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by Stephen J. Natoli
Liberally Speaking—Why Liberalism Is Right For America, by Stephen J. Natoli, Paperback ISBN 9780828325714 $19.95; E-Book ISBN 9780828325738 $9.99
At the Second Inauguration, Professor Stephen Natoli stood about 200 yards from President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. With a crowd of more than 900,000, Stephen joyfully celebrated the re-election of President Obama, the first American President of African American descent--for good reasons: In the first term, the President’s liberal principles had achieved what they so often do in American society: progress on the path to tolerance and equality, strong economic recovery from another recession caused by conservative trickle-down foolishness, and stories of success in international diplomacy, despite obstinate and interminable opposition from Republicans.
President Obama’s inaugural words, in the eyes of the author, reveal a real triumph: “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work, when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.” It was this creed that inspired Stephen and the millions of other Americans like him, who gave our President their enthusiastic political, personal, and financial support.
In this book, Professor Natoli confidently analyzes the successes of America’s liberal Left; he also makes a case on the need for America to continue on the road paved by giants such as Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy in the past, Mr. Obama today, and all Americans who believe in the liberal vision of a society that puts people first in the pursuit of peace, freedom, prosperity and genuine equality for all.
Stephen J. Natoli is Professor of History at College of the Sequoias. He holds degrees in History and Political Science from Claremont McKenna College and graduate degrees in Education from Claremont Graduate School and History from California State University, Fullerton. An activist for many years, Professor Natoli is faculty advisor for the college’s Young Democrats Club and was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by his county Democratic Party. He lives in Visalia, California with his wife Joan. They have two grown daughters.
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