Conscience of A Conservative

Conscience of A Conservative

Book - 2017 | First edition
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Republican Senator Jeff Flake takes his party to task for embracing nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and the anomalous Trump presidency. The book is an urgent call for a return to bedrock conservative principle and a cry to once again put country before party.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399592911
0399592911
Branch Call Number: 320.52 F57c
Characteristics: xi, 140 pages ; 22 cm

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jackhwolf
Aug 25, 2018

I respected Flake a little less after reading the book. He is forthright in his accurate portrayal of Trump and courageous as it likely cost his political career. He did it on principle, but those principles appear stiff and inflexible, highly ideological, and not ever examining contrary views. I am a liberal, so likely wouldn't agree with him on much, but what I look for in a conservative, or a progressive for that matter, is a world view that isn't totally black and white and has more sensitivity to other viewpoints.

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Loge99
Jan 15, 2018

Jeff Flake has given the reader a glimpse of what a politician faces in Washington. He describes actual situations and the outcomes of partisan based decisions. I am a center-Democrat but I found Republican Flake's writing an expression of a man with good common sense. Clearly, he has a moral compass that is severely lacking in Washington, D. C. and has identified the fractures in party politics.
"This is what happens when we exalt tactical victories over principle, give in to the politics of expediency and resentment, and forget who we are and what we are supposed to stand for." p. 43

Flake writes with conviction, clarity, efficiency of expression, and presents thought provoking commentary on Congress, the Senate and POTUS. A good read! I recommend it!

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D_K_
Nov 06, 2017

Terrible. Holier than thou Jeff Flake takes on the conservatives. Never defines his conservative beliefs, and any indictment of the liberals is always a "and they do it too."

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