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If the gods had meant us to vote they would have given us candidates : more political subversion from Jim Hightower, author of There's nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes & dead armadillos
Hightower, Jim, 1943-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiii, 354 pages ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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E885 .H558 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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If anything, in this presidential election special, he's madder than ever!

In his earlier bestseller, There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos, Hightower only began to tap into the deep yearning that Americans have for a new politics that speaks to them from a real-world, kitchen-table perspective. Now, with the year 2000 being an especially significant marker for contemplating our country's direction, not only for the new year but for the new century and the new millennium, it's time for citizens to reclaim their political, economic, and cultural heritage.

Leading the way with his hilariously irreverent yet profoundly serious book is our name-naming, podium-pounding, point-them-in-the-right-direction populist, Hightower himself. He whacks conventional wisdom right upside the head,showing,with startling facts and compelling personal stories, that despite a so-called period of prosperity, America's middle class is getting mugged, and that far from being ordained by the gods,globalization is globaloney! Hightower rips the mass off of the candidates, the parties, the consultants, and especially the moneyed powers whoa re supporting all of the leading presidential hopefuls. he's mad about them all--but what he's maddest about, what really gets his goat,is that they are all the same! To paraphrase Jim, American politicians are alike because they don't come cheap. In fact, they're all very expansive. which is why only the rich can own them and why their allegiance is definitely not to regular,worka-day citizens.

No one is spared in this insightful and engaging blend of horror and success stories, hard-hitting commentary, laugh-out-loud humor, useful facts, and sparkling language. An equal opportunity muckraker and conscientious agitator for "We the people," Hightower inspires us to take charge again, to build a new politics, and, together, to build a better tomorrow. Jim Hightower's If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates proves yet again that his is a uniquely wise and peerlessly singular voice in the maelstrom of political prattle.

Author Notes

Jim Hightower, America's most popular populist, is a bestselling author, radio commentator, public speaker, and all-around political sparkplug whose credo is "You can fight the gods and still have fun." Twice elected to statewide office in Texas, he has long battled the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought to Be: working families, consumers, the environment, small businesses, and just plain folks. He publishes a monthly political newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

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Booklist Review

No, populist Hightower isn't recommending we all stay home from the polls in November. But his latest screed is intended to convince readers that "2000 will be like '98, '96, '94, and '92--another money-soaked, corporate-driven, issue-avoiding, made-for-television snoozer, completely unconnected to real life," and that this will change only if those who care about democracy begin organizing and agitating to rein in the arrogant corporations that control the current system. Hightower skewers presidential front-runners Bush, Gore, and Bradley, traces the rise of soft money and issue advocacy, and dissects Jesse Ventura's Minnesota gubernatorial victory and the cross-country campaign finance reform walk of Granny D. What Hightower won't let mainstream politicians forget is that the economic trends of the last 12 years have produced the "mugging of the middle class." In his final chapter, Hightower makes the case that corporations gained their legal invulnerability late in U.S. history, and that the twenty-first century would benefit from exercising some of the skepticism toward corporations that the Founding Fathers expressed. --Mary Carroll

Library Journal Review

Politics? Humor? Talk-show host talk. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Part 1 Election 2000: A Space Odyssey
Oh, God!p. 3
Clinton's Last Erectionp. 27
Dragging a Sackp. 43
Beelzebub's Buzzwordsp. 55
Plutocracy Is Not Government by a Far-Off Planetp. 67
You Don't Matterp. 77
Go, Granny, Go!p. 105
Part 2 Some Say We Need a Third Party, I Wish We Had a Second One
Some Say We Need a Third Party, I Wish We Had a Second Onep. 123
Return of the Robber Baronsp. 173
Globalization Is Globaloneyp. 225
Part 3 This Land Is Your Land
This Land Is Your Landp. 307
Connectionsp. 341
Indexp. 345