The renewal of American politics seems like a pipe dream to some, what with the current economic issues and the uproar of the upcoming presidential elections. Vitriol appears to be a mainstay in the mouths of opposing parties and their supporters, making the current political climate ugly, but can't we do better? Bill Bradley is a practical man with humble beginnings, but his launch into NBA stardom put him on the map for bigger and better things, straight into American politics. It's thanks to that, that we're able to read this bestselling author's new work. We Can All Do Better takes readers on a sort of stroll down memory lane with pieces of accurate American history and economic genius.
What stood out most in this book is Bradley's points-of-view and expert insight on relations between the U.S. and China. While political rhetoric from some parties tend to exaggerate China as a military power, it will most likely prove to be a formidable opponent where it hurts the most -- economically. While China's defense budget is growing, it's nowhere near as large as the United States or even the United Kingdom and Brazil. Meanwhile their economic stability is strengthening while it appears to be dwindling in the Western world.
Bill Bradley is right; We can all do better.
As Americans we should realize that funding wars while lowering taxes for the richest in our country is only going to put us farther behind as countries like China rise in the ranks of economic power. With unemployment numbers dropping only slowly and the upper crust of society rabble-rousing about paying their fair share, no wonder the rich culture of China is catching up and passing us in this imaginary global rat race.
In We Can All Do Better, Bill Bradley points out that both the democrats and republicans are at odds with two different ideologies. In actuality, we should embrace a combination of both ideologies; to be giving and compassionate while being able to accept responsibility for ourselves. Maybe if more people embraced this philosophy, the political climate would calm down and Americans can begin focusing on the economic issues we are facing -- instead of dooming ourselves to repeating history over and over again.