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Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America (edition 2006)
Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts From the Heart of America by Garrison Keillor
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670033650, Hardcover)In a book that is at once deeply personal and intellectually savvy, Homegrown Democrat is a celebration of liberalism as the "politics of kindness." In his inimitable style, Keillor draws on a lifetime of experience amongst the hardworking, God- fearing people of the Midwest and pays homage to the common code of civic necessities that arose from the left: Protect the social compact. Defend the powerless. Maintain government as a necessary force for good. As Keillor tells it, these are articles of faith that are being attacked by hard-ass Republican tax cutters who believe that human misery is a Dickensian fiction. In a blend of nostalgic reminiscence, humorous meditation, and articulate ire, Keillor asserts the values of his boyhood—the values of Lake Wobegon— that do not square with the ugly narcissistic agenda at work in the country today. A thoughtful, wonderfully written book, Homegrown Democrat is Keillor’s love letter to liberalism, the older generation, John F. Kennedy, the University of Minnesota, and the yellow-dog Democrat city of St. Paul that is sure to amuse and inspire Americans just when they need it most.
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"Here, with heart and wit and a dash of anger, Garrison Keillor describes the democratic values of the hard-working God-fearing people of Lake Wobegon and the idea of the common good - the civil compact that Republicans have been attacking for the past decade. The simple code of the Golden Rule that underlies midwestern civility. The politics of kindness. The obligation to defend the weak against the powerful."--BOOK JACKET.
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