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.
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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.
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 morePublished on Oct. 2 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 7 2002 by Kevin Currie-Knight
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 morePublished on March 6 2002 by "ducksquat"
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 morePublished on Jan. 10 2002 by POGO
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 27 2001
I read Jessie Ventura's autobiography, I AINT GOT TIME TO BLEED, as I was preparing to teach a class on state government. Read morePublished on July 8 2001 by John B. Maggiore
..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 morePublished on March 16 2001 by cnyadan