To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party



When Abraham Lincoln Helped Create The Republican Party On The Eve Of The Civil War, His Goal Was To Promote Economic Opportunity For All Americans, Not Just The Slaveholding Southern Planters Who Steered National Politics Yet While Visionary Republicans Like Teddy Roosevelt And Dwight Eisenhower Shared Lincoln S Egalitarian Dream, Their Attempts To Use Government To Guard Against The Concentration Of Wealth Have Repeatedly Been Undone By The Country S Moneyed Interests And Members Of Their Own Party Ronald Reagan S Embrace Of Big Business And The Ensuing Financial Crisis Is The Latest Example Of This Calamitous Cycle, But It Is By No Means The FirstIn To Make Men Free, Celebrated Historian Heather Cox Richardson Traces The Shifting Ideology Of The Grand Old Party From The Antebellum Era To The Great Recession, Showing How Republicans Ideological Vacillations Have Had Terrible Repercussions For Minorities, The Middle Class, And America At Large Expansive And Authoritative, To Make Men Free Explains How A Relatively Young Party Became America S Greatest Political Hope And, Time And Time Again, Its Greatest DisappointmentTo Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party

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  • 416 pages
  • To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party
  • Heather Cox Richardson
  • 24 November 2018
  • 0465024319

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  1. says:

    I read this book in physical form while my audiobook was The New Tsar The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin, so I really felt like I was consuming both the past and the future of the Republican party Joking aside, this book was really informative It traces the disconnect between the imperative of equality mandated by the Declaration of Independence and the unequivocal defense of property and class fissures enshrined in the Constitution, and how the parties have tried out various forms of c I read this book in physical form while my audiobook was The New Tsar The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin, so I really felt like I was consuming both the past and the future of the Republican party Joking aside, this book was really informative It traces the disconnect between the imperative of equality mandated by the Declaration of Independence and the unequivocal defense of property and class fissures enshrined in the Constitution, and how the parties have tried out various forms of compromise between these two mostly incompatible visions of America The Republican Party, the Party of Lincoln, was founded according to Richardson in support of values of meritocracy, equality, and anti plutocracy essentially a party against the symbolism and actual power of the benighted Plantation South Unfortunately, shortly after prevailing in the Civil War when those ideals were put to the test and prevailed, the GOP lost its way and became bedfellows with big business Things carried on pell mell until Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson sparred over which party was heir to the aegis of progressive politics The concept belonged to no one, but when the revanchist Taft wing had their bid sundered by Teddy Roosevelt and his progressivism, and when their Democratic opponent had progressive tendencies, the GOP began solidifying its image as the party against progress, though I m sure that even then they had better branding Although some progressive notes were sounded in the interim, the first half of the 20th Century was claimed by Democrats ultimately, the hidebound Taft Wing of the party wrested control, leading to the Movement Conservatism that has afflicted us and the world over the past few decades The true hero of this book seems to be Eisenhower Eisenhower represented perhaps the last great hope for sanity from a party opposing what experience and peer states have proven to be the superior system, and the rest has been a shambles of manipulation and cynicism He accepted the New Deal as not only popular but good, and seemed a true statesman, capable of putting country over self and especially over party, a skill of which the modern incarnation of the GOP is wholly bereft In addition to his baleful warnings about the Military Industrial Complex, Eisenhower realized, we are told, thateconomically dispossessed people were natural targets for political and religious extremists They could easily be manipulated by a strong leader to back a cause any cause that promised to resurrect a world in which they had enjoyed prosperity and cultural significance Such extremism had been dangerous enough in the hands of the Nazis, but 1945 gave quite specific shape to Eisenhower s fears The atomic bombchanged the meaning of human conflict.Richardson s coverage of Sen McCarthy also rings bells for those who lament our modern political dysphoria Party that they could advance an agenda by use of fiction, as long as that fiction spoke to Americans fears and could be kept from pen scrutiny McCarthy s demagoguery gave Taft s die hard followers a new style He yelled he made crazy accusations he leaked fragments of truth that misrepresented reality he hectored and badgered He got in the faces of people who mattered His antics got attention Although a senator about as inside a job as one can get he posed as an outsider taking on what he insisted was a corrupt system Claiming his opponents were bent on destroying America, he promised to defend it.Andpresaging of Trump Conservatives anti intellectualism became a strength That their rhetoric did not address reality mattered less than that it seemed to offer a comforting route to bring back the prosperity and security voters associated with an idyllic American past.There were some periods where I would have been proud to have called myself a Republican, but the influence of business interests seems to have been too strong on the whole Principled past leaders aside, the current incarnation of the GOP is exactly where the past fifty years has intended for it to be The grand experiment begun by Lincoln has failed spectacularly May it die a quick and decisive death

