The Fourth Branch of Government: We the People by Jack Trammell, PhD and Guy Terrell, MS, PMP

With the explosion of social media and the Internet, practically everyone in America has instant access to the news and a greater ability to follow what is happening anywhere.  As a result, we are a culture and a nation that is bombarded with information.  However, we are coping poorly with that assault and using an outdated framework for our governance.  Many people feel disconnected from the very mechanisms and people who are supposed to represent their interests.  The Fourth Branch of Government is about updating the framework of our democracy.  It is a movement whose time has come, and one that the Founding Fathers envisioned.  This book outlines a roadmap for how change can be facilitated, as well as a rationale for why it is absolutely necessary and urgent.  The only way to update our democracy and make it relevant to the 21st century is to call for a Constitutional Convention.  In that forum, we can consider changes like eliminating the Electoral College, or implementing e-voting—perhaps even changes leading to a broader and more direct participation in our governance, the Fourth Branch of Government.

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Guy Terrell will be at Midlothian Library on November 5 for “The Festival of the Written Word.” WTVR covered this event on their October 26 segment. This event is free and open to the public.


“ Between a crumbling middle class, the erosion of the Constitution, and the rise of anti-democratic forces, it’s little wonder that many Americans feel a need to do something. The Fourth Branch of Government: We the People, suggests a path toward a more functional democracy. . .Highly recommended for those who want to see power return to the people.”

  —Mike Lofgren, author of The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government

“. . .As I read this provocative book, my preconceived ideas and assumptions about how America’s government currently works, versus how it could and should work, were challenged. . . Step One has to be a meaningful dialogue about what’s wrong, what’s right, and where we go from here. The Fourth Branch will help us kick off that discussion.”

   —Dr. Peter Aiken, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU); founding director, Data Blueprint/Institute for Data Research