The Impostors

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TitleThe Impostors
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 16th, 2020
Rating
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, History

The Impostors Review

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    January 1, 1970
    The ImpostorsHow Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American PoliticsBy: Steve BenenNarrated by: Ron ButlerThis book goes back decades and describes the changes the Republican party went through up to today. It is obvious the Republican party has changed over the years but other being more callous, it is really hard to really but a finger on it until someone like Mr Benen comes along and points it out with facts and dates. Then it is like, snap, "That's it!"Easy to understand and follow. Take The ImpostorsHow Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American PoliticsBy: Steve BenenNarrated by: Ron ButlerThis book goes back decades and describes the changes the Republican party went through up to today. It is obvious the Republican party has changed over the years but other being more callous, it is really hard to really but a finger on it until someone like Mr Benen comes along and points it out with facts and dates. Then it is like, snap, "That's it!"Easy to understand and follow. Takes the trip down memory lane from before even my time and points out the deterioration of the party to DO any constructive work. Then it gets to tRump's time in office and it changes to just insanity! There is nothing like this in the past! Still no policies or constructive work but plenty of trying to break the norms and the laws. Chaos!This should be read not just by democrats but by republicans too so they can see how their party has been hijacked by extreme laziness and manipulators.Great book! Wonderful narration!
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  • Annelies
    January 1, 1970
    There is nothing substantively new as far as facts go, but by putting them all in a row it explains why the last few years have felt like eons, with unnecessary crisis stacked upon unnecessary crisis. What I did not realize is that the gentle people on that side of the aisle have been working with a nihilistic agenda for a long time. That is, I knew it, but it did not fully register. Pet peeve, it suffers from repetitive phrases which annoys me. The words "post policy" appear 117, times, and whi There is nothing substantively new as far as facts go, but by putting them all in a row it explains why the last few years have felt like eons, with unnecessary crisis stacked upon unnecessary crisis. What I did not realize is that the gentle people on that side of the aisle have been working with a nihilistic agenda for a long time. That is, I knew it, but it did not fully register. Pet peeve, it suffers from repetitive phrases which annoys me. The words "post policy" appear 117, times, and while it is an accurate description, I think I would have gotten that part, say, after 50 times.
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  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Benen, Steve. The Imposters: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics. William Morrow, 2020.The Imposters is not an insider exposé or a probing piece of investigative reporting, but it is a well-researched example of open-source reporting. If you have pretensions as a blogger, you could do worse than use it as a model. Benen’s thesis is clear: Republicans have abandoned their philosophical core of free-market economics, limited government, balanced budgets, social conservatism Benen, Steve. The Imposters: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics. William Morrow, 2020.The Imposters is not an insider exposé or a probing piece of investigative reporting, but it is a well-researched example of open-source reporting. If you have pretensions as a blogger, you could do worse than use it as a model. Benen’s thesis is clear: Republicans have abandoned their philosophical core of free-market economics, limited government, balanced budgets, social conservatism, and strong defense. They have given up law-making for unending electioneering. In doing so, they have become a “post-policy party” unable to turn ideas into effective legislation. Benen offers many examples, the best of which is Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s inability to craft a replacement for the hated Affordable Care Act after 2012. Donald Trump, who neither knows nor cares anything about policy, is the ultimate expression of this long-term trend in Republican politics. Benen suggests that we would all be better off if the Republican Party returned to its traditional positions and relearned the art of compromise. He says that there is no hope that this will occur until and unless Republican voters insist it be so. My own opinion: fat chance.
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  • Bettie
    January 1, 1970
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  • Paulatics
    January 1, 1970
    This book is brilliant, both in its simplicity and its deep research. The Republican Party is not a governing party. It hasn't been in decades. They have no public policy goals. They do not stand for anything. They do not care about the American people; not the public health, not the public welfare, not the public good. They only care about petty, partisan politics and their only motivation is raw power. Everything they say and do ignores research, data, reality, history, statistics, and evidenc This book is brilliant, both in its simplicity and its deep research. The Republican Party is not a governing party. It hasn't been in decades. They have no public policy goals. They do not stand for anything. They do not care about the American people; not the public health, not the public welfare, not the public good. They only care about petty, partisan politics and their only motivation is raw power. Everything they say and do ignores research, data, reality, history, statistics, and evidence. The Republican Party has brought the United States of America to the precipice of losing our democracy and our basic human decency and core. Everyone should read this book and vote Democratic up and down the ballot in November 2020.
