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Author: Gary Hart
ISBN: 0805086625
Pages: 224 pages
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (July 24, 2007)
Language: English
Category: Politics & Government
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e-Book The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats epub download

by Gary Hart



In this powerful and provocative manifesto, a cri de coeur for Democrats who have grown increasingly frustrated with their .

In this powerful and provocative manifesto, a cri de coeur for Democrats who have grown increasingly frustrated with their party's leaders, former senator Gary Hart takes the Democrats to task for choosing c/ An impassioned call to arms for Democrats to embrace the principles that made the party and the country great-a true moral vision for leadership. Senator Hart is the author of 17 books, including The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats, The Shield and the Cloak: Security in the Commons, and God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics. Read his blog on Huffington Post:.

New York : Times Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; ctlibrary; china; americana. Argues that Democrats should promote a leadership style emphasizing moral principles over caution and calculation, and encourages a return to commitment to a single national community, internationalism, civic duty, and national service.

That path, Hart says, will lead only to sorrow-for the party and for the country. In this powerful and provocative manifesto, a cri de coeur for Democrats who have grown increasingly frustrated with their party's leaders, former senator Gary Hart takes the Democrats to task for choosing caution and calculation in place of moral principles. That path, Hart says, will lead only to sorrow-for the party and for the country.

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A rallying cry "for Democrats who dream about governing and are eager to get their party back on track. - CBS News In this powerful and provocative manifesto, former senator Gary Hart offers a call to action for Democrats to embrace moral principles and progressive leadership and not to fall back into a pattern of caution and calculation.

A Manifesto for Democrats. United States senator from Colorado (1975–87) and author of 16 books (James Monroe, 2005, et., Hart outlines a unified approach to the reconstruction of domestic politics and international relations

A Manifesto for Democrats., Hart outlines a unified approach to the reconstruction of domestic politics and international relations. He begins with a declaration of defeat in Iraq and the excoriation of the Democratic leadership that supported or condoned the invasion: if only they had listened to the few brave souls, such as himself, who in 2002 were opposing intervention.

His new book "The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto For Democrats" tries to move his party to find a new way to speak to America

His new book "The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto For Democrats" tries to move his party to find a new way to speak to America. Hart, who dropped out of the presidential race in 1988 when an extramarital affair became public, opens the book with a quote from the medieval writer Dante, who said that there is a special place in hell for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserve their neutrality. It's something Hart said the Democrats are guilty of on issues of security and especially on the war in Iraq. 1st ed. by Gary Hart. Published 2006 by Times Books in New York. I: The crisis of the Democratic party. Profiles in caution and calculation. The party of timidity. Knowing where we came from. The hedgehog and the fox. II: Leadership for the twenty-first century. Climbing out of the big muddy. The neglected world beyond Iraq.

Gary Hart talked about his book, The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats, published by Times Books. The former Colorado senator urged the Democratic Party to reintroduce itself to the American people in terms of its basic principles. He defined those basic principles as promoting a national community based on social justice, continuing coalitions with allies around the world, believing that we all owe something to our society, and fighting for equality and justice for everyone

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A rallying cry "for Democrats who dream about governing and are eager to get their party back on track."―CBS News

In this powerful and provocative manifesto, former senator Gary Hart offers a call to action for Democrats to embrace moral principles and progressive leadership and not to fall back into a pattern of caution and calculation. He urges a return to the principles bequeathed to the party by its great twentieth-century presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt's commitment to a single national community; Harry S. Truman's security through internationalism; John F. Kennedy's ideal of civic duty and service to the nation; and Lyndon B. Johnson's insistence on equality for all citizens. With the Democrats now in control of Congress, Hart speaks directly and passionately to those who seek to transform this political opportunity into a robust progressive program. As the 2008 presidential election approaches, it is the wake-up call so many Americans have been waiting for.

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Pretty Thin
I wasted a day reading this. Gary hart has a very good message but he certainly takes his time getting to the point. The book is not well written nor very exciting. If you want the cliff notes just google Gary Hart, read some articles, listen to some interviews, and some your time for better reads. Having said that I think we missed the chance to have a good president.
Zololmaran
The first half of this book is a study of the Democrat presidents over the past fifty years and their actions. He traces the triumphant actions of Roosevelt, Truman, and Kennedy as well as offering his critiques on the decline of Democrat power.

The second half offers suggestions as to how we can pull together as a nation and revive the party by presenting a unified front as well as win back the majority.

