America Imperiled, Trump and the Restoration of National Values

Donald K. Sharpes
Professor in the Emeritus College at Arizona State University, Tempe, USA; Senior Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University, UK

Series: American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL030000



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This book is a partial review of the shift in American politics to a more radical, ultraconservative, far-right posture, among both the people and Republican congressional leadership during the Trump era. There is also a corresponding shift to the left among Democrats, and a dramatic rise, as high as 40% among Independent voters. My theme is simple. The Trump presidency and the 115th Congress was an updated Confederate government enabled by Russia. Trump and ultraconservatives allowed themselves to be sponsored and endorsed by an autocratic dictator, Putin, because Putin and his obedient oligarchs gave Trump money and power to flourish and demolish at least two pillars of democracy-the role of government and the idea of an inclusive society, while also perverting our global alliances.

Additionally, and apart from Russia, the ultraconservative and Libertarian aim has always been to reduce any new legislation sponsoring social services and to attempt to disassemble existing social legislation. Other major goals are anti-government regulations and the lessening of taxes. I will describe this tension throughout this book, demonstrate some of this history, and show how it is the central element in our political dysfunction.

This book is also partially a chronicle exposing Trump and the Republication-controlled Congress for willful damage to the democracy, and, in the second part, a recipe for restoring lost or mislaid values and ethics to government and its citizen constituents following the exit of Trump.
(Imprint: Nova)


Prologue: A Century of the Red Scare

Chapter 1. An American Dilemma

Chapter 2. The Anti-Government Strategy

Chapter 3. The New Know-Nothings

Chapter 4. Restoring Foreign Relations, Policies and Image Abroad

Chapter 5. The FBI in Peace and War

Chapter 6. It’s About the Money, Stupid

Chapter 7. Restoring Ethical and Moral Development

Chapter 8. Restoring Values




Keywords: values, moral compass, political science, government

Audience: Literary audience, collegiate faculty and students, members of professional and managerial classes, military, intelligence, business and reading public.

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