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Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause Hardcover – August 9, 2006
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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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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!
CONSERVATIVES BETRAYED's appeal to readers will depend in large part on their political ideology. Liberals will probably rate the book a point or two lower than I did. Some "Conservatives" will rate it a point or two higher than I did.
If you want to read an excellent book on the Conservative movement and it's being altered or "highjacked", try RECLAIMING THE AMERICAN RIGHT by Justin Raimondo.
Not a brilliant book, but he writes things that both Newt Gingrich and Pat Buchanan would probably agree with, as well as those of us who are centrist or left of center.
I am glad he wants us to boycott the duopoly of Democrats and Republicans. That may be hard to do, but if we cannot boycott them, let's at least not get too disheartened when the duopoly fails to meet our expectations.
Paul Baum, Ph.D.
He wrote in the Introduction of this 2006 book, "My main goal in this book is to explain what conservatism stands for in the 21st century... Let me be clear: The present leaders of the Republican Party are not conservative. Rather... these Big Government Republicans have hijacked the term 'conservative' and they had hijacked the conservative movement itself... this book can serve as a primer for conservatives who want to more than gripe, and who are willing to help lead grassroots conservatives to victory."
He begins by asking, "if we desert the GOP, or just stay at home on Election Day, the Republicans will lose again... How many times does the GOP have to be hit on the head before it learns not to take conservatives for granted?" (Pg. v-vi) He says caustically, "President Bush and Karl Rove wanted a Medicare drug prescription bill for one simple reason: to bribe the nation's senior citizens." (Pg. 13) He notes that illegal immigration benefits Agribusiness, then comments, "It also helps explain why virtually nothing has been done by the Bush Administration to stop this flood of illegals." (Pg. 58)
He strongly maintains that "It is impossible to be at once a sincere conservative and in favor of abortion-on-demand." (Pg. 83) But interestingly, he also argues that conservatives should give up their support of the death penalty, as "support for it undermines our arguments against abortion, euthanasia, and related practices." (Pg. 96-97)
He concludes, "We will withhold our support from any of the candidates for president in 2008---until someone truly earns our support. And again, the best way to determine who earns our support is whether they will publicly oppose the big government policies of the Bush GOP." (Pg. 216)
This passionately-argued book will be of considerable interest to Christian conservatives, and for Republicans defining the nature of their party.