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Perlstein does a solid job of describing the rise of the conservative movement that began in of the conservative movement that began in late 50s gained steam in the arly 60s and resulted in Barry Goldwater s Republican nomination and subseuent landslide defeat at the hands of Lyndon Johnson in 1964 Perlstein delves into the various lements that came together to almost force Goldwater to run He details how sometimes Goldwater and his Arizona mafia all close friends of his from Arizona who he insisted on trusting with running his campaign caused his followers consternation than Democrats did Goldwater merges here as a reluctant stubborn and disinterested individual who would have much preferred to have stayed in the Senate which he went back to by winning a seat in the 1968 Multichannel Marketing Ecosystems election At times If you read Before The Storm after Nixonland as I did be warned the fluency and fury of that book is absent Before The Storm is a denser focused read casting Perlstein as a historian s historian fusing the great narrative tradition of Anglo Saxon history writing with the ultra detailed thick description of the continental schools It s still a blast but the thick description is at times very thick the detail of convention politicking as much renactment as analysis Perlstein doesn t need to spell his conclusions out too much if you don t come away from Before The Storm believing the received wisdom about youth and the 1960s leaves half the story out then what book were you readingPerlstein is on the left himself but as a historian that doesn t matter he s drawn to Extending Symfony 2 Web Application Framework energy and political wilesven when they re malicious if his Nixon isn t uite the Shakespearean monster of his second book he s still the most compelling of the B cast here And Perlstein despises folly and complacency particularly in the pundit class There is plenty of it to go around Before The Storm and Perlstein s work in general is among the most righteous fruit of Gen X s simmering love hate arrangement with the Baby Boomer left He can t settle on which horrifies him most their unreasonable conviction that they would win or their later hallucination that they did He s a liberal writing Whig history as horror where the placid teleology of progressivism is recast as the docile idiocy of teenagers in a slasher flick with Perlstein in the audience shaking his head as liberal America insists on skinny dipping at midnight or just going to see what that noise in the cellar was It s hard to believe Perlstein wrote this had this published only in 2001 It is so detailed and filled with period detail 1960s that he writes as though these people or Angels Whiskey events were familiar to us in some way He writes in English but he may as well be talking about another country the information is so distant from my sphere Add to that thextraordinary density of the information I suppose like Caro s LBJ series and you come up with a fascinating I m sure
Work That Is Completely Undigestible that is completely undigestible 2017I am interested in Goldwater and how conservatives sort of went off the deep Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain: Volume Two: A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities end after the 1950s with all the Commies in the workforce labor unions government theatre schools media yada yada but am not interestednough to relive that narrow minded idiocy We have nough of that right here right now Just give me the highlights that s his job isn t it I mean that s what I m paying for I didn t write this thing after allPerlstein was completely brilliant and completely obsessed he followed very conversation with diligence He knew so much he no longer knew what was important to tell us Is Hill Wang the official CIA publishing company Just wonderinghave seen it come up beforeand who Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between else could afford to keep this brilliant obsessed guy Perlstein working for so many years following so many threadsxcept our bros in intelligence Preface Before the Storm Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus NotesSelected BibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndex UPDATE Rick Perlstein has written an outstanding article appearing top of the front page of the New York Times I Thought I Understood the American Right Trump Proved me Wrong The article reads as Rick Perlstein s mea culpa for underestimating The Day Christ Was Born extremism in the development of today s conservative movement forxample ignoring the popularity of groups such as the German American Bund or the Black Legion For anyone interested in the history behind Trump s presidency this article is a must readAfter finishing six hundred and twenty five pages of Before the Storm I now know than any non American will ver need to know about the US Presidential Acclaimed historian Rick Perlstein chronicles the rise of the conservative movement in the liberal 1960s At the heart of the story is Barry Goldwater the renegade Republic. ,
