Our Damaged Democracy

Our Damaged Democracy

We the People Must Act

Book - 2018
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This authoritative and passionate primer on 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 riven 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.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2018
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501144622
1501144626
9781501144615
1501144618
Characteristics: xvii, 317 pages ; 22 cm

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MaryElizabeth17
Mar 08, 2018

This book is divided among the three branches of the federal government with a fourth section about the social and political forces currently facing our country. If I could rank the parts separately, I would give the first section - about the Presidency - five stars. It is excellent because of Califano's experience in that branch. The other sections are a perfunctory civics lesson but lack the insight or the passion of the first part. Still, it is worth reading the section about the Presidency. He is understandably wistful about the social movement of the Great Society.

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