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By Jesse "Burgerm'n" Radin on October 26, 2015

I want Kristen Bell. I want Anonymous Losers to stop stalking me. I'll settle for Kristen Bell, the stalkers never stop anyway!

E.J. Dionne's book "Why Americans Hate Politics" is well-written and educational without any major biases. Most of what is written is historical without embellishment. While lately he has written many rather biased online columns that have earned him (sometimes deserved) derision from conservative commenters whenever they spot his articles, this book is well-written, well-researched and unlike many similar political books from the 90s, it doesn't have cheesy jokes, outlandish opinions, or outrageous attacks on politicians or other pundits. 

It's a breath of fresh air when compared to books from people like Bill O'Reilly, Michael Moore, Ann Coulter, and Al Franken. However, while he provides the reader with a good description of various political movements from the 1940s to the late 1980s, his solutions seem rather short-sighted and idealistic.

A good example of this shows Dionne's over-simplification of public opinion polls. He stats that 60% of Americans identify as pro-choice, but that 60% of Americans also support things like parental notification and bans on late-term abortions, and thus there can be common ground on that normally divisve issue.

It doesn't detract from the reading experience, but this "solution" of his shows an ignorance of polls and percentages that leaves me dobuting whether he really knows what would work in the real world. Simply stating that 60% of Americans are in favor of two solutions does not mean that 60% of Americans FAVOR both of the solutions.

.6 * .6 = .36, or in other words: Assuming the two opinions are independent there is about a 36% chance that someone would be in favor of both solutions.

If he had more research other than a couple of cherry-picked polls to support his "third way" on abortion issues, I would be more inclined to show interest.

Overall, this is an interesting book and a good read if you're looking to get a good overview of the past 50-60 years of American politics. But if you're looking for solutions to the problems Dionne describes, you won't find too many here. It's up to us to find those solutions, I suppose. 

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