Commonwealth Republican Women's Club

Alexandria, Virginia
CRWC Book Club
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Members of the CRWC Book Club celebrate the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration by toasting the president with sparkling wine from the Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.

From left to right, standing,:  Linda App, Susie Miller, Jan Bates, Susan Yonts-Shepard, Pauline Bacaj,
seated: Michelle Dewakar, Nadine Bacaj, Linda Greenberg and Laurie Kirby.
The CRWC Book Club was founded in September, 2017 by Susan Yonts-Shepard, past president of CRWC, the club's Twitter afficionado, and staunch defender of the conservative way of life.

The book club's goal is to read books about, by, and for conservatives on all of the important issues of the day.

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00.

Members can bring their own lunch.  The hostess provides drinks.

Come and join us!
January 20, 2018
Home of Linda Greenberg
Sam Quinones describes the genesis, spread and often mortal consequences of the Opioid crisis in the United States: an epidemic of pain-killers in pill form prescribed too freely by some U.S. doctors followed and amplified by black-tar heroin sold by Mexican drug dealers. Quinones describes the impact of opioids on regions, towns, families, and individuals as well as the attempts by law-enforcement to restrict the supply and punish the dealers.

The book provoked discussion of the boundaries between government and individual liberty.  Do we want a nanny-state? Can we afford to allow addicts to choose? Do addicts have the capacity to choose? What role does social disfunction play: unemployment and de-industrialization in the heartland? How can and should family and community respond?
Sam Quinones
Hillbilly Elegy,
J.D. Vance
J.D. Vance's memoir of life in a self-described Hillbilly family in Ohio and Kentucky poignantly describes a young boy's struggle to survive and thrive in a family and community that seemed to believe the American Dream was dead and that failure was guaranteed. Failed by his drug-addicted, single mother, separated from his birth-father, and repeatedly disappointed by his mother's numerous but short-lived partners, he eventually finds salvation in the home of his hillbilly grandmother and the structure of the U.S. Marines.

Elegy raised issues of family and community in the lives of children in our deprived communities. It illustrated the importance of a stable family environment which in turn depends on stable jobs which in turn produce a community resilient to the siren-call of drugs.
Next Meeting

Home of Linda App

Feb. 17 at 1:00 p.m.

Adios America by Ann Coulter, and
Killing the American Dream, by Pilar Marrero