Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left
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No longer can the GOP afford to let Democrats brazenly claim the moral high ground while the Democratic agenda bankrupts hardworking Americans. No longer can the Right respond to the Left's emotional attacks with appeals to reason. Year after year, liberals have won voters' hearts and minds by selling a fantasy of moral righteousness. Republicans need to learn from Democrats' successes in order to turn the tide, David Horowitz argues, and they need to do it now.
From his days as a founder of the radical New Left movement in the 1960s to his storied career as a leading conservative activist, Horowitz has a lifetime of experience in battleground politics. Now he lays out a winning political strategy for the Right that can save the country from sliding into economic and social ruin. If conservatives want a better future for America, they need to be able to beat liberals at their own game—and David Horowitz is teaching them how.
campaigns like this are conducted correctly, they will change not only the way conservatives frame their message but the political landscape and the prospects for the nation’s future. E V I F R E T P CHA UNITING THE RIGHT A nyone paying attention to politics soon notices that when Democrats attack, they speak from the same text, and when they march to the polls, they march in lockstep. If one Democrat says the wealthy must pay their “fair share,” all Democrats say it—regardless of the
of human nature stands in the way of the progressive schemers. It is the cause of the division of Americans into conservatives and progressives, defenders of liberty and its would-be destroyers. The steady erosion of freedom in the last half century is the direct consequence of 76 TAKE NO PRISONERS progressives’ political advances. The progressive agenda is a systematic assault on the private sector, which is precisely the realm of individual freedom. The goal of each progressive program is
Big-Government Progressives Have Taken Away the Most Important Rung of the Economic Ladder for Minorities and the Poor The poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanics (36 percent and 35 percent, respectively) exceed those of all other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. By way of comparison, the poverty rate for whites is only 14 percent.88 A crucial reason for this disparity is the disaster that is public school education in America’s urban centers, and specifically in its inner
levels of African American children in his state. Bush ran a campaign of “compassionate conservatism” and went out of his way to reach out to African Americans. But the Democrats tarred him as a “racist” indifferent to minority concerns. Over 90 percent of African American voters bought some or all of the Democrats’ lies. Political war is unfair, and you don’t get to make the rules. When your opponents are Democrats, hate campaigns are what you can expect. If Democrats don’t use gutter tactics to
Nazi time out there. We’ve got to hit them back.”21 Republicans are often surprised when Democrats refer to them as “Nazis” and “fascists,”22 the way Representative John Lewis did, for example, 156 TAKE NO PRISONERS on the floor of the House during a Medicare debate, or when they accuse Republicans of taking food out of the mouths of children. When attacked in these extreme terms, Republicans often become defensive. They worry about whether it was something they said (or perhaps did) to