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Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union Paperback – September 1, 2009
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“Daybreak urgently reminds us that good political intentions are not sufficient to ensure the continuation of our democracy; informed vigilance is vital to that task.” —Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash
“David Swanson's Daybreak impressively exposes all the ways our government has changed for the worse under the Bush administration, and makes clear that we need to do far more than elect a new president to see our tattered Democracy restored.” —Vincent Bugliosi
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- Publisher : Seven Stories Press (September 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1583228888
- ISBN-13 : 978-1583228883
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.03 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,092,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I saw David Swanson in action last July when we each attended a political gathering where House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers opined that his friend President Obama was heading toward a political disaster on health care. "There is no one more disappointed than I am in Barack Obama," Conyers told the Progressive Democrats of America, which he and David co-founded. "I've told him that to his face," Conyers continued in recalling his conversation with the president. The reason? "Buddy, you are wrong on health care, and it's going to cost you big time," Conyers continued. "We've got to tell Obama now, or he'll be a one-term president."
David reported the remarks thoroughly that evening on his blogs, the only one to do so. Later, I met at least one Conyers aide who felt that reporting such controvesial remarks in a small group setting among political allies wasn't appropriate, particularly if it might create tensions among Democrats. But that's David Swanson: Tireless, prolific, friendly but tough-minded with a dedication to helping the public make decisions based on the best information available, even if there's fallout some dislike.
That perspective pervades his book, whereby his seeks to address the decision-making gridlock of our political system from a constitutional perspective, albeit without the many years on a faculty, court or elective office typical of one suggesting major changes. One of the few previous reviewers here to provide less than four stars to this book seemed to react negatively to the author's temerity in suggesting solutions without such experiences. My reaction is to judge the material on the quality of thought matched with societal need, not the author's ascent through institutions that inevitably acquire gatekeeper characteristics in a mature society.
Rebels, after all, founded the U.S. and wrote its original constitutions. And momentum to create a new nation was influenced by "Common Sense," reputed to have sold 120,000 copies in just three months after its publication in 1776 by Tom Paine, another author whose message fit the times.
That hearing, initiated by Swanson, along with a coalition of activists, was held in a basement room of the Capitol--more like a large closet. The phonies in the Establishment media either totally ignored, marginalized or mocked it. This, sadly, was their M.O. during most of the reign of the Bush-Cheney Gang.
Swanson details how Dubya enlarged the powers of presidency way beyond the original intent of "The Founders." He rightly labels it a "power grab." With respect to the battle for Impeachment, Swanson spotlights the laudable efforts of House member, Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH).
Moving on, it will just break your heart to read how the Congress could have ended the blood bath in Iraq. As Swanson underscores--and this was in 2007 when the Democrats held a majority in the House--all they had to do was simply to "stop passing bills to fund it."
Finally, Swanson writes with urgency. Let his call for the full utilization of "Citizen Power," echo throughout the land. The people need to take their country back before it is too late. Wake-up, America!