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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006


    This book takes you through the challenges we are facing today and outlines what we as citizens can do to improve our country today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2006


    Kennedy paints a big picture of clarity for patriots puzzled by what Republicans have been doing to America with their unchecked power. We now know who the winners are (corporate and financial elites) and who the losers are (the middle class, working poor, and underprivileged) and how Rove Republicans play the game (by deceit, distraction, and sowing discord). For Americans who cherish Constitutional protections of personal freedom, worry about wars and creeping authoritarianism, believe in the safety net, fume at corporate corruption and outsourcing of American jobs, and are willing to consider conservative time tested remedies as well as innovative solutions, Kennedy's book kindles the torch of enlightenment. Seeing the Bush clamor for war on Iraq as unsubstantiated and driven by a reckless disregard of proven foreign policy strategies that served America so well against threats larger than Islamic terrorism, Kennedy was one of a handful to vote against giving Bush authority to invade Iraq. Because Kennedy's wisdom, acumen, and intelligence soared effortlessly above those pounding the drums for war, his foreign policy proposals move front and center as America begins the heavy lifting to get back on track. Conservative tried-and-true foreign policies including multilateralism, containment, economic incentives, and patient diplomacy are superior ways to preserve national security long term than rushing headlong into war based on manufactured evidence and then finding out that wars cannot be turned off like a water faucet, and that in fact wars often have an insidious way of growing larger and becoming permanent while ruining more lives than anticipated. Who would not go back and do it differently if they could? Taking outsourcing of American jobs seriously, Kennedy proposes serious solutions. Like the relentless encroachment of killer bees, once started globalization cannot be reversed. However, Kennedy declares that the federal government can slow down the loss of US jobs to Communist China and India. Kennedy proposes tax reductions for companies that keep jobs in the US and tax increases for companies that ship American jobs overseas. How's that for a tax policy that benefits average Americans where they live? Writing in 2106 that 50 million Americans did not have adequate access to health care in 2006 because they could not pay for it, historians will lump this deprivation in with the absence of child labor laws, opposition to woman's suffrage, and Jim Crow discrimination as a measure of civilization's unnecessarily sluggish advance and tolerance of reactionary politics. To institute Medicare for all Americans would constitute a crowning achievement of Kennedy's legislative career. This program would abolish the financial burden businesses experience in maintaining health programs for their employees and make such business enterprises more competitive globally. It would control costs by monitoring excessive hospital billing. Surely it is a mark of civilization to guarantee modern health care for all its citizens. Health care is not similar to most products, something you can get along without like a new Buick. It is indispensable for everyone at some point, as Kennedy demonstrates with his own family history, and America ought to guarantee modern health care for every citizen. One thing that parents and liberals have in common is an abiding faith that education will improve the lives of America's children. While ideological conservatives sadly stumble off track and mindlessly fuss about imposing school prayer, abolishing tenure, and firing 'liberal' professors for their pro-environment views, Kennedy big-shoulders his way past such silly conservative dogma and hammers home proposals to beef up science, math, and engineering so that America will not be overtaken by India and Communist China in global economic competition. Interestingly, Bush appears to join with Kennedy in a renewed emphasis on science educat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2006

    What You Can Do For Your Country

    This is book is required reading for anyone who loves America. Senator Kennedy clearly deliniates issues which are not only affecting us today, but will have an impact on future generations. His statement of the threat to civil liberties, in particular, should be a wake-up call to Republicans and Democrats, alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2006

    Learning from the principled leadership of the past

    America Back on Track, by Senator Edward M. Kennedy provides a historical lens through which contemporary American politics can be evaluated. Through detailed discussion of both the social context and political landscape that prevailed during the turbulent 1960¿s and his own 40+ years of experience in the senate, Senator Kennedy is able to create a reliable blueprint (which he often does explicitly in bullet list form) for the values and character traits present in courageous leaders of the past and lacking in political leaders of the present. While the book provides a predictably harsh indictment of the current Bush administration, it does so more as a didactic means to help readers understand the future landscape of America rather than as an end in and of itself. In doing so, Senator Kennedy is able to elucidate a clear plan to address such issues as universal health care, increasing the minimum wage, and the navigating the effects of globalization. Upon completion, I was delightedly surprised at the substantive nature of the text. Senator Kennedy¿s historical analysis and guidelines for the future create the bookends for what is a serious look at contemporary politics and a hopeful cry for the return of principled leadership.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2006

    A Democratic Vision

    In America Back On Track Senator Kennedy looks back on his 40+ years in the US Senate and offers a plan to get our country headed in the right direction after the disaster created by President Bush. Kennedy explains that in the past leadership from both the Democratic and Republican parties have come together to deal with the difficult issues of the time. From the civil rights legislation to the Americans with disabilities act to the education reform politicians joined together to confront the issues. Today that's not the case. Senator Kennedy while being critical (although not as critical as is deserved) of the Bush administration, lays out a vision for America. His vision is not that surprising: an increase in the minimum wage, universal health care and a focus on education to enable our economy and our young people to be competitive in the smaller world cause by globalization. While everyone may not agree with Kennedy's opinions this book raises questions that are sure to spark debate. Which is at its heart the point Kennedy is making¿.politicians need to get things done instead of blaming the other party. This book is a must read for people that care about America.

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    Posted December 18, 2008

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