Democrats have already won back the majority. Now all we can do is wait and see what they will do with it. While everything in this book might not be feasible, as a couple of the other reviewers have pointed out, at least it contains ideas. Too many people are running around complaining that things have to be changed, however they have no workable plan. We need more Democrats like Hart, who have ideas and who aren't afraid to voice them.
RUsich155
Hart says that Democrats have been too cautious on Iraq. Perhaps, but raising questions in the frenzy post-9/11 was not a good survival strategy if one was in a contestable race - eg. Max Cleland in Georgia. On the other hand, Hart's suggestion that they now say they made a mistake in originally supporting the war and now see the light seems credible.

Moving on, Hart believes that Democrats have run out of ideas for about the last 40 years. Yet, he also recognizes that some of its last major ideas have had serious repercussions - eg. championing civil rights forfeited its base in the South by alientating white males, especially those in labor unions who see their jobs threatened by minorities entering the labor market. Championing the rights of women further alienated white men who now have to also compete with women of all colors. Meanwhile, environmental and working condition regulations also upset small farmers and businesses, and the Democrats also became tarred with supporting abuse of welfare and resisting protectionism. (How Hart thinks "free trade" is benefitting America's middle class is beyond my comprehension.) Finally, Hart then goes on to criticize America's response to Rwanda, Kosovar, etc. as timid.

As for new ideas, Hart comes up short. He fails to recognize the havoc Free Trade and massive illegal immigration bring (we CANNOT absorb most of Mexico and Central America, which would enter the U.S. if they could), education is no longer the path to growth that it was - due to outsourcing and the fact that about half of college graduates end up taking jobs that do not require a college degree, Hart fails to recognize that education costs have risen far above what is helpful (per studies and comparisions with other nations), he fails to recognize that minorities in the U.S. primarily suffer from their own destructive behaviors, and that healthcare needs massive reform (about half of healthcare costs are wasted - per experts) - not just coverage for all Americans. Then there are those awful trade and government deficits!

Bottom Line: Hart's conclusion that Democrats need new ideas and to work together better is correct - however, he doesn't offer much, if anything, in the way of helpful suggestions beyond the U.S. working together with other nations (something almost everyone recognizes).
Keramar
This book is an invaluable resource for anyone who is interested in the problems of the Democratic Party and is now ready to begin a discussion on reviving the party.

Obviously, America is weaker without two strong political parties. Good political factions keep watch on each other, and create the ongoing debate that produces the best of democratic policies in a republican society. Hart adds immensely to the debate by his focus on Democratic failures, but his advocacy of inept policies will dismay many Americans and anger most others. His solution is to abandon old values and define a new meaning and purpose of the Democratic Party as a nattering nannie of negative nonsence.

What part of 'Don't Tread on Me' doesn't he understand?

This phrase from an early Revolutionary flag represents the heart of American attitudes. In England, a Sunday afternoon rugby match between adjoining villages can turn into a brawl by people who resent being bossed by outsiders. In the Thirteen Colonies, that resentment was of powdered Lords telling Americans what to do from thousands of miles away. The only wonder is that it took so long to rebel. "Don't Tread on Me" was the unwritten credo of the Democratic Party until the rise of the Kennedy cabal.

"If the Democrats fail to act, not only will the party suffer, but so will America, and so too will the rest of the world," Hart asserts. Hart doesn't realize "the rest of the world" did very well for thousands of years without the wise counsel of American Democrats. In fact, most American values are based on the heritage of those benighted foreigners and not on Hart's ideas.

America didn't fight fascism until attacked, and generally did not go "abroad in search of monsters to destroy" until John F. Kennedy tried to save South Vietnam. The great folly of the past 50 years is the attempt to teach the world to become good Americans. George Bush is simply the least competent at this crusading zeal, as shown in many domestic policies and everything in Iraq. Hart simply offers a kinder, gentler incompetence.

Call it "compassionate liberalism".

"Don't Tread on Me" is a basic American value. It applies to personal relations as much as to the search for international monsters or an axis of evil. The longterm trend in history is to greater personal freedom, not a brave new world of complacent conformity. Hart laments the lack of ideas from Democrats; but his great mistake is to assume the future needs more government meddling.

In other words, it is a good one-evening read, devoid of useful ideas but enough to make intelligent readers think. Unless Democrats begin to think for themselves instead of meekly reacting to Republican platitudes or Hart's embrace of the past, they'll remain an inconsequential but often irritable minority.

Hart, like Kennedy, expresses many of the finest ideals of America. Like Kennedy, some of his ideas may lead Democrats into even

deeper doo doo. Maturity won't come for Democrats until they realize Kennedy wasn't perfect in every way and every thing, and that Hart offers

ideas but not solutions. They need to recognize and debate the party's mistakes, then move on. This book is a good start, but it's a long way from a guide or an inspiration.
Rich Vulture
A fantastic read for anyone interested in philosophy, politics and history. Senator Hart offers an eloquent and compelling narrative of where the modern Democratic Party has been and where it should go.