Head over to TheAdvocates.org to take the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. I took it and was labeled a Libertarian.
At some point over the course of 2006, I all but gave up my strong political beliefs of disliking liberal-minded policies and lauding conservative-minded ones. Granted, I still vote Republican but that’s because I think the Democratic Party is disorganized and, at this point in time, it fundamentally does not have the right path for this country. This has nothing to do with any wars in foreign nations or any media-fueled policy debates – it has to do with what I call “Putting America First.”
Fleshing that out is a post for another time, though. I bring this up so that you won’t think my review of Why the Left Hates America is written from a hardcore, right-wing slant. I bought this book (in the $5 bin at Barnes & Noble) about a year ago. I probably should have looked a little closer because the book was published in 2002 and much of what is talked about in the book is dated. However, here’s my review anyway!
Author Daniel J. Flynn makes a clear distinction to open the book. Namely this is that he is NOT talking about the Democrats or liberal-minded policy analysts when he says the “left” hates America. For Flynn, he uses words for what they are (something I admire); in other words, his “left” refers to the extremists who go beyond the liberal ideas of a Nancy Pelosi or a Ted Kennedy. Though the truth is that many of today’s liberals are unfortunately heavily influenced by Flynn’s “left.”
So who are these leftists that Flynn talks about? Well, he begins by citing internal attacks against America from the inside going as far back as the 1800’s. Much of what drove these attacks were not physical disagreements or land disputes, but rather an ideological disagreement between the dissidents and the government. How was this dissidence most blatantly and prominently displayed in modern times? Communists!
Flynn cites many cases where Communists were found employed by the United States government, yet under the direction of the Soviet Union. This part of the book also talks about how the theoretical underpinnings of social revolution in Europe eventually made their way to America and have taken root in our collegiate system (which, anyone who is unbiased and attends America’s colleges can easily tell you is true).
Then he talks about something that I feel quite strongly about and though he doesn’t use this title to describe it, he talks about the bastardization of certain words in the English language. What does that mean? That’s when people use the word “tolerance” to describe a non-violent acceptance of every thought, idea, or way of life in the world…except those with which they disagree. How many times can you watch a cable television talk show and hear a pundit say that we all need to hold hands and sing kumbaya and then in the next sentence have that person bash America’s Heartland, the Catholic Church, conservative values, or any of a myriad of causes or institutes that are not included in their definition of “tolerance?” It’s mind-boggling.
Or how about the asshole who talks about the need for multiculturalism and then rails on about how Western Civilization (a.k.a. white Anglo-Saxon males) are the cause of all of the world’s pains? These people are the far left that Flynn talks about – he cites two different times when academics actually take up and revel in the literary works of people who told blatant lies about other cultures. And all in the name of proving their point and being able to tell America, “You’re wrong.”
I won’t give away the rest of the book, but Flynn begins to talk about how Hollywood hates America and has embraced anti-American causes, etc. For anyone beginning to get into this type of political debate, I recommend this book. As for those of us who have been more politically engaged over the last few years, you can pass this one by.
Former President Gerald Ford passed away last night in his sleep. He was 93.
Ford is widely credited with “healing the nation” after the tumultuous Watergate scandal that rocked the public’s trust in the national government. Though he lost re-election to the Presidency in 1976, Ford’s 895 days as President of the United States were remarkably productive. He met with foreign leaders from China, Russia, and the Middle East. He even brokered the first Middle East peace accords.
But much more than this, President Ford brought the nation together in a nonpartisan way. In his later years, the President would comment that the partisan divides across the country and especially in Congress were hurting the nation. If this can be his life’s lesson – that we all need to calm down with the partisan bickering and see value in the opposing point of view – then that will be a lesson that catapults Ford into the highest heights of history.
Political commentator and former Clinton advisor turned Republican advisor Dick Morris published an article yesterday where he summed up where some of the ill-will towards Republicans is coming from:
But the GOP majority itself has to shoulder a lot of the blame for a session of total inaction on tax reform and Social Security, and just small steps on immigration and Medicare reform. With Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, voters were entitled to expect a whole lot more.
That’s my gripe with the Republican Party. I don’t care how loony you are, no one can say that the Democratic Party offers a feasible policy alternative besides, “If you elect us, we will raise your taxes.” But on the other hand, with the strong Republican majority that this country has had over the last few years – where is the social security reform? Where is the tax reform? Why hasn’t more been done about unchecked illegal immigration?
These are hardcore Republican issues and yet very little has been done by Republicans to make major headway on any of these issues. Was the spector of a Senate filibuster too much for the Republicans to take? Why not put the Democrats to task and force them to filibuster, then? At least it would have shown the public that the Republican majority was attempting to change existing policies.
If the Republicans lose big tomorrow, then I have to agree with Dick Morris – they may have no one to blame but themselves.
Tomorrow is Election Day and I hope that you’re planning on going out to vote.
Whatever your issue is – from the Iraq War to stem cells to lowering taxes to total government reform – there is a candidate that you can vote for!
And if you’re one of the millions who hate the Republicans AND the Democrats, then don’t think that a vote for a third party candidate is a wasted vote. Sure, your candidate isn’t going to win. But if more people go out to vote and vote for more third party candidates, it’ll force the bigger parties to look at the issues that these smaller parties endorse.
Go out and vote tomorrow!