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Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy-Rollers and the Neo-Cons Destroyed the GOP Hardcover – April 19, 2007
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Make no mistake: author Gold, a former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush and aide to Barry Goldwater, is one disgusted Republican. The GOP of the 2006 midterm election, he writes, is "a party of pork-barrel ear-markers like Dennis Hastert, of political hatchet men like Karl Rove, and of Bible-thumping hypocrites like Tom Delay." Gold looks to Goldwater, "a straight-talking, freethinking maverick," as the yardstick by which to measure just how far the party of Lincoln has fallen. He traces the beginning of the end to the 1980 Republican National Convention and the presence of "a militant new element...personified by Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell." The other half of the equation, the neoconservatives, are embodied by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, "two cuts from the same Machiavellian cloth." In efficient prose, Gold scrutinizes a significant swath of recent GOP history, in particular Newt Gingrich's 104th Congress and the Bush II White House, without losing momentum. He also has choice words for "the Coulterization of Republican rhetoric," the revolving door between Capitol Hill and K Street, and "sideshow" legislation like the Flag Protection Amendment. Gold sees a promising future for the Republican Party, but not until they lose some major elections and are able to keep down a slice of humble pie; for those disillusioned with the state of the GOP, this quick, uncompromising polemic provides substantial support, along with a large dose of cold comfort.
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"While reading this entertaining, provocative book, I was reminded of the televised prize fights of my youth. If the viewer was lucky, two crowd-pleasing boxers would start punching as soon as the bell sounded and continue until the round ended: left jab, right hook, an uppercut, wham, bam, he's down, he's up. In 'Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy-Rollers and the Neo-Cons Destroyed the GOP, ' author Vic Gold comes out swinging at neoconservatives and the evangelical right he says have captured and ruined the Republican Party, and he never stops." --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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The once honorable party of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, whose organizing principle was less government and more freedom is now dominated by soulless, gutless access sellers who call principled conservatives "sexists and elitists" but whose main job is to convince Republican lawmakers to do un-Republican things. The party is dominated now by these feather merchants and screaming blonde bimbos.
The Republican Party has reached its "thermidor", Gold is right. The only way to save this village is to destroy it. Gold's book is a landmark, and a must-read for all-principled Conservatives. Gold's book is not for those who should recognize themselves in its pages, the unthinking and uncritical--incapable of the necessary introspection to right this ship.
But as Victor Gold describes in this book the Republican Party has been hijacked by the Neo-Conservative movement using the events of 9/11, and now are the 'Party of War'.
The Neo-Conservatives are actually a left wing socialist movement with a militant foreign policy. There is nothing conservative about them. They have voted for endless spending and debt, they have increased the scope and size of government into the everyday life of people. These are things people usually associate with the Democrats.
Victor Gold also spends some time in this book describing how the Republican Party has also come under assault from the evangelical religious movement.
Then the book arrived and I actually read it.
Well - I had forgotten so much about the Good Old Bad Old Days and Victor reminded me of it all... Goldwater Republicans! Wow! Hadn't heard that term in, oh, way too long! But reading about Barry and his merry men from Victor's adoring perspective brought it all back. I was a bleeding heart liberal in those days; got Clean For Gene and all that... I had also cleanly forgotten one of our arch-nemeses, Barry Goldwater, in the years of ever increasing bad craziness since then.
I find myself thinking these days that the old style conservatives were much worthier foes than this new lot of what Victor styles "neo-cons". As Victor outlines in his pithy little book, the old school cons were logical and consistent and abhorred arguments based on "gut feelings" or anything that might smack of fuzzy thinking. I miss 'em, bless their hearts. I miss people who would quote chapter and verse of the Constitution to back up their political views rather than the current lot who quote much other chapters and verses.
In short, I found Victor's book interesting and definitely worth the lamp light. If you're old enough to remember Barry Goldwater, read this book for the hope it holds out that one day the left's Loyal Opposition will recover their aplomb and once again become worthy intellectual sparring partners.
Or, just buy it 'cause Victor's a charming old git and you want to give him some money. Either way.