Founding Fathers Know Best, by Ross Edward Puskar. Hugo House Publishers, 2012 vii + 283 pp., Amazon price $17.95 paperback; $9.95 Kindle.
Have you ever wondered what America’s founding fathers would say to President Barack Obama? Imagine the rhetorical thunder that would ensue from that clash of philosophies. If you’ve been anxiously awaiting such a meeting then you’re in luck. Ross Edward Puskar brings them together in his book Founding Fathers Know Best.
Mr. Puskar’s first foray into political fiction cleverly inculcates American history with current events through a literary narrative that pays homage to Dickens A Christmas Carol. In Founding Fathers Know Best there is a club known as the President’s Club. The club is comprised of the spirits of deceased U.S. presidents, and it’s purpose is for the spirits to visit sitting Presidents so that they may impart their wisdom and counsel. As one may surmise the president of the club is George Washington, who personally selects the apparitions that visit each sitting president.
In the case of President Obama George Washington sends his A-team to visit the White House; the spirits of former presidents Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison. Given President Obama’s vision to transform America through his “hope and change” mantra over the course of seven evenings the three spirits endeavor to remind Mr. Obama of his obligations and responsibilities as president. Mr. Puskar imbues each founder with their own distinct personality as they embroil the President in their evening deliberations.
The spirits deconstruct for the President the negative impact his domestic and foreign policies have on America’s well being and reinforce to him his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution. They educate him on America’s rich, proud heritage and strong moral fabric that has sustained it over troubled times. It’s a tall task for Messrs. Jefferson, Adams and Madison as they each take their turn to convince the obdurate President of his misguided principles and challenge his administration’s integrity.
Over the course of their seven visitations the three spirits confront President Obama on the gamut of challenges facing his administration from domestic and foreign policy, education, entitlements and unions to race relations, environmental issues, immigration reform, corruption, taxes and leadership qualities. It’s a pressure packed week of give and take as the spiritual incarnations of the founding fathers and the President passionately engage each other and debate solutions for the pressing issues facing America.
Founding Fathers Know Best is a quick and lively read that engrosses the reader in the heated exchanges between three paragons of American heritage and America’s most post-modern progressive president. Through those interactions the reader is also informed of eye-opening facts that may surprise even the most informed political junkie.
In Ross Edward Puskar’s maiden work he blends fun with facts. Founding Fathers Know Best will be enjoyed by young and old as a book that brings to life the timeless argument between preserving or changing America’s socio, economic and political cultures, and it is undertaken in a “spirited’ fashion.