Data from the Statistical Abstract of the United States indicates that only 37 percent of eligible residents participated in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Congressional elections. Additionally, voter participation in federal elections from 1932 through 2010 was an average of 17 percent lower in non- presidential election years than in presidential election years. Have you ever wondered if this decrease in voter turnout has affected the quality of our leadership and our country?
"Accountability Citizenship" written by army veteran, former political insider, executive, and author, Stephen P. Tryon, reveals how the decades-old decline in U.S. voter participation has affected the country, and why it's imperative that ordinary Americans get more involved in the business of Washington, D.C. Written from a non-partisan perspective, Tryon presents the ultimate toolkit to empower individual citizens to participate in the American political process, and a step-by-step guide to restoring empowerment and efficiency in the government.
In the book Mr. Tryon discusses:
The ways in which information is marketed and distributed today and how it discourages effective citizenship
Why Americans must teach and learn the skills of information-age citizenship to achieve a civil and productive dialogue on today's issues
Why Americans vote more in presidential elections and not in congressional elections
How Americans can communicate and work with their Congressional representatives effectively
Why Americans must each hold their congressional representatives accountable for achieving meaningful goals that are specific, measurable, and achievable
According to Mr. Tryon, this book is his prescription for Americans to reestablish control of their government using the procedures provided in the Constitution. He believes that solutions lie not in changing the information stream - the free press which is an inviolable element of the republic - but rather in changing the behaviors for processing information that the stream conveys. He believes that in this age of information, we have to hold each other accountable -- private citizen and elected official alike -- for adopting information-age behaviors in order to preserve a government that represents the will of the people.
Stephen P. Tryon holds a B.S. from West Point and an M.A. in philosophy from Stanford University. Raised with seven siblings in a family where public service is a core value, he served as a soldier in the United States army for 21 years. At the end of his army career, he served as a legislative fellow for Senator Max Cleland, as well as a legislative assistant to the senior general at army headquarters in the Pentagon.
More recently, Tryon has worked as a Senior Vice President of Human Resources and International Business at Overstock.com for nine years. He has spent four years managing logistics and five years managing human resources and international business. A current resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, Tryon has one son Jake, and a dog Peanut. Fluent in English and able to converse in Spanish, Tryon also enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, outdoor recreation, exercising, reading, and writing. Accountabilitycitizenship.org