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  • Zora
    January 1, 1970
    It's a new take on what we've seen happen the past 12 years, and I think I understand it better for reading this book, but it got repetitive enough that I can't give it five stars. "Here, they did it again in this case." Yeah, they did. They block better public servants from passing helpful laws, and they govern for a tiny percentage of their donors only, and that not often, and they don't even understand laws. No GOP rep or senator has written a law himself in decades. They do spend some time c It's a new take on what we've seen happen the past 12 years, and I think I understand it better for reading this book, but it got repetitive enough that I can't give it five stars. "Here, they did it again in this case." Yeah, they did. They block better public servants from passing helpful laws, and they govern for a tiny percentage of their donors only, and that not often, and they don't even understand laws. No GOP rep or senator has written a law himself in decades. They do spend some time crafting propaganda and tweets and repeating those slogans to right wing media fans, which isn't governance or anything like governance.I've spent this year studying Andrew Cuomo's 10 years in the Governor's mansion in NY, and what he accomplished, and putting his politics aside, and whether you think Cuomo is "too liberal" or "too conservative" (both are said of him), what the GOP does is the polar opposite to what Cuomo has done in NY: created a functional government, where people of all parties cooperate to pass sweeping legislative reforms, made sluggish bureaucracies perform better, lowered taxes, balanced the budget, created more jobs, brought back failing cities to life, built infrastructure, eliminated a lot of corruption and dealt well with a shocking number of emergencies, from hurricanes to pandemics. Calling him and your typical GOP senator in DC both "politicians" is like calling both a potato and a lump of gneiss "good side dishes that are oblong."It probably was a star better for me because I was reading about how fascism happens at the same time, and in fact this is very much in the fascist playbook. It's not a new thing, or a GOP only thing. All kinds of fascist parties have done this in history. This is just another evil group tearing down a nation while spouting propaganda that appeals to the worst instincts of the stupidest citizens.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book in my ongoing quest to understand the current political situation in the United States.Benen says politics has evolved since 2008 to where the Republicans are now post-policy. They no longer care about evaluating evidence and then developing policy. He describes the post-policy thinking, “...what works, even during a crisis, is far less important than what's ideologically satisfying.” (Loc 541/7830) That means they'll vote for whatever promotes reelection rather than what is bes I read this book in my ongoing quest to understand the current political situation in the United States.Benen says politics has evolved since 2008 to where the Republicans are now post-policy. They no longer care about evaluating evidence and then developing policy. He describes the post-policy thinking, “...what works, even during a crisis, is far less important than what's ideologically satisfying.” (Loc 541/7830) That means they'll vote for whatever promotes reelection rather than what is best for the American people. Several examples are given where Republicans voted for a proposal when originated by a Republican but opposed essentially the same proposal when proposed by Democrats. Such was the case with the budget. During the Bush era, Republicans added trillions to the debt. During the Obama administration, “reducing the deficits they'd created was the only goal that mattered.” (Loc 4745/7830) With a Republican administration currently in power, we see the deficit again becoming larger.One of the most telling events Benen recounts is one where Gingrich was discussing crime with a CNN host. Presented with statistics showing crime declining during the Obama administration, Gingrich said he would rather go with what people felt. Benen comments that false perceptions were more relevant than facts and reason. Statistics, Benen says, “are no match for what unprincipled politicians can get people to believe.” (Loc 5354/7830)The Republican Party can become a governing entity again, Benen argues. It would require hiring policy staff, respecting intellectual arguments and statistical data, and becoming more invested in actual governing. The book is very readable, even to this political novice. With many such insights, Benen has helped me understand the current political situation. I recommend this book to those who would like to understand how we Americans have come to the political situation we are in. Yes, the author particularly aims his critique at the Republican Party. Nonetheless, this book certainly shows how those governing today are failing our public interest.Food for thought: “An approach to governance that rejects the value of independent evidence will inevitably fall.” (Loc 5687/7830)I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Russ
    January 1, 1970
    Great book which shows how, over the last couple decades, the GOP has lost the ability to effectively legislate. Having spent their political capital on anger and buzzwords they no longer are able to put together effective legislation and work in a bipartisan manner to follow through on any policy, indeed they essentially are no longer able to formulate policy and have thus become a "post policy" party.While spending the last 10-20 years trying to undo or sabotage any meaningful legislation form Great book which shows how, over the last couple decades, the GOP has lost the ability to effectively legislate. Having spent their political capital on anger and buzzwords they no longer are able to put together effective legislation and work in a bipartisan manner to follow through on any policy, indeed they essentially are no longer able to formulate policy and have thus become a "post policy" party.While spending the last 10-20 years trying to undo or sabotage any meaningful legislation formulated by the opposition, the only logical thing for the leaderless GOP to do was designate an ineffective, incapable and weak person to march at the head of a party that didn't know where it was going or even where to go. Donald Trump, fitting those requirements to a tee, happened to be in the right place at the right time.Steve Benen documents, in detail, the foibles of this reincarnated version of the GOP led by Trump and how they have lost the ability to govern and are at the point of being a real danger to the country.
