Citizen Democracy: Political Activism in a Cynical Age (Google eBook)

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Aug 15, 2008 - Political Science - 292 pages
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Apathy and antipathy toward politics are epidemic. Citizen Democracy provides the antidote. In this revised and updated edition, Stephen E. Frantzich portrays citizens from every walk of life—rich and poor, old and young, black and white, male and female, left and right, famous and obscure—as they choose to become involved in politics at a level to which readers can relate. Some of the stories contain unexpected twists. Candy Lightner, the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, now works as a liquor industry lobbyist and argues that MADD has gone too far. College freshman Gregory Watson reacted to receiving a OCO on a political science paper by quitting school and becoming the driving force behind passage of a constitutional amendment that had been the subject of his paper. Two young women independently wrote letters of application to the U.S. Naval Academy and in the process moved military education in the direction of gender neutrality. Citizen Democracy shows ordinary people engaged in extraordinary civic activity. Their causes run the gamut from civil rights to flag burning, from the Internet to the environment—but their common cause is the fact that they creatively entered the arena of national public policy making and made a difference.
  

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User Review  - Hillbillythomist - LibraryThing

See especially chapter 1, Rewriting the Constitution: One Man's Journey to Lend Madison a Hand--Gregory Watson. This is the remarkable story of the 27th amendment. Read full review

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Dated, but a decent collection of how ordinary people got pissed off and started a cause or action. Read full review

Contents

Countering the Culture of Cynicism Keeping the Fans in the Stands
1
One Mans Journey to Lend Madison a Hand
13
Chapter 02 Do Ask Do Tell
22
Chapter 03 Taking the Bus and Driving Public Policy for Us
37
Chapter 04 Being a Good Sport or Wont You Be on My Team?
46
Chapter 05 Lets Just Run That One Up the Flagpole
56
A Pilots Checklist
64
The Old Media Confronts the New Media
69
Chapter 14 The Mystery of the Smoking Gun
137
Chapter 15 Just What the Doctor Ordered
148
Chapter 16 When Worlds Come Crashing Down
158
Chapter 17 Unaffirmative Action
165
Chapter 18 Do unto Others Dont Be a Tattletale
178
Chapter 19 If You Cant Lick Em Enjoin Em
183
Chapter 20 Oh My
192
Chapter 21 Kidizen Democracy
205

Making One MADD
77
Chapter 09 Wouldnt You Just Love to Live Here?
83
Chapter 10 Registering as a Protest or Ill Vote for That
96
Introducing a New Breed
107
Chapter 12 A Taxing and Revolting Job
117
Women in the Military Academies
128
Lessons for Nascent Citizens
227
Notes
235
Photo Credits
265
Index
267
About the Author
281
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About the author (2008)

Stephen E. Frantzich is professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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