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    1.5 stars Not completely repulsive, but still a major disappointment I found this book at a Barnes Noble and gave it to a liberal friend as a joke birthday present He read it and subsequently re gifted it to me, recommending it as an easy read I don t disagree with his assessment, but I do think the book fails to deliver on an interesting subject I am guessing Richardson was commissioned by Basic Books to churn out a cash cow for the publisher.A list of things I did not like A Richard 1.5 stars Not completely repulsive, but still a major disappointment I found this book at a Barnes Noble and gave it to a liberal friend as a joke birthday present He read it and subsequently re gifted it to me, recommending it as an easy read I don t disagree with his assessment, but I do think the book fails to deliver on an interesting subject I am guessing Richardson was commissioned by Basic Books to churn out a cash cow for the publisher.A list of things I did not like A Richardson s thesis, that the Republican Party is traditionally comprised of an egalitarian wing supportive of a strong central government infrastructure investment and an oligarchic wing that aims to limit these intrusions, does make use of some fairly loaded language, and there is never any question as to where the author s sympathies lie This strikes me as curious because a substantial portion of the readers who will pick up this book will inevitably be modern Republicans B I felt the author s take on the Republican Party was a little simplistic and, at times, historically inaccurate According to Richardson, the central tenet of the original Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, was to lessen income inequality by defeating the Slave Power, but I m not convinced the income inequality debates of today are successors to the political conflicts of the antebellum era Richardson is also prone to insinuate that there is no intellectual basis for small government conservatism, a weakness that limits the book s credibility C My least favorite part of the book, sorry to say, is simply that Richardson is not a very talented writer She is prone to repeat certain themes and motifs again and again income inequality, the differences between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the hierarchical worldview of some obscure congressman from South Carolina There is also an alarming lack of proper nouns, e.g Southerners believed or Eastern bankers wanted , so the book is something of a light weight, a series of generalizations unsubstantiated by research.Not to belabor the point, but if Richardson s blurb was removed from the inside cover, I would have guessed this book was written by an undergraduate, presumably one in rebellion of her family s conservative politics I would have learned as much just the same

