Review: Getting a Grip–Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad

Getting a Grip

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5.0 out of 5 stars Frances Moore Lappe for Vice President!

September 17, 2007

Frances Moore Lappe

Frances Lappe Moore has my vote for Vice President–2008 *must* see the Republic “get a grip.”

This book will be handed out to 250 individuals representing Foundations, United Nations elements, other Non-Governmental Organizations, and US military leaders who are focused on Stabilization, Reconstruction, Humanitarian Assistance, and Disaster Relief. I met the author in the process of putting the four-day program together, and feel very fortunate that she will be speaking to these leaeders who will be discussing nothing less than how to redirect 1 trillion plus a year through the creation of compelling decision-support on the ten destabilizing threats, the twelve policies from Agriculture to Water that must be harmonized, all to the end of helping the eight major players avoid our mistakes.

This is a brilliant Nobel Peace Prize level of work, and I note with interest that the author has received the “Alternative Nobel,”the Right Livelihood Award. She will be the first person to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Earth Intelligence Network and Transpartisan Policy Institute.

This book can read and appreciated at multiple levels from strategic to tactical. I list some other books below, but this book is now at the top of short list of books important for all time. If I could make a wish, it would be that every American voter read this book and share this book and enter into the active listening active dialog mode that the author outlines in clear terms. In combination with Reuniting American and with the Naitonal Initiative for Democracy, I believe that we have a real chance of taking about the power and implementing the author’s program.

Frances Moore Lappe as Presideent, and The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation’s Most Ordinary Citizen as Vice President, with a Transpartisan Cabinet that includes great leaders from all political parties; that produces a balanced sustainable budget before election, and that DEMANDS an Electoral Reform Act prior to November 20008, is in my view totally possible, totally credible, and quite certain of restoring America the Beautiful.

I’ve read and favorably reviewed other books by this author, and the supplemental readings I suggest below, but this specific book is a gift to all of us, and all the more likely to be appreciated now that we have all experienced the naked immorality of Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency and the complete ineptitude and lack of moral courage of the Democratic-led The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Institutions of American Democracy) where every Senator and Representative is impeachable for Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders.

Other books I recommend:
The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World That Works for All
All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity (BK Currents)
Escaping the Matrix: How We the People can change the world
The Tao of Abundance: Eight Ancient Principles for Living Abundantly in the 21st Century (Arkana)
A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People

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