Accountable. Making America as Good as Its Promise by Tavis Smiley

By Tavis Smiley

Accountable presents real-life examples of the way an important concerns -- together with health and wellbeing care, schooling, the economic climate, unequal justice, and the surroundings -- occur themselves in our groups. The ebook demonstrates the pressing have to carry politicians and ourselves accountable, as the stakes have by no means been larger. Accountable examines present-day stipulations and the results for the US. At its center, this booklet is a device with which the neighborhood can overview the successes or disasters of its political leaders and of itself. This insightful booklet recognizes the error of the prior whereas providing desire and concept for a greater destiny.

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Twelve-year-old Deamonte had a toothache. But she was more focused on frantically trying to find a dental surgeon willing to help DaShawn, who needed six teeth extracted. She waited from October 5 to January 16 for a dentist willing to take Medicaid for “emergency” care. 33 A few weeks later, he died. Because Deamonte could not get an $80 extraction, he ended up with a brain infection, a six-week stint in Children’s Hospital, two surgeries resulting in $250,000 worth of unpaid medical bills for taxpayers to bear, and—most regrettably—a death certificate.

A critical goal of ACCOUNTABLE is to identify how citizens together can plant a flag in that land we know as Common Ground. We flesh out that goal by opening each chapter with stories of individual citizens facing the challenges our country is grappling with as a whole. Too often we talk abstractly about health care, the environment, education, and criminal justice. Stories remind us that we are not alone in the world, that we should not consider the problems facing our nation without trying to understand and empathize with the people dealing with these problems.

During the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, while I was still the resident political commentator on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, I caused quite a stir among the listeners—who are largely African American—by insisting that we hold then-Senator Barack Obama accountable for both his political record and his campaign promises. I wasn’t singling him out, but rather applying the same standard to him that we should apply to all. I feel now, as I did then, that it is our responsibility as engaged citizens to expect now-President Obama to live up to the promises that made him an appealing candidate.

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