Rule and Ruin

Rule and Ruin

The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party

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Explores the origins of the Republican Party's shift from a party of moderation to one of extremism, beginning in the early 1960s with President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780199768400
0199768404
Branch Call Number: 324.2734 Kabaserv 2012
Characteristics: xx, 482 p. ; 25 cm

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Dec 04, 2015

I personally do not believe books such as this add anything to scholarship, they simply make it murkier and murkier, and tries to obfuscate the fact that in hindsight, there was little difference between the two parties even back then!
Sure, the democratic party appears actually liberal and pro-citizenry during the times of FDR's administration and the all-too-brief administration of JFK, but those were the exceptions!
During Eisenhower's administration there were 170 covert operations, which sowed the seeds for much murder, torture, and incredibly unnecessary mayhem to follow - - purely anti-progressive. Much balderdash is made of the far more restrained taxation during Eisenhower - - but it was so close to the Great Depression, Eisenhower couldn't vary that much, it would be years before that would happen! No, many bad things happened during Eisenhower, and he gave much free rein to Nelson Rockefeller who changed things for the extreme worse!
In hindsight, the major differences between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater were only their presidential campaigns, and that Goldwater was more likeable than Johnson.
Not impressed with anything in this book, sorry to say.

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