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“Long-overdue...lluminating”—James Worthen, author of The Young Nixon and His Rivals: Four California Republicans Eye the White House, 1946–1958; “the definitive biography of Harold Stassen...essential...invaluable”—David Pietrusza, political historian and author; “splendid”—James J. Kiepper, author of Styles Bridges Yankee Senator; “Stassen’s rightful place in American history is now assured.”—Phil Willkie, grandson of Wendell L. Willkie, the Republican nominee for President in 1940.
In 1938 Harold E. Stassen was elected governor of Minnesota at age 31. He went on to a distinguished career as a key political figure of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. In 1943 he resigned as governor to enter the United States Navy at the height of World War II. In the postwar years he participated in writing the charter of the United Nations, and later served as a key diplomat in the Eisenhower administration, very nearly achieving a nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviet Union. He is perhaps most famously known as being a perennial candidate for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States, seeking it 10 times between 1944 and 1992 (1944, 1948, 1952, 1964, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992), but never winning it. This book covers all these activities.
Alec Kirby is an associate professor of history and government at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. David G. Dalin, a professor of history and politics at Ave Maria University in Florida, is the author, co-author or editor of ten books. John F. Rothmann is on the faculty of the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and is a talk show host on News Talk 910 AM in San Francisco.
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Drones, targeted killings. a secret Saudi base, Chuck Hagel, and Ahmadinejad saying Iran has already achieved nuclear capability. The issues are huge and the President has his hands full.
President Obama has proposed a plan to cause a sequester delay. Speaker Boehner says no to the proposal. The sequester deadline is fast approaching requiring $1.2 trillion dollars in automatic cuts and the deadlock in Washington continues.
Fighting Cyber Attacks
The President has the power to order a preemptive strike against an actual or a suspected cyber attack. This decision has far reaching implications for the future.
Republicans are acting state by state to limit abortion coverage. Under Obama Care, the states have that right.
When money is borrowed, it has to be paid back, with interest. School districts throughout California have borrowed, and the consequences will ultimately be monumental.
The Middle East is erupting. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians are all in turmoil. President Obama has his hands full.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says this about the Constitution: "It’s not a living document. It’s dead, dead, dead." One is left to wonder what Justice Scalia is doing on the Supreme Court.
A federal appeals court ruled against the President on his appointments to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was on break saying that he exceeded his contituional authority. A bi-partisan group of senators are propoing immigration reform including a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immagrants. The Republican Party is in the midst of a struggle between its factions with its leadership seemingly unwilling to define where the Party really stands. It will be interesting to see how the Republican Party comes down on these and other critical issues.
Radical change in American life has caused great concern among many Americans. The issues are clear: women in combat, gay marriage ,guns, global warming, climate change, the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling, sequester, budget, Obama care, immigration and abortion. Change causes discomfort and that explains the deep rift we see in American politics today. It will be very tough to bridge this gap, but we must try.