CONSERVATIVE VOTES, LIBERAL VICTORIES: Why the Right Has Failed by Patrick J. Buchanan

CONSERVATIVE VOTES, LIBERAL VICTORIES: Why the Right Has Failed

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Despite vast popular support, argues Buchanan, conservatism has fallen prey to pusillanimity in its own ranks and to malign liberal institutions. ""We have nothing to lose by confrontation politics""; somebody should come right out and talk tough about college graduates who don't respect business, commissars who eat our homegrown grain, the leviathan welfare state, the press monopoly by pro-Hanoi media like CBS, and the horrors of ""forced integration."" The book proposes governmental austerity and personal sacrifice, along with corporate tax breaks. The GOP is gravely warned of third-party dangers if it doesn't catch up with the Little People. Buchanan's pretense that this is a brave new manifesto is starched with no passionate belief in the rehash. Instead, there's a synthetic tone that Americans have come to expect from Presidential addresses--in fact, Buchanan was a Nixon speechwriter from 1969 to the end (he thinks Nixon ""tilted"" too much toward black people) and now works for that ""press monopoly"" citadel, the New York Times. Buchanan's self-proclaimed constituency does indeed exist, but won't it feel insulted by another round of magisterial cliches, ending with, ""Things need saying that are not being said""?

Pub Date: Nov. 28th, 1975
Publisher: Quadrangle/New York Times