Democracy Rising: Overcoming the Politics of Fear and Divisiveness in America

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9780533161867: Democracy Rising: Overcoming the Politics of Fear and Divisiveness in America

The campaign for the 2008 presidential election raised the hopes of many Americans. Not only were they elated by the outcome, but also many considered that the process had worked better than it had in recent years.
While Ken Konecnik agrees with some of these evaluations, and makes no secret of his affinity for Barack Obama, his view of the manner by which we elect of presidents remains critical. He peers into every corner of the electoral operation, and doesn't like what he sees. The list of 'culprits' begins with advertising, and runs through the Internet, the media, the two-party system and the electoral college. He reserves his deepest analytical arguments for the last item; Mr. Konecnik sees the electoral college as an antiquated system that misrepresents the will of the American voter and is divisive. His argument for direct election of the president, by majority vote of the entire nation, is persuasive, albeit highly controversial.
The author moves Democracy Rising along at a rapid pace, leavening his arguments with extensive quotations from, among others, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Alexander Hamilton.
The final culprit on Konecnik's list is the most depressing of all: the American populace. He makes the indisputable point that eliminating the electoral college means little unless the voting public exercises its franchise.

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About the Author :

Ken Konecnik is a thirty-year veteran of major advertising agencies. He has two children, Jill and Kyle, and lives with his wife, Joan, in suburban Chicago and on the Gulf Coast of Alabama.

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