Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change

AuthorHouse, 2008 M01 24 - 256 páginas

As author of Citizen Power in 1971, Senator Mike Gravel determined that much of what he wrote then is apropos in America today; hence, the release of Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change that reflects the accuracy of his evaluation of problems then, his current position on a number of issues facing America now, and the process that Americans can undertake to become empowered as lawmakers in partnership with their elected officials.


Most chapters of Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change present material from the original book, as well as new information and revised positions. The exceptions are Chapter 2: The National Initiative, and Chapter 7: The War on Drugs. All other chapters cover similar topics in both books, but with the senator’s fresh insights for today’s world. Each chapter ends with how the National Initiative, once enacted, could help solve the problems presented in that chapter.


The Table of Contents is as follows:


Chapter 1 – Now It’s the Citizen’s Turn

Chapter 2 – The National Initiative

Chapter 3 – America’s Failure in Education

Chapter 4 – Tax Reform – The Fair Tax

Chapter 5 – The Health Security System

Chapter 6 – National Environmental & Energy Policy

Chapter 7 – The War on Drugs

Chapter 8 – Crime & Punishment

Chapter 9 – The Shroud of Secrecy

Chapter 10 – American Imperialism

Chapter 11 – Global Governance

Chapter 12 – Who Stole the American Dream?


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A 2008 presidential candidate, Mike Gravel served in the U.S. Senate from Alaska for 12 years, from 1969 to 1981. He scored many notable achievements as a senator beginning in his freshman term when, in 1971, he waged a successful one-man filibuster for five months that forced the Nixon Administration to cut a deal ending the draft in the United States.


Senator Gravel is most prominently known for his release of The Pentagon Papers, the 7,000-page secret official document that revealed the government’s lies and manipulation that misled the country into the Vietnam War. The release of The Pentagon Papers and the ensuing lawsuits precipitated the end of the United States’ involvement in that quagmire.


In 1973, Senator Gravel introduced an amendment authorizing the construction of the Alaska pipeline. At the time, the amendment passed the Senate by a single vote. However, since then, the Alaska pipeline has been responsible for as much as 20% of the U.S. oil supply.


After serving in the Senate, Senator Gravel went on to found the Democracy Foundation, Philadelphia II, and Direct Democracy, non-profit corporations dedicated to the establishment of direct democracy in the United States through the enactment of the National Initiative for Democracy by American voters.

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