Synopses & Reviews
A call to arms by the former presidential candidate that combines personal anecdotes and cultural critiques to remind liberals of their ideological compass and restore confidence.
George McGovern has been a leading figure of the Democratic Party for more than fifty years. From this true liberal comes a thoughtful examination of what being a Democrat really means. McGovern admonishes current Democratic politicians for losing sight of their ideals as they subscribe to an increasingly centrist policy agenda. Applying his wide- ranging knowledge and expertise on issues ranging from military spending to same-sex marriage to educational reform, he stresses the importance of creating policies we can be proud of. Finally, with 2012 looming, McGovern's What It Means to Be a Democrat offers a vision of the Party's future in which ideological coherence and courage rule.
"A former presidential nominee and Congressman, who represented South Dakota for 18 years, McGovern offers his thoughts on what the Democrat party stands for as the 2012 Presidential election approaches. While 'there are as many definitions of what it means to be a Democrat as there are Democrats,' McGovern says the party needs to unite on critical issues: social programs, education, health care, unemployment, immigration, and defense. He addresses each of these topics with continual reminders that these solutions are only his opinions and not a master plan for the party. By cutting back the defense budget and eliminating internal security programs (he suggests dissolving the Department of Homeland Security), there will be more money to fund improvements in childcare, education, and health care. He also proposes ending all overseas military operations and, instead, launching a worldwide food program that will promote international peace. Above all, he argues unemployment should be addressed by reviving job creation programs modeled on FDR's WPA. No matter what solutions the Democrat party chooses, McGovern stresses that presenting a strong, united message will be integral in the upcoming election. Many of these solutions are unlikely to ever be put into practice but overall, this is a thoughtful book by an inspiring American elder statesman. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"[McGovern] remains one of the country's most decent and thoughtful public servants."
- Tom Brokaw, The Greatest Generation
"In a book that is far more serious-minded than some of those written by actual 2012 presidential candidates, McGovern lays out a series of ideas aimed at fixing the nation's job crisis, improving health care and education and reducing the widening gap between the rich and everyone else."
- Star Tribune
About the Author
George McGovern is an iconic political figure who helped shape the modern Democratic party. During his twenty-two years as a U.S. Congressman, he fought for the rights of rural Americans and became a staunch critic of the Vietnam War. After his 1972 run for president against Richard Nixon, McGovern went on to serve as the United Nations global ambassador on hunger.