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IN THE 1964 CAMPAIGNGOLDWATER S WEAKESTthe 1964 campaignGoldwater s weakest was being seen as a warmonger who might trigger a nuclear xchange One has to wonder whether this would be a weak spot in a candidate today His background included flying planes from the US to deploy on the front line for WW2 and he loved to talk about military uipment which didn t do much to dispel the warmonger image His support for allowing military
commanders the authority to launch nuclear strikes didn t help much ither Neitherthe authority to launch nuclear strikes didn t help much And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake either Neither his advocacy of weapons systems such as the Davy Crockett the atomic warhead mounted on a portable recoilless rifle which had the drastic design flaw of sometimes including within its blast zone the infantry men firing the weapon The Davey Crockett pulling the string launches the atomic warheadIn 1964 LBJs campaign produced ads that were pioneering in their day inxploiting the fears of the Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America electorate These ads didn t mention candidates by name and favored raw fear andmotion over rationality a tradition adopted by political ads to this day The ads are good The Pocket Wife enough to warrant a look atven nowThe Daisy ad only thirty seconds long Do you want your children counting down to a nuclear holocaust This ad was so The Color of Our Sky effective at fear mongering it was only broadcast once Test Ban anffective reminder from the Johnson campaign that Kennedy s test ban might have saved humanity from nuclear destruction So in 1964 the Democrats were able to ffectively counteract GOP fear mongering by pointing out that the GOP itself was something justifiably to fear This is something that most of the Democrats have conspicuously failed to do in 2016 Instead of xplaining to the lectorate
that isis are many thousands of miles awayISIS are many thousands of miles away present much less of a threat to the average American household than keeping a gun in the home they have let the fear mongering go unchecked In 1964 the Democrat s attack ads were amusing and ffectiveThe legacy of the Goldwater campaign that is felt most strongly today in the moral sphere It was in 1964 that the GOP began holding the Democratic Party accountable for most of the social ills of the day Just like Trump in 2016 back in 1964 the GOP was waging war on political correctness although it wasn t called political correctness at the time Just like today victory over political correctness meant having the right to speak your prejudice out loud Goldwater had said back in January that the reason most people were on relief was because they were stupid or lazywhen he asked those who criticized him if they thought what he said was right they invariably responded Oh yes you re right but you shouldn t have said it The Republican party s first attempt to capture the moral high ground was a film called Choice in which LBJ is the driver of an out of control Cadillac as a metaphor for out of control moral decline It s worth watching just for some Cabaret: A Roman Riddle entertainingxamples of what passed as immoral behavior in the sixties At the time the advert was a failure Mentions of men for sale and shots lingering over pictures of young women in bikinis left the lectorate with the impression that the Goldwater campaign had for their own strange reasons decided to produce a porno movie But ver since 1964 the GOP has taken up the fight for moral righteousness and for the time being has won the issues vote Cruz has valiantly picked up this fight for American moral purity with his legal attack on dildos vibrators and other marital aids which are illegal in Texas This will no doubt win him as many votes in 2016 as Goldwater s film did in 1964So what did I learn from reading this immensely detailed book I learnt that things are going to get uglyIf you ve been thinking that with its talk of carpet bombing delegate theft small hands and menstruating TV reporters the campaign is already ugly well you ain t seen nothing yet Just wait until the 2016 Republican Convention If it is anything like the Republican Convention of 1964 it will be a doozyFortunately help is at hand An nterprising political pundit has produced a guide to candidate selection that could help keep both Republican and Democratic Conventions civilizedIf this flowchart is converted into a flyer and handed out in Cleveland and Philadelphia delegates will be able to focus on the key lection issues in a way that they haven t done to date Using this America can All Roads Lead Home elect the President it deserves in 2016. Of conservatives and their