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Reading your way through the most important election in American history.
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• Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto The second in the Levin series on the law and the Constitution, this one was such a huge bestseller, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann called Liberty and Tyranny the “intellectual foundation” of the Tea Party. The book explores “the modern liberal assault on Constitution-based values.” Written before Obama was elected, the book was published as the Obama assaults on health care and the free market launched the Tea Party and the resistance to an ever bigger federal government. A clearer examination of liberty in the fight against statism is not to be found.
• Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America was Levin’s third blockbuster in the series. Exploring the origins, the “psychology (and) motivations” of the idea of utopia and how liberals are forever dreaming up one scheme after another to bring about the perfect world. A perfection that is, of course, unattainable.
• Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad. Andrew McCarthy was the U.S. government prosecutor in the case surrounding the original attack of the World Trade Center in 1993. McCarthy, who writes as well for National Review Online, has been one of the most perceptive of analysts about dealing with Islamic jihadists. To read McCarthy (his other books include The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America and How Obama Embraces Islam’s Sharia Agenda is to come to grips with why the news of this very week — the murder of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three others.
• The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic is David Limbaugh’s priceless, item-by-item listing of what an increasing number of Americans believe is President Obama’s deliberate attacks on both ” the American free market economy and principles of limited government that have made America the envy of the world.”
• Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream by Dinesh D’Souza is built on D’Souza’s previous bestseller, the stunning The Roots of Obama’s Rage. The two books have provided the research for the current hit film 2016. What’s detailed here is “what Obama plans to do in a second administration — a makeover of America so drastic that the ‘shining city on a hill’ will become a shantytown in a rather dangerous global village.”
• The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House by Edward Klein is a devastating, well-sourced exposé that paints a shocking portrait of a “callow, thin-skinned, arrogant president with messianic dreams of grandeur” drenched in the politics of the radical Left.
• Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism by Stanley Kurtz. A Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center as well as a contributing editor to National Review Online, Kurtz did the kind of vetting of Obama the mainstream media refused to do in 2008. The book is penetrating study of what Kurtz accurately calls the President’s “socialist convictions and tactical ruthlessness.”
With shocked Americans watching the damage to the American free-market system and their fellow citizens surface less than a week after Obamacare has been signed into law, Hannity’s book tour and the spotlight he brings to Reagan’s principles could not have come at a better moment.
The moment to read Hannity’s book is even more important now. Hannity was one of the few who understood from the get-go the relevance of Obama’s relationships with people like the “unrepentant” terrorist Bill Ayers and the black liberation theologian the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. He understood with a crisp clarity exactly what those relationships meant for the driving philosophy behind a prospective Obama Administration.
• Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies by Michelle Malkin. As only Malkin can do, she saw it coming and dug deep, her 2009 book once again reminding why the mainstream media has lost its audience. She is relentless here in digging into the deals and the sleaze that the liberal media tried to shut out.
• The Death of Liberalism by our own R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. Reviewed here, it is a devastating takedown of how liberalism headed down the path of a political unpopularity that has been fatal to its political health. Liberalism’s “acolytes do not have the numbers [or]… the policies,” Tyrrell observes. And he noted this months before the Charlotte liberals demanded that God be ousted from their platform. One suspects God may not be much interested in liberalism, either.
• Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Change by Jonah Goldberg. This is a sweeping clearance of the intellectual cobwebs that have been allowed to cover the hard facts of what really lies behind liberal thinking. Goldberg does the heavy lifting here, exposing the links between Mussolini fascism, Hitler’s Nazis and the world of modern-day liberalism.
• Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America by Ann Coulter. With her usual piercing style, Coulter “argues that liberals exhibit all the psychological characteristics of a mob — practicing groupthink, slavishly following intellectual fashions and periodically bursting into violence.” As we have often pointed out (here, for example), modern liberalism got its start with the French Revolution. Coulter’s book is a tour de force that connects for the reader the psychology behind liberalism and its urge for the totalitarian.
The Financial Meltdown
• Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon by New York Times reporter Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner. The next time you hear Obama refer to “inheriting a mess” — read this to see how and why the “mess” came about. Hint: Do the names Bill Clinton, Barney Frank and Timothy Geithner ring a bell?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?