Extended Audio Sample

Download Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans Audiobook, by Mitch Daniels Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (84 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mitch Daniels Narrator: Mitch Daniels Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781101523636
Regular Price: $19.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $13.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what sort of government the delegates had created. His reply to the crowd: “A republic, if you can keep it.” Now America’s most respected governor explains just how close we’ve come to losing the republic, and how we can restore it to greatness.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has been called “the most presidential man in America.” He has brought more change to his state in a few years than most see in decades. During his tenure, Daniels turned a $700 million deficit into a billion dollar surplus, balanced Indiana’s budget even during the recession, converted its once unattractive business climate into one of the strongest for private sector job growth. The Hoosier state is now a model of good and efficient governance. Its public sector payroll is now the smallest per capita in the nation. And yet services have improved across the board. Even its Bureau of Motor Vehicles—the ultimate symbol of dysfunctional bureaucracy—has been rated the best in the country.

Daniels achieved this by focusing on government’s core responsibilities, cutting taxes, empowering citizens, and performing what he calls an “old tribal ritual”—spending less money than his state takes in, while distinguishing between skepticism towards big government and hostility towards all government.

Unfortunately few politicians have the discipline or courage to follow his lead. And worse, many assume that Americans are too intimidated, gullible, or dim-witted to make wise decisions about their health care, mortgages, the education of their kids, and other important issues. The result has been a steady decline in freedom, as elite government experts—“our benevolent betters,” in Daniels’ words—try to regulate every aspect of our lives.

Daniels bluntly calls our exploding national debt “a survival-level threat to the America we have known.” He shows how our underperforming public schools have produced a workforce unprepared to compete with those of other countries and ignorant of the requirements of citizenship in a free society. He lays out the risk of greatly diminished long term prosperity and the loss of our position of world leadership. He warns that we may lose the uniquely American promise of upward mobility for all.

But the good news is that it’s not too late to save America. However, real change can’t be imposed from above. It has to be what he calls “change that believes in you”—a belief that Americans, properly informed of the facts, will pull together to make the necessary changes and that they are best-equipped to make the decisions governing their own lives. As he puts it: “I urge great care not to drift into a loss of faith in the American people. We must never yield to the self-fulfilling despair that these problems are immutable, or insurmountable. Americans are still a people born to liberty. Addressed as free-born, autonomous men and women of God-given dignity, they will rise yet again to drive back a mortal enemy.”

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • "The onetime Reagan White House political director and Bush White House budget chief is not your run-of-the-mill intellectual. His style is to be down- home, but his record of accomplishment is dazzling.

    David S. Broder, The Washington Post
  • "He's one of the brightest governors in America.

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
  • "[Daniels is] the rare politician telling it like it is...I would pay cash money to watch him debate Obama on these issues, and I suspect the Republic would be much the better for it.

    Joe Klein, Time
  • Governor Daniels has emerged as one of our nation's leading voices for reform and common sense in government. Speaker of the House John Boehner
  • "Mitch is the only one who sees the stark perils and will offer real detailed proposals...He would be the anti-Obama.

    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
  • "A principled but practical conservative who respects the intelligence of voters and would rather get something done than score political points.

    Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post
  • "He does not tweet...But he is good at one thing in particular: governing.

    The Economist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becki | 9/13/2013

    " I will always be sad he didn't run for President. He is 100% on the mark all the way through this entire book. Sigh...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 9/12/2013

    " This was a really difficult book for me to read, but I'm really glad that I did. The ideas in it were very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 3/5/2013

    " He has some ideas worth considering. But did he need to channel his inner Ann Coulter for an entire chapter on how the Democrats were mean to the Republicans in 2010 in Indiana? As if only Democrats stoop to name-calling and chicanery. It ruined the whole book for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/4/2012

    " Definitely a political-oriented book, but Mitch Daniels seems to have a more common-sense, practical approach. You'll learn more about Indiana government than you thought you would, but it's a good case study. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent Goldstein | 12/5/2011

    " What a shame that Daniels didn't run for Pres in 2012. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Faulkner | 9/7/2011

    " Must read for anyone thinking about the future of American politics or economics. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations