Republicans: A Plea for Positivism

"We are known," Edward Brooke says of his fellow Republicans, "as people who substitute negativism-a grumbling, carping, protesting rejection of new ideas-for constructive policies." Moreover, Massachusetts' attorney general contends in his first book, The Challenge of Change (Little, Brown), this popular image of Republicanism should be of concern to all Americans, for the two-party system is at stake. "Not to be alarmed about the status of the Republican Party," he writes, is a "symptom of impending rigor mortis."

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