How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party
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Margaret Hoover has been a lifelong member of the Republican
Party. She grew up a self-described "ditto head." She
worked in the White House for President George W. Bush.
Today she is a political commentator for Fox News, where, as
one of Bill O’Reilly’s Culture Warriors, she regularly
champions the conservative cause. She also happens to be
the great-granddaughter of the 31st president of the United
States, Herbert Hoover. These impeccable conservative
credentials underscore the gravity of her deep-seated
concerns about the future of the Republican Party. Her
party, she believes, has fallen dangerously out of step with
the rising generation of young Americans.
In American Individualism, Margaret Hoover challenges the
up-and-coming millennial generation to take another look at
the Republican Party. Although they rarely identify
themselves as Republicans, Hoover contends that these young
men and women who helped elect President Barack Obama are
sympathetic to the fundamental principles of conservatism.
She makes a compelling case for how the GOP can right itself
and capture the allegiance of this “fiscally conservative
but socially liberal” group. She believes that her party is
uniquely positioned to offer solutions for the most pressing
problems facing America – skyrocketing debt and deficits,
crises in education and immigration, a war against Islamist
supremacy – but that it is held back by the outsized
influence within the party of social and religious
conservatives. Her book urges millennials to reconsider the
Republican Party, while spelling out the steps the party
must take in order for it to become the political home for
the millennial generation.
American Individualism is Hoover’s call to action for
Republicans to embrace a conservatism that emphasizes
individual freedom both in economic policy and in the realm
of social issues, in order to appeal to the new generation
of voters. The Republican Party, Hoover asserts, can win
the support of the millennials while at the same time
remaining faithful to conservative principles. In a journey
that is both political and personal, Hoover rediscovers
these bedrock conservative values in the writings of her
great-grandfather, President Herbert Hoover, who emphasized
the vital importance of individual freedom to the American
way of life and who sought to strike a delicate balance in
identifying the limited yet essential role the federal
government should play in the lives of individual Americans.
She believes that her great-grandfather's philosophy can
help show the conservative movement how to rise above the
divisive tribalism and litmus-test mindset that have
isolated it from those who might otherwise respond to its
Margaret Hoover advocates a conservatism that is fully
consistent with the original impulses of the American
conservative movement. It evokes her great-grandfather's
emphasis on the values of civic responsibility and service
to others, instincts instilled in the millennial generation.
She argues that the Republican Party today must evolve in
order to achieve greatness, and that it can do so without
compromising its tried-and-true fundamental principles. On
the contrary, those enduring principles, consistently
applied, will enable it to attract a younger following.
An impassioned and persuasive political manifesto grounded
in 20th century history and targeted at the most perplexing
problems of the 21st century, Margaret Hoover’s American
Individualism offers provocative ideas not just for
reinvigorating the Republican Party, but for strengthening
America in the decades ahead.
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