I don’t know about you, but I’m troubled by a lot of what I see and hear in America’s heartland…John Kasich calls it like he sees it. A former longtime U.S. congressman, a respected author and popular television host, Kasich has been around the neighborhood a few times. In his first book, Courage Is Contagious, he celebrated the under-the-radar accomplishments of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to change America. Now, in Stand for Something, he tackles-head-on-the erosion of long-standing, hard-earned values upon which our nation is built.
“Honesty, integrity, personal responsibility, faith, humility, accountability, compassion, forgiveness…These are our American values, our common denominators…” Drawing on his childhood growing up in blue-collar McKees Rocks, PA, his college years, his Washington career, and his most recent turn in the private sector, Kasich reminds us of the fundamental principles that are our American legacy.
In blunt, straight-shooting tones, he reveals new ways to hold our government officials accountable for their actions, and how to pressure sports figures to start living up to their role model status. He encourages us to have the gumption to be morally responsible business leaders who look beyond the bottom line, and shows us how courageous people of faith have helped transform their communities. He inspires parents to improve their children’s schools, reminding us that our educational institutions need dollars and sense to compete on a global scale.
And, saving the “best” for last, he takes on American popular culture, including the media, and asks us to use our wallets, the free press, and our own good judgment to protest all that is offensive in the current American way of life.Leadership starts with you, Kasich tells us. “We all share the power to grow and change and reimagine the world,” he writes. “If you see something happening that sets you off, rise up and do something about it.”John Kasich’s book is a rallying cry for all Americans that will make us think and-most important-make us get out of our easy chairs and Stand for Something.