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Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom Hardcover – August 23, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596981512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596981515
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DON’T LET THE KIDS DRINK THE KOOL-AID


“Fellow moms and dads: It’s time to unite and reclaim the hearts, minds, and souls of our children from socialist indoctrinators! In shocking detail and with investigative zeal, Marybeth Hicks exposes the Left’s cradle-to-grave campaign to undermine religion, the traditional family, and free market capitalism. The best defense against this corrosive culture of entitlement and grievance is a good offense. Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid provides an invaluable playbook for parents who reject the Nanny State.”
—MICHELLE MALKIN, nationally syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times bestseller Culture of Corruption

“This is a tremendously important and timely book about the greatest disaster that could befall our country. No, it’s not economic—as bad as the economy is—it’s cultural, with a generation growing up utterly divorced from traditional American ideals. As Marybeth says, if we want to perpetuate America we need Americans, but our culture is rapidly undermining our children’s commitment to faith and freedom. Reading Marybeth Hicks’s Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid might be the most patriotic thing you do this year. If you care you about this country, please buy it, please read it, and please spread the word.”
—ERIC METAXAS, the New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

“As important as it is to win the political battles, as Marybeth Hicks shows in her stunning new book Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid, if we don’t win the cultural battle for our children’s minds and hearts, we’ll have no future at all. Too many of us dismiss the propaganda of the liberal media, the public schools, and popular culture as harmless, but as Marybeth shows, it has demonstrably changed the way the next generation of Americans is thinking. Buy this book, be warned, and better yet—follow my friend Marybeth’s advice and take action.”
—DAVID LIMBAUGH, nationally syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times bestseller Crimes Against Liberty

About the Author

Marybeth Hicks is a weekly columnist for the Washington Times, the editor of Family Events, a guest on many radio and television shows, and a frequent speaker across the country. A former writer in the Reagan White House, she is the author of Bringing Up Geeks and The Perfect World inside My Minivan. She lives in Michigan with her husband and their four children. Marybeth Hicks’s columns and blog posts can be read at myfamilyevents.com.

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Marybeth Hicks is the founder and editor of OntheCulture.com, a blog for American women about the things that matter most. Her column "Teachable Moments" is featured in Catholic Digest magazine, and she appears each week on EWTN Radio's Son Rise Morning Show with Matt Swaim. For nine years, she was a weekly culture columnist for the The Washington Times.

Marybeth's latest book, Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters With Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character, and Faith, (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster, August 2014), is a field guide for parents navigating the rocky terrain of popular culture. Marybeth is the author of three previous books: Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011), Bringing up GEEKS: How to Protect Your Kid's Childhood in a Grow-up-too-fast World (Penguin/Berkley, 2008) and The Perfect World Inside My Minivan-One Mom's Journey Through the Streets of Suburbia (Faith Publishing, 2006).

A frequent commentator on cultural issues, Marybeth has appeared on national television outlets including Fox News Channel's Hannity and Fox and Friends , the ABC News, the Christian Broadcasting Network's 700 Club and EWTN's The World Over, and on dozens of national and regional radio programs including those hosted by Sean Hannity, Dennis Miller, Laura Ingraham, Jim Bohannon, Hugh Hewitt, G. Gordon Liddy, Brian Kilmeade and others.

Marybeth began her career as a writer in the Reagan White House, and later was a communications specialist in the educational, healthcare and corporate sectors. A graduate of Michigan State University, she currently serves on the advisory board of the Parents Television Council, an organzation seeking to promote decency on the airwaves.

Marybeth and her husband Jim Hicks, a law professor, make their home in Michigan and are the parents of four young adults.

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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While I am from Michigan, I don't know the author, Marybeth Hicks, but our being from the same region of the country might have something to do with how much I like her writing. Her writing voice is clear, concise, and full of life, so I think it has a lot more to do with her talent that our living in the same great state. But I wanted to warn you of the possibility even while I discount it. She's a good writer and this is a very good book.

