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Too Dumb To Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (And How it Can Reclaim its Conservative Roots) by Matt K. Lewis dives into the history of the Republican Party and how we went from the Party of Reagan, to the Party of Trump.
The beginning of the book is dedicated to telling the origins of the Republican Party and where conservative ideals come from, starting with Ancient Greece. This was especially interesting to me, as a history buff and the fact that I had never heard the history of conservatism as told in this much depth.
From there, Lewis goes on to compare the Conservative Party of today to that in Reagan’s era. In the 1970’s and 80’s, political debates lasted hours and they discussed deep policies and ideas, very different to the primary debates we saw this year. Conservatism prided itself on intelligence, being well-read, and knowing your stuff. So what happened?
From there Lewis describes how Conservative political leaders have “dumbed down” their rhetoric and personas in order to reach a certain voter. Lewis goes into this history more in depth, but I found it absolutely fascinating.
As a proud conservative who believes in small government, free markets, and the power of the people, but finds it increasingly difficult to throw my support behind Mr. Donald J. Trump, this book was perfect. It explained my frustration with the Republican Party in a way I didn’t even know how to put in words.