America: Unite or Die (2021)
WHAT AMERICA MUST DO TO ACHIEVE UNITY AND SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY
America: Unite or Die is a real-time analysis of why American Democracy is crumbling and why both sides—Republicans and Democrats—are responsible for its collapse. This is the first objective, nonpartisan analysis of what has happened, and most importantly, explains what we can do to avoid impending doom for our system, and most of all, our nation.
ONE NATION, INDIVISIBLE?
America is the only country in the history of the world founded on an idea—and that idea is liberty. It’s an idea that resulted in the most flourishing citizenry in human history, but today that idea is under attack, not just from foreign adversaries but from within as the extreme right of the Republican Party and extreme left of the Democratic Party move further and further apart.
These dangerous, corrosive positions pose a serious threat to the foundations of American democracy as we now face:
- A political class that has lost touch with mainstream America.
- Public loss of trust in the institutions of democracy.
- The rise and mobilization of extremism on the right and left, both threatening violence.
- The rise of social media, websites, and cable TV news that splinters audiences and creates alternate realities.
- Inequality of opportunity that creates a two-tiered society of haves and have-nots.
- Anti-democratic regimes ruling China and Russia that threaten freedom around the world.
In an era of growing distrust, demonization, and hatred, as we live America’s tragic Tale of Two Cities, our most inspired turn is to embrace the idea engendered in a true symbol of American democracy: the mighty woman with a torch, “the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World”: “Give me your tired, your poor/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
When citizens who work hard and play by the rules believe they have no shot at the American Dream—or conclude that the American values, identity, and the principles they grew up with are vanishing—a giant question mark hangs over the future of our democracy. If we hope to preserve our democracy, both sides must start by reaffirming their belief in the democratic principles of America so they can move from the fringes to the moderate middle-of-the-road positions that millions of Americans embrace. America: Unite or Die is an inspired plan to turn the Divided States of America into the Reunited State of America.
Praise for America: Unite or Die
“America: Unite or Die is a must-read for anyone interested in politics and governing or in the current dysfunction of our political system. Douglas Schoen and Carly Cooperman are great scholars and practitioners of American politics. They are two of the country’s finest pollsters and strategists who have seen it all—from advising presidents in the White House to analyzing the voters in the precincts across America. The polarization in this country today is explained clearly. Every citizen who cares about this extraordinary country of ours should read this book and be enlightened about what’s going on around them.”
—Ed Rollins, former assistant to President Reagan for political and governmental affairs, and former co-chairman to the National Republican Congressional Committee
“As we, the Divided States of America, work towards becoming the Reunited States of America, America: Unite or Die is a critical roadmap that shows us how to get there together, achieving a bipartisan unity that is urgently needed today.”
—Evan Bayh, former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator (Democrat, Indiana)