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Divided They Fell Paperback – October 1, 1998
"The Best 'Worst President'" by Mark Hannah and Bob Staake
A noted political commentator and renowned New Yorker illustrator team up to give Barack Obama the victory lap he deserves. Learn more
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Radosh is a former red-diaper-baby from Queens, NY who suffered the "shock of recognition", re Sidney Hook in "Out of Step", during this transformative process. Radosh points out how the party has lost its former core constituency while morphing into a party of grievance for varied and sundry, one issue obstructionist, special interest groups. The entire process has been driven by progressive-socialist utopian intellectuals who, unable to create a communist style revolution in America, have engaged in what Radosh would agree to and what Roger Kimball refers to as the long march through the institutions. Radosh recounts these measures in sequence providing his readers with continuity and substance. He leads us along the way to understanding more fully why America is the politically divided nation that it is today. He's a very conversational writer who takes his readers seamlessly through events without Pretension or bombast. I enjoyed the book immensely and you will to.
All in all, it's been a precipitous come down for the proud party of FDR and Truman and JFK.
Ronald Radosh opens a window on the problems that have plagued the national Democratic Party these many years. In an incisive history penned prior to the 1996 election, he traces the demise of the Democratic majority to the Party's capture by Far Left, or New Politics, factions that would dominate its agenda from the late 1960s to the advent of Clinton in the early 1990s.
Radosh's book is an excellent chronicle of a Party that lost touch with its core constituencies, and as it moved increasingly to placate highly vocal Radicals on its Left fringe, encouraged the en masse defection of Middle Class voters, some of whom have never returned.
The increasing Far-Left tilt of the Democractic Party in the 1970s and 1980s engendered a realignment that continues to affect the political landscape two decades later.
The book comes to the sensible conclusion that American politics needs a change in its political system to provide a place for a party of fiscal responsibility, cultural conservatism and a limited social net. Where the book is at its fiercest and most profound, though, is in demonstrating the intensely anti-democratic and anti-pragmatic radicalism of the “New Democratic” movement, including its preference for ideological rigidity and a refusal to compromise its “purity” for the sake of gradual and meaningful gains. The end result is a picture of a generation and mindset gone awry that has validity beyond the mere scope of this well-researched and feisty book.
Whether you wish to mourn the decline of the Democrats or dance on the grave, this is a worthwhile book to read. One can better understand the reason why Pelosi and Obama are the face of present Democrats and why Blue Dog Democrats are perennially endangered by electoral trends. That sort of insight is worth a read.
Mississippi had led the nation in beatings, lynching, and mysterious disappearances. African Americans were registered to vote there at the lowest rate in the United States. The Mississippi Free Democratic Party was prepared to take over the state's delegation to the 1964 national convention. The Freedom Democrats were pledged to support the convention's expected choice, Lyndon Johnson.
The arguments favoring seating of the Freedom Democrats gave rise to the New Left. The fight between the two Mississippi delegations and Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, Joseph Rauh, and Walter Reuther foreshadowed splits within the Democratic Party over Vietnam and the break-up of the old liberal-labor coalition. The Voting Rights Act passed in 1965. The danger to the Democratic Party was that demands of the most radical adherents would come to dominate its ranks.
At a Conference on the New Politics held at the Palmer House in Chicago, Martin Luther King called for a new coalition of conscience. One observer said that the convention was transformed to a morality play on race relations. Allard Lowenstein, for one, is profiled. The reform of the Democratic Party in 1972 was undertaken by New Politics types. The author takes us through problems created by the Vietnam War, the candidacies of McGovern, McCarthy, Mondale, and Dukakis, and the presidencies of Clinton and Carter.Read more ›
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Excellent and enlightening history of the radicalization of the Democratic Party starting in the 1960's.Published 18 months ago by Rodger Hammerstein