Boren outlines remedies for broken political system in new book

University of Oklahoma President David Boren thinks the political system is still the country's best source of hope. But he also says it's long overdue for a makeover.

In his new book, "A Letter to America," Boren expresses concern about a polarized U.S. political system that has locked up significant legislation for years. He sees trouble ahead for the country's health and its relationships within the community of nations.

Boren's book, soon to be released by University of Oklahoma Press, outlines the nation's ills and his prescriptions for recovery.

"I've spent the last 10 years writing this book in my head," Boren said. "It wasn't timed for the election."

Boren wants history and government taught in public schools, colleges and universities to overcome a "citizenship crisis" of ignorance about the country's history and heritage.

In the book, a paperback of only about 110 pages, Boren sets out to show how a corrupt political system has infected the country's health, education and economic welfare.

Because the United States "has not led wisely in recent years," the country is "negatively perceived by the world," Boren maintains. The remedies he recommends are neither simple nor immediate.

Boren finds that bipartisan politics have swollen the ranks of fringe Democrats and Republicans in power, while the middle ground has expanded among the voting public.

"Moderates make up a large part of both existing parties but feel more and more disenfranchised," he notes. "Randall Turk

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