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ISBN: 0743258584
Author: Jeanette Olender,E.J. Dionne
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 2, 2004)
Pages: 256
Category: Politics & Government
Subcategory: Politics
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 493
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Stand Up, Fight Back is another book that asks why the Democrats keep losing elections and what . These are just a few of the representative titles found in the politics section. STAND UP, FIGHT BACK by .

Stand Up, Fight Back is another book that asks why the Democrats keep losing elections and what progressives can do to improve their fortunes. The publication date was back in 2004 and it's looking more and more like the Republican's are simply going to implode without much help from Democrats. Dionne, Jr. is a call to arms to those people who, regardless of political views, are troubled by the fiercely personal nature of American politics and the growing tendency to make every political debate partisan.

Stand Up Fight Back book. The politics of revenge, Dionne argues persuasively, can give way to something better: a progressive patriotism built on hope and optimism about America's role in the world and its capacity to renew social justice at home.

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Home Books Truthdig Contributors. Dionne wraps things up by outlining a program to stall the precipitous shift to the right. Stand Up, Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge from .

Dionne zeroes in on how a floundering Bush administration used September 11 to politicize national security issues for partisan advantage. Enraged but intimidated by ruthless opponents, the Democratic party failed to find its voice on security issues and was soundly beaten in 2002. Drawing on some lessons from the 2004 primary campaigns, Dionne argues that anger and frustration have in fact awakened progressives to the need for innovation in organizing, in approaching an increasingly conservative media, and in formulating politically useful and plainly stated ideas.

Dionne's published works include the influential 1991 bestseller Why Americans Hate Politics, which . Stand Up, Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Dionne's published works include the influential 1991 bestseller Why Americans Hate Politics, which argued that several decades of political polarization was alienating a silent centrist majority. Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent. New York: Bloomsbury, 2012.

Can the politics of revenge give way to something better? Yes, says Dionne, in 2004Us essential political book. Dionne zeroes in on how a floundering Bush administration used September 11 to politicize national security issues for partisan advantage. With passion, clarity, and humor, E. J. Dionne describes today's political atmosphere as the bitterest he can remember.

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Stand up Fight Back : Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge.

His third book, Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics . Dionne grew up in Fall River, Mass. He graduated summa cum laude with a . from Harvard University in 1973 and received his doctorate from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

His third book, Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (Simon & Schuster) was published May 2004. His most recent book is "Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right" (Princeton University Press, January, 2008). In 1994-95, he was a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

One of our most visible, trenchant, and witty political commentators, the author of the bestselling Why Americans Hate Politics, offers a tough critique of President George W. Bush and the Democratic opposition on the eve of a landmark presidential election -- and points to a way out of cynicism and defeatism.With passion, clarity, and humor, E. J. Dionne describes today's political atmosphere as the bitterest he can remember. Never have Democrats been as frustrated by their inability to move the debate. The party of Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Clinton, Dionne says, is lost in pointless feuds, outdated strategies, and old arguments. Democrats have lost track of what they stand for so they don't know what they're fighting for and besides, they've forgotten how to fight back. In describing how Democrats, moderates, and liberals have failed to match Republicans and conservatives in commitment, resourcefulness, and clarity, Dionne invents what is likely to become a popular parlor game among the politically committed. In "The Wrong Stuff," he lists ten futile arguments -- big versus small government, for example -- that Democrats keep having with themselves. "The Right Stuff" focuses on ten arguments they should start making about taxes, business, and the role of government. Dionne zeroes in on how a floundering Bush administration used September 11 to politicize national security issues for partisan advantage. Enraged but intimidated by ruthless opponents, the Democratic party failed to find its voice on security issues and was soundly beaten in 2002. Drawing on some lessons from the 2004 primary campaigns, Dionne argues that anger and frustration have in fact awakened progressives to the need for innovation in organizing, in approaching an increasingly conservative media, and in formulating politically useful and plainly stated ideas. Learning from the conservative movement's successes, liberals have begun the work of reconstruction. The politics of revenge, Dionne argues persuasively, can give way to something better: a progressive patriotism built on hope and optimism about America's role in the world and its capacity to renew social justice at home.

Comments:

Nahn
After the 2004 presidential election when John Kerry went down to defeat I was angry. Not so much at the Republican electorate who seemed bizarrely awed by a man who was clearly not up to the job of presidency. Republican's, after all, are going to vote Republican. No, I was angry with Democrats and Progressives who couldn't or wouldn't support their candidate as loyally as Republican's supported their own. E. J. Dionne quotes one Democrat who said, "They seem to believe more in their ideas than we do in ours". I was angry that John Kerry ran such an uninspiring campaign that, to the casual observer, seemed to barely distinguish itself from the current president. The author writes, "The Democrats lost in 2002 because Bush - and Rove - were much tougher than they were, much smarter in the issues they chose. Republicans had passion and conviction." The book came out prior to the 2004 election but Mr. Dionne's statement was just as applicable in that election as it was in 2002.

Stand Up, Fight Back is another book that asks why the Democrats keep losing elections and what progressives can do to improve their fortunes. The publication date was back in 2004 and it's looking more and more like the Republican's are simply going to implode without much help from Democrats. However, even if the current conservative trend is dealt a heavy blow, progressives and liberals need to learn why and how conservatives were able to rise to power in the first place. The modern conservative movement developed during the golden age of liberalism and took a long term approach to rebuilding credibility. Conservatives spent millions on creating institutions to develop, hone and disseminate ideas. The author writes, "conservative foundations were `institution builders' liberal foundations were merely `project supporters'. Conservatives were able to get a lot more bang for their buck when it came to reshaping the political landscape because they weren't concerned with anything except changing opinions. The author gives a laundry list of ideas on how progressives can counter conservatives in the arena of ideas. Winning elections without changing perceptions is only a short term fix.

I have to give E. J. Dionne credit for showing a rare level of common sense. From countering the claims of those who believe in the perfection of the market to explaining how a strong government is necessary to ensure freedom the author is right on the money. If there is one quote that I'll take away from this book it's the following, "It [United States] is a middle-class nation that wants the poor to rise and the rich to know they will be respected as long as they don't seek to dominate". We are in the midst of one of, if not the most, brazen power grab by wealth in the history of this country. The Republican's have chosen their side and the Democrats really REALLY need to shed their timidity and present themselves as the opposition party truly defending the middle class and poor.
Faebei
Somewhat outdated but still worth reading by the Washington Post staffer.
Nuadador
This was not your typical liberal, foam at the mouth, Bush-bashing/hating propaganda piece from the left. I was a youthfully naive Democrat in the 70s and then grew up and had to deal with real life. Dionne made me yearn for my younger days when things were a bit more idealistic and not so caustic. However, he didn't make me yearn too long for those days, but he did give me pause while reading the book. Not too bad for a lefty!
Urtte
The recent death of Ronald Reagan inspired many recollections of the former President's remarkable talent for disagreeing without being disagreeable. Even his fiercest political opponents found him to be an amiable man who did not take political differences in a personal fashion. Sadly, politics today is played by a different set of rules. To see how the game is played today, one need only start with a current list of some of the bestselling books from either side of the political spectrum. Bookstore shelves yield discordant titles such as DELIVER US FROM EVIL: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism and Liberalism by Sean Hannity; BIG LIES by Joe Conason; TREASON: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism by Ann Coulter; and THE REPUBLICAN NOISE MACHINE: Right-Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy by David Brock. These are just a few of the representative titles found in the politics section.
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK by E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a call to arms to those people who, regardless of political views, are troubled by the fiercely personal nature of American politics and the growing tendency to make every political debate partisan. Dionne worries that one side in the current political climate, liberals and progressives, have lost the will to fight for traditional principles supported by the vast majority of Americans. The current political atmosphere, Dionne argues, is damaging not only to democracy but also to important political institutions as well.
At other moments in our history, revenge has been an important theme in American political life. From the era of Andrew Jackson to the post-Civil War period to the rise of Senator Joseph McCarthy, American politics has experienced cycles in which each side depends for victory more on mobilizing its loyalists than persuading the uncommitted. So divided are we along party and ideological lines that we cannot even agree on what event triggered the current cycle of revenge. Some believe it started with Watergate, others point to the confirmation battles over Supreme Court nominees, and still others would suggest that the Clinton Wars were the commencement of the battle. Regardless of when the struggle began, there has been no peace in American politics for many years.
One of Dionne's core themes in STAND UP, FIGHT BACK is that an opportunity was squandered to once again unite the country and create a better political atmosphere in America. After September 11th, President Bush had the opportunity to reunite the country. Indeed, for a brief period of time, the country was unified. But instead of building upon that opportunity to avoid divisive politics, President Bush chose to divide the country on issues such as homeland security, tax cuts and the war in Iraq. Dionne firmly believes that historians will not judge the President well for his conduct.
But Dionne does not limit his disapproval to the right wing of American politics. Liberals and progressives have both been unable to articulate an agenda to advance their political positions and unwilling to engage in the same tactics that have brought success to the Republicans in Washington. Recent events do seem to suggest that Democrats now appear willing to engage the right wing in a more vigorous fashion. In this current election year, candidate John Kerry has not been reluctant to respond in kind to attacks on his record and his patriotism. Democrats know all too well that the failure to respond quickly and vigorously to these types of attacks often results in defeat at the polls.
Still, strong words and a backbone are only part of what progressives need to succeed in order to once again become the majority in American politics. Dionne spends a great deal of his book discussing tired and useless arguments that liberals and moderates cannot seem to avoid and new arguments that they should start making. He calls these two areas "The Wrong Stuff" and "The Right Stuff." The discussion here is illuminating because Dionne destroys several myths and stereotypes of American politics, including issues such as deficit spending, judicial activism, big government and national defense. All too often, liberals have run from these debates. If they stood up and engaged conservatives on these issues, Dionne maintains that those voters who occupy the middle of the political spectrum would join their cause.
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK is a well-written and thought-provoking call to arms to those people who feel that the country is heading in the wrong direction. Much of what Dionne has written here he has espoused before in his regular columns on the editorial pages of the Washington Post. Dionne is a prescient observer of American politics. The sad fact about most political books is that they sway very few opinions or change very few minds. It is sad because E. J. Dionne offers a wise statement of what will best serve the future course of America's well being, and all sides of the political debate would do well to heed his advice.
--- Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman

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