The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide
"Although we come from opposite ends of the political spectrum, we believe our country needs to come together. "The Reunited States of America: How We Can Cross the Partisan Divide" will help us do that. It reconnects us to our country's motto - 'out of many, one' - and helps us meet the challenge of reuniting the country that we both love."
- Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform & Joan Blades, co-founder MoveOn.org and Living Room Conversations
This book, at its core, is about what has made America great — and how we can restore that greatness if we seize the opportunities before us. Our country’s motto is “E Pluribus Unum—“out of many, one”—but you’d never know it now, says mediator and civic entrepreneur Mark Gerzon. In the past, Americans could disagree without demonizing each other. But now healthy partisan debate is being replaced by hyperpartisan political brawling. Loyalty to party is overpowering love of country.
We need a new attitude if we’re going to confront the challenges our country faces. We need to be open to learning from each other instead of insisting we already have all the answers; to work respectfully with people we disagree with instead of vilifying and avoiding them; to be willing to try new solutions instead of clinging to the old approaches; and, after the campaign is over, to insist our elected representatives come together to govern – not just continue campaigning. Gerzon and others call this new movement “transpartisan”— and this book is its manifesto.
Gerzon describes how transpartisan activists all over the country—Republicans, Democrats, and independents—are finding common ground on some of the most divisive and difficult issues we face today: abortion, gun control, sex education, defense spending, prison reform, and more. He explains what we all can do to strengthen our sense of unity while honoring the vital role of conflicting points of view.
“This clear and insightful book plugs a gaping hole in the boat of our democracy and provides a compelling case for how to right the sails and navigate our way back to greatness.” —Mark McKinnon, cofounder of No Labels, former chief media advisor to President George W. Bush & Sen. John McCain
“This is a realistically positive and useful book.” —James Fallows, correspondent, The Atlantic
“Mark Gerzon identifies the uncomfortable challenges that we have to confront to change the culture of politics.” —Jacqueline S. Salit, President,IndependentVoting.org
“The Reunited States of America is a primer on citizenship. Read it with curiosity about how you can make a difference.” —Debilyn Molineaux, President, Coffee Party USA
“In this brilliant and practical manifesto, Mark Gerzon shows us why and how to work together for the good of the nation.” —William Ury, coauthor of Getting to Yes and cofounder of the Harvard Negotiation Project
- An Inspiring Solution to Crisis: Most American citizens across the political spectrum are fed up with the current polarized state of the two-party system, but no one knows how to fix it. Gerzon presents an innovative approach that, unlike bipartisan compromise, changes people’s perspectives to reunite the country.
- An Emerging Movement: This book introduces the transpartisan movement by showcasing over 40 individuals and organizations that are bridging the partisan divide in remarkably diverse ways. These inspiring citizen leaders offer practical wisdom and real-life tools for redirecting our national political discourse toward the common good.
Publication date: February 2016, $16.95, paperback, 192 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, ISBN 978-1-62656-658-3, PDF ebook ISBN 978-1-62656-659-0