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Reconstructing Conservatism

Sean P. Cunningham

in Cowboy Conservatism

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125763
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125763.003.0004
Reconstructing Conservatism

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Ben Carpenter, president of the conservative Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, delivered a speech at the organization's annual membership convention on March 26, 1968. He compared America's decline to the dissolution of “the great political force which had held the civilized world together for more than 500 years.” Carpenter warned of rising crime rates, particularly rampant rape, and said that regardless of the “liberal” perspective, America had not always been “that way.” The hypermasculine posturing of men like Carpenter also grew out of notions of white southern honor and the impulse to protect family, home, and tradition against “invasion.”

Keywords: dissolution; Carpenter; liberal; hypermasculine; invasion

Chapter.  10827 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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