A call to arms by the former presidential candidate that combines personal anecdotes and cultural critiques to remind liberals of their ideological compass and restore confidence.
George McGovern has been a leading figure of the Democratic Party for more than fifty years. From this true liberal comes a thoughtful examination of what being a Democrat really means. McGovern admonishes current Democratic politicians for losing sight of their ideals as they subscribe to an increasingly centrist policy agenda. Applying his wide- ranging knowledge and expertise on issues ranging from military spending to same-sex marriage to educational reform, he stresses the importance of creating policies we can be proud of. Finally, with 2012 looming, McGovern's What It Means to Be a Democrat offers a vision of the Party's future in which ideological coherence and courage rule.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
George McGovern is an iconic political figure who helped shape the modern Democratic party. During his twenty-two years as a U.S. Congressman, he fought for the rights of rural Americans and became a staunch critic of the Vietnam War. After his 1972 run for president against Richard Nixon, McGovern went on to serve as the United Nations global ambassador on hunger.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
McGovern presents his view of the positions a modern day democrat should take to achieve economic prosperity, debt reduction, national security, health care goals and more for the US. He covers a broad range of topics in a concise manner without skimping too much on detail. This book is very accessible to the layperson. It is not text-bookish and does not require an in-depth knowledge of politics to understand the topics covered. I think it is useful for not only those who share McGovern's viewpoints, but also for those on the other side of the aisle who wish to objectively understand the policy positions advocated by democrats, why they take these positions, and what they aim to achieve. This book was published in 2011 so it addresses the modern day issues the world has been dealing with in the last decade as well and some overarching issues we've dealt with for many decades.