Dangerous Convictions: Whats Really Wrong with the U.S. Congress

Paperback | October 15, 2014

byTom Allen

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The rhetoric of the 2012 presidential campaign exposed the deeply rooted sources of political polarization in American. One side celebrated individualism and divided the public into "makers and takers;" the other preached "better together" as the path forward. Both focused their efforts on the"base" not the middle. In Dangerous Convictions, former Democratic Congressman Tom Allen argues that what's really wrong with Congress is the widening, hardening conflict in worldviews that leaves the two parties unable to understand how the other thinks about what people should do on their own and what we should dotogether. Members of Congress don't just disagree, they think the other side makes no sense. Why are conservatives preoccupied with cutting taxes, uninterested in expanding health care coverage and in denial about climate change? What will it take for Congress to recover a capacity for pragmaticcompromise on these issues?Allen writes that we should treat self-reliance (the quintessential American virtue) and community (our characteristic instinct to cooperate) as essential balancing components of American culture and politics, instead of setting them at war with each other. Combining his personal insights from 12years In Congress with recent studies of how human beings form their political and religious views, Allen explains why we must escape the grip of our competing worldviews to enable Congress to work productively on our 21st century challenges.

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The rhetoric of the 2012 presidential campaign exposed the deeply rooted sources of political polarization in American. One side celebrated individualism and divided the public into "makers and takers;" the other preached "better together" as the path forward. Both focused their efforts on the"base" not the middle. In Dangerous Convic...

Tom Allen is President and CEO of the American Association of Publishers. He is a former U.S. Congressman representing Maine's 1st District from 1997 to 2009.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199392870

ISBN - 13:9780199392872

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Table of Contents

1. Early Lessons in Congress2. The Federal Budget: Faith-Based Economics3. Iraq: Evidence Doesn't Matter4. Health Care: Principle before People5. Climate Change: Denial as Public Policy6. The Sources of Polarization7. Finding a Path to Recovery