A Liberal Mandateby Keith D. Martin
This nation only recently emerged from enduring a near ruinous full-scale conservative assault on America's founding vision. With President Obama we have an opportunity to once again return to our roots, but we must seize this occasion, or it may be lost for decades to come. A LIBERAL MANDATE argues that the vision handed down to us by our founding fathers through the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the Constitution mandates a liberal approach to governance. In the first two sentences of the Declaration along with the Preamble, the framers eloquently and profoundly describe what we could and should become. "Without a vision the people perish." No country in history has had a more inspiring vision, but we have been ignoring it, and the American Dream has turned into a nightmare for far too many of us. A LIBERAL MANDATE is also personal, born out of sadness and anger, hope and despair, pride and embarrassment. "In order to form a more perfect Union." We will never fully realize the vision set out for us, but each generation has a moral obligation to "more" closely approximate it. This polemic, diatribe, rant is an attempt to make a contribution to that obligation.
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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.
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.