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The Governator
From Muscle Beach to His Quest for the White House, the Improbable Rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger

by Ian Halperin



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This book is Arnold Schwarzenegger's biography, not just his political biography. It includes stories from his time as a bodybuilder, through his time as an actor, and then as governor. The book's purpose is to explore Arnold's political future after he retires from as California Governor in January 2011. The book is unambiguous in its message about that future: Arnold wants to be President, and a Constitutional Amendment is needed to accomplish that.

The book portrays Arnold as a true independent. He has been a Republican since hearing Nixon's economic views in 1968 (p. 172) but is no hard-core social conservative, with liberal stances on everything from abortion to healthcare. The book provides background for why Arnold came to be pro-gay rights (mostly) and pro-choice (mostly) but pro-economic freedom (mostly). Arnold's independence is perhaps best encapsulated by his justification for supporting ObamaCare: "I'm a public servant; not a party servant." (p. 307).

Many attribute Arnold's liberal compromises to his wife, Maria Shriver, the niece of John F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. The book offers substantial insight into the "power couple" (devoting all of chapter 15 to "Meeting Maria"), focusing on how Maria brought political savvy to Arnold's campaigns. The book also details how Maria knew all along about Arnold's philandering, not only because of the philandering history of the Kennedy clan, but also because of plenty of evidence along the way. Hence the 2011 revelations about Arnold's teenage child, with another woman while he was married to Maria, should not have been such a surprise to Maria (the book was published before those revelations).

Alas, those 2011 revelations--and the subsequent filing for divorce by Maria--have doomed Arnold's hopes for a presidential run. The book lays out in great detail a path to the presidency in 2016, starting this year with a Constitutional Amendment to remove the native-born requirement for the presidency (this too warrants a full closing chapter, starting on p. 310). Those plans seem outdated now--Arnold must first plan a personal comeback before taking on a Constitutional Amendment. And he'll have to do it without the Kennedy clan's help.

The book's author, Ian Halperin, is a liberal, who never attended a Republican event until he went "under cover" to attend a Tea Party rally to research this book--but the book is primarily observational rather than partisan. A great read for fans of independent politics, or just for fans of the Terminator series.

-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, OnTheIssues.org, November 2011
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Pro-choice but no partial-birth abortion.
Budget & Economy
    Legislature needs guts on budget; don't be girlie men.
Civil Rights
    Changed bodybuilding culture from gay to straight.
    Gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Drugs
    Admitted to marijuana usage, but no hard drugs.
Energy & Oil
    Global Warming Solutions: cut greenhouse gas by 25% by 2020.
Environment
    1992: First civilian to purchase a Hummer.
    Protect air & landscape: world's strictest emission rules.
Families & Children
    Treat kids with iron fists, to respect parents completely.
    Adults go to gyms, but don't pay attention to kids' fitness.
Government Reform
    2004: Self-financed campaign; no special interest money.
Health Care
    Discount drugs to 6 million low-income Californians.
Homeland Security
    Performed one year of compulsory military service in Austria.
Immigration
    Voted for Prop. 187 in 1994; apologized for it in 2006.
Jobs
    Bodybuilders on Muscle Beach are "bums and parasites".
Principles & Values
    Father was member of Austrian Nazi party.
    As child in Austria, known as prankster & bully.
    As teen, some girls knocked out by his body; other repulsed.
    1970s: Took steroids, which were then legal.
    Hitler was a great public speaker but misused talent.
    Maria Shriver "wanted someone different, not some preppy".
    1979: prepped acting career like regime for bodybuilding.
    Secret to success: endurance, hard work, & patience.
    1983 naturalization was "realization of my dream".
    OpEd: More motivated by power than money.
    2004: "Amend for Arnold": let non-natives run for president.
Social Security
    2005: privatize public employee pensions.
Technology
    1988 royalty deal changed way film industry operates.


The above quotations are from The Governator
From Muscle Beach to His Quest for the White House, the Improbable Rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger

by Ian Halperin
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