Stand Up, Fight Back by E.J. Dionne
Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge

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One of our most visible, trenchant, and witty political commentators, the author of the bestselling Why Americans Hate Politics, offers a tough critique of President George W. Bush and the Democratic opposition on the eve of a landmark presidential election -- and points to a way out of cynicism and defeatism.
With passion, clarity, and humor, E. J. Dionne describes today's political atmosphere as the bitterest he can remember. Never have Democrats been as frustrated by their inability to move the debate. The party of Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Clinton, Dionne says, is lost in pointless feuds, outdated strategies, and old arguments. Democrats have lost track of what they stand for so they don't know what they're fighting for and besides, they've forgotten how to fight back.
In describing how Democrats, moderates, and liberals have failed to match Republicans and conservatives in commitment, resourcefulness, and clarity, Dionne invents what is likely to become a popular parlor game among the politically committed. In "The Wrong Stuff," he lists ten futile arguments -- big versus small government, for example -- that Democrats keep having with themselves. "The Right Stuff" focuses on ten arguments they should start making about taxes, business, and the role of government.
Dionne zeroes in on how a floundering Bush administration used September 11 to politicize national security issues for partisan advantage. Enraged but intimidated by ruthless opponents, the Democratic party failed to find its voice on security issues and was soundly beaten in 2002.
Drawing on some lessons from the 2004 primary campaigns, Dionne argues that anger and frustration have in fact awakened progressives to the need for innovation in organizing, in approaching an increasingly conservative media, and in formulating politically useful and plainly stated ideas. Learning from the conservative movement's successes, liberals have begun the work of reconstruction.
The politics of revenge, Dionne argues persuasively, can give way to something better: a progressive patriotism built on hope and optimism about America's role in the world and its capacity to renew social justice at home.
 

About E.J. Dionne

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E. J. Dionne Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a columnist for the Washington Post, and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University. He appears weekly on NPR and regularly on MSNBC and NBC's Meet the Press. His twice-weekly op-ed column is now syndicated in 140 newspapers. His writing has been published in the Atlantic, the New Republic, the American Prospect, the Washington Post Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Commonweal, New Statesman, and elsewhere. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of numerous books, including the classic bestseller Why Americans Hate Politics, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was nominated for the National Book Award. His most recent book is Souled Out. Dionne lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with wife, Mary Boyle, and their three children.
 
Published June 2, 2004 by Simon & Schuster. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The Democrats as a whole, Dionne notes, were traumatized by 9/11 and rushed to the side of Bush, only to be rebuffed by the man who swore he would be a “uniter, not a divider”—and who then almost immediately lowered taxes on the wealthy while pretending he was giving tax relief to the poor and mi...

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Reich, a former secretary of labor whose recent works include ''The Resurgent Liberal (and Other Unfashionable Prophecies),'' speaks with Hegelian confidence in his new manifesto, ''Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America.'' Dionne (who endorsed a book of mine last year) is the autho...

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Reich, a former secretary of labor whose recent works include ''The Resurgent Liberal (and Other Unfashionable Prophecies),'' speaks with Hegelian confidence in his new manifesto, ''Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America.'' Dionne (who endorsed a book of mine last year) is the autho...

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is a call to arms to those people who, regardless of political views, are troubled by the fiercely personal nature of American politics and the growing tendency to make every political debate partisan.

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Retirees have always been expected to do their own savings accounts - and remember when companies actually believed in rewarding their workers with defined benefit pensions ?

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Thing is, I already know the Nazi mentality very well, and I also know that it isn’t exclusive to Jew haters, just like I know that the Zionist mentality isn’t exclusive to Jews.

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