a teetotaler. Yet, he sadly reminds me of my now deceased alcoholic father. (Who if he were alive today would no doubt have voted for Donald Trump.) Trumpocracy makes a convincing argument that Americans should be more afraid of Trump not only while he is president, but even more so when he leaves office. The American public need only to wake up each morning to what firestorm dear old daddy Donald has started this time. And though seemingly forgetting what he did the night before change course in the afternoon leaving all Americans wondering what ‘art of the deal’ he strikes by evening.


David Frum’s book, Trumpocracy doesn’t leave the reader feeling totally doomed. (Thank God!) Chapter 12 gives each American reason to remain hopeful beginning on page 219.

“These are dark days in the United States, yet they are pierced with shafts of light. A new spirit of citizen responsibility is working in the land.”

Although the Valentine 2018 massacre occurred after this book is flying off bookseller’s shelves, that sad event and its aftermath have America’s youth taking their cause to the doorsteps of politicians giving America hope that indeed a new spirit of concerned citizens, young and old not only are registering to vote but calling congressional offices.

David Frum gives the reader the best call to action in his book, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic and I don’t want to ruin it by quoting it in this review. Instead, I urge you to read and understand the crossroads at which the United States stands at this very moment.

My only desire for this book is that I had hoped it would have taken us further in history in it’s ‘Pre-Existing Conditions’ as titled in Chapter 1, otherwise, this book would have received the maximum hoot rating.

Hoot Rating

Genre: Political & Social Sciences, Politics & Government

On a scale of 1 to 5 Hoots, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic, written by David Frum earns a 4 and ½ Hoot Rating.

1 to 5 Hoot Scale 4 and half star

Happy Reading!


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Michigan Primary 2016 – I Voted!


I am truly grateful for the freedom and the right to choose my elected officials to govern the United States of America. I am most grateful for those who sacrificed to allow me the opportunity to cast my vote.



Excuse me while I try to wash out the bad taste in my mouth from my experience in the voting booth today.  In the state of Michigan, voters are required to designate whether they are Republican or a Democrat.  I am neither.  Yet in order to vote in the primary, I must darken the circle for one of these two parties.

It is 2016. Both of my sons will be casting their ballot in their first presidential primary and November election. I am proud my two sons are taking their right and freedom to vote seriously. I worry about my son’s future and the future of the U.S. Although I am not a Bernie Sanders fan politically, I understand his appeal. He seems genuine and forthright. He talks to them, not down to them. He doesn’t take the female vote, particularly in my son’s age group, for granted as does his Democratic opponent. Heck, the Republican Party doesn’t even acknowledge young Americans.

I have never been as disgusted with the field of candidates as in this election cycle. As a Christian, I am floored by the swooning adoration by the Christian evangelical community for the Republican Party front runners. The candidates ardently profess their faith in Christ, but their conduct reflects otherwise. It’s astonishing to me the Republican front runners bigotry and racism.

As a woman, I am profoundly disappointed in the leader in the Democratic Party. Her zeal for power comes at anyone’s expense whoever gets in her way to it. She carries herself with the righteous attitude of being above the law and above the rest of us who she professes to serve.  I was just as much disturbed by Gloria Steinem’s and Madeline Albright’s comments and their attitude for today’s young women.  “Yes, you paved the way but you have no right to assume their loyalty simply on the basis of gender.  Lead them! Not lecture them!”

No one is perfect.

I am not perfect.

But is this the best America has to offer?

I can only hope and pray that before November a miracle will happen; because truly, I believe the United States of America will not only become the laughing stock of the world – if we aren’t already; and the world will certainly become a much more dangerous place to live.

I don’t know who I will be voting for in November.  But, I can tell you who won’t get my vote.

#NeverTrump   #NeverCruz   #NeverHRC