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Political Elixir Now Available from Big Daddy Publishers


     John Trotter’s Political Elixir is now available from Big Daddy Publishers.  (In a matters of days, Political Elixir will also be available from Amazon.)  This political novel is both entertaining and informative.  It is especially relevant now since the setting for this novel is contemporaneous.  Yes, Donald Trump bursts on the scene in Chapter 16…while the novel was being written.  Other political candidates and figures are in the novel, and the story line involves many well-developed characters of the American South.  The plot and sub-plot of the novel are masterfully crafted by Trotter.

You can order you copy here from Big Daddy Publishers, LLC, 175 Carnegie Place, Suite 121, Fayetteville, Georgia  30214.  The price of this higly entertaining political novel is only $9.95 + $2.95 for shipping and handling.  The total is just $12.90.  Checks or money orders should be made out to Big Daddy Publishers, LLC.  All correspondences should be sent to BigDaddyPublishers@yahoo.com.

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Political Elixir

Political Elixir is John Trotter’s poignant story of politics told within the textured fabric of the American South as woven by threads of race, sex, class, power, hate, love, hope, and redemption. Trotter’s storyis deftly crafted with the nuanced images which can only be created by a literary artist who has experienced such scenes up close.


“This is a damn good novel!” – J. B. Stanley

“I couldn’t put it down!” – Norreese Haynes

“This novel is a page-turner!” – Sharlene Gipson

I promise you.  You will love it!  I loved it.” – Michael Vanyo

“This masterpiece of story-telling is destined to be a number one political novel for any time period, location, or culture. It ought to be in the library of anyone interested in politics and culture.” – James (Gunny) Yawn



     This contemporary political novel is rooted in Jackson, Mississippi; Atlanta, Georgia; Salvador, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: and Washington, D. C. Southerners are uniquely concerned about roots – where you are from and where happenings took place. We Southerners are more place-bound than any other Americans. We want to know where you are from and who your parents are.

This is the story of how class, race, sex, hate, power, love, hope, and redemption are interwoven in life. The backdrop of the story is two near octogenarian white men who are enormously wealthy and fathered two sons by two Negro maids who worked in their respective homes. These two men, who were close friends since their glory days at Ole Miss University and the University of Georgia Law School, were scions of huge family wealth. One knew from the beginning that he had sired a little colored boy. The other found out very suddenly many years later. Both men have big dreams for their mixed-race sons, their African American sons.

This is the story of how all of their lives intersected and formed a powerful bond.   A story of redemption, born of mistrust and doubt. The near aborted relationships remained intact, though sometimes dangling by the proverbial threads. The bonds of family and brotherhood prevail.

This novel is quintessentially a Southern political novel with a contemporary national backdrop. The cultural themes which are addressed here are often left unspoken in polite Southern society – white and black. There has always been a tenuous mixture of the races in the American South, whether in the co-mingling of DNA or just in the social and political interactions. Many things were and are understood but left unsaid or only spoken of in hushed tones, as when a slave woman’s baby came out very light in color and the madam of the plantation secretly and stressfully mulled over whether her husband was the father or one of her sons had just sired another child. Words remained unspoken or muted. A thunderous silence hovered over the plantation. And black people of America do not have one monolithic hue but represent a kaleidoscope of “blackness.” A true fifty shades of black.

My great-great grandfather, Col./Rep. Robert A. Alston, was murdered in the Georgia Capitol on March 11, 1879 as a result of his undertaking to outlaw the convict lease system, a heinous system of peonage of the newly Freedmen in Georgia. The convict lease system has been described as “slavery by another name.” Alston had a first cousin, David T. Howard, whose father was Alston’s uncle. Howard was born a slave in 1849 and later became the first licensed mortician of color in Georgia. He was one of the wealthiest African Americans in Georgia around the turn of the century. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. attended David T. Howard Elementary School, and Howard was a key leader in raising the money for the first African American high school in Atlanta, Booker T. Washington High School, where Dr. King attended. Atlanta’s second African American high school was named David T. Howard High School. Some of Atlanta’s luminaries who attended David T. Howard High School were Walt (the Clyde) Frazier of the New York Knickerbockers’ 1970 World Championship team, Vernon Jordan who serves as President Bill Clinton’s attorney and close friend, and Maynard Jackson who was Atlanta’s first African American mayor and whose name sits atop the world’s busiest airport.

