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John Ullyot

Former National Security Council Spokesman, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Gerrick D. Wilkins

Candidate for U.S. Congress

Gerrick Wilkins chose to run for the U.S. Congress in direct opposition to the all-too-common malady of career politicians. After witnessing the pitfalls of prolonged political tenures and government intrusion, Wilkins is committed to a three-term limit and is on a mission to rekindle the founders’ vision of citizen legislators.

Driven by President Reagan’s ethos of “everyone can help someone,” Wilkins is a stalwart advocate for America and actively involved in mission work, both locally and globally. His unwavering Christian faith, combined with the support of his family, has been his bedrock in the service of others, and a congressional run is an extension of that clarity of purpose.

An accomplished entrepreneur with over two decades in the automotive industry, Wilkins’ leadership has afforded him keen insights into the challenges and rewards of achieving the American dream. His extensive business acumen, coupled with a deep-seated belief in limited government, puts him squarely in position to articulate the urgency of moving away from career politicians.

Wilkins graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University and an MBA from Samford University, including concentrations in entrepreneurship and innovation. The Wilkins family, which includes Carol, Gerrick’s wife of twenty-four years, and their daughter, Hanna, has made Alabama their home since 2006.

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Unshackling Democracy

Embracing Term Limits, Empowering Citizens

It is time to cease business as usual in Washington, and Gerrick Wilkins sees the solution right in front of us. 

Wilkins asserts the time is now to limit how long members of the U.S. Congress can serve—to counter the corrupting culture of political careerism with fresh ideas and innovation and to encourage the kind of “citizen legislature” the founders of our republic dreamed of.

Unshackling Democracy highlights this conviction and brings new light on an issue that has been debated and deferred much too long. With engaging storytelling and well-researched history, Wilkins provides a fresh look at term limits. A highly successful dealer and consultant in the automobile industry, Wilkins sees professional politicians and elite policymakers who ignore or misunderstand the perspectives of ordinary Americans—those who create businesses and make up the workforce, struggle to make paychecks stretch farther, and are committed to better lives for their children.

Wilkins chose to make a congressional run when the elected official in his district reneged on his commitment not to seek re-election after five terms. Wilkins believes that term limits would encourage stronger involvement in the political process. He believes this book will motivate citizens to take back the reins of power from the hands of career politicians and restore it to the American people—where it was always meant to be.

James T. Young

Former Congressional Staffer and Department of the Treasury Official

C. Owen Paepke

Political Commentator

C. Owen Paepke is the author of The Evolution of Progress (named best nonfiction book of 1993 by NPR’s Talk of the Nation) and the three-volume series The Seinfeld Election, which was praised by reviewers as “a provocative investigation into the American political divide.”

He has written and spoken widely on technology and science policy, including a keynote address on the future of science to the fiftieth-anniversary meeting of the Federation of American Scientists and a speech on the prospects for technological and economic progress at the Smithsonian Institution.

He lives in Arizona, where he practiced for many years as an attorney specializing in antitrust and intellectual property, and is a graduate of Stanford and the University of Chicago.


The Purple Presidency 2024

How Voters Can Reclaim the White House for Bipartisan Governance

For decades, partisan gridlock and a drift toward the extremes in Washington have left Americans with only two choices—red or blue, neither reflecting most Americans’ views.

Voters feel helpless and often end up voting against the greater of two evils, casting protest votes, or not voting at all. This crisis peaked with the elections of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the least popular presidents since polling began. The 2022 midterms only confirmed voters’ dissatisfaction with both extremes.

In 2024, with independent voters outnumbering either party, we have reached a tipping point—it’s time for a purple wave to elect a pragmatic president who will reject polarization and represent mainstream America.

In The Purple Presidency 2024, C. Owen Paepke reveals how we came to this desperate point in history, the perils of remaining on this path, and how a nonpartisan voters’ movement can take back Washington.

Brian Kolender MD 

Preventive Medicine Expert

Stephen B. Young


Stephen B. Young is the global executive director of the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism and the author of Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good, The Tradition of Human Rights in China and Vietnam, and The Theory and Practice of Associative Power: CORDS in the Villages of Vietnam 1967–1972.

