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Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause Hardcover

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  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; First Edition edition (August 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566252857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566252850
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"(An) important book…buy it and read it now, before the title comes to mean something more nearly its contrary." -- Jeffrey Rubin, Conservative Book Club

"CONSERVATIVES BETRAYED shows how Republicans can and why they MUST win (conservatives) back into the fold now." -- Human Events Book Review

"…thoroughly lists, more than any other resource…the balance of indiscretions Republicans have visited upon conservatism under (President) George W. Bush." -- John Bambenek, BlogCritics.org

(Viguerie) offers a plan of action for conservatives to once again take control. -- Rick Stewart in Standard Examiner on Aug 27, 2006

A wonderful book..were it not for Viguerie (the "Godfather" of the movement), there would have been no success for Reagan. -- Jeff Katz, The Jeff Katz Show

Thanks (to Richard Viguerie) for writing the book...WE NEED IT! -- Melanie Morgan in Radio Show Host/Columnist

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Massive deficits. Out-of-control spending. Amnesty. Nation building. Cronyism. Lies. Pandering. Arrogance of power. Corruption. Influence peddling.

According to outspoken conservative Richard A. Viguerie, often referred to as the "funding father" of the New Right, these outrages depict both the Bush White House and the Republican-controlled Congress. Viguerie says it's time to ask, "Can the marriage between conservatives and the Republican Party be saved?"

It has been conservative issues, organizations, money, and grassroots activists who have turned out the vote for the Republican Party. The GOP wouldn't control the White House, Senate, or House were it not for conservatives. But what have they given in return? Ever-bigger government on every front-the opposite of conservatism! Moral and social issues mostly ignored. A foreign policy in disarray. An invasion of illegal aliens and a "conservatives need not apply" sign at the White House.

In CONSERVATIVES BETRAYED: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause, Richard A. Viguerie:

* documents exactly how the Republican Party under President Bush's leadership has betrayed conservatives and conservatism on most fronts

* lays out a plan for conservatives to once again take control of the Republican Party from the Big Government Republicans and to show how conservatives can move all public policy to the right (including the Democratic Party) by acting like a third force but not a third party

* explains how conservatives got into this mess, and how we will achieve a rebirth of conservatism

NOW comes the real conservative revolution!

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of American Target Advertising, Inc., was named by the Washington Times in 1999 as one of 13 "Conservatives of the Century." He is also the co-author of America's Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power (Bonus Books, 2004).

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The best story in this book is how corrupt Bush's Medicare legislation was.
There is plenty of reason not to closely affiliate with either of the two major parties that are in power.
Mick Bysshe
It is a quick read and should have nothing foreign for anyone moderately informed about politics.
John C. A. Bambenek

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By John C. A. Bambenek on August 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The marriage between the Republicans and conservatives has been a loveless and unsatisfying marriage. The Republicans keep "stumbling home after midnight, smelling of booze and cheap perfume." And it is time for the marriage to come to an end.

Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause by Richard Viguerie thoroughly lists, more than any other resource I can think of, the balance of indiscretions the Republicans have visited upon conservatism under the Presidency of George W. Bush (and even before that election). The days of the Contract With America are long gone and replaced with what can only appear to be a very similar spending philosophy of Democrats.

Viguerie systematically dissects the policies of the George W. Bush administration in the key areas of foreign policy, immigration, the right to life, the culture of life, the courts, and taxation. He shows beyond a reasonable doubt that the canard that this is one of the most extreme right-wing administrations in history is absolutely absurd. Sure, Bush has thrown conservatives some carrots, but he has shown that he's more than willing to grow the federal government and not buck the system. He, after all, has only recently cast his first veto and has used no rescissions to block pork barrel spending.

Chart after chart, figure after figure, the book painstakingly reveals what is apparent to most conservatives, George Bush isn't one of them.

This disaffection has been brewing for some time and came to a head with the immigration debate.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Written by Richard A. Viguerie, who in 1999 was cited as one of the Washington Times' thirteen "Conservatives of the Century", Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause is a fierce attack upon the Bush administration from the conservative point of view. Viguerie does not speak for the neo-conservatives, who have drastically inflated spending and expanded federal government; he speaks for the old conservatives who believed in the values of fiscal restraint and small government, and who recognize the threat that excessive national debt - much of which is now owed to powers overseas! - poses to national security and to America's future, as more and more of America's annual budget must be applied to interest payments alone. Viguerie is emphatically a social conservative as well as a fiscal conservative; he speaks strongly against "obese government" characterized by excessive bureaucracy, pork-barrel spending, and mounting deficits; the social ills caused by uncontrolled illegal immigration; abortion; judicial activism; and more. Though not all readers will agree with Viguerie's opinions about the "culture war" in America and some will find his antagonistic attitudes toward illegal immigrants and homosexuals distasteful, his core exhortations against wasteful government spending are a desperately needed wake-up call. Even more valuable is his suggestion that conservative voters disassociate themselves from any one party and become a block whose favor needs to be wooed by both parties, in order to exert more influence and power - a suggestion that holds merit for any political subsection. Highly recommended for its thought-provoking content, regardless of whether the reader personally agrees with Viguerie on all points.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.L. Populist on January 19, 2009
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In CONSERVATIVES BETRAYED, Richard Vigueri offers some rational solutions to a government gone wrong.

On page 36 he suggests that " We must demand an end to earmarks and propose structural reforms of Congress to keep this from being a recurrent problem." Bravo!

On income tax he observed - "Perhaps the cruelest irony is that the average American citizen pays more in taxes today than the citizens of Russia or most of the former Soviet bloc of nations in Eastern Europe. We are the ones left living under the policies suggested by THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO: the graduated income tax and the death tax("inheritance" tax)."

He blasts the irresponsibility of sanctuary laws.
"illegal immigration is a transfer of wealth from the American taxpayer to the Big Business and Big Agribusiness corporations."

His two best suggestions were the idea of citizen-legislators and the suggestion that conservatives don't owe the Republican party any loyalty.

On the other side of the issues:
The original conservative movement was definitely betrayed long before George W. Bush took office. Those individuals that he refers to as "big government conservatives" are neoconservatives. They undermined the "old right" a long time ago.

I disagree with the author on the issue of the death penalty. You can use a Biblical argument as a more effective support of the death penalty.
I do believe that DNA thresholds have to be a major part of a capital case. As Mr. Vigueri points out, mistakes have been made.

I don't agree with his harsh assessments of the McCain-Feingold Reform Act. The biggest problem with that bill was that it was weakened to facilitate passage!
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