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Losing America: Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidencyby Robert C. Byrd
Synopses & Reviews
In the months and years following September 11, Senator Robert C. Byrd has viewed with alarm what he considers to be a "slow unraveling of the people's liberties," when all dissenting voices were stilled and awesome power swung suddenly to the president to fight a "war on terror."
This path violates historic American principles — it shows no regard for the balance of powers or the role of the Congress; it invades our privacy; and it eliminates public participation in and understanding of government. Swept along, we have entered a war without proper consideration and rushed dangerous legislation through Congress.
Now is the time to regain the Constitution, to return to the values and processes that made America great. Byrd does not shrink from speaking the truth to an ever more aggressive and imperial White House.
"This volume is a searing criticism, informed by Byrd's knowledge of history, leavened with his vast experience and written with his legendary rhetorical flourish." Publishers Weekly
"'Many early symptoms that heralded the Roman decline may be seen in our own nation today,' writes Byrd. Few students and practitioners of politics are better equipped to make such assessments. An outstanding broadside from a true patriot." Kirkus Reviews
Book News Annotation:
West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd has served the U.S. Congress for 51 years, 45 of them as a senator. This text is an extension of the work Byrd has done over the past three years in the U.S. Senate to make the public aware of the many damaging and radical changes--and violations of historic American principles--that have taken place under the current Bush administration. Written at the urging of noted individuals, including Senator John Glenn and W.W. Norton senior editor, Ed Barber, Byrd's text examines major issues including the Patriot Act, Afghanistan, homeland security, the "axis of evil," and the war in Iraq. No subject index.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Senator argues that now is the time to regain the Constitution, to return to the values and processes that made America great, and to speak the truth to an increasingly aggressive and imperial White House.
About the Author
Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, author of a four-volume history of the U.S. Senate, has served in the Congress for fifty-one years, forty-five of them as a senator.
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