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Do I Stand Alone?: Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals [Mass Market Paperback]

Jesse Ventura
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Oct. 30 2001


In his first controversial New York Times bestseller, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, ex-Navy SEAL and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura told the remarkable story of his climb up the Reform Party ladder to the governorship of Minnesota. Now, with jackhammer force and candor, Governor Ventura issues an urgent wake-up call to America -- a resounding indictment of our creeping national cynicism, and how our political system rewards mediocrity while turning a blind eye to accountability.

In Do I Stand Alone? Ventura sternly warns against the danger of expecting too little from our elected officials. He decries the ease with which most Americans surrender their freedoms and apathetically accept a system of governance driven more by pork and patronage than by the best interests of the constituency. He also denounces an irresponsible media, taking them to task for too often confusing fame with notoriety, and for driving the news instead of simply reporting it. And he unabashedly speaks out on today's hot-button issues, including welfare, racism, youth violence, immigration, abortion, campaign finance reform, and gay rights.

Giving us fascinating insights into the future of independent parties, Governor Ventura ushers us deep into the polished corridors of power, exposing the best -- and worst -- of our current crop of political personalities. He offers straightforward, uncompromising profiles of the current presidential candidates, and lays out a workable strategy for bringing our political system -- and its politicians -- back to greatness.

In a forthright, razor-sharp, and entertaining critique, Governor Jesse Ventura has once again thrown down the gauntlet -- challenging today's politicians as well as a disenchanted public to transcend the tired rhetoric and defiantly reclaim the freedom and opportunity that is our American birthright.

