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Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again Paperback – January 20, 2009
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“In his treatment of what ails conservatism today, Frum is penetrating and wise . . . and dead right.” —National Review
“Serious reappriasial and fresh, challenging ideas.” —New York Times Book Review
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Some of his most thought provoking comments pertain to health care, a special interest of mine. He is concerned that the middle class has been getting a raw deal for the past twenty years, partly due to health care costs. I have studied health care both as a physician and as a gradate student in health care economics. I won't get into details but Frum poses serious questions that Republicans will have to answer if they wish to retain power at the federal level. That section alone, is worth the price of the book.Read more ›
The conservative movement today needs to refresh itself ideologically and to start talking about what its for rather than talking about what its against.
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Things have moved on since the book was published. While my view of the book is the same, I have nothing favoriable to say about its author anymore. There is a line between supporting conservative solutions to social problems and trying to transform conservatism into Lyndon Johnson style liberalism with social spending run amok at home and wars abroad.
I think the arguments presented in the book are substantially more mild than the thinking behind the arguments have turned out over time to be.
A couple of things that did stand out--Frum calls for a Carbon tax offset by an increase in the child tax credit that seems to make economic sense; it encourages the development of green energy (without the government subsidizing pork barrel issues like corn in Iowa) while also not being punitive to the poor. Frum also basically declares the war on choice dead--he argues that we've reached an equilibrium where pro-live advocates have achieved many of their goals and pro-choice have maintained many of theirs while still respecting state's rights. (At least, I think that's what he's saying).
It's at least somewhat gratifying to note that Frum is ready and willing to admit he was wrong when he championed Bush's presidency and to acknowledge that a harkening back to Reagon economics at this point in time is not going to win any republicans any votes (He states that despite repeated loud and vociferous cries from republican voters that they do not want anymore tax cuts, Republicans keep beating this dead horse).
Many of his claims are not backed up (despite a deep section of footnotes.Read more ›
The result has been a remarkably stable system of government. The serious student of politics knwos that within the larger party, there is always a dominant faction and that this dominant faction changes from time to time.
For about thirty years, genuine conservatives dominated the Republican Party. With them came the West's victory over the Soviet Union, the freeing of Eastern Europe without bloodshed, forcing welfare and budget reform on the nation and other victories, large and small, including the historic 1994 election victory. Perhaps because of its very success, the Republican Party lost its way and genuine conservatives were shouldered aside.
Now comes David Frum, a Canadian, with his thoughts on how Conservatism can win again.
It is indeed a thought provoking book, but not one that will be adopted as a Conservative bible.
Frum's basic thesis is that conservatives have lost their way, that too many of them have lost touch with the changing public and its views. He is right in his perceptions, but his prescriptions may not be acceptable to real conservatives.
For example, Frum goes on at length about how his proposal for a new way of viewing the abortion issue. I have a better idea, I think: ignore. Just say that the government has no business getting involved with the question at all and take the Republican Party out of a can't win situation.Read more ›
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David Frum's best-known work to date is: "The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush". Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by Sagar Jethani
Mr. Frum has a prescription for conservatism - "be less conservative." Provocative, perhaps, but not what an actual conservative is interested in reading. Read morePublished on March 7, 2012 by Z as in Jersey
Frum demonstrates the same Big Government, anti-free market, anti-personal liberty thinking that lead the Bush administration, for whom he wrote, to ruin our nation. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Dennis G. Pratt
I bought this book because I thought David Frum was the only conservative thinker willing to criticize the Republican party, and do it in a constructive fashion. Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by W. A. Tennant
I want to start by saying that Frum is very intelligent, and I'm a fan. Though I don't agree with most of the GOP's positions, I read FrumForum everyday and I'm always very... Read morePublished on August 16, 2010 by Charles Rambo
This book was published in 2008 since then Obama has significantly increased the difficulties that will have to be overcome if the Conservative principles that David Frum has... Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by andris virsnieks
Comeback is a good guideline for a future Republican president (if there is one again). This was a very well-argued, persuasive book (although I do not agree with Frum on stem... Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by J. Davis
Having written a book called The Right Man about President George W. Bush, Frum has to somehow point out the mistakes of his old boss without coming across like a jerk. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Joe Wonk
If you are a conservative looking for strong ways to bring the Republican Party back to #1 status in American politics, this book is not what you want to read. Read morePublished on July 25, 2009 by R. L. Hall