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    The Republican Party, was originally the party of Lincoln, so how did it become the party of white supremacy The Democratic Party in Lincoln s time was the party of white supremacy so how and when did both parties switch their hat color and do the full 180 And why do Americans never discuss this obvious 180 degree turns of both parties Let s see what this book teaches us to explain this Republican Lincoln believed the government had to do the stuff that was too big for individuals Meanw The Republican Party, was originally the party of Lincoln, so how did it become the party of white supremacy The Democratic Party in Lincoln s time was the party of white supremacy so how and when did both parties switch their hat color and do the full 180 And why do Americans never discuss this obvious 180 degree turns of both parties Let s see what this book teaches us to explain this Republican Lincoln believed the government had to do the stuff that was too big for individuals Meanwhile, the Democrats abhorred the idea of a stronger federal government and hated the idea of the government paying a nickel for economic development, like the railroads But the Southern Democrats were out of commission during the Civil War, so Republicans could and did develop, and they also started the Department of Agriculture and public universities Gettysburg wiped out one third of Lee s fighting force while Vicksburg bisects the Confederacy The Civil War was costing the Treasury two million dollars a day The 13th Amendment increased the power of the Government But the war made SOME Republicans very rich and that split the party between haves and nots In 1864, Democratic McClellan loses the election on a stop the Civil War now and sellout to the South platform The Republicans wanted a strong national government and objected to state s rights, seeing it as code for continuing slavery After Lincoln is killed, his VP, racist Andrew Johnson, assumes Presidency, the result of which will warp American politics for decades to come Johnson pretended an active government meant racist because it was taking away from whites and giving to everyone else Northern Democrats thought Lincoln sent whites to be slaughtered in his war for the benefit of the black man In 1872, the Republican Party was split into human beings versus the James Henry Hammond Fan Club which believed that overt racists pretending to be cowboys was the future of getting elected The theory was ex slaves and urban workers i.e blacks were lazy, while cowboys were anything but because they were white and stayed seated while their horses and barbed wire did most of the work By President Grant s second term, the Sumner Grant fight within the party ended the Republican dedication to equality of opportunity, their party s fundamental principle Communism had hit the Republican radar in the 1870 s with concerns the effects of the Paris Commune on the freed slaves and white workers in the US By 1872, Republicans saw Lincoln s active government as socialism, and recent labor organizing as an un American plot to redistribute wealth The white cowboy motif had made it easy for liberal New York City Republicans not only brand blacks as lazy, but also go after immigrants, workers and labor as the part of the problem Lincoln s policy of equality of opportunity lasted only 12 years in the Republican Party After that the motto of the Republican Party becomes Business Uber Alles , and any restriction on business means redistribution of wealth Democrats before the war defended slavery as the right of business and now Republicans one generation later were defending wage slavery as the right of business In 1884, younger Republicans mobilized to counter the power of Big Business, yet they were strangely also imperialist as well One of Republican Teddy Roosevelt s lies was saying, We will have this war for the freedom of Cuba in spite of the timidity of commercial interests And that adorable Teddy bear sure gave Cuba its freedom, didn t he The code phrase for invading other countries, and taking stuff that doesn t belong to you at the time was spreading morality overseas They say Teddy charged up San Juan Hill, but there wasn t much charging of course because Teddy s horses were drowned during the landing due to his poor planning So, let s picture instead a bunch of out of breath white guys with weapons climbing while looking for Joe Rosenthal So, TR was an imperialist, but wanted to regulate big business while also standing against socialism Just as Lincoln had sided with the people against slavery, so TR would side with the people now against Big Business Meanwhile, by 1898, in the fabulous world of Christianity, Heather says Ministers were actually preaching the virtues of lynching Jesus would have been so proud.Democrat Wilson becomes President and immediately segregates the federal offices that had been desegregated since Reconstruction Woodrow then throws the first movie night inside the White House showing the Birth of a Nation Who doesn t get all teary eyed imagining a President and his friends enjoying the first blatantly racist film in a building built by slaves In response to Wilson having all the fun, Republican Herbert Hoover commits one racial slur after another Republicans lose their progressive flame and turn against immigrants I know we once proudly said this was a nation of immigrants but that was before those damn labor protests of the 1870 s The Great Migration s first effect is that it made racism a national thing instead of a southern thing For racists, the Great Migration had become the Great Migraine Did you know the Republicans shaped and brought us the GI Bill which mirrored the ideology of Lincoln it put 51% of veterans back in school When FDR died, the dismantling of the New Deal immediately began, led by the Taft Republicans and the Southern Democrats This leads to the Taft Hartley Bill which kills the Wagner Act and Labor The worry was that Labor would use its money to influence politics Allowing all people to have a voice in a democracy How jejune The Dixiecrats led by racist Strom Thurmond who fathered a biracial child in his 20 s splinter off from the Democrats in 48 Next you get the Eisenhower Taft rift which echoes for 20 years Taft s right wing posse thought that they were the only good Americans Everyone else had to be purged from government, and all DC parties with good canapes The TV generation had just begun political messages had to suddenly be simplified to prompt emotional, rather than intellectual responses Eisenhower is the last voice of sanity for Republicans the government must perform indispensable social services It must cover people suffering, needs for housing, promote education No wonder the Taft crew had to take him out you can t follow an act like that and be liked unless you do some twisted sleight of hand by exploiting emotion and language On cue, in comes the McCarthy witch hunt, and the Taft crew gets a boner when they see, Wow, you can say any fiction and it will get traction if you shamelessly speak to America s fears Taft Republicans adopted the McCarthy style Taft Republicans saw their future clearly wild accusations designed to defend free market capitalism, heterosexuality, and Christianity from those godless leftists Accusations and Golf Then in comes William F Buckley to revamp the Republican party by reducing government and telling universities what to do Buckley strategically emphasizes religion, the free market, and a strong military, and conflates the New Deal with Soviet style communism But first, he patents a way of lock jaw talking that sounded like Paul Lynde on Quaaludes Eisenhower had thought if he didn t do something about racism, the Soviet Union could keep rightfully pointing at the US South The John Birch Society neatly tied together anti communism and racism they even sued Paul McCartney saying their song Ivory and Ivory had been lifted for his Ebony and Ivory The inside joke was the JBS had got it s no dissent tolerated platform straight from the communists That was about as funny as the JBS got Then comes all those TV westerns You know, those shows where only strong white men worked hard and made it on their own In 1959, there were twenty six westerns on TV Barry Goldwater quits college after one year because he didn t like it Goldwater then taps into the Cowboy myth on their own, needed no assistance once the land was stolen from natives , needed no government handout after free grazing and water rights It didn t matter if the American people clearly wanted an active government, you had to protect against the tyranny of the masses The Republican Party saw it would have to now go back in time before the Civil War before the end of slavery Goldwater cut the Deep South away from the Democrats Then Reagan becomes the spokesman for Movement Conservatism The new thrill was anti intellectualism, and refusing to budge on anything in order to make Democrats move only rightward Reagan then raises taxes eleven times and appointsjudges than any other president in history After Reagan, Republicans begin stressing the New Deal is Socialism, and we got to replace it with an even bigger government through handouts to Business, Religion and the Military They run the Willie Horton ad that kills Dukakis, conjuring the image of democrats as socialists working FOR dangerous black Americans Then in 1996, Fox News begins based on a simple narrative devoid of all nuance to be read by good looking people in front of colorful backgrounds Movement Conservatism was based on ideology, not reality and as a Republican you were either all in or all out and so the purging of RINOs begins Big government came back under Bush Jr but it was now under the control of Movement Conservatives a triumph for Buckley s vision Having gone full circle, the Republican Party was now proudly everything it had been formed to destroy And the book ends.What a great book Heather shows how when you get a President from either party going out on a limb, taking a risk, daring to think of all the people, you get a huge backlash Lincoln leads to the End of Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and Trayvon Martin And FDR s New Deal to save Capitalism leads to the Powell Report, William F Buckley, the Crisis of Democracy Trilateral Commission book and Clinton s killing of welfare And Eisenhower s Republican successors were forced to recant his policies Heather notes that when Republicans let Big Business get the upper hand you got financial shocks like 1893, 1929, and 2008 But when Republicans Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower actively moved the furthest to make alevel economic playing field, their actions all led to a Republican backlash Great book

  4. says:

    Richardson details the history of the Republican Party from Lincoln to Bush, showing how it became the party that serves the interests of the wealthy and the big corporations Lincoln, the first Republican president, believed that government must promote economic opportunity for all citizens, not just the rich We remember Lincoln for keeping the nation united and for his emancipation of the slaves, but we should not forget the 1862 Homestead Act, which gave poor people a chance to get land if Richardson details the history of the Republican Party from Lincoln to Bush, showing how it became the party that serves the interests of the wealthy and the big corporations Lincoln, the first Republican president, believed that government must promote economic opportunity for all citizens, not just the rich We remember Lincoln for keeping the nation united and for his emancipation of the slaves, but we should not forget the 1862 Homestead Act, which gave poor people a chance to get land if they would work it Lincoln saw this as an important way to help poor people to rise in society Lincoln also signed the Land Grant College Act into law in 1862 in the belief that farmers gaining increased knowledge would lead toefficient production.Finally, the Union Pacific Railroad Act was a piece of legislation designed to help develop the nation The U.P.R.R.Co was actually set up as a state corporation, which would have Republicans today screaming socialism The irony, of course, is that Republicans are now in the position of the slaveholding Southern Democrats of the pre Civil War period who wanted to maintain an economic oligarchy and opposed any federal government activism to promote economic development, especially for the poor and working class How this happened is the main point of the story By the 1880s, business had become so powerful that it had gained a strong control over government by capturing the Republican Party Interestingly, when the Democrats won in 1892 with Grover Cleveland , the outgoing administration of Benjamin Harrison did its best to destroy the economy and ruin Cleveland Europeans were discouraged from investing and the stock market was paralyzed, a crash occurring just before Cleveland took office in 1893 A severe depression happened which led to great unrest, such as the Pullman strike in Chicago Republicans were able to blame Cleveland for the economic meltdown and increasing anarchy It would be no surprise that McKinley would sweep into office in 1896, as the candidate of Big Business In a great irony, Theodore Roosevelt would become Vice President under McKinley after McKinley s reelection in 1900,and following the president s assassination, Teddy became the president who would return to the vision of Lincoln, by supporting the citizens against the trusts the big monopolies , with his trust busting campaign and, over, with his protection of natural resources to stop the plundering of those resources by the wealthy 1% It was not to last The Republicans would go back to being the party of the econonomic oligarchy following Teddy s presidency The excesses of the wealthy in the 20s would lead to the Crash of 1929 and the Democrats of another Roosevelt needing to step in to restore the economy Richardson continues the story to the present As Bush allowed an unregulated free market to run amok again and cause another meltdown, it seemed that people had not learned anything from history As Republicans continue to undermine the efforts to follow Lincoln s vision by Democrat Barack Obama, we can see that the struggle on behalf of working people against economic oligarchy goes on.

