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Do I stand alone? : going to the mat against political pawns and media jackals
Ventura, Jesse.
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New York, N.Y. : Pocket Books, 2000.
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xxiv, 264 pages ; 22 cm
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The man who has single-handedly jump-started the American political machine weighs in with his personal State of the Union address: a fascinating book packed with Jesse The Body Ventura's bestselling brand of candor, charisma, and controversy.

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Jesse Ventura, a Minnesota native born George Janos, served six years as a Navy Seal before embarking on careers as a champion professional wrestler, mayor of Brooklyn Park, and radio talk-show host. Currently the governor of Minnesota, he lives in St. Paul with his wife and two children.

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James George Janos was born on July 15, 1951 also known by his stage name Jesse Ventura. Ventura served in the United States Navy from December 1, 1969, to September 10, 1975, during the Vietnam War era. Ventura attended North Hennepin Community College Minnesota in the mid-1970s. At the same time, he began weightlifting and wrestling. He was a bodyguard for The Rolling Stones for a time, before he entered professional wrestling and changed his name to Jesse Ventura. As a wrestler, Ventura performed as a villain and often used the motto "Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!" Ventura continued to wrestle until September 1984, when blood clots in his lungs ended his in-ring career.

He then began to do color commentary on television for All-Star Wrestling and later Superstars of Wrestling. In February 1992 at SuperBrawl II, Ventura joined World Championship Wrestling as a commentator. Ventura ran for Governor of Minnesota in 1998 as the nominee for the Reform Party of Minnesota (he later joined the Independence Party of Minnesota). His slogan was "Don't vote for politics as usual". He won the election in November 1998, narrowly (and unexpectedly) defeating the major-party candidates. Lacking a party base in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate, Ventura's policy ambitions had little chance of being introduced as bills. He vetoed 45 bills in his first year, only three of which were overridden.

During his time as governor, Ventura wrote a number of politically themed books. He continued to write several other books after leaving office. In April 2008, his book Don't Start the Revolution Without Me, was released. In it, Ventura describes a hypothetical campaign in which he is a candidate for President of the United States in 2008, running as an independent. He later stated that that the scenario is only imaginary and not indicative of a "secret plan to run". American Conspiracies is a book Ventura wrote with Dick Russell. Ventura also wrote DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government. The book expresses Ventura's opposition to the two-party system and calls for political parties to be abolished. In 2013 his book They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK was released and quickly made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction: My Wake-Up Call to America
The Problem As I See It
The Purpose of This Book
Why You're Hearing
This from Me
1 That Silent Majority
2 What's Keeping the American Political System from Working As Well
As It Should? Pork-Barrel Politics
Governmental Bloat
When Public Service Becomes Public Careerism
Bipartisanism Is Out of Control
Cleaning ""House""
Should Political Campaigns Be Popularity Contests?
Campaign Spending Is off the Charts
When Are We Going to Get Serious about Campaig