David T. Howard had a white brother from the Decatur area who represented Georgia in the U. S. Congress for many years, was a close friend and ally to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and was a legendary criminal attorney in Georgia, William Schley Howard, the grandfather of Georgia’s former and popular Lieutenant Governor, Pierre Howard who was considered progressive on the issue of race in Georgia. Congressman Howard and Governor John Slaton (who, by the way, was featured in President John Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage) both honored David T. Howard, speaking at the former slave’s funeral in 1935. I am quite certain that nothing was mentioned about the two Howards’ familial relationship. Understood but unspoken. Polite but silent. The Southern way.

Perhaps this novel will help Southerners and non-Southerners alike understand how far the American South has progressed when it comes to race…and perhaps how far we Southerners and Americans still have to go. By the way, Robert A. Alston has several descendants here in Georgia who are of mixed-race heritage, among whom are my children.

John R. Alston Trotter

October 10, 2015, Newnan, Georgia, USA



     This work is a contemporary political novel. I had fun writing it. Most of it was written while I stayed in Brazil. I distinctly remember developing one of my favorite characters in the novel on the phone with my colleague, Norreese Haynes. Norreese assisted me in developing the peculiar and baffling character of Jimmy Lee Jackson. Norreese also assisted me on different cultural and social aspects of the novel, particularly in the matter of race. We were together in the States one evening when we came up with the name of the novel, Political Elixir. Norreese is a very talented and loyal person, and he serves as CEO of MACE, a private teachers union that I founded over 20 years ago. Preston Haliburton, one of my young attorney friends (with whom I actually attended law school when I was an older gentleman, if I may call myself a gentleman) provided key understanding for me on social and culture features in the novel, especially related to fraternities. Like Norreese, Preston is true friend, and he has a great understanding of Constitutional Law. Tom (Thug) Berry, another close friend and confidant, provided some insights on how certain thugs may unnerve the elite and effete. Thug taught school in the tough environments of Chicago and Atlanta and has done work for MACE for many years. He provides plain-spoken wisdom, and Thug is loyal to his friends, one of whom I am glad to be.

Other friends who have assisted me in life and have in their own way, consciously or not, contributed to my understanding of politics, business, education, and different facets of culture are Rep. Darryl W. Jordan, Commissioner Robbie Lee Moore, Commission Chairman J. Charley Griswell, the late William L. (“Woodman”) Woods, Esq., Rep. Frank I. Bailey, Jr., Rep. Sandra G. Scott, School Board Member Linda Crummy and Terry Crummy, James (Gunny) Yawn, Professor Dr. Carvin L. Brown, Sheriff Victor Hill, the late Superintendent Dr. Bob Livingston, the late Principal Dr. Donald Garrett, Billy G. Harper, III, Joshua B. Stanley, and U. S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the latter of whom I first met over 30 years ago when he was a “back bencher” and futuristic in his thinking, and I was proud when he ascended to the Speakership and proudly voted for him in the GOP Presidential Primary in 2012.

For those on the MACE Team who keep the MACE Train steaming down the track, Norreese Haynes, Benjamin Barnes, Renee Bishop, Rafael Garcia, Sharlene Gipson, and Michael Robinson, I am always grateful for your hard work and dedication to the teachers.

For Kelli at Crown Printing, thanks for formatting the book and designing the cover. You always do a great job. For Jerry, Sharon, and Joy, I thank you too!

I have a large, loving, and gracious family both here in the States and in Brazil. My sister Patti and my brother Dan are the best siblings whom a man could have, and they have beautiful children and grandchildren who are delightful to be around. My mother, Jo Ann Frazier Trotter, is pushing 91 years old and is still kicking as if she were only 50. She has always been a sweetie, and she gets sweeter as the years go by. She and my father, the late Daniel D. Trotter, Sr., always provided warmth and love in a very structured environment. I couldn’t have had better parents. For my children, Marissa (Riss), Robert (Rob), Matthew (Matt) and for my wife, Luzinete (Luci), and my step-son, Victor (Vito), I thank you for everything!

