This is our first ever Crawdad Hole Book Club post. I’m so excited!
First, some housekeeping. We have a Book Club page where you can find any links related to our Book Club. That way we can keep the Book Club discussion going alongside our usual all-politics-all-the-time threads.
On to THE BOOK!
No Apology: The Case for American Greatness by Mitt Romney was published in March 2010.
In the introduction, Romney writes (emphasis mine):
“This is a book about what I believe should be our primary national objective: to keep America strong and to preserve it’s place as the world’s leading nation. And it describes the course I believe we must take to strengthen the nation in order to remain prosperous, secure, free.
There are some who may question the national objective I propose. I make no apology for my conviction that America’s economic and military leadership is not only good for America but also critical for freedom and peace across the world.”
Romney makes his case very methodically. First he describes where we are now, where we used to be, how we got here, where we should be headed, what the obstacles on the road are, and how to overcome them and get to our goal. I think I will call it Mitt’s Master Plan (just to freak out the progs).
The book is so comprehensive I don’t think there is any way we can cover it in one post & thread. So I am breaking it down by chapter.
Here are the chapters and my shorthand notes about them:
1. Pursuit of the Difficult – where we are & how we got here
2. Why Nations Decline – historical analysis of the dangers of isolationism and short-term thinking
3. The Pursuit of Power – China, Russia, Jihadist step into the vacuum of America’s retreat
4. Pathway of American Power – soft power, hard power, 5-pts for strong defense, alliances
5. A Free and Productive Economy – innovation, creative destruction, government’s role
6. The Worst Generation? – entitlement nightmare, political shell game, sustainable entitlements, mountains of debt
7. Healing Healthcare – the Massachussetts experience
8. An American Education – education is a civil right, home (single parents), teachers
9. Running Low – energy policy
10. Culture of Citizenship – the American people and our values
11. America the Beautiful – American greatness
12. Epilogue – 64 point agenda for a free and strong America
Phew. I had to type all that. I was thinking we could dive right into chapter 1, but maybe it’s a better idea to stop here and talk about the book in general first, and then I could put up additional posts for us to discuss a couple of chapters at a time.
So, who’s read or is reading the book? What do you think so far? Any suggestions or violent objections on how to discuss it?