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9781475927351

Boom! a Revolting Situation: The Failure of Ideological Politics and the Disappointment of Ideological Government

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    9781475927351

  • ISBN10:

    1475927355

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-08-08
  • Publisher: Author Solutions
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"The idea of revolution is to take action. The goal of revolution is positive change." -Thomas Richard Harry Boom! A Revolting Situation BOOM! is a tough-minded eye-opening appraisal of American Democracy that highlights serious lack of choice in today's political arena. Party identification is unraveling; increasingly voters opt not to be identified with them. Nothing has yet developed to fill this void. The result: millions of political "Independents" with no place to turn come election time except to these two Parties they apparently reject. Today these non-aligned conservative and liberal Americans surpass either Democrats or Republicans. Contrary to some, Independents do represent a powerful political potential-they just don't realize it yet. A plurality of our electorate, they have no option other than a least-worst political choice. That seems a democratic absurdity. That's akin to political coercion, at best; political disenfranchisement, at worst. BOOM! clarifies the primary historical (and on-going) antagonism in American politics and identifies what may well be the political objective of Independents. It then walks its readers through how this plurality of political orphans might achieve this goal. It's an option that doesn't rely on the failed ideological approach of today's duopoly. It could reinvigorate politics and change the direction of government towards achieving a more balanced outcome-all within our existing electoral system!

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Like me, you probably never considered yourself a revolutionary and would resist any such suggestion. After all, we're peaceful, law-abiding citizens. Amen! We proudly think of ourselves that way. In this connection, most of us are what I describe as political conscientious objectors, and you know, that's exactly what our political leadership counts on us being: pretty servile, non-combative. Yes, we (most of us) do vote; some of us do go to political meetings and rallies, but if you think about it, our options in all this are pretty limited. It seems to be an either-or political situation we face. And knuckling under or grinning and bearing it, we are about as radical as most of us get as we frustratedly express our political feelings, inclinations, and wide-spread dissatisfaction with the results of government. Nevertheless, today that's increasingly proving not to be enough—not if we're serious about wanting better from our government. Many voters—an electoral plurality, actually—have already begun to politically express dissatisfaction with what politics offers us today: political Independents. Lots of political Independents! If you really think about it, it's clearly becoming a revolting situation. Take a tough-minded look at the present state and direction of ideologically directed government our politics gives us today with Boom! A Revolting Situation . It's not pretty, but as Boom! documents, it's also not unsolvable, once understood.

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