[act-ma] 9/13: John W. Dean, "Broken Government"

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Fri Sep 7 07:26:45 PDT 2007

Ford Hall Forum presents:

Broken Government: 
How Republican Rule Destroyed the
Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches

John W. Dean

Thursday, September 13, 6:30-8:00 pm
at the
Old South Meeting House
(directions at www.fordhallforum.org/directions.html)


John W. Dean, counsel to President Richard Nixon, the government¹s key
witness in the Watergate trial, and bestselling author of Conservatives
without Conscience and Worse than Watergate, joins us tonight to address
what he sees as the ³dysfunction chaos and institutional damage² the
Republican Party and its core conservatives have brought to the federal
government.  Are the nation¹s current political ills primarily the fault of
the Republicans? Have the Democrats been any better? Most importantly, what
can politically moderate citizens do to combat extremism, authoritarianism,
and incompetence from political leaders of either party?

 Equal time will be provided for prepared remarks and questions from the
Come join the conversation!

Reserved seating available for Ford Hall Forum members.
Membership information at: www.fordhallforum.org/membership.html

This program is presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House
as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series.

In its 99th fall series of events, the Ford Hall Forum presents seven open
public discussions on the issues concerning our community, nation, and world
today. With the 2008 election approaching, the Forum takes a hard look at
the state of our government and the policy issues that affect us all. Across
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to the humorous ­- the Forum hands over the microphone to thought-provoking
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South Meeting House, as part of their Partners in Public Dialogue Series.
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