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Democrats vs Republicans The Continuing Clash
Democrats vs Republicans The Continuing Clash Author:Thomas A. Bailey What are the principal differences between America's two major political parties? — To bewildered voters of the present day, who find the positions of liberal Republicans and middle-of-the-road Democrats practically indistinguishable, this question is one of utmost concern. — Here in a light, lively manner, a front-rank historian traces the growth... more » and development of the two parties; and by focusing on fundamental differences in constitutional interpretation, social philosophy, and economic theory, he shows how basic Democratic and Republican goals, as well as methods of attaining these goals, have remained remarkably unchanged down through the years.
Much of the recent confusion regarding political positions, Dr. Bailey points out, is caused by the successful implementation of the adversary principle--the ins lead and legislate, the outs criticize and correct. This has resulted in each party's swapping a considerable amount of ideological baggage. Still, the fundamentals have remained fairly constant.
Concluding with a glimpse into the ball, the aughor assesses the merits of the leading Presidential candidates for 1968 in the light of their political careers and party affiliations. The result is a book which should be read by every interested citizen of voting age.« less