The Iowa Caucuses: First Tests of Presidential Aspiration, 1972-2008 (Google eBook)
Smaller in population than several U.S. cities, the state of Iowa has become an unexpected and unparalleled proving ground for would-be presidential candidates. The Iowa caucuses provide a unique brand of retail politics, on the decline in an age of multi-million dollar advertising blitzes. Potential candidates have gone to extraordinary lengths to impress Iowa's voters, dying their hair, changing their wardrobes, posing--and giving speech after speech. This book chronicles the most important events of each Iowa caucus since 1972 and reveals how the unassuming Midwestern state came to be an unlikely powerhouse in presidential politics.
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President Dwight Eisenhower said that in our system of government, politics needs to be the part time occupation of every citizen. Ben Franklin, when asked what sort of government we’d been given, as he was leaving the Constitutional Convention after the final session, said “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
This book should be required reading for all who take their job as citizen seriously. This year there has been a resurgence of interest in our common part time job, and it should make the 2012 elections very interesting.
If you, like me here in Colorado, are in one of the 17 states or so that has a caucus-assembly system for selecting your presidential nominees rather than the primary that most states, unfortunately, now use, this book will help you understand the process better and help you to be a more active participant.
If you are in a primary state, maybe it will inspire you to work towards restoring the caucus-assembly system where you live, the system that is the full flowering of the representative democracy our founders gave us, in my opinion.
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