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Feingold: A New Democratic Party Hardcover – July 24, 2007
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I think many Wisconsinites would find the historical references to local names and places stories fascinating. But I also highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks there is no one still willing to stand up against the big money interests for Constitutional principled government. Russ Feingold is one of the real people our founders were hoping would govern us. I agree with the previous reviewer that young people would benefit from reading this book to give them hope and an ethical guide, we sorely need heroes.
The first half of the book includes a short biography of Russ's life with special emphasis on the events that encouraged him to enter national politics. The second half of the book focuses on the events that define Russ Feingold. Whether the instances concern campaign financing, the vote on the Patriot Act or the vote on Bill Clinton's impeachment, Russ proves that he is not a panderer or a partisan but ultimately he supports what's in the best interest of his beloved state, Wisconsin, and his beloved country, the United States of America.
The Senator had a fascination with politics at a young age and the author explains the influence of Wisconsin's iconic,political hero "Fighting Bob" LaFollett.
While Senator Feingold's opposition to the Patriot Act is well-known, his Constitutionally-based view of the Second Amendment may not get as much publicity.
This biography traces his college days and his improbable selection as a Rhodes scholar.
Some of the state senate battles were explored. His victory with the BGH milk labeling bill is one. The interstate banking bill was a fight that he lost and a quote on page 107 sums up the effect that loss had on him. "It sort of was the beginning of my enormous resentment of the power of money to corrupt the political process..that experience of seeing the raw power of the special interests over both parties."
The Senator went against conventional politics in his campaign strategies also, utilizing the old fashioned tradition of "citizen participation."
Mr. Horwitt describes the difference in the way the Feingold office conducts business in Washington. They follow strict ethics rules. "I didn't come to Washington to be popular" is a quote from Senator Feingold. Another amazing rarity is that he returns any pay raises in keeping another campaign promise.
On page 163 Senator Feingold had a stinging criticism of the Democratic Leadership Council after the passage of NAFTA. "I see the DLC as, to some extent, taking the soul from the Democratic Party. And I see the DLC as having sold American workers down the river.Read more ›
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I wish Louisiana had a U.S. Senator with the values of Russ Feingold. If we did, I would be proud to be an American. But the U.S. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eileen. Snow
I didn't really go through it yet, but I was very happy to see more life of Russ Feingold.
And hope he is doing well at all the status.