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ISBN:
0300198213
Author:
Mickey Edwards
Category:
Politics & Government
Language:
English
Publisher:
Yale University Press; Reprint edition (August 13, 2013)
Pages:
240 pages
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Always thought provoking, in The Parties Versus the People, Mickey Edwards has laid out a challenge to the American people to address the polarization that is so damaging to our political process.

Always thought provoking, in The Parties Versus the People, Mickey Edwards has laid out a challenge to the American people to address the polarization that is so damaging to our political process. Rather than just identifying problems, the author outlines steps that can help right the ship of state. It remains to the voters to accept the challenge he has laid ou. -Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey Governor and EPA Administrator.

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Many Americans assume that’s just how democracy works, that this is how .

Many Americans assume that’s just how democracy works, that this is how it’s always been, that it’s the system the Founders created. But what we have today is a far cry from what the Founders intended. And while some defend the party system as a necessary provider of cues to voters who otherwise might not know how to vote, the Internet and mass media now make it possible for voters to educate themselves about candidates for office. Break the power of partisans to keep candidates off the general-election ballot.

His latest book, "The Parties Vs. the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans" (2012), is. .Mickey Edwards was shot three times while working at the family shoe store, according to the Daily Oklahoman

His latest book, "The Parties Vs. the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans" (2012), is published by Yale University Press Personal. Mickey Edwards was shot three times while working at the family shoe store, according to the Daily Oklahoman. He has one sister, Sheila Braithwaite, who lives in Sacramento, California. Edwards has been married and divorced 5 times.

People : How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans. America's political system is dysfunctional battle between the two warring tribes, the Republicans and Democrats.

The Parties Versus the People : How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans. America's political system is dysfunctional. While this is a widely held view, it is a problem that-so far-has proved intractable. After every election, voters discover yet again that political "leaders" are simply quarreling in a never-ending battle between the two warring tribes, the Republicans and Democrats.

The Parties Versus the People. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans. It is my aim in this book to describe how to end the parties' control over the process by which we govern ourselves. My goal is not necessarily to create a more moderate or more centrist Congress, though that might be one of the end results of the reforms I propose, and this might actually be a more accurate reflection of the electorate.

How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans. As a former congressman, Mickey Edwards witnessed firsthand how important legislative battles can devolve into struggles not over principle but over party advantage

How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans. As a former congressman, Mickey Edwards witnessed firsthand how important legislative battles can devolve into struggles not over principle but over party advantage. He offers graphic examples of how this problem has intensified and reveals how political battles have become nothing more than conflicts between party machines. Edwards's solutions-specific, practical, fair, and original-show the way to break the stranglehold of the political party system. The Parties Versus the People offers hope for a fundamental renewal of American democracy.

Mickey Edwards agrees. Congressman from Oklahoma's 5th District (now the vice president of the Aspen Institute and co-founder of "No Labels") believes that our government is no longer an arena for deliberation and debate, but "a vehicle for partisan advantage-seeking. In "The Parties Versus The People," he lays out a bold and bipartisan agenda for reducing the power of the two "private clubs" that reward loyalty, punish independent judgment and undermine democracy

In The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans, former congressman Mickey Edwards explores the damage that constant partisan warfare does to our political system, and offers solutions - valuable to Republicans and Democrats.

In The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans, former congressman Mickey Edwards explores the damage that constant partisan warfare does to our political system, and offers solutions - valuable to Republicans and Democrats alike. House of Representatives by Robert Draper

America's political system is dysfunctional. While this is a widely held view, it is a problem that—so far—has proved intractable. After every election, voters discover yet again that political "leaders" are simply quarreling in a never-ending battle between the two warring tribes, the Republicans and Democrats. In this critically important book, a distinguished statesman and thinker identifies exactly how our political and governing systems reward intransigence, discourage compromise, and undermine our democracy. He then describes exactly what must be done to banish the negative effects of partisan warfare from our political system.

As a former congressman, Mickey Edwards witnessed firsthand how important legislative battles can devolve into struggles not over principle but over party advantage. He offers graphic examples of how this problem has intensified and reveals how political battles have become nothing more than conflicts between party machines. Edwards's solutions—specific, practical, fair, and original—show the way to break the stranglehold of the political party system. The Parties Versus the People offers hope for a fundamental renewal of American democracy.

  • Trex
Thank you, Mr. Edwards. I have been arguing for and encouraging some vague non-partisan cause for years. But, he wrote a book about it, collecting many of my own thoughts (and I'm sure many other people's) and I love it. First, unlike some political tomes, it is extremely readable and short - he avoids repeating himself much. Many of his points and examples are neither original or rocket science, but I did learn some things in it. But, it is more the overall argument that is important to me, with examples almost secondary. We've let these two parties take over our government. That was not the way it was supposed to be or should be and it hurts our democracy.

Having said all that, there are times I wonder if I'm wrong and he's wrong. Very often in life progress does not come from rational calm compromise, but from hard, sometimes vicious fights where one side wins completely, and then, once feeling safer, either relents or there is a slow painful crawl towards better government or more freedom. Our whole history is filled with examples. To give just one, consider England's march towards religious freedom. England's government provided it after the Glorious Revolution - but not for Catholics. In fact, Catholicism was greatly diminished at that time in England. Nevertheless, in a few decades, religious freedom was given to Catholics too by the majority Protestants. A second example - strong unity throughout this country was formed in time only after the South was soundly defeated in our own Civil War. You can argue that at the end, there has to be a spirit of compromise at some point and I don't disagree. But, you note in these examples, it did not develop in a collegial way. Certainly that is possible for humans and sometimes happen, but, very often, it is not the way we humans work.

I've heard him speak (which is how I was turned onto this book) and I don't think he is delusional about the possibilities of there being improvement anytime soon. But, you have to start somewhere and he did.
  • Qutalan
Finally, I've discovered a modern-day Conservative applying rational thought, critical thinking, and basic logic. Our political system has gone mad. As a moderate, I don't fit in anywhere anymore and the fear and hate mongers are infecting me with fear-based philosophies. I am more afraid of them than I am the dangers they espouse. Please citizens. Wake up. Read Mickey Edwards book and rise up against selfish, uncompromising radicals who are being manipulated and bullied by power mongers. They are in turn bullying those of us in the center. Our politicians, Democrat and Republican, are not working for us. To survive in the current environment, they must work for their parties who are "owned" by corporations, the powerful, and the wealthy. They are "bought," every last one. Everyone should read this sensible, powerful book written by a thoughtful man whose motivations are unselfish, intelligent, and reasonable.
  • Runemane
I agree with Edwards' assessment of the dysfunction in our government but I was hoping he would have concentrated a little more ink to what I think is the missing solution. The founding fathers placed "Freedom of the Press" in the very first amendment to the Constitution because they realized the need for an informed electorate if we were going to be self-governing and the only way to inform the public was through a free press. However, while today's press is free it is biased to the point where the people are not getting the truth. Couple that with an apathetic electorate and most of the author's solutions simply won't work.

One positive that I took from the book is the following paragraph: The oath of office requires loyalty to the Constitution--not to the president, to a political party, or to any outside organization demanding fealty. No man or woman should enter Congress with divided loyalties. It is time for every candidate to refuse to sign any pledge, or take any oath, other than to "fully discharge the duties upon which they are about to enter. So help me God." Maybe we should be more forceful in removing those who violate their oath to the Constitution.