He and his wife, Pham Thi Hoa, translated from Vietnamese the novel about Ho Chi Minh published as The Zenith. His 1968–1971 service in Vietnam for the US Agency for International Development in village development and counterinsurgency was highly praised by President Richard Nixon, Central Intelligence Agency Director William Colby, and ambassador to Saigon Ellsworth Bunker.

In 1975 and again in 1978, Young took a lead in successful efforts to resettle refugees from South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the United States. For many years Young was a confidant of Nguyen Ngoc Huy, the founder of the Tan Dai Viet Nationalist political party in South Vietnam.

Young also served as an assistant dean at the Harvard Law School and dean and professor of law at the Hamline University School of Law. He graduated from the International School in Bangkok, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School.

In 1966, Young discovered the Bronze Age culture of the village of Ban Chiang in Northeast Thailand, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 1989, he proposed the formation of a United Nations interim administration for Cambodia to finally put an end to the Killing Fields in that country.

Publication Date:May 23, 2023

Kissinger’s Betrayal

How America Lost the Vietnam War

What really happened in Vietnam?

For five decades, conventional wisdom about the Vietnam War has been that it was lost because it never could have been won. South Vietnam was doomed to defeat. The American effort was a foreign intrusion forever incapable of winning the “hearts and minds” of the South Vietnamese people.

But what if South Vietnam was defeated not because of its own shortcomings but because it was betrayed by a secret deal made behind its back? 

Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Kissinger’s Betrayal uses once-secret files of the American ambassador to South Vietnam and long-overlooked documents from official government archives—including the foreign ministry of the Soviet Union—to reveal for the first time how Henry Kissinger personally and secretly schemed to irrevocably compromise South Vietnam’s chances for survival.

Without informing his president, other American leaders, or US allies in South Vietnam, Kissinger unilaterally made a horrendous—and ultimately completely unnecessary—diplomatic concession that allowed Communist North Vietnam to leave its army inside South Vietnam and then freely resume its war of invasion and conquest at a time of its own choosing.

In an unprecedented account, historian and global executive director of the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism Stephen B. Young provides new insight into both genuine Vietnamese Nationalism and the French colonialism that marginalized and decentered the right of the Vietnamese people to live freely in an independent country of their own choosing.

Kissinger’s Betrayal reveals a fresh and more truthful history of the Vietnam War that restores dignity to America as well as the people of Vietnam.

Daryl Weber

Brand Consultant, Speaker, and Entrepreneur

Daryl Weber, Ken’s son, is a brand strategist who has worked for some of the biggest brands in the world, including Coca-Cola, Nike, Johnnie Walker, Google, and many others. He was previously global director of creative strategy at The Coca-Cola Company and a strategy director at the brand consultancy Redscout. Daryl’s book, Brand Seduction: How Neuroscience Can Help Marketers Build Memorable Brands, has been translated into several languages and has received rave industry reviews.


Branding Democrats

A Top-to-Bottom Reimagining of Campaign Strategies

Democrats, stop whining and start winning! 

Democrats are terrible at branding. 

Political branding isn’t about logos, slogans, or messages. It’s also not about individual candidates and campaigns. 

It’s about what Democrats stand for and are known for in the minds of voters. It’s how voters feel about the party over years, or even decades. 

Today the Democrats’ brand is in shambles. And that is costing us elections. 

This practical, easy-to-read guide outlines the branding blunders Democrats continually make and delivers specific steps the party can take to turn things around. 

The need could not be more urgent. Our democracy is at stake. Let’s build the new Democratic brand, together.

Ken Weber

Founder, President, and Investment Advisor

Ken Weber is president of Weber Asset Management, a registered investment advisor firm based in New York. He started the business with no formal training in the financial industry’s sales techniques, but within a few years it grew—thanks to branding and marketing—to be among the top ten percent of the industry, based on assets under management. For ten years, Ken Weber wrote a political blog, Sanity-First.com, and he is the author of the book Dear Investor, What the HELL are You Doing?.


Branding Democrats

A Top-to-Bottom Reimagining of Campaign Strategies

Democrats, stop whining and start winning! 

Democrats are terrible at branding. 

Political branding isn’t about logos, slogans, or messages. It’s also not about individual candidates and campaigns. 

