OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES AMERICAN ELECTORAL POLITICS HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED BY THE RISE OF A NEWLY ENERGIZED CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT a movement that is highly organized, extremely well funded, and confidently ambitious in achieving its goals for both the government and the culture. The result has been not only a radical shift in the program and ...
OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES AMERICAN ELECTORAL POLITICS HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED BY THE RISE OF A NEWLY ENERGIZED CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT a movement that is highly organized, extremely well funded, and confidently ambitious in achieving its goals for both the government and the culture. The result has been not only a radical shift in the program and politics of the Republican Party, but a decisive change in the nature of political discourse, which has become disturbingly confrontational, vicious, and hypocritical. Demagoguery is increasingly supplanting responsible dialogue, self-righteousness is replacing conscientiousness, and the victim is democracy. How, and why, has this happened? In CONSERVATIVES WITHOUT CONSCIENCE these questions, which concern Democrats and Republicans alike, are taken up by John W. Dean, author of the best-selling "Worse Than Watergate." Once again Dean employs his distinctive knowledge and understanding of Washington politics and process to examine the conservative movement's current inner circle of leaders, its policies, and most notably, its mind-set, which he identifies as fundamentally authoritarian in nature. Polls have demonstrated that a solid majority of Americans are liberals or moderates, individuals who cherish their liberties, who responsibly question their leaders and their policies, and who believe that democracy is a process that requires committed engagement. For them CONSERVATIVES WITHOUT CONSCIENCE will be an alarming record of the abuses of power and a stirring inspiration for safeguarding their rights. For true conservatives it will demand serious reflection as a trenchant explanation of how conservatism has lost its bearings, and a warning of its dangerous ramifications.
This book was very interesting. Most "tell-all" books are usually written for money. John Dean wrote because he had factual information to share with us. I wish everybody would read this one! It reveals much about the shady side of Washington D.C. and the struggle for power. I couldn't wait for the last part of the book about Karl Rove. Never did like that man!
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