"Approximately 40 percent of Americans no longer align themselves with the two major parties, and their approval of Congress is less than 20 percent. If present trends continue, a third major party can emerge that can provide a middle ground for the common good."

Good argues that America’s national political climate is ripe for the rise of an independent third party, offering voters a viable alternative to the traditional Democratic and Republican parties—an astute observation, given the author’s first-hand experience that spans more than forty-five years in government and the private sector. The author takes on the arduous task of assessing the ideologies of the Democratic and Republican parties, beginning with the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt and concluding with the presidency of Barack Obama. Good’s fascinating tome offers readers a close-up look at the microcosm that fuels the evolution of both major parties, through a dispassionate lens.

This book postulates that the Republican Party is at a crossroads of whether it chooses to be the constructive loyal opposition for the common good, or continue to be “agents” for the wealthy, corporations, the Radical Right, and other extremist movements. Good further postulates that the Democratic Party has compromised its principles by supporting Republicans, relative to addressing the needs of the middle class, the poor, and unions.

Good proposes that the parties (Democratic, Republican, and Independent) work together toward adopting what he calls “common senses solutions” in energy, the courts, education, immigration, manufacturing, taxes/financial reform, and national defense. The book concludes with a forthright and sober assessment of what should be done for the sake of America’s future—and that it is imperative, that the Democratic and Republican parties compromise on key issues soon.

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