In the s and s, both major American political parties included liberal and conservative factions. While the differences between Nixon and the liberals are obvious—the liberal wing of his own party favored politicians such as Nelson Rockefeller and William Scranton and Nixon overtly placed an emphasis on law and order over civil liberties, with Nixon's Enemies List being composed largely of liberals—in some ways the continuity of many of Outside of the most liberal European and American metropolises policies with those of the Kennedy—Johnson years is more remarkable than the differences.
With only a weak popular base, liberalism was vulnerable to a populist counter-revolution by the nation's democratic or majoritarian forces. Obviously schism is a grave condition, not to be desired. Praeger, Parker, Richard.