By John W. Dean
On the heels of his nationwide bestseller Worse Than Watergate, John Dean takes a serious examine the present conservative movement
In Conservatives with no Conscience, John Dean areas the conservative movement's internal circle of leaders within the Republican get together below scrutiny. Dean unearths their rules and brain- set to be essentially authoritarian, and as such, a hazard to democracy. through interpreting the legacies of such old-line conservatives as J. Edgar Hoover, Spiro Agnew, and Phyllis Schlafly and of such present figures as Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, and leaders of the spiritual correct, Dean offers an alarming checklist of abuses of energy. His trenchant research of ways conservatism has misplaced its bearings serves as a chilling caution and a stirring thought to shield constitutional principles.
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It’s a done deal,” she said. ” I asked. “We’re working on it,” she replied with a conspiratorial smile and a wink. I had little doubt, from the time I spent with Barbara, that votes had already been counted in the House of Representatives, and nothing was going to stop them from voting for impeachment. There were simply too many Democrats in the Senate, however, for the Republicans to muster the requisite two thirds for a guilty verdict and removal. The entire undertaking was designed to tarnish Clinton, and the Democrats.
42 I have always thought of these fundamentals—draw on the proven wisdom of the past; do not debase the dignity of others; and maximize freedom consistent with necessary safety and order—as conservatism’s “paragon of essences,” and have considered them broad enough to address a wide range of issues, from ﬁscal responsibility to libertarianism (toward which the senator was strongly inclined) to acknowledging the threat of communism (and today, terrorism) without getting hysterical about it. Distinctly absent from Goldwater’s conservatism was any thought of the government’s imposing its own morality, or anyone else’s, on society.
We would title our book Conservatives Without Conscience, an obvious allusion to Senator Goldwater’s classic. But we had not progressed very deeply into our work before I realized it could become a burden for the senator, whose physical health was rapidly failing. I slowed the project down and soon had to place it on the shelf, hoping to resume when the senator felt better. Sadly, that did not happen, but because I wanted answers, I could not abandon our task. I wanted to understand why these so-called conservatives acted in such a conspicuously unattractive manner.
Conservatives Without Conscience by John W. Dean