It’s about what Democrats stand for and are known for in the minds of voters. It’s how voters feel about the party over years, or even decades. 

Today the Democrats’ brand is in shambles. And that is costing us elections. 

This practical, easy-to-read guide outlines the branding blunders Democrats continually make and delivers specific steps the party can take to turn things around. 

The need could not be more urgent. Our democracy is at stake. Let’s build the new Democratic brand, together.

Diane Hessan

Entrepreneur and Political Researcher

Diane Hessan is an award-winning entrepreneur and innovator in the market research field, and a nationally recognized expert on the American voter. Since 2016, she has been engaged in an in-depth, longitudinal study of the electorate, looking for trends, shifts, and common ground. She has written more than 50 columns about her findings for the Boston Globe, and her work has also been featured on CNN and NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, and many other outlets.

She is the founder and Chairman of C Space, formerly called Communispace, which was the first company to leverage social media to help companies get insight and inspiration from their consumers. Diane was CEO of the company during 14 years of exponential growth, as C Space worked with hundreds of global brands across twelve countries. She has been honored as a disruptor in the market research industry because of her work in conducting breakthrough research via the internet. Diane recently consolidated all of her investment and advisory work into a new company called Salient Ventures, which helps accelerate the next generation of startup companies in tech. She serves on the boards of Panera, Eastern Bank, Brightcove, Schlesinger Group, Mass Challenge, Tufts University, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2017, the Boston Globe appointed her to its editorial board. Diane has received many honors, including the Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Most Admired CEO award and Boston Power 50 awards from the Boston Business Journal, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, the Northstar Award from Springboard, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year. She has been inducted into the Babson College Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, and she received the Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship from Brandeis University. Diane previously co-authored the book Customer-Centered Growth: Five Strategies for Building Competitive Advantage, a Business Week best seller that was published in eleven languages. She received a BA in economics and English from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Our Common Ground

Insights from Four Years of Listening to American Voters

For four years, Diane Hessan has been in weekly conversation with voters across the United States. What she has learned will surprise you, enlighten you, give you hope, and change the way you think about your fellow Americans.

Our inability to hear each other, our suspicion, and our impatience is stressing us out and tearing us apart. It’s a sickness that permeates the American culture, erodes our collective mental health, and makes us hate each other.

To gain insight into how we can move forward, Hessan undertook a massive listening project, conducting an ongoing series of weekly interviews with 500 voters from every state, of every age and ethnicity, and along different points of the political spectrum. The topics ranged from race to guns, from character to party politics, from masks to rallies, from the Supreme Court to the pandemic to immigration and climate change. After more than a million individual communications, two things became clear:

We have more common ground than we realize.

And we are, sadly, failing at understanding each other.

On issue after issue, our “divided” nation isn’t nearly as polarized as we imagine. An overwhelming majority of voters believe in commonsense gun licensing and regulation. They are pro-immigration. They believe climate change is real and the coronavirus is deadly. They care deeply about their families and are willing to work hard to make ends meet. And, they believe that Washington is slow, bureaucratic, and not working in their best interests.

In dozens of columns on these topics published in the Boston Globe, Hessan has upended common political wisdom. Presented together for the first time as part of this book, they reveal a unique perspective on how Americans actually think, what they value, and how we can move forward.

The path to healing our divided nation is both simple and profound. We must turn down the heat. We must begin to listen, to stop presuming, to try to understand, to treat each other with dignity, and to know that most Americans are not crazy radicals. We truly share common ground. If we can pull together, we can have a much better America.

Dana Rubin

Consultant, Speechwriter, and Speaker

Dana Rubin is a consultant, speechwriter, and speaker focused on expanding diverse voices and viewpoints in the public discourse. She works with organizations to develop their talent and support underrepresented voices in becoming recognized experts, brand ambassadors, rainmakers, and role models for the next generation. An award-winning journalist, she lives in New York, where she writes and speaks about the history of women’s speech and voice. She created the Speaking While Female Speech Bank to broaden our understanding of who actually spoke in history. Visit SpeakingWhileFemale.co to find more speeches by women.


