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A Look In The Mirror: The Disintegration Of Our Morals, Values, Ethics, and Society; Why Trump is President. Paperback – July 31, 2015
A debut political polemic bemoans the downfall of the United States.
Many in the commentariat have heaped blame on the 1 percent, who rig the system from their positions of power in Washington and on Wall Street, but the country's problems go deeper than that. In his introduction, Cass writes: "I will, instead, share with you...experiences from family, friends, neighbors, and people like yourselves that typify our newfound greed, selfishness, and social problems." According to the author, Wall Street's greed is echoed in the unquestioning consumerism of average Americans, and the average person on Main Street is collaborating in the destruction of all that made the nation good. Chapter by chapter, Cass takes the reader through various segments of society, pointing out where and how they went wrong, from financial institutions (the first word of that chapter, tellingly, is "PIRATES!!!") to immigrants (who "no longer have any intention of ever assimilating") to sports ("All major sports have gone mad") and religion ("It's being used and abused as a tool for evil intent").
Cass has some faith that things could turn around, but the book's qualified optimism is undercut by its inauspicious penultimate line--"can you imagine an all Republican government led by Donald Trump?" - Kirkus Reviews
It's almost as if Darrell Cass climbed into a time machine to take a look at America's immediate future, and found it frightening. Such is the feel from reading A Look in the Mirror: The Disintegration of Our Morals, Values, Ethics and Society, which is the most contemporary book on modern America precisely because it nailed many of the nation's political undercurrents, manipulations, and trends even before the November 8th, 2016 election.
A Look in the Mirror chronicles the progressive, deliberate demise of America's social structure begun by and influenced by corrupt business and political processes, follows their progression through over thirty years of political maneuvering and manipulative behaviors, and closely analyzes the root causes of these actions and how they've escalated to erode democratic processes and ideals over recent decades.
As chapters reveal deliberate efforts by both individual and corporate entities to do the right thing, only to be thwarted by special interests, legal barriers, and a rising tide of warped priorities, A Look in the Mirror presents both admonitions and damning charges that pull no punches to either side.
Several chapters have been updated to include the latest damning evidence about Trump's special interests and the ironies involved in the fact that a man connected with federal fraud, money laundering, and billions in failed debt could rise in the system to become President: "As a reward, he is now president and we have the first "foreign born" First Lady."
The latest election results were just a confirming endnote putting the icing on the cake of corrupted and co-opted democratic processes.
The question is: can America be 'saved' - and if so, how?
Any American concerned about the country's social and political progress will find A Look in the Mirror draws important connections and makes some statements that may be hard to swallow; but which cannot be ignored.
It doesn't just ask that every American take a hard look at both government and their own individual lives and values. It demands it. - Diane Donovan, Senior Editor, Midwest Book Review
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Many people are surprised to learn I wrote a book harshly criticizing our current society, including myself, for I never thought about writing a book. But after the last round of bank deregulation and its usual destruction, I couldn't sit on the sidelines any longer. I needed to warn and remind both us and the world what happens to any country that ignores history and takes the unscrupulous path we've followed the last 35 years – again! As I wrote, I realized this commercialized delusion we live in, where 85% of young people want to be millionaires, has left us with a carefully orchestrated oligarchy, the environment destroyed, and the world on the brink of Armageddon. Throughout my book I reveal time and again my small town upbringing, morals, values and ethics. Like most old farmers, I carry little regard for money, statues, titles and people in suit coats and ties in any way shape or form. Big time Politicians and Wall Street employees, more often than not, have always been rather crooked, useless destroyers of society to us. My greatest and proudest days were the day I got my pilots license on New Year's Eve 1983 when I aced the flying portion of the test: avoiding a possible mid-air collision when my Vietnam fighter pilot FAA tester miss-heard the number of planes in line for landing and nearly convinced me to cut in front of the last one at the same altitude. But I played it cool and waited until I got home before doing my victory dance and celebrating. The other was my little girl's birth. Oh, another was the day she first walked, and the time she got 7 A's in school, and I almost forgot the day we went undefeated in soccer and… Well I guess I had a lot of great days. To purchase a copy or review a sample of each chapter please go to my website www.alookinthemirro.net Thank You Kindly
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