from the foreword by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
When those we elect descend into partisan tribalism, criminal malfeasance, and emulation of foreign autocracies and oligarchies, Cedric Alexander says it is the unelected apolitical "fourth branch" of governmentour nation's public servants, civil servants, and first responderswho must save the nation.
Alexander, a former deputy mayor, police chief, and CNN commentator, argues that these people do not constitute a nefarious "deep state" pursuing a hidden agenda. They are the analysts, scientists, lawyers, accountants, educators, consultants, enforcers of regulations, and first responders of every kind who keep the country running and its people safe. Alexander recounts the evolution of the professional civil service as an antidote to widespread cronyism, offers examples of how it has served as a bulwark against powerful corrupting influences, and describes the role it can play in bringing our badly divided society together. To the general public, many of these 22 million people remain invisible and their contributions hidden. But now is the time to make the invisible visible.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Congressman Elijah Cummings vii
Introduction: Back to the Future, 1829 1
1 Civil Servants and Servant Leaders 11
2 Shutdown 27
3 Two Nights I Could Have Been Killed (And Why I Wasn't) 48
4 All Politics Is Local 61
5 Strange Bedfellows: Democracy and Special Interests 83
6 Democracy Defaults to Competence, and Competence Defaults to Moderation 110
Suggestions for Finding the Facts 143
About the Author 165