Kasich writes the way he speaks on his Fox News talk show. This former Ohio Republican congressman addresses the nation’s lack of moral fiber in his latest book (after Courage Is Contagious). America has abandoned “honesty, integrity, personal responsibility, faith, humility, accountability, compassion, forgiveness,” he laments, and the result is both a lack of leadership and “profound societal drift.”
Kasich decries the ruination of government, sports, business, religion, education and popular culture. But unlike many other conservative talking heads, Kasich takes a more conciliatory than bitterly partisan tone. He praises liberal Democrats for their steadfastness and decency—if not their programs—and deplores the increasing divisiveness of partisan politics.
When discussing national political debates, especially as they play out in the oversimplified red state–blue state split, Kasich writes with insider knowledge (he served in Congress for 18 years), but his sermonizing cultural commentary that makes up half the book lacks that authority. “I’m not a moralizer,” he writes, as he details his horror over a Roots CD and the Coen brothers’ movie Fargo, which he harassed Blockbuster to ban from its shelves. Family values proponents will find their views confirmed in this call for personal accountability.
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John R. Kasich was sworn in as Ohio’s 69th governor on January 10, 2011. In his inaugural address he called on Ohioans to come together to make the Buckeye State stronger and more prosperous for all.
Kasich served as a member of Congress from central Ohio for 18 years and, as the chairman of the House Budget Committee, he led the effort to balance the federal budget for the first time since 1969 and helped enact historic welfare reform.
After leaving Congress in 2000 and running for President, Kasich worked as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, where he helped companies secure the resources they needed to succeed and create jobs. He was also a commentator for FOX News and a Presidential Fellow at his alma mater, The Ohio State University.
Kasich is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: Courage is Contagious; Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul; and Every Other Monday.
Kasich is a 1974 graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in Westerville with his wife, Karen Waldbillig Kasich, and their twin daughters, Emma and Reese.
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