The GOP Will Not Govern Paperback – April 27, 2016
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About the Author
- Publisher : WaveCloud Corporation (April 27, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 122 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1622176898
- ISBN-13 : 978-1622176892
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches
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- #19,437 in General Elections & Political Process
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The GOP will not Govern by William B. Turner
Mr. Turner, an Author, Historian and Lawyer by education and training takes the reader through the history of the Grand Old Party,GOP from it’s origins as an Anti-Slavery movement of the 1850’s to today. This easily read book is a must have for those intent on being well informed as to the dynamics present in the current election cycle. Whichever side of the political spectrum/aisle one adheres to, this book clearly and concisely articulates means and motives of the GOP with emphasis on the past 50 years.
The Author uses the lens of Empiricism or as I term, “Five eyes seeing” as the optics in which this narrative unfolds from the past to the present. The book begins with specific historical context of the “Founding Fathers” and the divergence of “conservatives” of today from the “liberal” motifs that led those of the past to create a uniquely American solution of governance.
The toxicity of today’s GOP political environment is traced to the foundation of Nixon’s “Odd Couple Marriage” of “poor whites and country club types”. Their marriage consisting of “near term political success” with “dog whistle racism” and “border south strategy” as their vows.
The Presidencies of Gerald Ford are not mentioned and that of George H. W. Bush given minimal presence. There are chapters devoted to those of: Ronald Regan, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. I leave it to the Reader to discern their import and context in today’s hyper-charged political environment. I encourage Readers to use marginalia as a tool to underline, mark and annotate. This was a key tool I used to connect-the-dots or stitch the threads between terms and ideas as a Book Reviewer.
The 14 pages of source url’s footnoted, indexed by subject matter, chapter would benefit Readers.
A time warp to the present has the 18 GOP presidental contenders winnowed down to Donald Trump. Roger Ailes, founder of Fox news and Nixon advisor on television and media strategy under a veil of sexual harassment charges, ousted by Rupert Murdoch and now an Advisor to the Republican Nominee.
Well, Done Mr. Turner !
As a Historian, Mr. Turner knows the value of key terms of historical import to tie the past to the present. I found myself going back to terms learned through my own historical education and reader of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker and the Washington Post. I share these with the intent to add value to the discussion.
The “enemy at hand at all times” can be linked to Herman Goering’s musings at the Nuremberg trials.
"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
-- Herman Göring at the Nuremberg
The “conservative media bubble”, constant repetition of echo chamber feedback and “The Big Lie”.
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
The Abu Ghraib horrors and the treatment of prisoners defined by the “Torture Memos authored by John Yoo and Guantanamo “Special Interrogation Plans” authored by Donald Rumsfeld.
A Guide to the Memos on Torture
Memos from the Justice Department's Office of Legal CounselNote: Legal opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel carry the weight of law within the executive branch.
11. Memo from Donald Rumsfeld DATE: April 16, 2003SUBJECT: "Counter-Resistance Techniques in the War on Terrorism"AUTHOR: Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
Rumsfeld issues a memorandum to the commander of US Southern Command authorizing 24 of the 35 techniques for use at Guantanamo.
For fans of the liberal blogosphere, most of the book's arguments and examples are familiar. Author William B. Turner's gift is for synthesizing a disparate variety of arguments into a single, coherent, damning whole. By the end of the book, he simply runs out of synonyms for the GOP's awfulness and forced to repeatedly identify various acts or persons as the apotheosis of the GOP's refusal to govern. Unlike many contemporary writers who fall prey to the "both sides do it" syndrome, Turner keeps his unrelenting gaze fixed on the GOP and it's myriad failures.
The GOP Will Not Govern draws a clean line from 1950s reactionaries to the failures in Flint, MI; from the failed campaign of Barry Goldwater to the race-bating dog-whistling contemporary Republican party. The writing is clear, accessible, informed and easy to read.
A great addition to the bookshelf of anyone who actually cares about competence in government