"People power! In a populist era of fading trust in politics and public institutions, Scott Rasmussen offers a roadmap to genuine optimism. No Pollyanna here; a gripping, history-based account from the famous pollster on how change really happens before the politicians run to the front of the parade."
"America, I think it is safe to say, is in a funk. We have turned our gaze away from the better angels of our nature, and cast our eyes down upon the path of least resistance. In this magnificent book, Scott Rasmussen does more than just tell us to 'snap out of it.' He gives us chapter and verse with rich prescription on how community problem solving is a much better solution to what ails us than waiting for some legislative body, chief executive, or modern suzerain to do it for us. Take up and read this book."
"Too many Americans suffer from GOD, government obsessive disorder: we blame politics for either causing our problems or failing to solve them. In this optimistic, open-hearted book, Scott Rasmussen delivers a spirited and timely reminder that civic groups, innovative businesses, and personal networks are where the real action will be in the 21st century - and that their potential to improve our lives and our country is vast."
"This timely book outlines the timeless principles that form the bedrock of American exceptionalism. Scott Rasmussen powerfully illustrates that America's future success and prosperity are dependent upon a return to the founding ideals of federalism and community-driven solutions. Politics Has Failed: America Will Not is a must-read and a clarion call for smaller government and bigger, more heroic citizens and neighborhoods."
"Politics Has Failed: America Will Not provides the message of hope we all need as an antidote to the nation's constant political discord. Scott Rasmussen's journey from pessimism about American politics to optimism about America's future will reshape how you think about the relationship between politics and community."
"Having conducted more opinion polls than any other American, Scott Rasmussen has an unprecedented depth of understanding about our society. This knowledge underlies his book, and it is therefore necessary to take his optimistic conclusions very seriously."
About the Author
A familiar face on television news programs, Rasmussen spent two decades as one of the world's leading public opinion pollsters. The Wall Street Journal called him "a key player in the contact sport of politics." The Washington Post said Scott is a "driving force in American politics."
Every weekday, in partnership with Ballotpedia, Rasmussen releases "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day." The feature highlights newsworthy and interesting topics at the intersection of politics, culture, and technology.
At King's, Rasmussen is guiding the development of an Institute for Community Driven Solutions. That Institute grew out of the message from this book, Politics Has Failed: America Will Not.
Like most Americans, Rasmussen believes our nation's political system is badly broken. Unlike most, however, he is decidedly optimistic about America's future. His book reminds us that governing involves far more than government. In fact, every organization and relationship has a vital role to play in governing society. It's not about politics. It's about figuring out the best way we can work together to find solutions.
A serial entrepreneur, Scott is the founder of Rasmussen Reports, co-founder of ESPN, a New York Times bestselling author, public speaker, and a syndicated columnist. Scott did his first radio commercial at the age of 7 and made his national television debut at 20. A career highlight was serving as emcee for hockey legend Gordie Howe's 50th birthday celebration. Howe was Rasmussen's childhood idol.
Rasmussen graduated with a degree in history from DePauw University and earned his MBA at Wake Forest University.