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- Print Length: 146 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399592911
- Publisher: Random House (August 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2017
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073TJYBRN
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Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle Kindle Edition
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Flake lays bare the issues he has with the current republican party and more importantly, why he has those issues. His message should be clear to all and that is this: don't confuse current politics or politicians with political principles. They are often not the same. He cites policies and positions that are at odds with conservatism and explains why those policies and positions are at odds with conservatism. This is a book that, quite frankly, anyone interested in politics should read, regardless of one's political persuasion.
I also enjoyed reading about Flake's upbringing as I know there area, the culture, and the history. He interjects humor and family into the book in a way that I found entertaining and refreshing. I think the book accomplishes the goal of setting out what conservatism is and is not, and does so in a respectful and intelligent way that is accessible to any reader.
"We must once again stand unambiguously against oppressive authoritarian regimes around the world, no matter where"
That being said, Senator Flake's recent actions signify a return to the petty partisan politics he decried in the book
"Voting no but hoping yes is not governing in good faith, it is the antithesis of accountability"
Indeed, Senator, indeed.
This book is different because Jeff Flake was basically done. It's more of a manifesto or a eulogy for how conservativism has abandoned its principles in order to merely win elections and not advance conservative principles or try to govern.
This was a dynamite book and I learned a tremendous amount about conservative principles and the functioning of government.
I feel Jeff Flake is probably not my kind of conservative, because I don't have the absolute faith in the free market that he does. However, I think he is my kind of American because he advocates bipartisanship and government for all the people and not just those who think like we do.
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