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Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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Acting as a guide through pressing issues that Americans must confront as our nation approaches the 2008 presidential elections, INDEPENDENTS DAY stops short of endorsing any specific candidate -- perhaps because Dobbs sees none fit to endorse -- or of detailing remedies for the chronic failures in our system. For example, Dobbs advocates border security first and methodical national dialogue concerning the further immigration and naturalization policy; he does not advance a plan of his own for how the U.S. might justly contend with the illegal aliens currently inside our nation. Instead, he concentrates on laying bare problems:
our creaking political system
our overreaching presidency
our status as a debtor nation
our shadow government
our superpower struggles
our declining education system
our crumbling infrastructure
our drug dependencies
our religion vs. state conflicts
our corporate one-world push
our media's focus on trite matters rather than substantive ones
Dobbs makes no bones about his own antipathy toward the politicians of both parties and with the power structure slowly choking the life out of America.Read more ›
He spends several chapters on his favorite issue, illegal immigration, but most of the book discusses other issues such as trade imbalances, the failure of the federal government to protect the public from harmful imports, the misuse of religion in American politics, the decline in education and others.
His greatest ire is reserved for the pathetic state of both political parties and how they are becoming virtually indistinguishable. He describes the parties as "brands" that are marketed to the public like consumer goods. In most cases elected officials are little more than lackeys serving the needs of the corporate special interests that packaged and marketed them. Some of his harshest criticism is aimed at the current Bush administration. In Dobbs' view the current administration has failed on all counts.
Dobbs' views on illegal immigration and globalization are often, and sometimes deliberately, misinterpreted. His true concern is for the welfare of the American people. He is a nationalist, but he is not insensitive to the plight of those who cross the borders looking for work, legal or otherwise.Read more ›
Dobbs greatest concern is the lack of leadership in America and the trend away from populism over the past thirty years to a more selective political philosophy that favors one group over another. He notes the many problems that this trend has created and he blames the failures of American leaders to take the necessary initiatives to solve these and other problems. Many politicians talk the talk, but few follow through with what they say. One example of this is the concern about energy shortages and the dependence on foreign oil. Most every U.S. president has stated his concern about the need for alternative energy sources and many have spoken optimistically about their plans for the future. But none of these plans has ever taken effect and no president has demonstrated the tough leadership necessary to implement a change in energy policy.Read more ›
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Dobbs calls himself an Independent and a Populist, in my view a contradiction in terms. An independent thinks for himself, a populist does not. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gderf
Dobbs has a perspective that is pro American. No doubt he feels he is doing what all Americans should do. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by Kevin M Quigg
why do i have to pay Almost $13.00 for a book i have in hand right now and cant buy one for my kindle if you look the price of a used book is less then a Kindle book is used is... Read morePublished on December 24, 2011 by Michael Ruoss Sr
Lou Dobbs hit the nail right on the head. Very interesting to read. The least I know now that I am not the only one who thinks on this line. Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Herb Voigt
In the Introduction to INDEPENDENT'S DAY, Lou Dobbs expresses his belief that populism will ultimately defeat elitism in government. Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by J.L. Populist
Dobbs is billed as a conservative which by this book would show he is not. I am so disappointed when "Conservative" writers are so unaware of the writings of Karl Marx, Frederich... Read morePublished on December 5, 2009 by M. Samuel Sherwood
Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit should be mandatory reading for all Americans. I read it after the election, but still found it timely and appropriate. Read morePublished on November 9, 2009 by Richard Van Scoyk
After reading the book I think we have found the new host for Meet The Press. The perfect un-biased host. Read morePublished on September 30, 2008 by Howard E. Smith