Speaking While Female

75 Extraordinary Speeches by American Women

This monumental collection of speeches charts the story of America as it unfolded through the decades, showing that at every critical juncture, women were speaking. It’s a long-needed corrective to the story we have always told ourselves about whose ideas and voices shaped the nation—a search for long-buried truths, a celebration, and an inspiration.

Marc S. Ryan

Healthcare Software Technology Executive

Marc S. Ryan is President of MHK, a fast-growing healthcare software technology firm. Marc was one of MHK’s first executives after its founding in 2010 and previously served as Chief Strategy and Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer. MHK’s CareProminence platform focuses on improving the compliance, efficiency, and quality of various clinical and administrative functions for health plans and pharmacy benefits managers. MHK’s MarketProminence platform focuses on enrollment and financial reconciliation products for Medicare. From 1998 to 2005, Ryan was Connecticut’s State Budget Director and Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, where he oversaw all aspects of state budgeting, policy formulation, and day-to-day management of state government. After leaving state service, Ryan began his healthcare career. He has served in numerous executive level policy, regulatory, compliance, business development, and operations roles at health plans. He has launched Medicare, Medicaid, commercial, and Exchange Marketplace plans. In 2004, Ryan was appointed by the HHS Secretary to serve on the federal State Pharmaceutical Assistance Transition Commission, which worked to integrate state senior drug assistance programs with the new Medicare Part D program. From 2005 to 2008, Ryan also served on the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration’s Medicaid Reform Technical Advisory Panel.

The Healthcare Labyrinth

A Guide to Navigating Health Plans and Fixing American Health Insurance

The Healthcare Labyrinth is not just a comprehensive guide to navigating health plans – it offers a blueprint for fixing our broken healthcare system.

The American health insurance system is anything but easy to maneuver. Health plan enrollees are entangled in a maze of confusion, often resulting in regret, frustration, and deep debt.

In The Healthcare Labyrinth, health plan and healthcare technology veteran Marc S. Ryan demystifies the U.S. healthcare system, helping Americans become wiser consumers and allowing them to navigate the maze with more clarity.

Marc walks through how the system operates, tracing the dysfunction, high costs, and lack of quality to three core issues:

  • a lack of affordable universal access;
  • little focus on wellness, prevention, and care management; and
  • outrageous pricing, especially compared to other developed nations.

Using his decades of experience, Marc outlines a bipartisan blueprint to transform America’s unique system without dismantling the employer-based system. He relies on leading academic, research, and mainstream media sources from across the political spectrum to examine the U.S. healthcare system and compare it to those of other developed nations.

Bruce D. Abramson, PhD

Political Commentator

Bruce D. Abramson, PhD, JD, is an independent strategy consultant with degrees in computer science and law and experience as an economic consultant. He has published widely in the scholarly literature of computing, management, and law, and is author or coauthor of over one hundred columns on politics and public policy. His previous books have addressed technology policy, innovation law, Middle East politics, and political philosophy. He is a patriotic American who has spent most of his life living in the progressive enclaves of New York, Los Angeles, Washington, and San Francisco.
Publication Date:June 1, 2021

The New Civil War

Exposing Elites, Fighting Utopian Leftism, and Restoring America

We are living through a national trauma. The United States has jettisoned the rule of law and ceased functioning as a republic. Battle lines have been drawn. Progressives are moving quickly to cement their transformation of the country’s beliefs, attitudes, values, social structures, economic models, and government organizations. Patriotic Americans are waking up to recognize that conservatism failed to conserve much of anything. Progressives control academia, media, the civil service, and several of our country’s most important industries.

Americans who support the constitution have become counterrevolutionaries. Their challenge is nothing short of the restoration of America’s institutions. Such a restoration is achievable, but you can’t defeat what you don’t understand. Every good restorationist must study progressivism: where it originated, how it grew, what it preaches, how it operates, and what it hopes to accomplish. The New Civil War provides that understanding. It exposes the mechanisms progressives have used over the course of decades to seduce millions of decent, well-intentioned Americans into a dangerously anti-American movement. More importantly, it maps out a nonviolent strategy for an effective restoration.

The New Civil War is not a call for war. It is a recognition that war has been declared on us. Our sacred love of liberty is under attack. Unless we defend it, the America we love may be lost. This book is for every patriotic American eager to defeat the utopian left—and restore America.

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