147 of 188 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2010
I found this book to be oddly intriguing but somewhat of a letdown. Make no mistake, the accuracy is spot on. On the point by point recording of Obama's behavior and actions the last 18 months, I did not find any inaccuracy because most of what author David Limbaugh uncovers are those things that I knew about. That's sort of the rub I have with the entire volume. Because I've paid such careful attention to this President's actions, there as nothing that surprised me. I think that it's getting to a point that Obama's incompetency is becoming so monumental that writing about it is just telling people what they already know.
I find the title to be somewhat amateurish considering no crimes have been committed but I get the author's journalistic intent even though I don't agree with it. I would have been more apt to entitle it, "Why Did America Elect This Idiot" but that's just me.
However, I give Mr. Limbaugh some credit, he's put together a damning chronology of this President's term that is staggering.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
The author of course is heavily critical, and rightly so, of Obama's policies but has nothing critical to say of the Republicans who preceded him. Yes Obama wants to eliminate many of our liberties, but Bush did so also through his 'Patriot' etc. legislation (while blathering on about 'freedom'). Yes Obama has exploded our national debt but so has Bush, Reagan, et al. The problem is Obama, yes, but it also the other party.
Let me put this another way and a little more radically: BOTH parties are effectively working to destroy this nation, albeit the one at a somewhat faster rate than the other.
Ok. Now we know that Obama won re-election, even though Limbaugh's books express a confidence that somehow voters will see the light on him and vote RP. I think that the author gave far too little attention to how any democrat - and especially a democrat 'of color' is almost unbeatable for the presidency. Limbaugh should have pointed out that even before campaigning, a DP candidate has quite a lot of votes under his belt, i.e. 'bloc' votes. Blacks, most of the Hispanics, homosexuals, Jews, liberals and leftists, a majority of women, and ABOVE ALL the recipients of 'entitlements' otherwise known as handouts from Big Government - with plenty of crossover in the above categories. Here we have the '47%' much discussed remark by Romney during the recent campaign.
Also Limbaugh gave almost no attention to ACORN, MoveOn, and other groups that enjoin a great deal of illegal hanky-panky to get democrats into office. Read: HIJACK. Ballot stuffing, dead people voting multiple times, illegal aliens voting, RP votes going into the trash can, etc. It all happens and swings entire states' electoral votes to Obama. Ballot stuffing in California got Kennedy elected in 1960, for example.
Limbaugh did not get into any of the above probably out of a simple fear of flak, especially 'racist!' and similar pejoratives. Conservatives are indeed a cowardly lot.
Limbaugh also did not touch the issue of millions of conservative voters who will not vote for a candidate who is just a liberal in the RP, i.e. a Romney - or a McCain, or a Bob Dole. The RP will work to pander to this or that entitlement group (especially Hispanics) but gain almost none of their votes but in the process with each national election losing millions more votes of the ignored majority which the RP takes for granted. Limbaugh could have addressed all that but didn't.
We live in a 'democracy' in which the mob decides elections, quite similar to Rome in the bad old days. Most of the mob pay NO taxes, don't work, and are too stupid to grasp any of the issues; they will vote for their guy 'no matter what' and in spite of Benghazi, Solhyndra, ACORN, 13 trillion in debt, etc. The politician that gives the mob the most free bread (entitlements) and circuses (football games) gets their vote. Wars on far-flung frontiers (Iraq, Afghanistan) are of little interest and are anyway irrelevant to the mob.
The future is not good. Perhaps like Rome, America will become the plaything of great generals who pluck power from the hands of all the incompetent fools who presently abuse it. We are entering a new Dark Age, courtesy of BOTH parties.
7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2011
I have read this book and David Limbaugh falls into the trap of drawing conclusions about Obama when the facts are strong enough to stand on their own. Unfortunately when he does this it detracts from the overall impact of what he is saying. I read books from both sides and it seems that most authors tend to fall into this trap. Having said that when you read some of the things our president has said you will be dumbfounded. Most of the quotes and facts are footnoted and easily verifiable from multiple sources with a quick search on the internet. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to run against Barak Obama in 2 years.
I have read the critiques from those that have given this book 1 star. Interesting that these folks protest that the book is slanted and written from a right wing point of view. What did you expect? What these reviews do not do is dispute the facts.
Not a must read but interesting if you have time.
6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2010
Just average. This is a book for someone who doesn't pay attention to politics, and needs to be informed. If you listen to conservative talk radio, and pay attention to the news everyday this book is actually quite boring. I say this as a staunch conservative.
62 of 117 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2010
I'm about halfway through this book right now, but I wanted to give a useful review to potential buyers right away. I'm a fan of Rush Limbaugh, and a member of Rush 24/7 - if you are too, then the info in this book (the first half anyway) is nothing new to you.
Considering that David Limbaugh is a Lawyer, and this book is called "Crimes Against Liberty", I was expecting true Mark Levin style indictment based on law. Instead what I see is hundreds of examples of how Obama is a liar and a hypocrite - which I already know. What I'd like to see are how his lies are affecting this country and it's laws. What dangerous precedents are we setting? What checks and balances are being ignored? How about some historical perspective on the executive office?
This book also does not acknowledge the liberal point of view on anything. While I don't agree with the liberal point of view, if an author fails to acknowledge other points of view in his book, then readers assume that the author hasn't considered other points of view. This is the major failing of this book, because no one who isn't already a conservative can read it. Liberals will just think that the author is divorced from reality - because he's not providing and addressing any perspectives that they can recognize as real.
So I said I'd update when I finished, which was quite a while ago. I upgraded it to 3 stars since it does get a little better in the second half. Though I think anyone would get a lot more out of reading Dismantling America by Thomas Sowell.
48 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2010
There must be people out there who have nothing better to do than scream racist, bigot, hate monger every time someone says something negative about President Obama. The sheer number of them using only a few adjectives has the effect of discrediting every single one of them. When I read these reviews it signals me that the book is valuable and correct. Are they paid to write reviews like this? Have they every actually read this book? Probably not.
4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2010
I was so ready to read this book, feeling that getting all sides of the story is essential to formulating opinions on my leaders and voting. But after reading the reviews I don't think I can stomach it. Nearly all of the reviews sound like they are coming from people with very established and extreme conservative views. Many of which are belittling and hateful. I wish I could get a more neutral accounting of the current state of the country without all the right-or-left-wing extremism.