This book is for anyone needing assurance, hope or encouragement as the United States enters the Trump era. The 306 quotations address Americans’ fear of what we already know about Donald Trump, and a fear of the unknown as we begin the most unpredictable of presidencies. Examples:
• “Hope is the ability to listen to the music of the future. Faith is the courage to dance to it in the present.”— Peter Kuzmic, a Croatian theologian
• “Action is the antidote to despair.”—U.S. activist and singer Joan Baez
The book’s title refers to Alexis, a young African-American woman studying outside the country during the election, who told her parents she didn’t want to return to a country under Trump’s leadership. This book is for her, and the millions of others—Democrats, Republicans and independents—who fear what Trump’s inexperience, character, and personality presage for minorities, democracy in general, the country’s international relations, and so on. The royalties from this book will go to charities working with freedom of the press, refugee resettlement in the US, and educational scholarships in Kenya.
The quotes also provide a call to action and for people who care about democracy and the democratic process to get to work. The task? It’s set before us by another Alexis: Alexis de Tocqueville. He wrote that “America is great because America is good and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” So let us join together not to “make America great again,” to cite Trump’s campaign slogan, but to ensure that this country always aspires to be good.