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Minnesota's pugnaciously quotable governor stood in the national spotlight when he took office: his subsequent book, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, told his life story. This follow-up offers a smorgasbord of quick stands on specific issues; longer critiques of the political process, the parties and the media; and feelings about his time in government. The governor is against "pork-barrel politics," "government bloat" and "public careerism," and he's upset about the structural advantage enjoyed by incumbents over challengers. He's quite angry at local and national press, especially when he believes they misquote him to create scandals. If some of his positions seem far-out, others can pack a commonsense wallop. He thinks "we're far too dependent on automobiles" and hopes for "more mass transit." He dislikes most gun-control laws, he hates the IRS and even hopes to replace income tax with a national sales tax. And, he's against the death penalty, three-strikes laws and the drug war: "Prison should be reserved for violent offenders." One chapter offers readers an amendment-by-amendment guide to the Bill of Rights, along with the governor's views on how to interpret them; a later chapter proffers generalized advice for resisting hype and spin; another gives programs for electoral and campaign finance reform (four-year synchronized terms for all officeholders, unicameral legislatures and restrictions on private donors). Ventura and coauthor Mooney, of the American Enterprise Institute, capture Jesse the Body's bare-knuckled attitude and his appeal. Though much of the book consists of soothing sound bites, the remainder is a real message from the most successful third-party politician in America: it turns out he's got some useful things to say.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jesse Ventura, the professional wrestler turned governor of Minnesota, has made a career out of being outrageous. Yet this public persona masks a deep and well-thought-out political philosophy. This book could have been titled "A Populist Manifesto," but it probably wouldn't have sold as well. Ventura does the reading himself, and his gravelly wrestler's voice combined with his Minnesota accent makes for fun listening. He makes his points clearly, and the abridgment cheats the reader neither in entertainment (he's a solid raconteur) nor in political philosophy. Among his favorite targets are intrusive reporters and gutless politicians. He pleads for people to become involved in the electoral process and to take back the system. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy at its practical best July 28 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
I must admit, being the avid reader that I am I did NOT read this book but instead listened to the three-hour audio book as I drove home from a vacation with my wife. I have a lot of collegiate training in the fields of philosophy. Ventura, who is quite impressive with his practical knowledge, is really just applying the laws of logic to political beliefs in his book. In the last quarter of his book (Side 2 of tape 2), he simply goes through the irrelevance of giving "ad hominem" ('to the man') attacks, "ad populum" (to the population) attacks, red herring (irrelevant) arguments and common fallacies of logic used by many in debates. He makes many points, giving examples of each kind of logical fallacy, and when he is finished all I could do was agree with him. I must say, with 7 years of university training in theology/philosophy Ventura is right up there with any famous philosopher. I especially enjoyed his insights on how the news media notoriously twists things around by making invalid points to "prove" something that is really just wrong. I would recommend this to anybody, especially those who are pursing philosophical training.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remember, he is doing the best that he can! Aug. 14 2002
Although I currently live in Pennsylvania, I am a proud Minnesotan. Governor Ventura is my governor. However, as a student of political philosophy, it did not even begin to occur to me that Jesse the Body might be Jesse the Brain as well. After ready his book, Do I Stand Alone?, I am not positive what to think.
I enjoyed Do I Stand Alone?. Political science it is not. But, this book does provide an insiders perspective on the workings of Minnesota's and the nation's political machinery. Governor Ventura does an admirable job detailing the media-money monster's hold on America's government, and he makes predictions about where we as a country are headed if things don't change.
Governor Ventura is not an elitist, and his writing is aimed at about a high school level. The text is divided into short sections each headed by a catchy platitude. I found this style and other details of the writing to be ironic, given the author's negativity toward sound bytes and over-simplification.
Jesse Ventura is certainly one of the most interesting politicians in office today, and his ideas are worth the quick read that they are. While buying his book does contribute to his personal wealth, it does not constitute a vote!
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2.0 out of 5 stars I have no time to Govern June 18 2002
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Jesse "The Mouth" Ventura must enjoy his 4 years of fame while he's out writing books and taking trips on the tax payers expense.
Jesse leaves out the fact that the reason the "Media Jackals" are out to get him is due to the fact that Ventura wont give people a straight answer and he hides behind his spokesman Wodley and has been a pain in the rear end to the press and citizens who respectfully would like an explanation for his actions.
Jesse has a style that can't be mimmicked by anyone else and that's why I won't dump on the book and give it a one star. The book is the opinions of a person who is very blunt and to the point and his views are hardly mainstream.
Before you wan't him for President you need to take a closer exam at Minnesota during his 4 years (thank heavens it will only be 1 term)and read the articles that will show that some of the "Politicians" that he had beefs with were angry at the fact that Jesse didn't exactly listen to them or he was off on a book promotion tour at the time they needed him the most. I can get more into details of the truth v. Ventura but all you have is 1,000 words
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Two things upon which Mr. Ventura elaborates are common knowledge: 1) Government is completely out of touch with "we, the people." and 2) The media distort, rather than simply report, the news; like the government itself, the media has become totally self-serving. However, Ventura's numerous examples from his own experiences reveal THE GIGANTIC EXTENT of the corruptedness, which is so shocking it's unbelieveable. A good example is how the media can completely slander someone's reputation using a complete fabrication, no sources even needed. However, this is permissible under the guise of "protecting the sources."
This book has fired me up so much for the hope that a socio-political revolution might take place within the generation.
Very few issues he discusses I disagree with. I especially support his anti-prohibition views (regarding prostitution, marijuana, etc.) and I get the impression most Americans, certainly of the young, open-minded generation, would agree. I admire him one thousand percent for being one of the few politicians who is vocal in his decree that the War on Drugs has failed, and particularly, in his call for marijuana legalization. He declares, I believe quite rightly, that less prohibition actually LOWERS crime, and he offers sound testimony for this opinion with his own personal account of his visit to Amsterdam's Red Light District, which he says has no more crime than the average white, middle-class suburban neighborhood. I've heard the same thing from other people who've been to Amsterdam (and purchased pot from the "Cannabis Coffee Shops").
Most important is his cry for the American public to break out of its current indifference. He reminds us that political corruption only flourishes when we lose touch with our system, thereby submitting our will to our officials' own ends.
I don't know how many others feel as passionately about this as I do, but I sincerely believe every American should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I expected
This book (audio) was everything I expected it to be. I had not read anything from Mr. Ventura prior to this experience, although I had watched a couple of his debates. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars YES, YOU DO...GET OVER IT!!!!
First, I have to say that I did like this book; when I first read it. Honestly, Mr. Ventura's positions are very close to my own and I'm sure I would have voted for him if I'd been... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2002 by Kevin Currie-Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read - Inspirational
Jesse Ventura's second book is a great follow up to his first. He discusses many "scandals" and muckraking that journalists try to pen him with while dispelling them with... Read more
Published on March 6 2002 by "ducksquat"
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a political manifesto written for the common man!
A well-written,interesting and extremely timely manifesto that doesn't pull any punches. Finally a political leader who lends dignity to his office without the pretense. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2002 by POGO
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Ventura is so right "on the money" with this book it's ridiculous. Easy to read, no nonsense, tell it like it is kind of book.
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by RW
5.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Point of View
Govenor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, uses this book as a tool to discuss what is on his mind and to explain the opinions behind his policitcal views. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars The Loner with Two Faces
I read Jessie Ventura's autobiography, I AINT GOT TIME TO BLEED, as I was preparing to teach a class on state government. Read more
Published on July 8 2001 by John B. Maggiore
4.0 out of 5 stars He's definately not an eloquent writer..
..however, if you are apathetic towards government, if you think there is something wrong with today's political environment, or if you are curious as to what it is like being in a... Read more
Published on March 16 2001 by cnyadan
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Points
Jessie Ventura's follow up book to Aint Got Time To Bleed makes some good points about standing up for yourself especially with today's manipulative media. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2001 by G. J Wiener
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