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Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Recomended! Exaclty what is needed in a time of political extremism

    Because we live in such a polarizing political landscape that constantly evokes our nation’s history as a precedent for whatever message is being delivered I believe a historical context for what government is to us and the role we want it to play in our society is essential in our ability to digest what we are being sold and determine what we really believe in. I believe that. That is why I bought this book yesterday and finished it today.
    To understand who we are and where we are going we must understand where we have been. I recommend this book to anyone who believes that as well.
    While it is a little wordy and generally critical of specifically the Tea Party movement (in the context that they evoke our Constitution for their founding principles of weakening our government) E. J. Dionne provides plenty of praise for both Republicans and Democrats as well as a critical tone for those who forget that the perhaps the key American strength we possess is compromise. The duality of what it means to be an American is that we all in our core contain both Republican and Democrat ideals and we resort to extremism at our peril.
    Seems to me the missing argument in our political landscape is not the case for the absolute left or the absolute right but in fact it is the case for the middle. It is that political middle ground that has fostered the greatest nation in the world and created a government of the people for the people that will mature with the people.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    An insightful look

    An insightful and detailed look at our extremely divided nation. Almost frightening in its honesty about the two sides of our political climate and how far apart they are.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 1, 2012

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