Former longtime U.S. congressman, respected author, and popular television host, John Kasich tackles head-on the erosion of long-standing, hard-earned values upon which our nation is built.
"Honesty, integrity, personal responsibility, faith, humility, accountability, compassion, forgiveness...These are our American values, our common denominators..." Drawing on his childhood growing up in blue-collar McKees Rocks, PA, his college years, his Washington career, and his most recent turn in the private sector, Kasich reminds us of the fundamental principles that are our American legacy.
In blunt, straight-shooting tones, he reveals new ways to hold our government officials accountable for their actions, and how to pressure sports figures to start living up to their role model status. He encourages us to have the gumption to be morally responsible business leaders who look beyond the bottom line, and shows us how courageous people of faith have helped transform their communities. He inspires parents to improve their children's schools, reminding us that our educational institutions need dollars and sense to compete on a global scale.
And, saving the "best" for last, he takes on American popular culture, including the media, and asks us to use our wallets, the free press, and our own good judgment to protest all that is offensive in the current American way of life. Leadership starts with you, Kasich tells us. "We all share the power to grow and change and reimagine the world," he writes. "If you see something happening that sets you off, rise up and do something about it."John Kasich's book is a rallying cry for all Americans that will make us think and-most important-make us get out of our easy chairs and Stand for Something.
Kasich writes the way he speaks on his Fox News talk show. This former Ohio Republican congressman addresses the nation's lack of moral fiber in his latest book (after Courage Is Contagious). America has abandoned "honesty, integrity, personal responsibility, faith, humility, accountability, compassion, forgiveness," he laments, and the result is both a lack of leadership and "profound societal drift." Kasich decries the ruination of government, sports, business, religion, education and popular culture. But unlike many other conservative talking heads, Kasich takes a more conciliatory than bitterly partisan tone. He praises liberal Democrats for their steadfastness and decency if not their programs and deplores the increasing divisiveness of partisan politics. When discussing national political debates, especially as they play out in the oversimplified red state blue state split, Kasich writes with insider knowledge (he served in Congress for 18 years), but his sermonizing cultural commentary that makes up half the book lacks that authority. "I'm not a moralizer," he writes, as he details his horror over a Roots CD and the Coen brothers' movie Fargo, which he harassed Blockbuster to ban from its shelves. Family values proponents will find their views confirmed in this call for personal accountability.
Good book for America and You!
This is an inspiring book based on Johh’s life and beliefs. It gives great examples of how we can all tak a stand for something and make life better!