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    This books follows the far left to far right swings of the Republican Party since its inception in the late 1850s until Obama s election which is fascinating It shows that at the core the problem is a conflict between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution The Declaration of Independence implies equal opportunity for all The Constitution protects property rights The conflict occurs when property owners become so powerful that they control government and seriously infringe o This books follows the far left to far right swings of the Republican Party since its inception in the late 1850s until Obama s election which is fascinating It shows that at the core the problem is a conflict between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution The Declaration of Independence implies equal opportunity for all The Constitution protects property rights The conflict occurs when property owners become so powerful that they control government and seriously infringe on others equal opportunity The party in its history has swung left and right, between these two principles In Lincoln s time, the party was created to block the spread of the large southern plantation owners into the west These owners drove small farmers out of business and thus endangering the equality and the pursuit of happiness written into the Declaration of Independence.During Lincoln s time the party was considered highly progressive acts created a national currency, sponsored a railway to the west, created the department of agriculture and banned slavery The latter was a progressive act, because it destroyed the slave owner s wealth.After the war, the party became beholden to Northeastern factory owners and by 1900 was the party of Big Business It blocked labor unions and other attacks on Business property and finance It was republican Theodore Roosevelt that Big Business threatened the democracy of the nation after which he broke the trusts.After Roosevelt the party moved to right again and elected Hoover at the outset of the depression president Hoover applied austerity i.e cut taxes and spending policy to combat the depression with disastrous results for the country and the party FDR took over and the democrats took power until Eisenhower.Eisenhower was a moderate who believed that inequality globally and nationally was the source of strife He supported the GI Bill and much government investment abroad and all over the country mostly military , which gave rise to the most prosperous time in modern US history He, however, was despised by the republican right, of which Buckley was an early figure because he was giving money to the poor and other social investments.Since Eisenhower the party has steadily moved right at first due to the social turmoil of the 60s, which frightened many Americans It got its first major conservative elected president with Reagan George W, not George HW was his philosophical successor Reagan claimed to be applying supply side i.e Hoover economics to the economy, but he drove up the deficit instead In other words, he applied New Deal economics, but claimed the opposite George W ultimately did the same.In short, the book is very critical of the Republicans in fact a bit too much IMHO for what I assume to be a neutral historical record Its greatest leaders were progressives, Its greatest failure, Hoover, was a regressive It however does not acknowledge its legacy and seems to not have learned from its past

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    A good, brief account of the 160 year history of the US Republican Party and its struggle to reconcile constitutional property rights with the principle of equality promoted in the Declaration of Independence.The best part of the book, for me, are the chapters dealing with the first and greatest Republican president Abraham Lincoln who rightly recognized that slavery was a moral abomination and indefensible in light of the country s founding documents Lincoln also recognized the dangers of econ A good, brief account of the 160 year history of the US Republican Party and its struggle to reconcile constitutional property rights with the principle of equality promoted in the Declaration of Independence.The best part of the book, for me, are the chapters dealing with the first and greatest Republican president Abraham Lincoln who rightly recognized that slavery was a moral abomination and indefensible in light of the country s founding documents Lincoln also recognized the dangers of economic stratification and saw government as having a role to play towards promoting upward mobility Indeed, early Republicans are completely unrecognizable from modern Republicans One can t imagine any present day Republican signing into law bills such as The Homestead Act or The Land Grant College Act as President Lincoln did in 1862.The following chapters detail the pendulum shift of the GOP toward entrenching property rights and deprioritizing principles of equality In order to secure New York s electoral votes, the party felt it necessary to court Wall Street the Income Tax Acts of 1861 and 1862 are repealed in 1872 high tariffs are maintained to encourage and protect domestic industry This shift toward big business continues until Teddy Roosevelt assumes the presidency, and then shifts back once Republicans regain the Presidency after Woodrow Wilson.The struggle between Eisenhower and the isolationist Taft Republicans is well told as is the rise of Movement Conservatism, Nixon s flirtations with it, as well as Reagan and Bush 43 s full on French Kiss with it The book, written in 2014, does not foresee the rise of Trump In fact, it anticipates the pendulum moving the opposite direction toward moderation and an emphasis on greater equality It would be interesting to read what Richardson makes of Trump and the insurgency that propelled him to the White House

