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A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat [Hardcover]

Zell Miller
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Nov. 1 2003
With the growl of the Marine sergeant he was, Senator Zell Miller leaves no doubt that he believes his own Democratic Party is badly out of step with most of the country and needs to shape up or ship out.

As part of a stinging critique of the Democratic Party, Miller outlines key positions on important issues that can again make the party relevant for the entire nation. From tax cuts to welfare, gun control to the environment, the arts to education, immigration to terrorism, Miller identifies values that make sense to a growing majority of Americans.

Miller’s candid analysis of the campaigns of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton further underscores his conclusion that the Democratic Party can no longer field a serious presidential challenge.

Many party loyalists will not like what Senator Miller writes; yet his credentials are beyond question, for few Democrats have worked longer or stronger for the party and its candidates. Zell Miller has served in an elective office in each of the last six decades. When he left office as governor after two terms, he had an 85 percent approval rating, prompting the Washington Post to call him the most popular governor in the country. After getting to Washington, he became President Bush’s biggest Democratic supporter, but steadfastly refused to switch parties.

A National Party No More is a firsthand account from the enigmatic senator who has confounded his Democratic colleagues. Driven by conscience and common sense, Senator Miller names the self-destructive direction of his party and stubbornly pulls the Democratic family toward reform.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad but true July 18 2004
Zell Miller's book is a portrait of a man basically betrayed by what used to be a truly NATIONAL party. Instead, Miller shows us a Democratic party dominated by extremists, and hardly recognizable as the part of JFK.
Miller comes across as a man with values weary with disillusion. In that sense, this is one of the saddest and most touching politcal books I've ever read. It appears that there is no room left in the Democratic Party for a moderate or conservative viewpoint. Have we come so far now that liberal is synonomous with Democrat? Must you take the morally perilous road in order to placate your party?
Be he conservative Democrat, disillusioned Independent, Zell Miller and his book are a throwback to an earlier era where country and beliefs where held above fringe groups and the "nothing is wrong unless it's Christian, military, or pro-life in nature" mentality.
Where is there for a compassionate man who believes in a strong America, a moral party platform, and compassionate social system left to go?
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2.0 out of 5 stars A National Influence No More? July 14 2004
Zell Miller did quite a lot for his state and his country so it's disappointing to find him writing a book whose main premise is essentially that all of the nation's ills are caused by Democrats and/or liberals. Really, Senator, you are better than that! Anyone who is concerned about the truth as much as the Senator should know that truth is not the sole property of one party. The conservative cause and Republican Party certainly has no room to talk about who owns the truth.
What's even more disappointing about this book is that it appears that Sen. Miller either a) realizes his time is almost up and the book allows him remain in the national limelight and/or b) is a politician who feels left behind by the times and wants to make one last fight.
In the end, truth (or at least honesty) is also missing from this book. If your conscience is bothering you, Senator, isn't it a bit disingenuous to remain a democrat when you could easily move to the republican party?
Certainly, the democrats and those ultra liberals among the middle of the road members or main stream liberals have much to answer for and the Senator doesn't get to the heart of any of it. Why did they blindly support Bush in entering the Iraq War? Why has no one challenged the current administration on its problems with the truth (Enron, Halliburton, No Child Left Behind, etc.)? Why do democrats turn their backs on members of their own party who are pro life when they have long been known as the champion of those who cannot help themselves (and who better needs such help than an unborn child)? There are certainly many mainstream democrats whose views are not at the extreme and yet who oppose the policies of the current administration. In writing this book, Sen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars His story is more interesting than his message June 30 2004
Zell Miller's story of his life and his rise in the Democratic Party is a great and interesting read. It is a story of rising above one's place in the world, above one's prejudices and finally above one's political affiliation to get where he needs to be.
The story itself however is more compelling than the message that the party has basically become a secular religion. This in itself is not surprising as the shared moral values of the country for right or wrong disappeared when the shared source of said morals was removed from secular society in the late 50's and early 60's.
His epiphany that the Democratic Party no longer stands for what it once was is only shocking in its lateness. This is something that I discovered back in '92 (leaving the party at that time) but he can be forgiven for the tardiness of this discovery since he has been high in the ranks for so long that he missed the forest from the trees.
I don't think this is a timeless book it is relevant now but will likely not stand the test of time. I would recommend it only as a story of Miller's life
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3.0 out of 5 stars Miller: Pull Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps June 22 2004
In A NATIONAL PARTY NO MORE, Senator Zell Miller explains his disenchantment with his own Democratic Party and why he has, over the years, sided far more with Republican values. What distinguishes Miller's book from the many other and similar screeds that lash out at the opposing side is his penchant for using homilies and folksy metaphors to indict a liberal way of life that he sees as having strayed greatly from the time-honored Democratic values of presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Kennedy. Miller opposes gun control, abortion, and the current tendency for liberals to see America as a sociological petri dish from which unwanted bedrock changes can be instituted using what he sees as a twisted reading of the Constitution. Miller spends much of his book hiking down a Georgia memory lane. He learned first hand how to go out and get the vote by meeting with innumerable country folk, most of whom are well capable of distinguishing between a hand and a hand out during troubled times. Miller's writing style matches his philosophy-an easygoing belief in the ability of his constituency to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. However, he does not do enough to probe why his belief in self-sufficiency is inherently preferable to the leftist belief that tossing money at problems is the best way to solve them. Still, A NATIONAL PARTY NO MORE is a thought-provoking attempt by an admittedly old-fashioned political warrior to comprehend why this nation is fast approaching an election that will pull this nation in a direction that will be either disastrously wrong or confidently right.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Correction
I have not read the book; and, thanks to the reviewers' descriptions, I'll most likely not purchase nor read it.
Hence, the neutral, 3-star rating. Read more
Published on July 18 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Washington establishment out of control
This is not a book about what is wrong with the Democratic party - it is about what has gone totally berserk with the Washington establishment bowing at the altar of special... Read more
Published on July 15 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars another southerner
I admire Zell Miller for calling himslef a Democrat. But it is easy to see how he has sold out to the Bushees. Read more
Published on July 8 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars seeking power
The man sees his power waning. and is now seeking to kiss the feet of the right wing hate mongers. It is pure trash and should be ridiculed in that manner. Read more
Published on July 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Analysis of the Party at the Crossroads
In this excellent book Mr. Miller lays out how the democratic party has veered dangerously off-course. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Michael Moor
4.0 out of 5 stars Zell Knows Politics and Zell Knows Democrats
As a successful Georgia politician, Zell knows why the Democrats have lost their way south of the Mason-Dixon line. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by Eric Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest appraisal of where the Democrats went wrong
Zell Miller tells what has gone wrong with the Democratic Party. He does an admirable job of mixing biography and political philosophy. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Jerry Saperstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
As a Republican WASP from Texas and a fellow southerner, I just loved this book and love Zel Miller, the man. I'm glad he's remaining in the Democratic Party. Read more
Published on June 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Candid and Refreshing
I have liked Zell Miller since I lived in Georgia when he was Governor. Although as a conservative, I generally vote Republican, I was proud to support Governor Miller for his... Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Robert I. Hedges
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