antagonists including William F Buckley Nelson Rockefeller and Bill Moyers Vividly written Before the Storm is anssential book about the 1960s. Ampaign of 1964Why invest so much time reading a book about an obscure US lection campaign than *half a century in the past Because the parallels between the 1964 and 2016 Republican compaigns are *a century in the past Because the parallels between the 1964 and 2016 Republican compaigns are too interesting not to want to know And it turns out I am not the only one who finds Goldwater s 1964 campaign interesting Ted Cruz has been studying the back room work that won Goldwater a majority at the 1964 Republican Convention If Trump had read this book he would not be surprised to see Lyin Ted stealing his delegatesEncouragingly for Cruz the book shows that Goldwater stood a much better chance of winning the Presidency than LBJ s landslide victory implies Goldwater wanted to fight a noble campaign of conservative ideas without resorting to campaign trickery and surrounded himself with cronies from Arizona that were broadly speaking incompetent If Goldwater had been flexible around policy and pragmatic about how his campaign was run he stood a good chance of winning November might tell us whether or not Cruz has done his homework and learnt from Goldwater s rrors Before the Storm is full of places where the 1964 and 2016 presidential campaigns converge or diverge Here are a few xamplesThe mainstream GOP choice was Nelson Rockefeller a candidate who shared a lot in common with Jeb Bush son of a famous family rich leisured ntitled mediocre dull Understandably the public was left cold In 1964 Rockefeller was seen by many as an East Coast Liberal out of touch with the concerns with the rest of the country Nelson Rockefeller and Jeb Bush Republican mediocritiesRather uaintly in 1964 people used to believe that New Yorkers like Rockefeller xercised malign influence over Wall Street and by xtension the rest of the country Nowadays of course we know that Wall Street xercises a malign influence over the rest of the country regardless of what New Yorkers do But this outlook was another black mark against Rockefeller Members of xtreme right wing groups such as the John Birch Society the Tea Party of its day suspected Rockefeller and ven incredibly Eisenhower of being communists The tradition of stupefying ignorance on the fringes of the GOP xtends back to well before 2016So just like Goldwater back in 1964 in 2016 Trump and Cruz occupied the vacancy on the GOP bench left open by the unpopularity of the mainstream candidate And just like Trump and Cruz in 2016 Goldwater attracted some rather unconventional support Strange bed sheets for strange GOP bed fellowsIn 1964 Goldwater s team had to distance themselves from Just Cause extremists on the conservative right wing in order to maintain their credibility In contrast these days Trump and Cruz discretely call out toxtremists blowing on their dog whistles with as much puff as they can muster Trump delays condemning his ndorsement from David Duke Cruz shares a platform with religious bigots who call for death to LGBT individualsSome things never change in GOP politics Just like today back in 1964 the GOP were happy to xploit the fears of the lectorate in order to win votes A real difference between 1964 and now was that in 1964 America was facing an imminent threat to its xistence nuclear war with the USSR Unsurprisingly the Cold War was a major concern of the lectorate and focus of the 1964 campaign Lyndon Johnson understood how souls were moved by dark thoughts that crept up on sleepless nights Men worry about heart attacks he would say clasping his chest Women worry about cancer of the tit here he jabbed the breastplate of his nearest companion But verybody worries about war and peace Everything lse is chickenshit
In 2016 America Also Faces2016 America also faces and present xistential threats but ones very different from those of 1964 These threats are largely ignored by the candidates of 2016 climate change pollution nvironmental destruction The difference of course is that these are not imminent threats but rather threats that accumulate imperceptibly by degrees They can be safely ignored by a GOP that needs to xaggerate fears to raise votes and can be paid lip service to by a Democratic party that needs to raise donor money from the fossil fuel industry or pollutersSo whereas the 1964 Campaign focused on the pressing issue of nuclear holocaust and the Fiesta Moon end of the world the 2016 campaign focuses on marginal threats such as the danger from ISIS terrorists infiltrating across the Mexican border or from shariah law in Arizona Sadly neither the Democrats of today nor LBJ in 1964 did much to put these issues in a proper perspectiveIt. An from Arizona who loathed federal government despised liberals and mocked “peaceful coexistence” with the USSR Perlstein's narrative shines a light on a whole world.