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Jack Kemp - The Bleeding-Heart Conservative Who Changed America

Morton Kondracke

"THE PURPOSE OF POLITICS IS NOT TO DEFEAT YOUR OPPONENT AS MUCH AS IT IS TO PROVIDE SUPERIOR LEADERSHIP AND BETTER IDEAS THAN THE OPPOSITION." -JACK KEMP The late 1970s were miserable for America. It was the post-Vietnam, post-Watergate era, a time of high unemployment, ruinous inflation, gasoline lines, Communist advances, and bottomed-out U.S. morale. In the 1980s, it all turned around: "stagflation" ended and nearly two decades of prosperity ensued. The Soviet Union retreated, then collapsed. America again believed in itself. And around the world, democratic capitalism was deemed "the end of history." Ronald Reagan's policies sparked the American renaissance, but the Gipper's leadership is only part of the story. The economic theory that underpinned America's success was pioneered by a star professional quarterback turned self-taught intellectual and "bleeding-heart conservative": Jack Kemp. Kemp's role in a pivotal period in American history is at last illuminated in this first-ever biography, which also has lessons for the politics of today. Kemp was the congressional champion of supply-side economics-the idea that lowering taxes would foster growth. Even today, almost no one advocates a return to a top income tax rate of 70 percent. Kemp didn't just challenge the Democratic establishment. He also encouraged his fellow Republicans to be growth (not austerity) minded, open their tent to minorities and blue-collar workers, battle poverty and discrimination, and once again become "the party of Lincoln." Kemp approached politics the same way he played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills: with a refusal to accept defeat. Yet he also was incapable of personal attack, arguing always on the level of ideas. He regarded opponents as adversaries, not enemies, and often cooperated with them to get things done. Despite many ups and downs, including failed presidential and vice-presidential bids, he represented a positive, idealistic, compassionate Republicanism. Drawing on never-published papers and more than one hun

"THE PURPOSE OF POLITICS IS NOT TO DEFEAT YOUR OPPONENT AS MUCH AS IT IS TO PROVIDE SUPERIOR LEADERSHIP AND BETTER IDEAS THAN THE OPPOSITION." -JACK KEMP The late 1970s were miserable for America. It was the post-Vietnam, post-Watergate era, a time of high unemployment, ruinous inflation, gasoline lines, Communist advances, and bottomed-out U.S. morale. In the 1980s, it all turned around: "stagflation" ended and nearly two decades of prosperity ensued. The Soviet Union retreated, then collapsed. America again believed in itself. And around the world, democratic capitalism was deemed "the end of history." Ronald Reagan's policies sparked the American renaissance, but the Gipper's leadership is only part of the story. The economic theory that underpinned America's success was pioneered by a star professional quarterback turned self-taught intellectual and "bleeding-heart conservative": Jack Kemp. Kemp's role in a pivotal period in American history is at last illuminated in this first-ever biography, which also has lessons for the politics of today. Kemp was the congressional champion of supply-side economics-the idea that lowering taxes would foster growth. Even today, almost no one advocates a return to a top income tax rate of 70 percent. Kemp didn't just challenge the Democratic establishment. He also encouraged his fellow Republicans to be growth (not austerity) minded, open their tent to minorities and blue-collar workers, battle poverty and discrimination, and once again become "the party of Lincoln." Kemp approached politics the same way he played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills: with a refusal to accept defeat. Yet he also was incapable of personal attack, arguing always on the level of ideas. He regarded opponents as adversaries, not enemies, and often cooperated with them to get things done. Despite many ups and downs, including failed presidential and vice-presidential bids, he represented a positive, idealistic, compassionate Republicanism. Drawing on never-published papers and more than one hun
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"THE PURPOSE OF POLITICS IS NOT TO DEFEAT YOUR OPPONENT AS MUCH AS IT IS TO PROVIDE SUPERIOR LEADERSHIP AND BETTER IDEAS THAN THE OPPOSITION." -JACK KEMP The late 1970s were miserable for America. It was the post-Vietnam, post-Watergate era, a time of high unemployment, ruinous inflation, gasoline lines, Communist advances, and bottomed-out U.S. morale. In the 1980s, it all turned around: "stagflation" ended and nearly two decades of prosperity ensued. The Soviet Union retreated, then collapsed. America again believed in itself. And around the world, democratic capitalism was deemed "the end of history." Ronald Reagan's policies sparked the American renaissance, but the Gipper's leadership is only part of the story. The economic theory that underpinned America's success was pioneered by a star professional quarterback turned self-taught intellectual and "bleeding-heart conservative": Jack Kemp. Kemp's role in a pivotal period in American history is at last illuminated in this first-ever biography, which also has lessons for the politics of today. Kemp was the congressional champion of supply-side economics-the idea that lowering taxes would foster growth. Even today, almost no one advocates a return to a top income tax rate of 70 percent. Kemp didn't just challenge the Democratic establishment. He also encouraged his fellow Republicans to be growth (not austerity) minded, open their tent to minorities and blue-collar workers, battle poverty and discrimination, and once again become "the party of Lincoln." Kemp approached politics the same way he played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills: with a refusal to accept defeat. Yet he also was incapable of personal attack, arguing always on the level of ideas. He regarded opponents as adversaries, not enemies, and often cooperated with them to get things done. Despite many ups and downs, including failed presidential and vice-presidential bids, he represented a positive, idealistic, compassionate Republicanism. Drawing on never-published papers and more than one hun

Language:

English

Narrators:

Fred Barnes

Length:

12h 32m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:35


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:41


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:30


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:03


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:37


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:29


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:27


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:59


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:21


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:41


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:36


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:16


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:26


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:17


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:21


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:24


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:14


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:15


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:42


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:19


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:49


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:52


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:03


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:27


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:48


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:17


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:05


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:08


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:44


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:05


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:12


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:24


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:47


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:19


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:54


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:17


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:41


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:04


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:33


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:30


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:40


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:54


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

00:32