A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat Hardcover – Nov 1 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
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?
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.Read more ›
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
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on July 15 2004
I admire Zell Miller for calling himslef a Democrat. But it is easy to see how he has sold out to the Bushees. Read morePublished on July 8 2004
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 morePublished on July 6 2004
In this excellent book Mr. Miller lays out how the democratic party has veered dangerously off-course. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Michael Moor
As a successful Georgia politician, Zell knows why the Democrats have lost their way south of the Mason-Dixon line. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Eric Anderson
Zell Miller tells what has gone wrong with the Democratic Party. He does an admirable job of mixing biography and political philosophy. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Jerry Saperstein
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 morePublished on June 12 2004