As If We Were Grownups: A Collection of "Suicidal" Political Speeches That Aren't

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What if our political leaders started talking to us as if we were grownups? That depends on who you ask. America's top political consultants tell their candidates that honest, realistic talk — talk that sidesteps the good old smiley-faced clichés, that reflects some of the complexities of today's issues, that holds voters accountable for their own actions and decisions instead of automatically praising them — will buy them nothing but heartburn on the campaign trail and a one-way ticket back to private life. In this collection of provocative speeches that high-priced consultants would call politically suicidal, Jeff Golden challenges that "realistic" cynicism head on. We are more than ready for leadership that treats us like responsible adults, he says. We are hindering for it.

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Jeff Golden is host of public radio's The Jefferson Exchange. He lives in Oregon.

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The wonder of these pages is that they push outward the limits of what’s possible in a fresh fascinating way -- Barbara Roberts, former governor of Oregon, political science Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Portland State University

This potent book comes along at one of the most critical times in American history. -- Jean Houston, Ph.D, author of Jump Time and The Possible Human, Director of International Programs in Social Artistry

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