Off Center, The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson; 2005;$25.00; 261 pages; Yale University Press, New Haven, CT; 0-300-10870-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 7/31/15-8/7/15

The authors show that the polarization of the two major parties in the United States is not the result of equal movement away from the center but by the Republicans sprinting as far to the right as they can.  The authors walk us through that sprint at a pace that allows us to see how often and how far the right will go to pander to the wealthy.  They point out how they use the rules to sell us on things that good for us in the moment but will bite us in the rear a few years down the road.  Wait until you hear some of the ways they have taken the rules and warped them to fit their own special wants.

Grade A

Did I learn something?  Yes that the poor & middle classes have to rise up and stand up for themselves.  There are many more of us than there are the wealthy.  One place we can make our voices heard is in elections, urge people who think you to run for office.  Campaign for people who stand what you stand for, not just on one issue, but across a broad spectrum of issues.  Inform yourself, seek out information, the mainstream media is controlled by corporations and will not give you the truth, it will be tilted one way or another.

What is with the title of the review?  For too many years we have let money talk.  We need to make our voices heard and we can do that by voting for the candidate of your choice.  *Some states like Oregon (where I live) make it so you don’t even have to get dressed or go anywhere to vote.  Fill out your ballot and drop in the mail and you’re good to go.