The Land of Flickering Lights is a unique contribution to American political writing at this or any other time. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado lifts a veil on the inner workings of Congress to reveal “through a series of actual stories—about the people, the politics, the motives, the money, the hypocrisy, the stakes, the outcomes—the pathological culture of the capital and the consequences for us all.”
Bennet unfolds the dramatic backstory behind five episodes crucial to the well-being of all Americans. Each exemplifies the hyper-partisan politics that have upended our democracy:
• The highly politicized confirmation battles over judicial nominations at all levels;
• The passage of the Trump tax cut, which massively increased our national debt and widened economic inequality across the country;
• The shredding of the Iran nuclear deal, which undermined our longstanding bipartisan tradition in foreign policy and our national security;
• The pervasive corruption unleashed by “dark money” in politics and why it has caused inaction on climate change and much else;
• The sabotage by a congressional minority of the “Gang of Eight’s” bipartisan deal to reform our immigration policies, which would have resolved the issues we face today.
With frankness and refreshing candor, Bennet pulls the machinations behind these episodes into full public view, shedding vital new light on our political dysfunction today. Arguing that each of us has a duty to act as a founder, he will inspire Americans of all political persuasions to demand that the “winners” of our political battles be all the American people, not one party or the other.