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Topic - Benjamin Disraeli, 1St Earl Of Beaconsfield
Almost all political commentators agree on one thing: The Republican presidential campaign is unlike any we have experienced. It is not a campaign of steady trends and continuities, but rather of emotional reversals and discontinuities. Perhaps this is so because the past three or four years have been a shocking time of discontinuities and reversals for America. Really, America has been bewildered, shocked and disoriented since Sept. 11, 2001.
David Brown, senior lecturer in history at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, has produced a detailed account of the public and personal lives of Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, (1784-1865), surely one of the five most significant statesmen in 19th-century British history.
For Americans who tend to think of political "dynasties" in terms of mere decades - father-and-son combos like John and John Quincy Adams and the two George Bushes, or the now rather anemic remnant of Kennedy office- holders - the idea of a hereditary ruling class that could last nearly 2,000 years seems inconceivable.
"Today's conservatives resemble the exhumed figures of Pompeii, trapped in postures of frozen flight, clenched in the rigor mortis of a defunct ideology," Sam Tanenhaus writes in "The Death of Conservatism."
As Benjamin Disraeli famously said when facing anti-Semitic taunts in the English Parliament, "I would remind the right honorable gentleman that when his ancestors were still painting their faces blue, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon."