IT is not classical conservatism, though high taxes and government spending are involved. It is not simple bigotry, but racial tension is a large part of the equation. Indeed, the political mood of 1969 defies traditional definition. Yet one thing is clear: millions of Americans are prepared to vote their fear and anger rather than their hope and compassion. The words "law and order" have become an irresistible incantation, and what Political Analyst Richard Scammon calls the "anti-dissent dissent" is, for the moment, the strongest political force in the country.

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