New Book Sets the Agenda for a New, Conservative Populism

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The book says it is time for us to take our politics back from the political/media class that has taken it over. It is on needs and ways to replant and water the grassroots of American politics so as to empower "ordinary" people. It would reclaim populism from liberals and false populists like Gore and Edwards who claim to speak for "the people" without empowering them as political producers rather than consumers, spectators or couch potatoes.

The greatest “ground war” in the history of presidential campaigns has taken shape for Decision ’04. 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 “killer ap” of politics, even in the Internet age. Is there a book that can help people understand this development and its implications? – Yes, a new book by Alpha Publishing, to be released on Sept. 16 entitled WE, THE PEOPLE: A Conservative Populism – TIME for us to take our politics back from the political/media class that has taken it over. It is dedicated to the “heroes of everyday life” 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 – a “conservative populism” rooted in Ronald Reagan’s legacy. The great American majority is mostly conservative. The real meaning of populism is people’s involvement in politics like that demonstrated by active members of local political party committees and clubs. The book’s main message?: It’s time for the majority to reclaim grassroots people-politics from those on the left who claim to speak for “the people,” or from candidates who preach a false populism.

The book challenges much of the conventional wisdom of the dominant political/media class; for example:

>> “We need to select from the best of the past in order to build a better future.” This directly challenges the liberal notion that the past can offer nothing because of the country’s racist or business-denominated history.

>> “Time rather than money is the currency of politics.” The press long ago succumbed to the notion that it’s all about money, resulting in disenfranchising “horserace” coverage.

>> “Issue advocacy politics undermines political parties and their role of bringing people together, which then reinforces the divisive politics.” 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 “527s” will be saviors of American democracy.

>> “The business community is a prime source of propositions for political reform.” This runs directly against attitudes that business is corrupt and regressive and that well-intentioned, so-called “reformers” or “progressives” should be driving reform wagons.

Many role models of “ordinary” Americans who “make a difference,” politically, are featured in Chapter 4. Advance copies of the book will be available starting Sept. 16th via a political website,, inaugurated to advance the book’s 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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