She shows us how are schools are now more about Progressive agenda indoctrination than teaching the fundamentals of learning. We send our kids off to school hoping that math class is about mathematics. I mean, how could that be turned into propaganda, right? Nope. Math is now a part of the pedagogy for social justice. They want math to be about hope and social justice. They should discuss "prisons, racial profiling, the death penalty, poverty, minimum versus living wage, sweatshops, housing", and much more including asthma. And learning math? That can be "reinforced" through worksheets.

Just as Jim Jones killed his followers with cyanide laced Kool-Aid, our schools are destroying our children's ability to compete in the global economy. Their skills are middle of the pack or worse while their sense of entitlement and dependence on the government is rising. Not everyone in Jim Jones' compound wanted to drink the Kool-Aid. They were not allowed to leave and many were shot. The politicians and teachers unions are making leaving the government run schools almost as difficult.

Hicks presents her material in three parts. The first part shows how the schools are undermining our traditional American character. You know, the one anyone who grew up before 1975 knows.
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61 of 75 people found the following review helpful By mfranko on August 21, 2011
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Marybeth Hicks' latest book makes you want to give her a high five or perhaps even a big hug, but it comes with an eye-opening wake-up call that feels like an ice-cold bucket of water is being dumped on your head. Hicks' "smart mom" writing style draws the reader in and at times makes you gulp, but hilarious asides keep you laughing to the end.

Marybeth does more than spawn outrage against everything from the idiocy of no winners or losers in youth sports to administrators telling parents how and if they can pack their child's lunch.

Hicks exposes the truth in a way that reminds the reader our founding principles are worth fighting for. She is spot on in showing us the only way to ensure the fabric of our country does not continue to fray is to raise children of great American character who are unabashedly Christian, proponents of the traditional family, and grateful for our free-market system. Hicks deserves high praise for reissuing the charge to all of us when it comes to helping shape the next generation and giving us a new sense of necessary urgency.
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful By mary jacob on August 20, 2011
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Marybeth shows how our children have been influenced by the media, schools, and cultural trends. The result is a generation with a very different definition of what it means to be American than past generations. Our children are at risk of having little to no understanding of the values that our nation was founded upon! This is a must read! It will enlighten your thinking about the impact these campaigns are having on our children without our consent.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jape55 on December 30, 2011
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The subtitle is misleading in that it reads "Confronting the Left's Assault..." There's no confronting anything in this book. It's just another published list of observations and complaints about how America is in decline because of the liberal-left influence. People who see that trend in America (and might buy this book) know it already. Telling us in a book is like carrying water to the ocean. Leftist influence is like a rain pouring all over our culture. This book points out that it's raining. Really? Who knew?
There must be literally 100's of books out there that follow the same tedious track. And it would be bearable if this one proposed some solid solutions or offered some good, concise counterpoints to the leftist and PC ideas that it focuses so heavily on. But unfortunately, that's not the case.
To learn anything from this book you'd have to have been locked away for the last 20 years.
Library donation bin, here I come.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Party of 6 (Ohio) on August 22, 2011
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If we are to preserve the history of our country, the faith of our Heavenly Father, and the foundation of Free Market principles, we must start redirecting the influences on our children and protect the future for generations to come. Marybeth Hicks delivers a wake up call to all parents in this latest book. It is a well researched exposition of the "not so hidden" agenda the media and other sources of influence would like to saturate our children's thoughts with.

Hicks shows no restraint in identifying those that are trying to become stakeholders of our children's minds. She lays out the trail of influence in a well documented, direct manner, emphasizing the dire consequences for future generations if this current path to socialistic thinking is allowed to continue.

From Lego's to Easter Eggs, from BMI's to Glee, Marybeth gives one example after another on how the media tries to sway our children to more liberal thinking. Written in her trademark humorous way, Hicks patriotically renews the call for more proactive involvement by parents and a return to the core values our country was founded upon. Marybeth Hicks delivers yet another outstanding book every parent should read.
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