The Character of American Democracy
Preserving Our Past, Protecting Our Future
Published by: Indiana University Press
168 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in
- Published: September 2020
- Published: September 2020
- Published: September 2020
- Published: September 2020
"We live in an age that demonstrates the powerful need for ethics in government. Democracy is a privilege that carries with it important responsibilities for the people and their representatives. As we look back on this era and determine the future of this nation, Dr. Long Thompson's book will be a resource for Americans who are seeking ways to secure our democracy and our future as a nation." Congressman John Lewis, Georgia's 5th District.
Ethical leadership, steeped in integrity and fairness, matters. The future of our nation and our world depends upon the quality of America's character. In this uncompromising, absorbing look at our government and society today, Jill Long Thompson persuasively argues that we all have a meaningful role to play in shaping America's character and future. The citizenry, as well as their elected officials, are responsible for protecting fairness of participation and integrity in elections, as well as in the adoption and execution of laws. In this troubling time when the public is losing trust and confidence in our government, Jill Long Thompson shows us a bipartisan way forward.
Foreword (Marcy Kaptur)
Introduction: Ethics are Fundamental to Democracy
Chapter 1: American Character
Chapter 2: Decision-Making with Character
Chapter 3: The Habit of Leading with Character
Chapter 4: Ethics and Democracy
Chapter 5: Democracy, Ethics, and Capitalism
Chapter 6: The American's Character
Conclusion: Strength of Character – Strength of Union
Professor Long Thompson understands that ethical behavior is part of the foundation of our society. Ethical behavior contributes to thoughtful discussion of diverse opinions and a productive and just country. Her understanding goes beyond disciplinary silos and calls for ethical behavior by everyone, not just elected officials and business leaders. She knows ethical behavior is instrumental to our daily activities, not an abstract concept. Professor Long Thompson calls on all of us to behave ethically and hold our leaders accountable if we want to protect our democracy.~Andrew Downs, Director, Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, Purdue University Fort Wayne
In her book The Character of American Democracy, Jill Long Thompson has written a bible for public service. She makes clear that the nation is facing a serious ethical crisis. Our forefathers created this nation because they believed in the character of the American people. In the political turmoil of our time, we have lost our way – our moral compass. But the strength of America lies in the spirit and character of our people. In a system of checks and balances, Jill believes that the ultimate check is the character and ethics of the American people. For the sake of our country, we pray she is right.~The Honorable Leon Panetta
The Character of American Democracy is a must-read for every person who values the ideals upon which our nation was founded. There has never been a more urgent time for us to look in the mirror and candidly assess how we are running our country. It is an awesome responsibility we all share. The Character of American Democracy provides us insight and guidance on how do it better.~The Honorable Marcy Kaptur
Whether it has been in the political, governmental, academic or personal world, it was always clear to me that Jill Long Thompson has made the effort to comport herself with the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and character. Now she makes a strong, timely, and convincing argument on why we as a country need to refocus on these standards, and how we can do that. Not only should we expect more from our political and business leaders, but we need to challenge ourselves, in our personal behavior, to do better as well. The future of our 'experiment in democracy' depends on what we decide and what we do.~The Honorable Paul Helmke
The Character of American Democracy is a timely and essential overview of what ordinary citizens and elected officials alike are called upon to do in a democracy that is fueled by a capitalist economy.~Nuvo
The Character of American Democracy a must-read for everyone who cares about civility and ethics in politics and public affairs.~Charles Taylor, Managing Director, Bowen Center for Public Affairs, Ball State University
The years of the Trump Administration have perhaps deadened America's sensitivity to norms of behavior and governance and to the imperative of ethical conduct. If we have, in Daniel Patrick Moynihan's term, defined deviancy down, it is urgent that raise our ethical standards back up, in government, business and throughout our society. These standards are the glue that keeps us together and brings legitimacy to the decisions our lawmakers and others leaders make. Jill Long Thompson, who knows from deep experience whereof she speaks, provides the roadmap and the imperative to gain back the character of our American democracy.~Norman Ornstein, American Enteprise Institute, and co-author of One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.
This book is a good read for all Americans. Dr. Long Thompson has set an example for all of us in her remarkable career as politician and academician. In this book, she provides an instructive and insightful perspective on the role character plays in democracy. She convincingly argues that all of us, ordinary citizens and leaders alike, play the crucial role in ensuring fairness, integrity, and transparency to preserve and protect our country.~The Honorable Lee Hamilton
Who would have ever thought we would witness a domestic insurrection at the United States Capitol that claimed the lives of five people? The guardrails of democracy held, but just barely. How we got here demands a deep examination of the American political experiment. And that's precisely what we get from Jill Long Thompson's book The Character of American Democracy. Long Thompson excavates and examines words and ideas sorely missing from our debate and dialogue, like ethics, character, fairness, integrity. Most importantly, Long Thompson shows us a way forward. This book is a manifesto for how elected officials and citizens all can and should play a role in ensuring free and fair elections and promoting public policy that serves the greater good. We hear and read a lot about how broken our system seems to be. Refreshingly, Long Thompson provides a manual of how to fix and firm up the foundation of our democracy so that we can avoid future insurrections.~Mark McKinnon, political advisor, reform advocate, media columnist, producer and co-host of 'The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth' on Showtime.
We live in an age that demonstrates the powerful need for ethics in government. Democracy is a privilege that carries with it important responsibilities for the people and their representatives. As we look back on this era and determine the future of this nation, Dr. Long Thompson's book will be a resource for Americans who are seeking ways to secure our democracy and our future as a nation.~The Honorable John Lewis
Dr. Long Thompson's book makes a persuasive case for not only the importance of ethics in leadership, but also the critical role that laws and policies play in supporting and encouraging such ethical behavior.~Sam Berger, vice president of democracy and government reform at The Center for American Progress
The Character of American Democracy Virtual Book Launch
On September 15, 2020, Jill Long Thompson celebrated the launch of her very new publication, The Character of American Democracy. Featuring special guests including Secretary Leon Panetta, Secretary Dan Glickman, the Honorable Lee Hamilton, the Honorable Paul Helmke, the Honorable Marcy Kaptur, and the Honorable Richard Painter—they discuss the book and its implications for the future of our democracy.
Make America Ethical Again: Rebuilding the Public Trust
American Family Farmer Podcast features The Character of American Democracy | 01/14/21
Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfsrm.com begins with a new study that where the best and worst states to start new farms. Then, we meet American politician, educator and author Dr. Jill Lynette Long Thompson. Until 2015 she was board chair and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration, a position to which she was appointed by President Barack Obama. In her book "The Character of American Democracy Preserving Our Past, Protecting Our Future," she makes the case that ethical leadership and an ethical citizenry are essential to democracy. Finally, host Doug asks the question, "why do Family Farmers have to hold second jobs to make ends meet?"Listen to "01/14/21 - The Character of American Democracy" on Spreaker.