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By Robert Mason

In recent times historians have paid mammoth recognition to the origins of contemporary political conservatism and the list of the Nixon management in construction a Republican majority within the past due 20th century. In Richard Nixon and the search for a brand new Majority, Robert Mason analyzes Nixon's reaction to the constructing conservative weather and demanding situations revisionist claims in regards to the activist nature of the Nixon management. Nixon used to be an activist in motive, Mason contends, yet now not in deed.Nixon's "silent majority" speech of 1969 not just undermined the expansion of the antiwar flow, Mason indicates, it additionally pointed out a constituency for Nixon to domesticate in an effort to safe reelection. even if, the implementation of his new-majority venture was once hindered via the lodge to soiled methods opposed to political competitors and the ineffectual pursuit of a coverage time table. even supposing a few Nixon projects have been enacted, says Mason, they weren't enormous sufficient to rival the Democrats' bread-and-butter matters. whereas Nixon outfitted Republican power on the presidential point, Mason argues that he didn't achieve mobilizing well known aid for broad-based political conservatism.

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And as we see and hear these things, millions of Americans cry out in anguish: Did we come all this way for this? Did American boys die in Normandy and Korea and in Valley Forge for this? Listen to the answers to those questions. It is another voice, it is a quiet voice in the tumult of the shouting. It is the voice of the great majority of Americans, the forgotten Americans, the non-shouters, the non- 30 H the forgotten americans H demonstrators. . They give drive to the spirit of America. They give lift to the American dream.

Strangely, Nixon’s career had left him without a detailed knowledge of legislative politicking. His tenure in Congress had been relatively brief; then, as later, he showed little interest in matters congressional. ’’π Especially at a time of divided government, these shortcomings had very significant implications. The administration included few experienced legislative politicians in key positions, and Nixon’s closest aides were notably dismissive of Congress. Haldeman told one writer that the nation’s constitutional design did not call for cooperation between the legislative and executive branches.

It was unquestionably a favorable moment to stage a challenge to the incumbent party. ’’∏≠ Three main issues remained under debate. The first was the Vietnam War. Relatively few Americans wanted an immediate withdrawal without the achievement of war aims, but many felt that the administration had handled the war badly. The second was the continuing struggle for racial equality. Public opinion on desegregation was becoming more liberal, but many whites, including liberals, were uneasy about the tense state of race relations.

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