Press Democrat reviews Real Common Sense

Press Democrat reviews Real Common Sense

May 13, 2011

‘Brian Kahn was 28 when he was appointed the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in 1976. He said then it isn’t adequate simply to say whether an idea or philosophy is liberal or conservative.

“I believe in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and that can be construed as a liberal or conservative document, depending on who you talk to,” he said 35 years ago.

Now Kahn, who moved decades ago to Montana, has written a book challenging what he calls the commandeering of Thomas Paine and the Constitution by the Tea Party and Glenn Beck.

Kahn will be at Reader’s Books in Sonoma at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and at the Copperfield’s in Montgomery Village at 2 p.m. on the 22nd with “Real Common Sense: Using Our Founding Values to Reclaim Our Nation and Stop the Radical Right from Hijacking America.”

He offers concrete steps for putting the country back on the course set by its founders.

Among them: Enacting campaign-funding changes “to end the control that special interest money exercises over our democracy,” demanding reform of media obsessed with sex, violence and vacuous entertainment, and assuring “a top-quality education for all of America’s children.”’

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