In 2009, Republican Nevada state legislator Sharron Angle declared her candidacy against Democrat U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — one of the most powerful men in the nation. Thus began a whirlwind year that would take Angle, a former teacher and housewife, from relative obscurity to becoming a leading voice in the surging Tea Party movement. In “Right Angle,” she shares her insights as both a concerned mother and an active participant in government. Here are excerpts from the Forward and various chapters.
Today’s federal government is in crisis. Corruption is rampant. Congress represents special interests instead of the wishes of the people that elected them. At both the state and federal level, there is ignorance, disregard and, even more threatening, a desire to rewrite the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Can America recover from the downward spiral of debt, immorality and “good-old-boy” power-for-paybacks corruption?
Drastic measures must be taken to stop these politicians in their tracks. Does this mean a revolution is in order? No. I am simply saying the American people can replace corrupt, weak, and self-interested politicians by raising the standard to that which proclaimed liberty in 1776. The “Silent Majority” can be silent no longer. We do not have the option or the luxury to sit on the sidelines. Transition means a grassroots movement with grassroots leadership.I am prepared to help lead a movement of citizens dedicated to the principles of the Constitution. Are you ready to go with me all the way and take our country back to those constitutional principles?
I write this book with the intent that my answers to the “Why” questions be easily understood by all. Herein, I will state political beliefs and values formed by my life experiences. I will also point out the spread between the lessons we learned in civics class and the current world of real politics. I believe that the truth will set us free and keep us free. It is my aim to offer facts with grace, mete out truth with mercy, and inspire you, the reader, to help me reclaim our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.
I realize that to be truly personal, I cannot protect myself. I must write from my heart. I must give a full and accurate account of my values, beliefs, and experiences to expose my opponents’ spin when they try to use my words and actions out of context against me. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) revealed (to top Democrats in what he thought was a private conversation) that the simple but effective Democrat campaign strategy against Tea Party GOP is to use the word “extreme.” That certainly has a familiar ring.
By 2010, and after numerous outrageous deals to pass the Obama agenda, people across the country rejected these policies. Under the new regime of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama, Nevada led the nation in unemployment and mortgage foreclosures. Nevada citizens felt a national mandate to send U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid back home to Searchlight. (I do not mean to besmirch Searchlight, but many know the truth that Harry really lives in a posh Ritz Carlton condominium in Washington, D.C.). This modest volume answers, in my own words, “why” I decided to run against Harry Reid.
In our civics class we learned, or should have learned, the lessons of the Founding documents that pertain to the rules of representative government. As we observe real political life today, few seem to be following the rules. The disconnect between principles and reality has caused a deep schism of cynicism in many Americans. So great is the disgust and frustration with what can only be termed corruption, that fifty percent, or less, of those eligible to vote even register: only fifty percent or less of those registered even cast a vote. I interpret the large number of absent ballots as a vote of no confidence in the way our representative government functions today.
Reagan encouraged his cabinet to use successful business practices to build efficiency in government. He was interested in results regardless of the source. Reagan, the great coalition builder, coined the eighty percent precept. “The person who agrees with you eighty percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a twenty percent traitor.”
From "Right Angle" by Sharron Angle. Copyright © 2011. Reprinted by permission of Author House.