In this clever, candid, and unbelievable political memoir, Lincoln Chafee bargains a behind-the-scenes examine the 1st six years of the Bush management from the vantage element of 1 of the few Republican moderates within the Senate.
whilst Senator Chafee (R-RI) went to Washington, he encountered a Republican occasion drifting to date to the precise it not stood for the mainstream rules that united american citizens. as a substitute, less than the course of George W. Bush, the social gathering had fallen sufferer to extremism. within the face of this pattern, Chafee stood quick as probably the most liberal Republicans within the Senate, trying to reduce throughout partisan strains on the very time that they threatened to irrevocably divide the state.
A political iconoclast, Chafee was once the one Republican senator to have expressed help for same-sex marriage; the single Republican to vote in want of reinstating the pinnacle federal tax cost on upper-income payers; the single Republican within the Senate to have voted opposed to authorization of using strength in Iraq; the one Republican to vote for the Levin-Reed modification calling for a nonbinding timetable for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq; and the one Republican to vote opposed to preferrred court docket nominee Samuel Alito. Chafee preferred elevated federal investment for wellbeing and fitness care, supported affirmative motion and gun keep watch over, supported women's reproductive rights, and counseled federal investment for embryonic stem phone learn. occasionally pointed out by means of conservatives as a RINO (Republican in identify Only), Chafee turns the tables at the correct and asks why it has enabled Bush Jr. to drag the GOP and the state clear of conventional ideas of financial conservatism, appreciate for the environment, and aversion to overseas entanglements.
Unabashedly frank, Chafee's memoir recounts his political trip from small-town mayor to a voice crying from the congressional wasteland. He deals a forward-looking evaluate of what comes subsequent for the Republican and Democratic events, and he additionally addresses the aptitude upward thrust of a 3rd social gathering in the void created by means of bipartisan extremism. most crucial, Chafee sounds a serious warning call to his occasion, and to all americans, by way of difficult our govt to try, as Abraham Lincoln as soon as articulated, "to increase the situation of men."
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