POLITICS HAS NO MORALS by Norman Beasley

POLITICS HAS NO MORALS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Viewed as a taking stock of the fix we are in and how we got there and what we can do about it, this book might be considered as a challenge to the defense of American freedoms. Unfortunately, Mr. Beasley has used the opportunity for a vicious attack on the Roosevelt administration and on Roosevelt himself, an attack that will delight those to whom John Flynn is gospel. He charges the Roosevelt years with betrayal of trust, falsifying of facts, dishonesty, loss of moral standards, fomenting of class strife, bolstering of Communism, degrading public welfare to personal politics, fostering race hate, betraying American business, American labor. He claims for capitalism the role of restoring our moral fibre, maintaining peace, reestablishing law and justice, insuring abundance. He issues a clarion call to business men, and says this is the time for men of property to fight. We must protect the public against persons in public office, build up our youth, clean up the lower courts, revive the spiritual foundation of our democracy, reinstate the Constitution. There's plenty of sound meat here- but it is so cloaked in vitriolic spite that the end impression is a factional one. While the focus of attack is on the lose of liberty, the surge towards collectivism of the Roosevelt administration, the Truman administration comes in for plenty of venom. And Hoover- ageing statesman- is given the accolade. A book one cannot read objectively, I fear.

Publisher: Scribner