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The MACE Manifesto can be Purchased on Amazon


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The MACE Manifesto: A Summary.

The MACE Manifesto: The Politically Incorrect, Irreverent, and Scatological Examination of What’s Wrong with American Public Education is a gonzoistic examination of what is wrong with the institution known as American Public Education. In this Gonzo style of writing, Dr. John Trotter and Mr. Norreese Haynes make no high-minded pretenses of being objective but give colorful and compelling explanations of what are the real problems of public education, not what the so-called “school reformers” think are the problems. Trotter and Haynes bewail the teaching conditions in America’s public schools and especially in the urban schools. They often cite the MACE Mantra: “You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions.”

Trotter and Haynes contend that the so-call school reform efforts are misplaced, misguided, and cause much more harm than good. These efforts start, according to Trotter and Haynes, from a false premise, viz., that the teaching corps is the problem with our public schools. They, however, write that the number one problem in the public schools today is that power has been taken away from the teachers. They contend that teachers have been denuded of power and influence over student discipline and the curriculum that they teach in their classrooms. Trotter and Haynes state that teachers need to be put back on their thrones in their classrooms and that school administrators should get the heck out of the classrooms and quit “snoopervising” the teachers. Instead of micromanaging teachers, good teachers should simply be hired and allowed to have the freedom in the classroom to be creative, and the administrators should back the teachers to the hilt when it comes to dealing with rude, defiant, and disruptive students. The authors contend that a loose net will catch any weak or incompetent teacher but a tight net will suffocate creative teachers and drive them out of the profession.

Besides defiant and disruptive students, Trotter and Haynes state that the other major problems in public education are the irate and irresponsible parents; angry, petty, and abusive administrators; systematic cheating on standardized tests as well as on regular tests and assignments; and the treating of most lack of learning as technical breakdowns instead of motivational breakdowns. They rant against the standardized tests which they say have become the curricula as well as “the false gods of public education.” They also bewail the inordinate, onerous, and inane paperwork and meetings that encumber the teachers on a daily basis.

Trotter and Haynes explain that when it comes to mega changes like the pushing of Common Core Standards throughout the nation’s schools (which through the backdoor becomes the national curriculum), it really is “all about the money.” They see the push for Common Core by Bill and Melinda Gates and Pearson Education as the attempt to take over the American schools by nationalizing and homogenizing the curriculum. But, Trotter and Haynes contend that “local control” of the curriculum is very important because each community is different with different needs. Trotter and Haynes see U. S. Secretary Arne Duncan and the controversial Michelle Rhee as the “acolytes” doing much of the work for billionaires Bill Gates and Eli Broad, the latter two of whom they call “denizens” in public education.

The MACE Manifesto is organized in six major parts, though there are many sections that stand alone. The major parts of this book are (1) Expounding Theories (19 chapters); (2) Explaining Race (five chapters); Exhaling Rants (21 chapters); (4) Exposing Myths (five chapters and 25 myths); (5) Eviscerating Accreditation; and (6) Exhibiting Appendices (26 appendices).

This book had been described by attorney Preston Haliburton as “a gripping and riveting read” and by educator James Yawn as “the tour-de-force on public education.” © Big Daddy Publishers, 2014.

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Purchase Now The MACE Manifesto!

Praise for

The MACE Manifesto

“Dr. Trotter and Mr. Haynes are true friends of public school teachers, and I know that when they write or speak on public education, everyone needs to take note. Every educator, young and old, and all politicians – legislators, school board members, and even superintendents – need to read The MACE Manifesto!” – The Honorable Darryl W. Jordan, Georgia State Representative

“A gripping, riveting read.” – Attorney Preston Haliburton

“John and Norreese are politically incorrect but are absolutely correct on public education!” – The Honorable Sandra G. Scott, Georgia State Representative

Book photo - JT and NH

“As a former PTA President at a public elementary school, a public middle school, and a public high school, I appreciate the fact that The MACE Manifesto addresses the need for discipline in our public schools.” – Michael Robinson

