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Joe Scarborough is a New York Times bestselling author, a Washington Post columnist, the creator of Morning Joe, and a former United States congressman. He has been named to the TIME 100 list of the world's most influential people.

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"The Right Path", by Joe Scarborough, provides a brief review of the Presidents from Eisenhower through Obama, emphasizing the best aspects of the Republican presidents who led best.

The point he makes is that the GOP of the moment bears little resemblance of the Party of Reagan, and given that the Republican party failed to win the popular vote in five of the past six Presidential elections, that negative trend needs to be examined and reversed. Scarborough's states that he's tired of the Republican Party losing the White House, and suggests a movement back to the paths set by Reagan and Eisenhower, i.e., principled pragmatism over ideology, is needed in order to win future presidential elections.

Scarborough recommends that the Party adapt to the changing times, and reach out to leaders who would govern from the middle rather than the fringes. Conservatism must take reality into account. There are voices in the Republican Party, Tea Party activists, who preach that the reason the Republican Party candidates have failed to gain the most votes in recent presidential elections is because they weren't conservative enough. That push further to the right is the wrong path, per Scarborough.

If more electable candidates were supported in 2010 instead of ideological favorites like Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, Sharron Angle in Nevada, Richard Mourdock in Indiana, and Todd Akin in Missouri, Congress would be in Republican control today, and Harry Reed would be retired. Scarborough warns that primary voters who indulge in Republican resentments in picking candidates instead of choosing a candidate who could win in the fall is a losing choice.

General Colin Powell is one of Scarborough's examples. He was not supported by the conservative wing of the party because he was considered too moderate. But listening to the retired general made it clear why he was drafted as a key player in previous administrations. Powell is free market believer, supporter of educational reform, innovation and competition, and supports a realistic foreign policy vs. foreign adventurism. In spite of right-wing, profit-driven talk show radio hosts who unleash their fury against anyone who disagree with them, the Party needs to reach out and include realists, moderates, and conservatives. If the Party is big enough to reach out to disaffected moderates like Colin Powell, the Party will be big enough to win back the White House.

Scarborough's theme is that if the Republican Party only represents the far right spectrum of the Party, the G.O.P is in trouble. There's a need to pull in moderates, independents and swing voters who have been driven into the Democrats camp due to Republicans narrowing vision. The message I took from the book is that moderation is essential given today's trends and shrinking base, and that is "The Right Path" for the Republican Party.
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rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Scarborough is a former Republican member of Congress, serving from 1995 through 2001. He received a 95 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union, and received a number of awards including the "Friend of the Taxpayer Award" from Americans for Tax Reform; the "Guardian of Small Business Award" from the National Federation of Independent Business; and the "Taxpayer's Hero Award" from the Citizens Against Government Waste. With that background, you'd understand a heavily partisian critique of all Democrats. And while he was fairly consistent in his continuous criticism of Obama, he was almost equally critical of George W. Bush's presidency and the performance of the Republican Congress under Bush. I felt he fattened up the book a little by several long winded sections pointing out how much money Obama raised during the 2008 election and how that money bought an inordinate number of "negative adds" against McCain, and how Democrats are the richest members of Congress, giving them an unfair advantage (although I'm told my Congressman,Darrell Issa of California, a Republican, is the richest member of the House, which Scarborough manages to omit). With those minor issues aside, that's politics as usual, and is typical of both parties now. Otherwise, I thought the book was a breath of fresh air in a world of partisian political rants. Scarborough lays out his view of conservatism and the need for a more limited government, and is justifiably critical of both parties who seem to be out of control and out of touch with the people. It's a reasoned call for conservative politics with only minor biases, and a refreshing break from the extremist viewpoints.
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rsutto22 | 1 outra resenha | Jul 15, 2021 |
[Private note to Joe (and Mika): Please forgive me. I watch your show often.] To describe the first third of this book as “dry” would be akin to describing Death Valley as being “fairly warm” on some afternoons. I say this as a both a fan of “Morning Joe” and a journalist who understands the importance of providing comprehensive “background” material when delving into complex subjects. The first eight or nine chapters would be considered a “riveting read” only by truly committed armchair historians. The better news: Things do pick up a bit (emphasis on “a bit”) when the “Give ‘em Hell Harry” era begins in earnest by Chapter 10 or so. I have to admit that I’ve never had a passionate interest in 1940s-50s world history. Candidly, that’s one reason why I nudged myself to read “Saving Freedom” (and to watch the classic flick “Patton” shortly before I began the tome). To Scarborough’s credit, his book provides insights into the Cold War and foreign relations in this critical era. But at least for me, “Saving Freedom” accomplishes this task much in the same way my ninth grade history book did: With some significant effort and patience on the part of the reader.… (mais)
brianinbuffalo | 1 outra resenha | Feb 12, 2021 |


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