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The concluding volume of The New York Times bestselling trilogy One of today?s most outspoken and respected political commentators asks: How can our democracy function when the key institutions of government no longer operate as intended by the Constitution? Stepping back to assess three decades of nearly continuous Republican rule, John W. Dean surveys the damage done to the three branches of government and traces their decline through the presidencies of Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I , and Bush II. Speaking to what the average moderate citizen can do to combat extremism, authoritarianism, incompetence, and the Republicans? deliberate focus on polarizing social issues, Broken Government is a must-have book for voters this election year. .
(From the book jacket) IN BROKEN GOVERNMENT JOHN DEAN EXAMINES ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL QUESTIONS FACING AMERICANS TODAY: How can our democracy function when the key institutions of government-the legislative, executive, and judicial branches-no longer operate as contemplated by the Constitution because of politics? This concluding volume of a trilogy that began with the national bestsellers Worse Than Watergate and Conservatives Without Conscience is a revelatory investigation of the effects of three decades of Republican rule-three decades in which honored political processes established by the rules, traditions, laws, and constitutional mandates of the federal system have been broken or simply ignored. Congress has become a body incapable of meaningful deliberation or presidential oversight; the president has amassed ever greater power, unhindered by any checks and balances; and the independence and impartiality of the federal judiciary have been corrupted by the ascendance of judges and justices with a radical conservative political philosophy. The Republican agenda has proven itself to be an agenda of special interests rather than of the public interest, the scheme of a party whose primary aim is to maintain its power, whatever the cost. Dean carefully traces the development of these fundamental failures of the political system, from Nixon's imperial presidency through Reagan's popular disparagement of government to the doctrines that have reached their fullest expression in the administration of George W. Bush, a presidency that growing numbers of scholars have already begun to assess as one of the worst-if not the worst-in the nation's history.
Over the past 2 decades, American electoral politics has been transformed by the rise of the conservative movement, one that is highly organized, and ambitious in its goals for the government and the culture. The result has been not only a radical shift in the program and politics of the Republican Party, but a decisive change in the nature of political discourse, which has become disturbingly confrontational, vicious and hypocritical. Demagoguery is increasingly supplanting responsible dialogue, self-righteousness is replacing conscientiousness, and its victim is democracy. How and why has this happened?
On the heels of his national bestseller Worse Than Watergate, John Dean takes a critical look at the current conservative movement In Conservatives Without Conscience, John Dean places the conservative movement's inner circle of leaders in the Republican Party under scrutiny. Dean finds their policies and mind- set to be fundamentally authoritarian, and as such, a danger to democracy. By examining the legacies of such old-line conservatives as J. Edgar Hoover, Spiro Agnew, and Phyllis Schlafly and of such current figures as Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, and leaders of the Religious Right, Dean presents an alarming record of abuses of power. His trenchant analysis of how conservatism has lost its bearings serves as a chilling warning and a stirring inspiration to safeguard constitutional principles. .
Personal analysis from a participant.
The explosive, never-before-revealed story of how William Rehnquist became a Supreme Court Justice, told by the man responsible for his candidacy.
Warren G. Harding may be best known as America's worst president. Scandals plagued him: the Teapot Dome affair, corruption in the Veterans Bureau and the Justice Department, and the posthumous revelation of an extramarital affair.
As the former counsel to President Nixon, Dean was in a position to witness the worst excesses of his administration, widely seen by Americans as having engaged in widespread abuse of power and even criminal activity. In his judgment however, the George W. Bush administration's manipulation of intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq is simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the same sort of secretive and undemocratic actions that justify calling the actions of the Bush-Cheney presidency worse than Watergate, the scandal that brought down Nixon. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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