“Dr. Trotter and Mr. Haynes are dealing with the unpleasant realities of today’s public schools – and, as a teacher, I can vouch for this!” – Dr. Jose Helena

“As a classroom educator, my life was changed by Dr. Trotter and MACE – and now we have The MACE Manifesto, the tour-de-force on public education!” – James (Gunny) Yawn

John and Norreese

“Dr. Trotter and Mr. Haynes have been fighting for teachers for years, and as a son of two Georgia school teachers and as a Vice Chairman of a Georgia public school board, I know the importance of the message of The MACE Manifesto!” – Attorney J. Anderson Ramay

“The MACE Manifesto is the inconvenient truth about what goes on in our public schools – and especially in our urban schools. I know. I spent my whole career as a teacher in the Birmingham and Atlanta schools.” – Charles Melton

“From my educator’s perspective, The MACE Manifesto is the Bible on public education!” – Bo T. Oates

“As a former teacher and a former school board member, I am excited that a book finally tells it like it is on public education.” – Linda Crummy

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“This ain’t chicken soup!” – J. B. Stanley

“Each page is RADIOACTIVE!” – Benjamin Barnes

“The unvarnished and sad truth about public education today.” – R. L. Moore

“I spent my career as a teacher and an administrator in two urban schools systems, and Dr. Trotter and Mr. Haynes are right on target in The MACE Manifesto.” – Mark Harris

“As a former teacher and a current administrator, I know the importance of good teaching conditions, and this is what The MACE Manifesto is all about.” – Lee Carter

“Yes, we are going to endorse our own book. It is an impressive manifesto. We’re not falsely modest. In this educational treatise, you will gain many insights about how American Public Education operates. You will learn about how newly appointed superintendents come to town with ropes around their necks, barely escaping the last school system alive but the search firm pimps put cheap perfume on them, recycle them, and sell these educational sluts to other unsuspecting school boards.

“You will learn how the publishing and software industries (most notably Pearson out of London, England and Bill Gates of Microsoft) are driving the American Public Education agenda with an indoctrinating, watered-down, dim-witted, drivel-type, homogenized, and nationalized curriculum called Common Core which is aligned with the values of UNESCO and not necessarily with the values of the local community.

“We show you how the standardized tests have become the false gods of American Public Education and how three essential elements for learning are completely ignored by the ‘school deformers’ – discipline, aptitude, and motivation.

“We deal with subjects that others either don’t know shit about or have parakeet balls and are afraid to broach.

“You will understand that trying to find a school administrator who supports teachers to the hilt and demands that students behave in the classroom is like trying to capture dinosaur farts and bottling them for the Smithsonian. They are just that rare!

“You get it all here…with panache and street cred. Forget hollow platitudes. We give it to you straight…right in the gut!” – Dr. John Trotter and Norreese Haynes

What in the Hell is The MACE Manifesto?

     The MACE Manifesto is a gonzoistic explanation of what is really wrong with the institution known as American Public Education (APE) – with no holds barred. In the parlance of professional wrestling, it may resemble a Texas Cage Match. A gonzo style of writing is written in the first person, uses the vernacular, is loaded with details, and makes no high-minded and hypocritical claims of objectivity – and, quite frankly, doesn’t give a rat’s ass whom it might offend. In fact, Trotter and Haynes state clearly that they intend to offend.

Book photo - Front cover

Trotter and Haynes bewail the teaching conditions in America’s public schools, especially in the urban schools. Unlike the common and trite analyses of the so-called school reformers, Trotter and Haynes do not lay the blame of the ills of public education at the feet of the classroom educators but at the feet of the “numbskull” and “dumbass” politicians, policymakers, superintendents, and administrators. They go a bit light on the elected school board members, describing them as too naïve to the games of the school system’s “sluts,” “pimps,” and “bitches” who, according to Trotter and Haynes, have razed any common sense in the school systems, causing the systems to become mental and moral wastelands.

