“Gary Hart’s The Republic of Conscience is a thought-provoking analysis of modern American democracy and how powerful special interests have impacted our national security and civil society. It’s a must-read from one of the brightest minds of his generation.”
—Senator John McCain
“Gary Hart may be out of office but he’ s not out of ideas. This provocative analysis is a welcome addition to the national dialogue that should take place in both parties, the news media and the electorate as we head into another presidential election with a political system so broken it is shameful.”
This is a passionate and powerful plea for us Americans to recover the democratic-republican principles of the founders, a plea that is made all the more effective by the book’s clear and forceful prose. The idealism that runs through the book is not utopian; it is firmly grounded in the extensive civic experience of the author and in his clear-eyed appreciation of the realities of our twenty-first century world. It’s a very persuasive book.
—Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way Professor of History Emeritus, Brown University
A self-proclaimed “political fundamentalist” and staunch proponent for the reformation of the “massively corrupt” congressional structure, [Hart] intelligently appraises government first from a historical context, referencing the Constitution, the ideals of past presidents, Federalists, and even foreign theorists like Machiavelli. He contrasts this with an astute discussion on the decline in moral authority of 21st-century governmental policy and procedure, and he places blame on the country’s foreign entanglements, its accepted “burden of policing the world,” deteriorating social justice, and an imbalance of security and liberty—none of which our pragmatic forebears ever intended. Hart is insistent that the only way to improve our governmental track record is to restrategize with progressive thinking, the reconciliation of current political policies, and a divergence from the concentrated economic powers that have such an undue influence on members of Congress and other politicians … Hart’s impassioned plea for reform seeks to empower political compatriots to rethink the direction of U.S. governance, thus closing “the gap between promise and performance.” A proactive appeal to restore confidence in the American republic. –Kirkus