The GOP Will Not Govern

William B. Turner

The Republican Party as a Party has become a hotbed of elected officials who betray a stunning indifference to the quality of the public policy they pursue, seeing all issues in purely partisan, vaguely ideological terms — “vaguely ideological” because they claim to be “conservative,” but theirs is, at best, a grossly degraded version of conservatism, one that has entirely jettisoned the important conservative idea of acting on principle, without regard to practical consequences — always a fatal idea to any working politician — but also the important principles of comity, respectability, and the critical principle of noblesse oblige, the absence of which best explains their manifest willingness to inflict on their often poorer, less well educated constituents — especially the black ones — policies that actively harm those constituents. The past does not dictate the future minutely, but it does foreclose some options and make others more likely. This book is a modest attempt to point out some of the more salient details of how and why Republicans wish to hold office but not govern, with an eye toward inspiring new ideas about how to return to the saner, more nearly rational governance the United States enjoyed roughly from 1945 to 1968.

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About the author

William B. Turner holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history with an emphasis in the history of public policy, and a J.D. He has multiple publications in both fields.

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William B. Turner
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Published on
Apr 27, 2016
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Pages
103
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ISBN
9781622176885
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / General
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