The Greatest Generation vs. George W. Bush Conservatives

Rick Perlstein digs around a bit and finds that back when Khruschev came to the States during the Eisenhower presidency, we reacted like adults.

And Khruschev actually had political power, in a country that actually did pose an existential threat.

A US with a victorious WWII general as president was an awful lot less touchy than the US under Bush.
We were a confident, strong country in foreign affairs back then.  We weren’t infallible, but at least we weren’t quite so eager to go abroad in search of monsters to create and destroy.

And the GOP had not yet abandoned the ideology of conservatism for a simple, mindless nationalism.

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