Trotter and Haynes are not calling for more school “reformation” but for a complete return to the ways of the days which produced literate citizens who, upon graduating from high school, could write cogent paragraphs, deftly multiply and divide numbers in their heads at cash registers when buying something, know the difference between George Washington and the Revolutionary War and Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, and generally were culturally literate. The Cromwellian Revolution of School Reform of the last 30 years has resulted in the teachers being denuded and dethroned in their own classrooms. The teachers need to be returned to power. They need to be the kings and queens of their classrooms once again. Order needs to be restored, and when order is returned to the classrooms, learning will take place.

Readily acknowledging that public education is on life-support, Trotter and Haynes assert that it is tragically sick largely because of the asinine rules and regulations that the State and Federal governments have intravenously administered to the collective school corpus. The most recent invasive viruses injected into the collective school corpus in America have come about by the ideas pushed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and vulture philanthropists and denizens like Bill Gates and Eli Broad and their devoted acolytes, U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his sidekick and educational charlatan, Michelle Rhee.

Trotter and Haynes make a strong case for detoxifying public education in the United States with a series of metaphorical enemas. “The real problem with public education is that the teachers have been stripped of their power and authority in the classroom – over both curriculum and classroom discipline,” they contend. They often quote the MACE Mantra: “You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions.”

Purchase Now The MACE Manifesto!

     If you want to purchase The MACE Manifesto, you can write to Big Daddy Publishers, 175 Carnegie Place, Suite 121 , Fayetteville, GA 30214. This manifesto is over 600 pages and has nearly 200 photos. It should cost $60.00 but Big Daddy Publishers has agreed to sell this manifesto for only $30.00 plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. If you are a MACE Member, the book is just $15.00!  (All checks need to be made out to Big Daddy Publishers, LLC.)

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Big Daddy Publishers did what other publishers were probably too nervous to do…publish this manifesto with all of its edginess. This manifesto will prove to be a “timeless classic” on public education and is indeed “a gripping, riveting read,” as Attorney Preston Haliburton describes it. Trotter and Haynes take on the richest person in the world, Bill Gates, who, along with his wife Melinda, is more responsible for pushing the Common Core Standards (as well as unlimited Charter Schools and Merit Pay Evaluations for teachers with their students’ test scores largely factoring into the teachers’ final evaluation) on the public schools nationwide, thus nationalizing and homogenizing this mushy and feckless curriculum and enabling his company, Microsoft, and other companies to reap financial dividends thereof. Trotter and Haynes tear into Bill Gates and his Common Crap Curriculum perhaps like no one else in the country. Literally, Gates has given millions upon millions to other unions and colleges of education throughout the country, effectively shutting down criticism from these organizations.

Trotter and Haynes took on other public figures and public officials, squarely calling a spade a spade. They did not boringly and placidly measure their words. “We told the truth about certain public officials and public figures and let the chips fall where they fell,” quipped Dr. Trotter. “I had so many lies told on me when I was an elected official,” laughed Mr. Haynes, “that we thought that it was time that the truth be told, and truth is the absolute defense against libel.”

Trotter and Haynes outline eight plagues of American Public Education which pretty much sum up all the problems. These plagues are: (1) Irate & Irresponsible Parents; (2) Defiant & Disruptive Students; (3) Angry & Abusive Administrators; (4) Deification of Standardized Tests; (5) School-Directed Systematic Cheating; (6) Common Crap Curriculum & Mushy Thinking; (7) Centralization & Homogenization of the Schools; and (8) Inordinate, Onerous, & Inane Paperwork.

This video was made in August of 2014.  The book ended up being over 600 pages with nearly 200 photos.  What publisher besides Big Daddy Publishers would have done such a terrific job on The MACE Manifeseto?

About MACE…  

      MACE was founded in 1995. The MACE Mantra has been from the beginning: You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions. And, yes, MACE does devour administrators who abuse teachers. MACE does not allow administrators or supervisors to join, and if a teacher becomes an administrator or supervisor, this person can no longer remain a MACE Member. MACE is not mad at them. MACE just has to make sure that there is no conflict-of-interests. This is a major reason that the other unions are so ineffective. They have built-in-conflicts and don’t really know who they are representing. MACE protects and empowers Classroom Educators…one member at a time.


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