Bruce Weinsoft:

This carefully thought out and exceptionally well written work should appeal to every thinking person who cares about the ever present gridlock in the American political system and the future history of this country.  With an educational background in political science and law, I found “America Adrift” a particularly absorbing book. But the reader need not have that background at all.  Mr Rosencrantz carefully and intelligently analyzes what, in his metaphor, is a ship (the nation) floating aimlessly and adrift in unchartered waters, failing to fulfill the promise that our Constitution refers to in “promoting the general welfare”.  More to the point, the author details the wide variety of factors, including the politics of fear and the uses and abuses of belief-based ideals, that heavily influence the competing interests that dominate the contemporary American political system — a system that falls victim too often to special interests and that fails to address the actual needs of our diverse population.
In a step by step approach, Mr. Rosencrantz leads the reader through an intriguing discussion of the psychology of the presentation and indoctrination of views and positions by American political parties and politicians.  He addresses the failures of all branches of government (the executive, the legislative and the judiciary) to work harmoniously in the best interests of the country as a whole instead of in the best interests of specific groups and special interests.  He brings to the reader’s attention many obvious facets of American life that many fail to understand, such as the biased, distorted or hidden agenda treatment of current events by various news media, the pandering of profit motivated corporate power for wealth building rather than nation building, the constant dilemma of paying for government programs and services through an unfair and non-progressive taxation system that favors the ultra-wealthy at the expense of the working class, the devastating, near sighted lack of judgment of a previous administration (that responded to 9/11 by attacking a country uninvolved in the terrorism brought by air to our largest American city) and many more issues of importance that need to be address in serious dialogue by those who search for solutions based on realistic needs that affect a wide range of people and groups and not based on selfish interests.
Not only does Mr. Rosencrantz lay out in a very readable format the outline and scope of the dilemma and gridlock we face, but he also offers realistic approaches that could refocus this country and its leaders (as well as those who aspire to lead) in the search for solutions and a way out of drifting aimlessly and falling behind many of the emerging world powers.   He prods us on to become involved in local, state, regional and national political life and current affairs, to renew our efforts to promote education for all our citizens, young and old, and to participate meaningfully in political decision making.
Let me make this clear.  “America Adrift” is more than just a criticism of our sad state of affairs.  It is an inspiring call to rethink where we are and where we should be going.  It holds out hope that despite what may appear at first blush to be overwhelming odds and insurmountable obstacles, changes are possible that with growing momentum could affect real change and real progress in setting our national ship on a steady course of worthy growth.
I highly recommend “America Adrift”.

Ronald Ennis, Phd:

America Adrift is a tour de force of American culture focusing on the factors dividing and immobilizing our country. So many authors and pundits today are engaged in the blame game, which only intensifies the anger and division in our country. In contrast, America Adrift is a voice for reconciliation, for coming together to solve our nation’s problems without resort to ideology or political persuasion. The author has a refreshing and much needed perspective about the issues and attitudes that divide us. It borrows from thinking at all points on the spectrum, and provides new insights, to show that there are places where we can find common ground. And he describes approaches we can use, such as the avoidance of labeling and a focus on needs rather than beliefs, which could facilitate dialogue and lead to broadly acceptable solutions. There is so much more to this book, and the author doesn’t just leap into conclusions either. Rather, he lays groundwork by presenting underlying issues first, like the fallibility of belief and the impact of fear upon our politics, so that the subtle factors misguiding us are considered before proceeding. In appealing to a broad audience some may find parts of this early material a bit of a slog, but stay with it. Things pick up dramatically. In the end, this is a book for our times; a real change of course that is vital to our ability to “restore the promise of our democracy” and to overcome the gridlock and division that are holding us back.

Robert Ness:

Lawrence Rosencrantz has written a passionate book describing the reasons for America’s polarization and  a plea for finding common ground. He brings a lawyer’s understanding of our country’s structure and legal underpinings plus some deep thinking about the causes of polarization to his thesis. America needs a return to a democracy focused on the common good.  Those who remember and yearn for an America where its political life was neighborly and respectful will find solace, community, and new ideas in this book.

 

Updated 6/28/2012