Common Ground

Common Ground

Synopsis

Inspired by their popular USA Today column, conservative Cal Thomas and liberal Bob Beckel show politicians of both stripes how to get beyond partisanship, restore civility, and move our country forward. Thomas and Beckel are a unique pair in today's political climate—pundits from opposite sides who not only talk to each other but work together to find common ground on some of the most divisive issues facing us, from the war in Iraq to gay marriage to the Patriot Act. Common Ground unmasks the hypocrisy of many of the issues, organizations, and individuals who created and deepened the partisan divide at the center of American politics, and makes a strategic case for why this bickering must stop.

Throughout, Thomas and Beckel explode conventional wisdom and offer surprising new conclusions:

  • The Red State/Blue State divide: Myth!
  • A "common ground" presidential candidate can win in 2008: Reality!
  • "Polarizers" like Ann Coulter and Michael Moore are the future of political debate: Myth!
  • Major-party politics faces extinction: Reality!

These guys should know. For years Beckel and Thomas contributed to the climate of polarization in Washington . . . and they admit it. "We're two guys who spent a lot of years in the polarizing business, but on opposing sides," they write. "We helped write the game plan, and we have participated in everything from getting money out of true believers to appearing on television to help spread the contentious message. In many cases, we wrote the message. We know the gig, and it's just about up."

In this much-needed book, Thomas and Beckel go beyond their column to offer a sobering overview of the current political divide and its corrosive effect on us all.They also explain how bipartisanship and consensus politics are not only good for the day-to-day democratic process but essential for our nation's future well-being.

Entertaining and informative, funny and healing, Common Ground is must reading for all concerned citizens.

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Chapters

  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 02min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 015
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 016
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 017
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 018
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 019
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 020
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 021
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 022
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 023
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 024
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 025
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 026
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 027
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 028
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 029
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 030
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 031
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 032
    Duration: 03min
  • Chapter 033
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 034
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 035
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 036
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 037
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 038
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 039
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 040
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 041
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 042
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 043
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 044
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 045
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 046
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 047
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 048
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 049
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 050
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 051
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 052
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 053
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 054
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 055
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 056
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 057
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 058
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 059
    Duration: 01min
  • Chapter 060
    Duration: 21s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min

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