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Conservative votes, liberal victories: Why the right has failed Hardcover – 1975

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co; First edition (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812905822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812905823
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I heard Pat mention this book in an interview on C-Span, I immediately shuttled myself off to the library. It was published in the aftermath of Watergate, and Pat's tone is understandably disgruntled and defeatist. I'm so tired of the liberal demagogues who label him a racist, anti-semite, or misogynist simply because they know that is the simplest and most spineless way to destroy a person's credibility. For anyone willing to go to the trouble to find this forgotten masterpiece, I swear that he actually refers to the early civil rights leaders as "heroes," and writes that "justice was on their side." How can the extra chromosome left wing explain comments like this, when they would have us believe that Pat Buchanan is satan? I saw nothing in this book that I would deem to be insensitive or xenophobic. But in a society where a guy can lose his job for saying "niggardly" I guess anything can pass for racism now.
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From a historical perspective we can see Pat hits the nail on the head with many of the problems we face today. Well written, strong arguments.
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Over the last century, government has grown and grown despite several conservative wins at the ballot box in presidential and congressional elections. To name one conspicuous example, the not-exactly-vital Department of Energy survived the election of Mr. Conservative, Ronald Reagan, in 1980. On many other occasions, federal courts have overturned democratically established policies implemented at the ballot box.

In his 1975 volume "Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories," pundit Pat Buchanan examined this phenomenon of a steadily growing state as time goes on no matter who wins elections. The author worked in the Nixon White House and recalls why government did not shrink and the bureaucracy was not tamed following each of Nixon's election victories.

Much of the blame for government's size today has been the hostility on the part of many toward our capitalist system that has revolutionized living standards and brought untold prosperity in the two and a quarter centuries following its acceptance toward the end of the eighteenth century. Intellectuals in particular dislike free markets, and Buchanan offers his opinion as to why they do, even though, as he rightly asserts about our world, "as a general rule, the less capitalist the country the less prosperous the people."

Buchanan rightly notes that special interests, the media, the bureaucracy, and renegade courts are several of the main reasons why government remains at such suffocating levels, and examines the role of each. The author wrongly thought that the media would never get better.
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Pat demonstrates his great insight into the political process in this book.
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