On this page, we will provide a working (e.g., dynamically updated) annotated list of resources we have discovered in the course of producing Reconnecting to the American Promise. Many of these resources are cited in the blog posts or serve as background research we use. From time-to-time we’ll update the list to make it more readable, but we intend for this to be a shared working space for authors and readers of RAP resources that may help in conversations about the importance of the American Center.
As there are precious few Centered resources these days, some of these works may express predominantly “Red” or “Blue” perspectives. Nonetheless, they can be valuable in helping to document and achieve the balance of the Center we seek in this effort. Sometimes we will see where an author will make a very balanced argument, but then we see that author strain to pay deference to “his” or “her” political base; if we feel this reduces the credibility of their overall work as a contributor to the Center, we’ll attempt to point that out.
This lists below will grow as the RAP effort matures and more readers contribute.
The Party is Over, by Mike Lofgren, Viking, New York, 2012. Lofgren writes about his observations from nearly 30 years of service as a congressional staffer for Republican Representatives and Senators, and how in his view the Republican party became “radicalized” and the Democratic party became “passive”.
Reflections of a Radical Moderate, by Elliot Richardson, Pantheon, New York, 1996. Richardson, the former US Attorney General, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, and career public servant reflects on the importance of balanced, centered service to the nation.
Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor, by Richard R. Beeman, Basic Books, New York, 2013. Beeman recounts the interactions and impressions of key Founding Fathers in the critical years 1774-1776 leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The Second Machine Age, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, Norton, New York, 2014. The authors examine the past, present and future of technology and technology policy to provide insights on how to look at the changes and innovations in cyberspace and information technology are affecting our culture and our politics.
Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution, by Richard R. Beeman, Random House, NY, 2009. Beeman narrates the story of the writing and ratification of our American Constitution in 1787-1790, including brief overviews of the efforts of the writers of the “Federalist Papers” and the “Antifederalist Papers” as well as the labors involved in state approvals of perhaps our most precious national resource.
An additional resource for many more documents important to our nation’s heritage is located at 100 Milestone Documents.
“The Online Library of Liberty,” provides access to many documents written and published by the Founding Fathers and other “Key Figures in American Liberty.” This was also the source for The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume I.
The Pew Research Center provides rich insights from studies of various social phenomena in the United States and around the world.
A Concise Review of World and US History “Go Social Studies Go.” This site provides easily accessible reviews of important World and US History and perspectives on the world’s major religions and faiths.
Science Enhanced Network Domains and Secure Social Spaces (SENDS). This site highlights perspectives on leadership and education in cyberspace.
National Affairs Magazine. This online and hardcopy magazine source of primarily conservative perspectives offers positions that point towards the importance of an increasingly relevant Center of America.
A National Strategic Narrative. Referenced in various RAP posts, this website introduces the depth of the National Strategic Narrative that offers to inform the development of more connected and inclusive strategy and policy for our nation. The full text of the Narrative and links to many other areas of interest to the future of America are contained on this site.
There are many valuable sources of traditional newspaper and magazine content providing insight about the Center, although every publication we have encountered tends to express editorial positions that align more with either the “left” or the “right” as opposed to the Center. The primary authors of RAP do admittedly rely on The Washington Post and New York Times as generalized newspapers and The Atlantic magazine as a traditional news and commentary source, among many others–these sources have served the community for many decades. We point this out in what we hope is an expression of total transparency!