Book Review – The Second Civil War, How Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America


Ronald Brownstein in this short and concise book of 2009 has been a complete and accurate account of the recent events of the ugly, partisan of the policy. It provides a backdrop and the history of some of the contributing factors and events that have led to this regrettable period of United States political intrigue and competition – some of the most divisive since the Civil War.

after having been a teacher of secondary problems of today’s world and the political science during the Decade of 1980-2000, can attest to the accuracy of the events of the time. This book begins with the speech’s very partisan retirement of speaker of the House of representatives, Tom Delay, Republican, and continues with the ultra-leftists on-line as the Daily Kos and, as well as the position of the description of Brownstein as extreme leading Democrat – those who, like Howard Dean and Harry Reid… blamed them for the escalation of the “scorched earth” , highly partisan politics in our current day. Also, in this story, the author completely covers the main period of time until the 2000s.

the problems cited by the author in 2007 are the same problems we have nine years of that time period. Without compromise, there can be no agreement or the resolution of those problems, or even an agreement of what problems, or the use of a federal bureaucracy growing to correct problems of perception. A fascinating section says ex-Governor George W. Bush, as Governor of Texas and serving with a democratic majority in the legislature of the State, committed and was well known as “a Kingdom, not a divider”. Brownstein was on the verge of Bush’s attempt to duplicate this result, but without success. Democratic leaders would have none of that commitment or even cooperation at the federal level. Brownstein compares this lack of cooperation and the pursuit of partisan politics extreme divisions over slavery – therefore, the comparison to the Civil War. I wonder what you think the author about the purely partisan passage of the so-called “Affordable Care Act”.

this is a very beneficial and informative book that contributes to the conversation — a conversation that will lead you to another era of cooperation with optimism. Hopefully, that can solve the problems of the federal debt of the out-of-hand and budget deficits, the looming power of the federal Government, as well as the stagnation of the economy and the creeping, low reported problem of unemployment.


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