A former presidential candidate and senator explores America’s mounting discontent with the nation’s political landscape.
In this loyalist manifesto, prolific author and American diplomat Hart (The Thunder and the Sunshine: Four Seasons in a Burnished Life, 2010, etc.) writes that our nation’s republic has become a “vast and cancerous network” of corruptive lobbyists and policymakers uniformly entwining special interest groups with partisan legislation. The author amply demonstrates personal disillusionment with America’s exclusionary national leadership network and how we have strayed from the original ideals and intentions set forth by the Founding Fathers. “We are not the same country we started out to be,” he laments. A self-proclaimed “political fundamentalist” and staunch proponent for the reformation of the “massively corrupt” congressional structure, the author intelligently appraises government first from a historical context, referencing the Constitution, the ideals of past presidents, Federalists, and even foreign theorists like Machiavelli. He contrasts this with an astute discussion on the decline in moral authority of 21st-century governmental policy and procedure, and he places blame on the country’s foreign entanglements, its accepted “burden of policing the world,” deteriorating social justice, and an imbalance of security and liberty—none of which our pragmatic forebears ever intended. Hart is insistent that the only way to improve our governmental track record is to restrategize with progressive thinking, the reconciliation of current political policies, and a divergence from the concentrated economic powers that have such an undue influence on members of Congress and other politicians. While his recommendations may read as easier said than done, and he doesn’t provide many detailed plans, the book is written with aggressive advocacy and hopeful intentions. Hart’s impassioned plea for reform seeks to empower political compatriots to rethink the direction of U.S. governance, thus closing “the gap between promise and performance.”
A proactive appeal to restore confidence in the American republic.