Democracy, as an ideal is one thing. But for it to thrive and grow in a real world manner requires deeds, not words.
Joseph A. Califano Jr., spent his career in politics. Part of his career included working for former Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter.
Earlier this year, Mr. Califano published a book entitled, Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act. Pulling on his decades in the professional political arena, he explains why the American democracy is failing and what we, the voting public can and must do to fix the problem.
I think this one of the best books on politics I have read in a long time and a must read for any American citizen who feels powerless against those in power. While Mr. Califano speaks from the perspective of bipartisanship, he is not afraid to call out all politicians on both sides of the aisle (including you know who) to do what is right for the country and her citizens. But the one point that he makes several times over the course of the book is that for the American democracy to succeed and continue into the future, her citizens have to trust each other, even if they don’t see eye to eye on every issue.
I absolutely recommend it.
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