The Case For Polarized Politics by Jeffrey Bell is a thought provoking book for those of you that are paying attention to what is going on in the world. However, if you are one of those that rarely reads and doesn’t really know what is going on day to day in government, this book might be a bit advanced for you to enjoy. It’s written at a higher level and more academically rigorous than much of what is published and pushed today.
Jeffrey Bell is a former policy advisor to Ronald Reagan. In the first third of the book he gives a wonderful overview of the political battles and campaigns in modern history. In this part of the book the data undermines the current myth of the necessity to “appeal to the independents” to win. The facts actually point to the Conservatives having much great campaign success when the run on their principles versus compromising and leaning to the moderate center. The book is loaded with many detailed examples of this but one we can easily remember is John McCain the RINO that lost to Obama vs. Ronald Reagan solidly sticking to Conservative ideas and winning two terms.
The author then gets into European history and differentiates the uniqueness of our Conservative enlightenment and how it has managed to hold on to a part of our freedom instead of slipping into the secular progressivism and socialism that has been so prevalent and destructive in Western Europe. He then moves on to a wonderful analysis of the world wide three way battle between Islam, Secular Progressivism, and true Conservatism taking place today. A very thought provoking book that is well supported, well written, and worth your time. So once again…..HIT THE BOOKS, THEY DON’T HIT BACK!