The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda

The Conscience of a Liberal Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda Never separate the lives you live from the words you speak Paul Wellstone told his students at Carleton College where he was professor of political science Wellstone has lived up to his words as the

  • Title: The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda
  • Author: Paul Wellstone
  • ISBN: 9780679462941
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Never separate the lives you live from the words you speak, Paul Wellstone told his students at Carleton College, where he was professor of political science.Wellstone has lived up to his words as the most liberal man in the United States Senate, where for the past decade he has been the voice for improved health care, education, reform, and support for children In this Never separate the lives you live from the words you speak, Paul Wellstone told his students at Carleton College, where he was professor of political science.Wellstone has lived up to his words as the most liberal man in the United States Senate, where for the past decade he has been the voice for improved health care, education, reform, and support for children In this folksy and populist memoir, Wellstone explains why the politics of conviction are essential to democracy.Through humor and heartfelt stories, Paul Wellstone takes readers on an unforgettable journey in a school bus, which he used to campaign for door to door from the fields and labor halls of Minnesota to the U.S Senate, where he is frequently Republican Majority Leader Trent Lott s most vocal nemesis Along the way, he argues passionately for progressive activism, proves why all politics is personal, and explains why those with the deepest commitment to their beliefs win.

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    • Paul Wellstone

      Paul David Wellstone was a two term U.S Senator from the state of Minnesota and member of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party, which is affiliated with the national Democratic Party Before being elected to the Senate in 1990, he was a professor of political science at Carleton College Wellstone was a liberal and a leading spokesman for the liberal wing of the national Democratic Party He served in the Senate from 1991 until his death in a plane crash on 25 October 2002, 11 days before the US senate election in which he was running for a third term His wife, Sheila, and daughter, Marcia, also died in the crash They had two other grown children, David and Mark, who now co chair the Wellstone Action nonprofit group.

    690 thoughts on “The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda

    • What a tremendous man. What a tremendous loss to Minnesota and the nation. Just two points to show how good he was - he voted against authorizing the requested ability to go to war in Iraq, and he presented legislation in the US Senate for single payer health care.Wonderful senator, great humanitarian, tremendous man. Paul, you are sadly missed, but it looks like Al Franken is on the right track.

    • I moved to Minneapolis during the summer of 2002. A friend of mine, upon leaving IU, told me how much I was going to love living in Paul Wellstone's state. Within a short time of living there, I realized that everyone had their own Wellstone story. Be it about meeting him at a coffee shop or seeing him address a group of listeners off the back of the green bus was a movement that I was looking forward to being a part of.Unfortunately, my Wellstone story is going to his memorial service at Willia [...]

    • I seriously cry when I think of this man (Mason Jennings' song does it, too). He's one of the best politicians this country has ever had, mainly because he was a PERSON first. He was passionate and unswerving in his support of what he thought was right, and never bowed to pressures or polls. The untimely death of Paul and Shiela Wellstone is one of the great losses in my lifetime. For reals. metrolyrics/ballad-of-

    • Senator Wellstone's tragic death is a huge loss for the country and the state of Minnesota. His book really pushes the idea of being a senator with convictions. He won his senatorial seat not by out spending his opponent but by not not being afraid of know the needs of his community and by not being political (doing what he believes is right). There is a good amount of explanation on procedural politics in the book where Wellstone will state that several Senators wouldn't support a bill because [...]

    • Despite highlighting how many of the issues we were fighting in the 90s are still with us, this left me optimistic, wanting to support more candidates that are liberal and progressive and knowing that "when we fight, we win". It's a shame that we lost Wellstone to an airplane crash soon after this book was published. He would have been fighting as hard for us today as he was before he was killed if he were still here.

    • Very appropriate reading for today's political climate. Paul Wellstone would be appalled at what has happened to our country, but he would double down and try even harder to fix things.

    • Good book, am re-reading now after having first read this book just before Paul was killed in that plane accident.

    • While I was too young to have known much about Wellstone before he died in the tragic 2002 plane crash, I was old enough to appreciate the cosmic justice when Al Franken recaptured his seat from Norm Coleman in 2008. It should go without saying that Wellstone was one of the few Senators who weren't complete garbage, thanks to his unwavering support for economic fairness, which has been one of the main casualties of the Democratic Party's trans-Clintonian realignment. It's extremely reinvigoratin [...]

    • This book could easily have been written today - were it not of course for the fact that Wellstone died the year after it was written. The issues presented in it are still issues today - and given that I was a child during all of the events he describes, it's actually quite shocking to learn how little progress we've made in 12-20 years. I did not know much about Wellstone or his career prior to reading this, despite being a native Minnesotan (I had just turned 15 a few days before his death) bu [...]

    • Read this when I was 20. Sen. Wellstone was the Bernie Sanders of that era. His life was tragically cut short. I didn't agree with everything in the book, but I recommend that folks read all sides of every issue, and I found this a passionate apologia for progressive liberalism. This is an obvious response of sorts to Barry Goldwater's *The Conscience of a Conservative*. When I say "passionate apologia," I don't suggest that I agree with all of his assertions, but you can't argue with the man's [...]

    • Although this book was dated(Wellstone is deceased.) amazed me in how many of the issues that Wellstone dealt with in the Senate, and how many problems that he predicted have come to fruition. Wellstone was a quick study on the methods of the Senate and knew how to work within the confines of those parameters. His stories of dealing with senators of the opposing party, Dole, Mack, Helms, McCain and those he admired Simon, Harkin, Kennedy made me realize that there at one point in time were those [...]

