DACOR: Soul of a Democrat: The Seven Core Ideals that Made Our Party - and Our Country - Great

Start Date/Time: 
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 09:00
End Date/Time: 
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:00

How did the Democrats get to the morning after Donald Trump's election as president, and what can they do to extricate themselves from their current problems? These are the themes of the new book by DACOR member Thomas Reston, Soul of a Democrat. The fundamental answer, Reston argues, lies in the answer to this question: has the Democratic Party lost its soul? Mr. Reston's book is a meditation on the soul of the Democrats. A longtime Democratic activist with serious questions about the current conversation of the Democrats, Mr. Reston forgoes the usual arguments about the details of policy proposals, the mechanics of group political mobilization, efficiency in government, even the arguments about Trump, and concentrates instead on the great nation-shaping political myths of the Democrats themselves. These are the fundamentals of political strategy, and the fundamentals do not go away. He suggests ways for Democrats to combine often contradictory core ideals and shape them into a new, coherent and idealistic public narrative that can restore their political dominance of the nation. This event costs $25 and includes lunch.