- Paperback: 121 pages
- Publisher: Pere Marquette Pr; 3 edition (June 1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0686114868
- ISBN-13: 978-0686114864
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.5 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Choice, Not an Echo was issued in millions of copies as an attack on Republican Governor Nelson Rockefeller and the Eastern Republican Establishment.
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Schlafly covers the elections from 1936 to 1964 and her main point is that a secret behind-the-scenes powerful group controls the nomination process. She calls this group the kingmakers but it has been more often called the Establishment or the New York Establishment. More recently it has been called the Donor Class.
She describes how this mostly Republican group defeats any Republicans candidate who would challenge the Democratic-Republican establishment status quo. Nowadays we would call it the Democratic-RINO (Republican in Name Only) establishment. Its mouthpiece is the New York Times.
This group got Willkie nominated in 1940 as well as Dewey in 1944 and 1948. The objective was to stop any Republican wanting to decrease federal spending from which the group profits. Today we call it crony capitalism. The group couldn't stop Eisenhower but made sure to defeat Taft who would have meant less foreign aid and other federal spending. In 1960 they supported Nelson Rockefeller and made sure the Republican nominee Nixon lost to JFK.
The group consists mainly of bankers, top politicians, publishers and industrialists. Back then David Rockefeller of Chase Manhattan Bank seemed to be the leader. Today the group is probably more dispersed but probably still headquartered in New York. In 1964 the group failed to defeat the grassroots campaign to nominate Goldwater whom Schlafly supported. The book ends with her hoping Goldwater could overcome the establishment's efforts to sabotage his run for the presidency but we know he lost.
She describes some of the group's then-novel tactics such as a propaganda blitz, vicious charges, phony polls, spurious issues, and a slanted press. These are all standard now so all candidates use them and they tend to cancel each other out. This allows a real outsider to get through which describes the Trump campaign in 2016.
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I read A Choice Not an Echo by Phylis Schafly during the 1964 presidential campaign.Read more