Phi Beta Iota: In the interest of the public's appreciation for the current situation, below are three graphics illustrating the current political situation and issue-bias spread; followed by a list of books with one point: We the People are ready to take our country back from Wall Street and the craven Demopublicans that have sold us out. Joe Biden might possibly be the key to a non-violent restoration of the Constitution, the Republic, and a nation able to integrate strategy, integrity, and living within its means.
Paul Ray, co-author of The Cultural Creatives, is probably the finest pollster in America because he cuts deep into values rather than just positions.
With full credit to Michael Crane and his Political Junkies Handbook,which provided the original map of all the political factions (we added the art), the JPEG to the right illustrates the death of democracy at the hands of the two-party tyranny acting Of, By, and For the Banks–the special interests. Every Member now serving, with a tiny handful of exceptions, is CORRUPT, both financially, and in terms of “party line” discipline betraying their constituencies, and in terms of abdicating their Article 1 responsibilities for balancing the power of the Executive. America is not a democracy in Helsinki Accord terms–it is a quasi-fascist corporate state in which the White House is theater, policy is not based on reality, and the budget has been bankrupted several times over because Goldman Sachs has been given free rein over the Treasury for the last four Administrations.
The varying positions of the candidates on the issues should NOT be confused with the reality that the Demopublicans are ONE party with two wings–their priority is to stay in power and continue to receive funding from special interests who in turn are allowed to loot the public treasury with contract awards that are NOT in the public interest.
Note that there are only two people on this chart that are even remotely centrist.
If We the Purple could demand reality-based policy-making within a balanced budget, it would be a simple matter to integrate and cost- out all competing positions, openly, publicly, to arrive at a consensus that is both affordable and sustainable. This is not rocket science–it requires one thing only: INTEGRITY.
Bottom Line Books: Leadership Lessons of Jesus The Keys to a Successful Presidency Cracking the Code: How to Win Hearts, Change Minds, and Restore America’s Original Vision The leadership of civilization building: Administrative and civilization theory, symbolic dialogue, and citizen skills for the 21st century Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics The Design of Business–Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage Review: Wave Rider: Leadership for High Performance in a Self-Organizing World Philosophy and the Social Problem: The Annotated Edition The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
Books on We the People Coming Back Into Power: All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity Society’s Breakthrough!: Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People VOICE OF THE PEOPLE: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life A Power Governments Cannot Suppress Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America Escaping the Matrix: How We the People can change the world
Books on the End of the Two-Party Tyranny: Crashing the Party: Taking on the Corporate Government in an Age of Surrender Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It (Paperback) Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny Spoiling for a Fight: Third-Party Politics in America Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System Democracy’s Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life We the Purple: Faith, Politics, and the Independent Voter Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics (Hardcover) Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
Books on Centrist Solutions with Integrity: The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America’s Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservatives Can Love Radical Middle: The Politics We Need Now The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics Waiting for Lightning to Strike–The Fundamentals of Black Politics Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era Blue Collar Ministry: Facing Economic and Social Realities of Working People Blue Grit: Making Impossible, Improbable, and Inspirational Political Change in America Pedagogy of the Oppressed The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy
Books on the End of Empire: The Collapse of Complex Societies Harvest Of Rage: Why Oklahoma City Is Only The Beginning Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government–and How We Take It Back The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy’s Future Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle The Fifty Year Wound: The True Price of America’s Cold War Victory Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers Review: Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized By People Who Think You’re Stupid Where Have All the Leaders Gone? Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America Is Secession Treason? Secession, State, and Liberty