Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon: Rethinking the by Sarah Katherine Mergel

By Sarah Katherine Mergel

Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon explores the connection among postwar conservatives and the president from 1968 to 1974. probably casting these years out in their background, conservatives have by no means totally explored how Richard Nixon affected their stream. They fail to gain the level his presidency helped refocus their struggle opposed to liberalism and communism. Mergel makes use of the Nixon years as a window into the Right’s attempt to show ideology into winning politics. It combines an evaluation of Nixon’s presidency throughout the eyes of conservative intellectuals with an try and comprehend what the suitable won from its event with Nixon.

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Buckley, was “the closest thing to a conservative running for president” who might actually succeed. According to National Review, “People [were] talking about his ideas; not his personality,” which for Nixon was key to his appeal in 1968. His positions would draw in traditional Republicans, some liberals, southerners, and perhaps even black militants focusing on pride not welfare. Ralph de Toledano also observed that Nixon had become the safe candidate because “in recent years Mr. ”52 The “new” Nixon of 1968 promised much to the American people—most of which seemed to be conservative.

While there was some disagreement during the meetings, the party pledged more state and local control of programs relating the cities and to human development. ” It also proposed to initiate programs that would be simpler and would protect the family. The Republicans vowed to institute a vigorous and yet evenhanded crusade against crime as well. The platform implied that domestic policy under a Republican administration would restore the individual’s autonomy and freedom of choice. The cornerstone of the party’s economic policy would be fiscal responsibility and a lessening of the government’s role in economic matters.

64 However, as Frank Meyer pointed out, Nixon faced a difficult task in directing the significant conservative consensus (those in the GOP and those who voted for Wallace). To preserve and expand the conservative consensus the president-elect needed to take into account the recent changes in American society. ”65 Conservatives seemed optimistic about the Nixon’s administration potential, but they remained cautious as well. Right-minded thinkers adamantly believed that Nixon could lead the country in a new and better direction, should he so choose.

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