I recently connected (through social media) with a reader of my book, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too). His name is Gavin Phillips, from Vancouver, Washington. He sent me a note on Facebook and said that No Hope was “one of the best books I have ever read!” He’s read it three times, and has given to his mom and friends to read, too!
He wrote a nice Facebook post about the book on March 14th. I just discovered it last night, and I wanted to share it here. It made my day! Here is what Gavin wrote:
Some of you may remember that I finished a book about two weeks ago that I said everyone could benefit from reading, but I didn’t reveal the title of the book or the author. I wanted to wait until now, when I could offer my brief thoughts on why it’s worth your time.
The book I read is titled, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too.) It’s written by and about Jimmy LaSalvia, a former Republican strategist and activist who left the party after 10 years of trying to change the Republican platform and conservatives’ attitudes regarding same-sex marriage and the homosexual community.
LaSalvia himself is a gay man and the co-founder of GOProud, a former political action group that consisted of gay and pro-gay, straight Republicans. Their mission was to show the Republican Party that gay people can be conservatives and have a place on the Republican team! Through their support of many conservative principles, including gun rights and limited government initiatives, they hoped Republicans would come to see that gay people are part of modern American society, and should no longer be viewed as “the enemy.” Judging by the title of this book, you can probably deduce whether LaSalvia and GOProud were successful in their efforts…
As a gay man supporting a party that did not always welcome him on their side, LaSalvia chronicles his numerous experiences. From battling to be a sponsor of CPAC to working during the Bush/McCain/Romney Presidential campaigns, LaSalvia and GOProud were often met with hostility from both the radical right and radical left.
Reflecting upon his career in politics and the United States political system, LaSalvia left the Republican Party in 2014 to work in politics as an Independent. Although LaSalvia and GOProud made tremendous progress in the conservative movement, he concluded that as long as anti-gay zealots were tolerated, the Republican Party would never convince the American public that they were a modern, inclusive party. Even more importantly, LaSalvia makes his case for why all Americans should leave their respective parties of choice and become freethinking Independents.
LaSalvia’s book greatly resonated with me. I left the Democratic Party and became an Independent a few years ago, before LaSalvia’s book was even published. I feel like he was able to put on paper many of the thoughts I’ve had regarding LGBT issues and politics in general. I can’t tell you how many “Exactly!” moments I had while reading!
I strongly recommend giving this book a little of your time! LaSalvia eloquently documents his political life, sharing his experiences in a way that create feelings of sympathy and, more importantly, empathy in his readers. Whether you identify as a hardcore or moderate conservative (or not a conservative at all), No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too) will open your eyes to the discrimination that continues to run rampant in modern day America and challenge your thinking regarding the United States political system. Plus, for those with a tight schedule, it’s short enough to be read in one day!