    • Paul Wellstone was a college professor who taught political science and then became a liberal U.S. Senator. He did this by building a true grassroots campaign, This book is his story. It is primarily a call to activism and a how-to book, by way of example, from his experience.The author believed (he died in a questionable airplane crash, in 2002) "the most important goal is to live a life consistent with the values I hold dear and to act on what I believe in." He also believed that politics is a [...]

    • To state my bias up front, Paul Wellstone has long been the politician that I admired most. Wellstone always fought to improve the lives of the underdogs and the downtrodden--which, to my way of thinking, is exactly what political leaders ought to do. This book is a reflection on many of his most hard-fought battles towards that end, and includes a lot of information about the tactics and strategies that he employed.The book has a bit more of the feel of a memoir than I initially expected, and I [...]

    • I read this shortly after Paul Wellstone passed away, and to this day it is the closest I have to a personal inspiration. Paul truly believed in a politics for the people, something that is sorely lacking today. “A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and circumstances of people's lives, a politics that does not speak to and include people, is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail.” The simple belief that we should never separate the life we lead from the words [...]

    • I started this book and got about half way through it. Although I have all the respect in the world for Paul Wellstone, I have trouble when the whole crux of a book is to stroke the author's ego (however self-deprecating a person may be), and forgive me, but that's pretty much all I'm getting from this book. So I'm not going to finish it. Sorry. I feel bad about it, but I'm just not learning much.I think Krugman's book by the same name would be more up my alley. Maybe I was just confused.

    • Certainly a recipe for successful grassroots campaigning and Wellstone passionately lays out the argument for compassionate, humane, and people centered public policy. A book designed to get progressives motivated and mobilized as Wellstone says, "Politics is about the improvement of people's lives, lessening human suffering, advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and in the world."

    • In the year 2000 or so, Senator Paul Wellstone wrote, 'The challenge is to mobilize millions of Americans from all walks of life to participate actively in a historic movement to restore our democracy. We need to invite ordinary citizens back into American politics to work for what is right for our nation.'If he had seen what just happened a couple of days ago, he would be so proud! It is truly unfortunate and sad that he and his wife didn't live to see it.

    • I read this and "Conscience of a Conservative" together. It was a difficult task as Wellstone had just passed away and he was my hero senator representing me and my fellow Minnesotans. Of course I liked Wellstone's book better, I agree with him and was mourning him. He had good ideals and stood behind them.

    • The writing isn't amazing, but Paul Wellstone wasn't a writer. His enthusiasm, however, completely makes up for that. I am not often able to read non-fiction pieces and stay engaged, especially when the topic is politics, but this book was different. I loved reading it. It's inspiring and I only wish I'd read it sooner.

    • I love this book. Paul Wellstone was one of America's greatest leaders, and his life was tragically cut short. I can't say this about many other books (virtually none), I've read this book ten times. Normally I read a book once and I'm done, no matter how great it is. But this book, I had to reread several times. Something called to me from its pages. I wish I could explain it.

    • This book was enthusiastically written (sometimes at break-neck pace) and thorough, but I couldn't tell if it was a memoir or a platform thesis. Intense and sometimes a bit muddy, it is nonetheless a good, quick read for anyone interested in the work Wellstone was doing and the tragedy that his death truly was. We lost a great champion of the least, the lost and the lowly when he died.

    • The most depressing part of this book is not that we have lost Senator Wellstone. Though bad enough, what is worse is how fresh his list of challenges is and how accurate his fears have become.We've got a lot of work to make America "a more perfect union" and it seems we've only lost ground since this book was written.

    • he hit all my favorite issues - and I especially dig the chapters on mental illness and public financing of elections. Ultimately, did ring a bit hollow - I mean, I know he was a busy guy, but I didn't want to read something ghostwritten off of a bunch of interviews. Maybe I'll dig up his earlier stuff.

    • My hero, and inspiration. This is how you successfully run a grassroots campaign. Community activism at its finest. I feel everyone looking to make a change should read this book, and check out: wellstone/His impact led us to name our great dane after him, 'Wellstone'.

    • A must read for anyone in progressive politics from the courageous late Senator from Minnesota. Wellstone was the only Senator up for re-election in 2002 who voted against the Iraq War resolution in the U.S. Senate. An inspirational book that continues to ground progressive politics.

    • My admiration for Wellstone prompted me to read this book. Nothing changed there. Also, i affirm the book's assertions pertaining to what is needed from a policy perspective. But can't give it 5 stars because I felt it was poorly written. I found several typos, which is distracting.

    • Well intentioned and right on generally in regards to policy, but alternatingly a touch dry, preachy, listy, and redundant. Still, worth reading if only for a reminder of his enthusiasm and spirit. RIP, Paul.

    • One of my favorite books. The passion and integrity of Paul Wellstone comes through and inspires. Re-reading passages from the book from time to time is a great way to remember this amazing man and how he personally affected my own beliefs and life.

    • He shouldn't be dead. I was carrying a computer monitor from one work station to another when someone came around a turn in the hallway and said it. Horrible. So, so wrong. Franken needs to win. Dammit.The book would be good to read as well.

    • Published shortly before Wellstone's death, a compelling rationale for fighting for progressive issues. These issues continue to be important even as politics seems to be more divisive than ever. I wonder when we'll find another willing to fight so hard for real people.

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