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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. possible casting these years out in their background, conservatives have by no means totally explored how Richard Nixon affected their flow. 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 profitable politics. It combines an evaluation of Nixon’s presidency throughout the eyes of conservative intellectuals with an try to comprehend what the fitting received from its event with Nixon.

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The senator also desired protective tariffs for South Carolina’s textile industry. He was less happy with this request but went along “reluctantly” because of political realities. 50 Once there, he continued appeasing representatives from around the country, but especially those from the South. Rockefeller and Reagan could not chip away at his hold on the delegates. On August 7, Nixon easily outpaced his rivals taking the nomination on the first ballot. The South held for Nixon and Wisconsin, a primary state, put him over the top.

Russell Kirk argued that the president might be able to achieve American geopolitical objectives and withdraw troops if “the radicals and isolationists [did] not ruin” his plans. 24 Conservatives applauded Nixon’s silent majority speech largely because they so disdained the antiwar protestors. ”25 Ernest van den Haag, a frequent contributor to National Review, concluded that merely pulling out of Vietnam would not stop discontented youth from protesting; questioning the broader values of society, they would protest about something else.

The Republicans also opposed recognition of Communist China. 46 Conservatives, for the most part, accepted the Republican Platform in 1968. While the platform did not live up to all their expectations, it still spoke to their more general desires for less government involvement and more effective national security. Human Events reported conservative satisfaction with the platform. More importantly, James Kilpatrick maintained that the deliberations seemed likely to allay conservative fears of a liberal sell-out.

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