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Author Goodheart, Eugene, author.

Title The state of our disunion : the Obama years / Eugene Goodheart
Published London : Routledge, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 173 pages)
Contents The President and His Base -- The Principle of Political Compromise -- Media Narratives and Their Unreliable Narrators -- Presidential Debates and the Media -- Obama's Executive Action -- The Constitution : Dead or Alive -- Between Liberty and Equality -- Does the Past Repeat the Present? -- The Uncertainty Principle
Summary "The US Constitution resists centralizing authority by granting equal power to the three branches of government, as well as the individual states. The risk inherent in the separation of powers is that the absence of a spirit of compromise can lead to the disintegration of the union. Eugene Good heart argues that the current union is in peril due to an unwillingness to cooperate on the part of contending parties. He explains how and why it has reached this point, while identifying common ground between thoughtful liberals and conservatives. Ironically, President Barack Obama, who from the outset affirmed the spirit of compromise and union, has governed in a time marked by apparently irreconcilable conflict between and within parties, and the branches of the government. Those on the extremes of the political spectrum view compromise as weakness and a lack of conviction, while those in the middle view it as necessary. Good heart argues that principle and compromise are not antagonists. He also describes the media's role in shaping and distorting public perception of political realities. Many themes that preoccupy our politics and will doubtless continue to do so in the future are addressed in this work, including gross income inequality, governmental regulation of the market, the US's role as superpower, and the relationship between liberty and equality. This book will be of interest to those concerned about contemporary political life."--Provided by publisher
Notes Originally published 2016 by Transaction Publishers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Obama, Barack.
Obama, Barack.
Compromise (Ethics)
Divided government -- United States
Opposition (Political science) -- United States
Political culture -- United States.
Compromise (Ethics)
Divided government.
Opposition (Political science)
Political culture.
Politics and government.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315135167
1351473409
1351473417
9781315135168
9781351473408
9781351473415