TITLE: Former Oklahoma Representative Mickey Edwards Discusses Book on Conservatism
SPEAKER: Mickey Edwards
EVENT DATE: 03/05/2008
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 49 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Former Representative Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.), a leading member of the American conservative movement for more than 40 years, believes that many conservatives today have abandoned their principles and have become champions of that which they once most feared--government intrusion.
In his new book, "Reclaiming Conservatism: How a Great American Political Movement Got Lost--And How It Can Find Its Way Back," Edwards argues that the mantle of conservatism has been taken over by people whose beliefs and policies threaten the entire constitutional system of government by gutting the system of checks and balances, abandoning due process and trampling upon civil liberties. He provides a blueprint for reclaiming the essence of conservatism in America.
Speaker Biography: Mickey Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years and chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. He was a founding trustee of the Heritage Foundation and national chairman of the American Conservative Union. He has taught at Harvard and Georgetown Universities and is now on the faculty of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; he is also a vice-president of the Aspen Institute. He has been a regular columnist for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times and a weekly commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."