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on January 10, 2013
What better illustrates the veracity and the need for this book better than the "Amazon Bomb" campaign the left has decreed against this book (witness all the curious 1-star ratings)? Finally, in one volume, Shapiro debunks the narrative that the conservatives are the "haters" and the mean people. This work methodically lists and documents all the ways liberals truly bully everyone who gets in their way. In fact, an entire book could be written on each chapter. There is no tolerance, no consensus, no bargaining - it's their way or the highway. Kudos to Shapiro for pulling this material together and speaking the truth.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon January 12, 2013
"When we talk about political bullying, we're talking about the bullying of private citizens by government actors, media heavies, Hollywood, and organizational allies outside of government. THAT sort of bullying creates a climate of fear among Americans, forcing them to abandon cherished principles, back nasty causes, or shut up entirely. And the left relies on that sort of bullying to the exclusion of all other tactics." --p 10

Just in case you hadn't noticed, the overwhelming majority of the vitriol on display in the public square originates from those on the Left. Honest, hardworking, law-abiding conservatives like myself have been putting up with it for years and it has only gotten worse since Barack Obama became President. Most of us are bound and determined not to stoop to the same tactics employed by our ideological adversaries. Progressives will deny they engage in such tactics but author Ben Shapiro has done his homework and has assembled a comprehensive anthology of some of the left's "greatest hits" in his compelling new book "Bullies: How The Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans". Shapiro leaves very little doubt how the left has managed to get its way over the past quarter century and makes it abundantly clear that conservatives need to figure out some way to counter these tactics. Given all of the obstacles in our way it is not going to be an easy task.

Pick the cause. Be it climate change, gay marriage, gun control, abortion rights, religious liberty, illegal immigration or Obamacare--if you dare to disagree with the radical positions espoused by those on the Left than you are going to be instantly and brutally attacked by government officials, the mainstream media, Hollywood and the union thugs who stand to gain from these policies. Unlike conservatives, those on the Left including the President of the United States have absolutely no problem playing the race card, the class card and the sexism card to get their way and really don't care who gets hurt in the process. Ben Shapiro shines the spotlight on incident after incident where these tactics are employed and concedes that "the strategy is working and will continue to work as long as American's remain silent." And that is what the left is counting on.

I could enumerate chapter and verse some of the most heinous and downright ridiculous examples cited by Ben Shapiro in "Bullies". For example, in Denair, California a 13 year boy was forced to remove an American flag from the back of his bicycle because according to school officials the flag "raised racial tensions". Absolutely ridiculous! Then there is the left's passionate and irrational hatred of conservative Republican women like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and Michelle Malkin who have the audacity to espouse traditional American values. The attacks on these ladies have been vulgar and vicious by such leading liberal luminaries as Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, David Letterman and Al Sharpton. Or how about what happened when the President of the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain Dan Cathy dared to support the notion of traditional marriage in a televised interview. The leftist bullies immediately sprung into action. Gay and lesbian activists decided to hold a "Kiss In" at selected Chick-Fil-A outlets while Mayor Rahm Emmanuel of Chicago and Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston sought to ban the chain from their respective cities. This in spite of the fact that there was absolutely no evidence to suggest that Chick-Fil-A discriminates against gays. So much for tolerance! And so far as Obama's Department of Homeland Security is concerned it is conservatives and not terrorists that are the real threat to America. Progressives clearly and consistently seek to stifle any opposition to their agenda and have absolutely no problem destroying lives and ruining careers in the process. It's just what they do. For those of us who read and pay attention to current events little of what Ben Shapiro has presented in "Bullies" comes as a surprise. However, it is shocking when you see all of it assembled in one place and come to realize just how far the progressive tentacles extend in America in 2013.

Ben Shapiro believes that these left-wing bullies are the most despicable people in America. I would concur. These folks have absolutely no interest in due process, the rule of law, civil discourse or for that matter the United States Constitution. These are all viewed as impediments to implementing their radical socialist agenda. Ben Shapiro concludes with some words of advice and encouragement from his close friend and mentor--the late Andrew Breitbart. We conservatives would do well to heed his words. For those Americans who only casually pay attention to what is going on out there "Bullies: How The Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans" should prove to be a real eye-opener. This is a meticulously researched (40 pages of helpful footnotes) and very well written book. Very highly recommended!
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on January 11, 2013
In Ben's latest book, he nails down the coffin on the leftist bullying tactics. He points out exactly how the left bully the american people to get there point and message out there. A must read for anyone who is fed up with political bullying..
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on January 11, 2013
I have to admit I did not really believe it when I heard that liberals resort to nasty name-calling tactics with people who disagree with them, but I do now! Such hate! Where is all coming from? I have never been affiliated with any particular party, so I don't hang out with liberals or conservatives. Is it possible that you (liberals) don't know how to debate with facts so you use mean words to try to disarm the other side? If so, that is TOTALLY the definition of bullying! As far as the book, itself, is concerned, I think it was well-written and the author had some valid points. I had my fair share of being bullied when I was a kid (I had a speech defect and I was kind of a computer geek so I know what bullying is). I wish I'd had this book back then.
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on January 10, 2013
An excellent book concerning the underhanded tactics liberals love to use take away your 1st amendment rights. I highly recommend this book!
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on January 11, 2013
Ben Shapiro is a voice of reason and common sense offsetting the hypocrisy of the liberal/progressive left. Ben's book is a great read, highly recommended.
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on January 12, 2013
You need this book.Only leftys are 1 staring this book. Really tells the truth about modern usa today.Ben shapiro does a great job!
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on January 12, 2013
Ben makes "mincemeat" out of the pseudo-intellectual left! Bought the book after I watched him "bitch slap" the snooty Pierce Morgan on CNN. Now Pierce understands that we have a bigger version of BIG BEN!
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on January 11, 2013
Like ALL of the liberals who have given the book a one star rating, I haven't read the book yet either. I'm simply giving it 5 stars to counter the left wing trolls who rate any book by a conservative as 1 star even though they have never read the book. As for those who saw Mr. Shapiro stand up to the bullying Piers Morgan and claims that he bullied Piers, all I can say is, "dream on." Piers was his usual arrogant, bullying self and seemed stunned that someone had the combination of fortitude, facts and logic to stand up to his typical bullying tactics.

Piers assumes that he painted Ben as some extremist conspiracy theory nut, but he forgets (maybe he never knew) that the Revolutionary War was fought for the exact reason that Ben states the 2nd amendment was included in the Constitution - to allow the people to overthrow a tyrannical, oppressive government.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --[b]That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it[/b], and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

Ben should have handed Piers a copy of the Declaration along with the Constitution, two works he has neither read nor understood and two he cares little about.
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on January 12, 2013
Great book. It definitely gives you an idea at how corrupt and pathetic the left is. They bullied people all year to vote for Obama, now these same liberals are complaining that their paychecks are smaller. Gee, I wonder why? Obama raising taxes? Oooh couldn't be, he's our Lord and Savior of the World!! Something I learned is liberals are only bullies while 1) behind the safety of a computer. and 2) surrounded by a bunch of other liberals. Haven't met too many tough liberals. They're too busy enjoying watching MSNBC while Chris Matthews gets a tingle up his leg.
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