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    In the 1850s, young men created the Republican Party to stand against and create an alternative to a government they believed promoted the interests of only wealthy elites Over its 160 year history, Republicans have swung from this founding vision of their party to one that has espoused and promulgated the interests of elites and big businesses, why This is the question that Heather Cox Richardson has set out to answer.Richardson s masterful narrative charts the Republican Party and its ideolo In the 1850s, young men created the Republican Party to stand against and create an alternative to a government they believed promoted the interests of only wealthy elites Over its 160 year history, Republicans have swung from this founding vision of their party to one that has espoused and promulgated the interests of elites and big businesses, why This is the question that Heather Cox Richardson has set out to answer.Richardson s masterful narrative charts the Republican Party and its ideology from its inception through the presidency of George W Bush, when the power of the Movement Conservative faction peaked Richardson demonstrates how the issue of civil rights, economic theory, and the politics of socialism and communism have affected the ideology of the Republican Party Richardson attempts to stay neutral as she discusses these ideological shifts and their causes, but anyone who has strong political views may become agitated while reading this book However, every American should fight through this discomfort and read To Make Men Free Richardson does an excellent job of showing how the past has impacted and yielded our present day society and political landscape

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    The Republican Party was an amazing thing as started out by Lincoln, representing equality and the common person against the wealthy elite It quickly succumbed to corruption, but did some amazing things and gave us some amazing leaders I was optimistic that this book would help me change my views on Republicans and teach me that they aren t so bad And it did, and they weren tup until Buckley transformed the party and Nixon took power and Movement Conservatism moved in And then I realized The Republican Party was an amazing thing as started out by Lincoln, representing equality and the common person against the wealthy elite It quickly succumbed to corruption, but did some amazing things and gave us some amazing leaders I was optimistic that this book would help me change my views on Republicans and teach me that they aren t so bad And it did, and they weren tup until Buckley transformed the party and Nixon took power and Movement Conservatism moved in And then I realized Republicans have nothing to do with Lincoln, and their good points were anomalies Republicans will never elect a Lincoln or Roosevelt or Eisenhower again They have become the party of the elite and use the tactic of if you repeat a lie loud enough and often enough people will believe it They claim to be the party of morality but in reality they are the party of hypocrisy The author isoptimistic than I am about a new era starting I don t see it, and I don t have enough faith that people will stop voting against their best interests but I hope it is true

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    Fascinating stuffRichardson really gets into the ins and outs of party negotiations, which I feel like I never read about People remember which party wins elections, but they don t remember who the other options were for the nomination and the ways that individual candidates nudge parties a little to the right or a little to the left This book does sort of make one wish that there was a matching book for the Democrats it looks like there sort of is, but written by a journalist rather than Fascinating stuffRichardson really gets into the ins and outs of party negotiations, which I feel like I never read about People remember which party wins elections, but they don t remember who the other options were for the nomination and the ways that individual candidates nudge parties a little to the right or a little to the left This book does sort of make one wish that there was a matching book for the Democrats it looks like there sort of is, but written by a journalist rather than a historian I would like to read about the political shifting within that party too I found myselfinterested in the first and last thirds of this book, and less interested in the middle third, but that might be because I knew a littleabout that era already A particularly good book for understanding the different movements within the GOP of the last thirty years or so, the movements that have led us to this extremelyinteresting moment

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    Excellent I had assumed I would be reading this after a terrible Republican defeat this November, but sadly I read it just before Donald Trump took office I m pretty despondent about the election results and it helped to see this election in the context of the history of the Republican party I m especially intrigued and persuaded by Cox Richardson s argument that the central conflict we face as a nation is the tension between our belief in equality and our belief in the sacredness of private Excellent I had assumed I would be reading this after a terrible Republican defeat this November, but sadly I read it just before Donald Trump took office I m pretty despondent about the election results and it helped to see this election in the context of the history of the Republican party I m especially intrigued and persuaded by Cox Richardson s argument that the central conflict we face as a nation is the tension between our belief in equality and our belief in the sacredness of private property I enjoyed reading about the corruption in the late 1800s because it gives me hope that we can live through this period as well but it will still take vigilance and work I was impressed with Eisenhower and what I learned about his beliefs and policies The thread of systemic racism throughout our political history was not surprising but it reminded me how hard we will have to work to undo a system that has been in the making for a long time

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