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Posted February 19, 2010
Discouraged liberals will get the boost they need from this book to fight for the ideals and human values expressed by the founding fathers. Keith Martin's succinct volume is easily readable, pragmatically informative, and passionately personal. Martin's diatribe elevates public consciousness regarding how far we've fallen short of the country's initial conception. Athough there is no guaranteed action plan for restoring the country's moral imperative, the author does a good job of providing specific, workable recommendations for doing so. Martin writes, "We have become less equal, less just, less free, and less communal." It's time to counter the drift.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2010
I got this pre-publication edition from a friend of mine who knows the author. I understand the author could not find a publisher so he published it himself. If this book gets the sales and publicity it deserves, there will be a lot of publishers kicking thmselves.
On to the book itself. I cried, I laughed, I got steaming mad. A Liberal Mandate is exceptionally well-written and chock-full of creative policy ideas on subjects such as education, jobs, health care, poverty, taxation, public financing of elections, etc., and especially the role of government. It also has a number of interesting and enlightening personal anecdotes (this guy has gotten round), and is in parts very funny. It has that rare combination of being both serious and entertaining.
The promises the author says we must keep are those found in the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the Constitution: community, equality, human rights, and justice. The author's argument is that only a government even more liberal than we experienced during the New Deal and Great Society can make these promises a reality.
My only criticism is that foreign policy is given short shrift. Maybe that's in the next book.
I'll say it again: This is a must read for liberals if we are ever going to get ourselves together.
Posted January 31, 2010
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