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  • Brea Black
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit I have been more focused on politics over the past 5 years than ever before. I wish I would have paid more attention but hindsight is 20/20 and all that. Steve Benen looks back over the past decade and shows how the GOP went from a governing party to an "electoral and ideological party." It is infuriating to read about the schemes, tricks and media stunts the Republican party has pulled to put off legislation they didn't bother to under before knowing they were opposed strictly b I have to admit I have been more focused on politics over the past 5 years than ever before. I wish I would have paid more attention but hindsight is 20/20 and all that. Steve Benen looks back over the past decade and shows how the GOP went from a governing party to an "electoral and ideological party." It is infuriating to read about the schemes, tricks and media stunts the Republican party has pulled to put off legislation they didn't bother to under before knowing they were opposed strictly because it was put forward by Obama or other Democrats. It makes (almost) too much sense how we ended up with a carnival barker/reality TV star as a poorly prepared, complete unqualified, dictator groupie as a president.More than Trump this is about our broken government and the parties running it. Of course anyone on Maddow's team would have new and thought provoking insight!!
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  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Benen, Steve. The Imposters: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics. William Morrow, 2020.The Imposters is not an insider exposé or a probing piece of investigative reporting, but it is a well-researched example of open-source reporting. If you have pretensions as a blogger, you could do worse than use it as a model. Benen’s thesis is clear: Republicans have abandoned their philosophical core of free-market economics, limited government, balanced budgets, social conservatism Benen, Steve. The Imposters: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics. William Morrow, 2020.The Imposters is not an insider exposé or a probing piece of investigative reporting, but it is a well-researched example of open-source reporting. If you have pretensions as a blogger, you could do worse than use it as a model. Benen’s thesis is clear: Republicans have abandoned their philosophical core of free-market economics, limited government, balanced budgets, social conservatism, and strong defense. They have given up law-making for unending electioneering. In doing so, they have become a “post-policy party” unable to turn ideas into effective legislation. Benen offers many examples, the best of which is Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s inability to craft a replacement for the hated Affordable Care Act after 2012. Donald Trump, who neither knows nor cares anything about policy, is the ultimate expression of this long-term trend in Republican politics. Benen suggests that we would all be better off if the Republican Party returned to its traditional positions and relearned the art of compromise. He says that there is no hope that this will occur until and unless Republican voters insist it be so. My own opinion: fat chance.
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  • Karen Burkey
    January 1, 1970
    This book explains so much!In easy-to-read language, the author takes us through each element of the the political landscape and the presidency through the last 20 or so years. He illustrates the changes in the way the Republican party governs, or, as in more recent years, fails to govern in what he calls a post-policy fashion. This is the only view I've seen that makes things make sense and gives me hope for the future.
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  • Cristie Underwood
    January 1, 1970
    As a Democrat, I found this book to be an interesting read, as the Republican Party is a lot different today than it was in previous years. They do not have goals towards the betterment of the people in our Country or towards protecting our Democracy. The petty power grabs put our Country in a vulnerable position with other Countries. Everyone should read this book about the true Republican Party.
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  • Thorkell Ottarsson
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best political books I have come across in a long time. Brilliantly argued and incredibly informative. A must read for anyone who wonders how America ended up where it is today.
  • Bill Warren
    January 1, 1970
    Well written and the thesis is 100% correct, the problem is that it will only be read by people who already know it.
  • Karen Roth
    January 1, 1970
    A MUST READ!
  • Sandi
    January 1, 1970
    This will be a re-read. It contains so much truth about my old party that has gone so astray.
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