(PRWEB) September 14, 2004
The greatest Âground warÂ in the history of presidential campaigns has taken shape for Decision Â04. Leaders of both major parties have rediscovered what grassroots politics activists have known for years, that old fashioned person-to-person voter contact is still the Âkiller apÂ of politics, even in the Internet age. Is there a book that can help people understand this development and its implications? Â Yes, a new book by Alpha Publishing, to be released on Sept. 16 entitled WE, THE PEOPLE: A Conservative Populism Â TIME for us to take our politics back from the political/media class that has taken it over. It is dedicated to the Âheroes of everyday lifeÂ whose importance to our Republic is now fully apparent to those shocked into awareness by 9/11.
The book puts forth a new/old vision of popular political participation Â a Âconservative populismÂ rooted in Ronald ReaganÂs legacy. The great American majority is mostly conservative. The real meaning of populism is peopleÂs involvement in politics like that demonstrated by active members of local political party committees and clubs. The bookÂs main message?: ItÂs time for the majority to reclaim grassroots people-politics from those on the left who claim to speak for Âthe people,Â or from candidates who preach a false populism.
The book challenges much of the conventional wisdom of the dominant political/media class; for example:
>> ÂWe need to select from the best of the past in order to build a better future.Â This directly challenges the liberal notion that the past can offer nothing because of the countryÂs racist or business-denominated history.
>> ÂTime rather than money is the currency of politics.Â The press long ago succumbed to the notion that itÂs all about money, resulting in disenfranchising ÂhorseraceÂ coverage.
>> ÂIssue advocacy politics undermines political parties and their role of bringing people together, which then reinforces the divisive politics.Â This challenges the liberal notion that issue advocacy is the purest form of politics.
>> This latter point begins to speak to the key of the book, explored in the final chapter, that rejuvenation of traditional political institutions and structures is the path to national political salvation. This challenges the currently fashionable view that Internet technology and new organizations like Â527sÂ will be saviors of American democracy.
>> ÂThe business community is a prime source of propositions for political reform.Â This runs directly against attitudes that business is corrupt and regressive and that well-intentioned, so-called ÂreformersÂ or ÂprogressivesÂ should be driving reform wagons.
Many role models of ÂordinaryÂ Americans who Âmake a difference,Â politically, are featured in Chapter 4. Advance copies of the book will be available starting Sept. 16th via a political website, http://www.politicalcommunity.us, inaugurated to advance the bookÂs cause. This will serve as the hub of a national network of people who recognize the need to strengthen the local foundations of American democracy.
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