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Talking Politics?: What You Need to Know before Opening Your Mouth (Georgetown Shorts) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00KBVI4QU
- Publisher : Georgetown University Press; Reprint edition (June 2, 2014)
- Publication date : June 2, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 815 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 44 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,992 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As a citizen who is increasingly concerned about the lack of civic knowledge in this nation, I hope everyone reads this short book. When more people can name the Three Stooges than can correctly identify the three branches of government, our democracy and free society are at risk. We cannot, as a people, have a productive discussion about how to make our nation better is we do not understand how it works. Debate today is quite like circus clowns debating issues in particle physics. Unless the clowns happen to hold degrees in physics, their discussion is full of nonsense--they don't know what they are talking about.
Sadly, people who *should* know what they are talking about--politicians and pundits--often don't know. It is up to us as citizens to educate ourselves so that we know and we can hold our politicians accountable. We cannot rely on the media (left or right) to do it. It is up to us, and the first thing we must do is learn the basic lessons in this book.
Lest anyone think I feel this book is perfect, I do not. At times, the sentences get a little long. At other times, some explanations seem a bit too simple. It is hard to strike the right balance.
Still, this book will serve citizens well--if they read it. The short length and non-academic/legal writing that clogs other books is absent. Give this book to yourself and pass it around to as many people as you can. Whether you are a Tea Party member, an Occupy Wall Street member, or anyone in between, you will find a lot of useful information in this book--information that will make you a better debater and advocate for your cause.