Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts From the Heart of America
Homegrown Democrat A Few Plain Thoughts From the Heart of America Author:Garrison Keillor In a book that is at once deeply personal and intellectually savvy, Homegrown Democrat is a celebration of liberalism as the "politics of kindness." In his inimitable style, Keillor draws on a lifetime of experience amongst the hardworking, God- fearing people of the Midwest and pays homage to the common code of civic necessities tha... more »t arose from the left: Protect the social compact. Defend the powerless. Maintain government as a necessary force for good. As Keillor tells it, these are articles of faith that are being attacked by hard-ass Republican tax cutters who believe that human misery is a Dickensian fiction. In a blend of nostalgic reminiscence, humorous meditation, and articulate ire, Keillor asserts the values of his boyhoodthe values of Lake Wobegon that do not square with the ugly narcissistic agenda at work in the country today. A thoughtful, wonderfully written book, Homegrown Democrat is Keillors love letter to liberalism, the older generation, John F. Kennedy, the University of Minnesota, and the yellow-dog Democrat city of St. Paul that is sure to amuse and inspire Americans just when they need it most.« less
Kathleen B. (waughter) reviewed Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts From the Heart of America on
Keillor is always a great storyteller, and in this tells the story of being a Democrat and what that has meant--and means--to him.
I'd venture that even more moderate Republicans would have to agree with his understandings of American claims to neighborliness and responsibility.
Readers of all stripes might also be surprised to discover in Keillor's accurate cataloguing the many important features of modern American life that were brought into being by caring Democrats. He describes historic sensibilities of how Americans felt they should treat each other, and clearly wants us all to remember and act on those sensibities today.