A Letter to America

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2008 - Political Science - 112 pages
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A powerful wake-up call to all Americans

With only 6 percent of the world's population, how long will the United States remain a global superpower? The answer, David Boren tells us in A Letter to America, depends on asking ourselves tough questions. A powerful wake-up call to Americans, A Letter to America, forces us to take a bold, objective look at ourselves.

In A Letter to America, Boren explains with unsparing clarity why the country is at a crossroads and why decisive action is urgently needed and offers us an ambitious, hopeful plan.

What the country needs, Boren asserts, are major reforms to restore the ability of our political system to act responsibly. By relying on our shared values, we can replace cynicism with hope and strengthen our determination to build a better future. We must fashion a post-Cold War foreign policy that fits twenty-first-century realities--including multiple contending superpowers. We must adopt campaign finance reform that curbs the influence of special interests and restores political power to the voters. Universal health care coverage, budget deficit reduction, affordable higher education, and a more progressive tax structure will strengthen the middle class.

Boren also describes how we can renew our emphasis on quality primary and secondary education, revitalize our spirit of community, and promote volunteerism. He urges the teaching of more American history and government, for without educated citizens our system cannot function and our rights will not be preserved. Unless we understand how we became great, we will not remain great.

The plan Boren puts forward is optimistic and challenges Americans to look into the future, decide what we want to be and where we want to go, and then implement the policies and actions we need to take us there.

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

I am teaching this to my AP junior English class. We started the intro today. It is an excellent read and a wake up call for all Americans. I'm using it to increase awareness in my students and to work with rhetorical devices, argument, and analysis. Read full review

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User Review  - Lynn Green - Goodreads

I have to admit that I read David Boren's call for courageous action on the part of all Americans with a good deal of prejudice. I first met Boren in 1973 when he was a back row legislator running for ... Read full review


ONE The United States and the World
TWO The Destructiveness of Partisanship
THREE Campaign Corruption

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David Boren has served as President of the University of Oklahoma for the past thirteen years.

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