Are Americans Suffering From Political Vertigo?
Political Analyst Dennis Haugh Says "Yes."
Author Bio | About the Book
The effects of the American people on our government, which Dennis Haugh refers to as Political Vertigo, is not a new thing. Listen what Thomas Jefferson said nearly 200 years ago:
I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
Retired USAF Brigadier General Malham M. Wakin, Ph.D. introduces us to Dennis Haugh and tries to explain the author's intention with his book:
"Dennis Haugh is an American patriot, experienced master computer scientist, and very concerned citizen who, like many other American citizens today, is concerned about the political structure and enduring safety and future of the United States. In his book he reviews the classic beginnings of our republic and some of the great political and philosophical forbears whose influence forged our Constitution and ultimate way of life. He proposes that some of the foresight and wisdom of our constitutional founders has been neglected or diminished in modern times. He finds the current American political climate dangerous and neglectful of the early wisdom of our philosophical and political forbears and regrets the negative influences of the current educational structure in America. He attempts to utilize the best of our classical and constitutional heritage with suggestions for revitalizing our educational and political structures based on the wisdom of our greatest thinkers and motivated by a sophisticated and concerned love of country. If you are struggling with concerns for the current political life of our country, you may find some helpful reflections and ways forward presented here in his version of Political Vertigo."
Haugh says he started writing Political Vertigo believing we needed to fix our government. While writing his book, he came to the realization that we need to fix society. In particular, we must restore the “middle” as Aristotle understood it, not the way we try to define the middle class by dollars.
Dr. Wakin literally wrote the book, Integrity First. That phrase is the first of the U.S. Air Force’s core values – which describe Aristotle’s “arete”.
But integrity requires the courage and self-discipline to openly accept the consequences of our actions. Likewise, patience requires self-discipline. In our modern world, we are bombarded with information overload and “sound bites”. Without the patience to look deeper than sound bites, we leave ourselves open to manipulation and actions contrary to our own good. Self-governance requires better.
Haugh goes on to say: