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Number of Pages: 336
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Commentary & Opinion
Publisher: Atria Books
Author: Joseph A Califano
Street Date: February 13, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-51-8272
This authoritative and passionate scrutiny of the three branches of government reveals the changes--political, cultural, constitutional, technological, institutional--that render our government completely dysfunctional, and the urgent need to fix our democracy before it's too late. If you've been watching the news and worrying that our democracy no longer works, this book will help you understand why you're right. There is colossal concentration of power in the Presidency. Congress is crippled by partisanship and dependence on special interest money. The Supreme Court and many lower federal courts are driven by politics. Add politically fractured and fragile media, feckless campaign finance laws, rampant income and education inequality, and multicultural divisions, and it's no wonder our leaders can't agree on anything or muster a solid majority of Americans behind them. With decades as a leader in government, law, and business, Joseph A. Califano, Jr. has the maturity to be party-neutral in his evaluation and the perspective to see the big picture of our democracy. Using anecdotes and examples featuring every modern president and actions of both parties, Califano makes the urgent case that we do not need to agree, but we do need to trust each other and be worthy of that trust, in order to bring back systems of government that protect freedom and promote fairness. The longer we wait to fix these problems, the more dangerous our situation will become. Our Damaged Democracy is the rallying cry we need to get our country back on track.
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A must read book! Most people realize if they are honest with themselves that our government has major problems and has been broken for some years now. No matter whether you consider yourself a democrat, a republican or some third party backer, this book lays out how the government has evolved and is operating today. You will quickly understand why things just aren't getting done anymore and what "We The People" must do to help to fix the problem.
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