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To the author of this vociferous but ill-supported right wing screed, membership in the elite is not an objective position of wealth, power or influence. It is, instead, a "general outlook"-one, Ingraham says, that sneers at religion, morality, patriotism, President Bush, guns, suburbs, SUVs, tax cuts and everything else that "We the People" hold dear. Ingraham goes on to apply anti-elitist invective with a broad brush. Most abused of these "elites" are anti-war protesters ("moral morons"), academics ("snotty, sanctimonious dolts"), secularists ("recoil like vampires at the sight of a cross"), internationalists ("want to murder America"), the French ("perfidious") and entertainers ("shut up and sing"). She also takes swipes at "business elites" who move offshore to evade taxes, stock market scams, media consolidation, and the Wall Street Journal's pro-immigration stance. But her anti-elitism boils down to haphazard political bias: Hollywood liberals like Susan Sarandon are in the elite, while Hollywood conservatives like Arnold Schwarzenegger aren't; more murkily, while the Democratic Party is the elite's "natural home," lefty Ralph Nader is not in the elite and Republican stalwart John McCain is. Ingraham's tone of class resentment ("they think we're stupid" is a refrain) relies on the old demagogue's trick of conflating disagreement with her brand of conservative, nativist populism with snobbish contempt for the silent majority. Ingraham (The Hillary Trap) has legions of fans, but as she consigns more and more people-Democrats, moderate Republicans, libertarians, pro-choicers-to the "elite" camp, the voice of this self-identified everywoman starts to sound rather lonely.
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MEET THE ELITES.
They think you're stupid. They think all freedom loving Americans are stupid. They think patriotism is stupid. They think churchgoing is stupid. They think flag-flying is stupid. They despise families with more than two children. They are sure that where we live - anywhere but near or in a few major cities - is an insipid cultural wasteland.
They think your SUV is evil - although theirs is absolutely necessary. They think owning a gun is criminal. They think George Bush is an idiot. They even think it's wrong for us to do what we have to do to protect our nation and our loved ones. Worst of all, they think our abiding belief in the goodness of America and its founding principles is naïve and misguided.
But in this refreshing and blisteringly insightful look at the elites, Laura Ingraham reveals that it is they, not us, who are pickled in prejudice, morally blind, and outrageously hypocritical. In a word, it is they who are stupid. Ingraham exposes the outrageous howlers and muddled thinking peddled by a rogue's gallery of Hollywood celebs, media yuppies, trial lawyers, multiculturalists, God-haters, and race-relations bullies who are exalted as heroes by the elite.
Ingraham unmasks the shallowness of elite thinking everywhere it is found: in politics, the media, the ivory tower, arts and entertainment, and even business and international organizations. Nor does she restrict her skewering of the elite only to its natural home, the Democratic Party - she ably zeroes in on elite enclaves within the GOP as well.
* Why the elites want America to be torn down, tradition by tradition
* The real reason Hollywood is politically moronic: including a case study of "Stupid White Man" Michael Moore
* How to understand the goals of the elite - and spot their tactics
* Why the elites are "theophobic" - and bent on eradicating religion from American life
* The antiwar crowd: anti-Americanism in disguise.
* Why our current immigration policies border on insanity
* How our colleges and schools try to brainwash students in political correctness and anti-Americanism
* The UN: why this darling of the elites desperately needs to be reformed, reconfigured, and reoriented
* Why the elites are either losing or on shaky ground on most issues
Meet the elites. They have big plans for us. But with dead-on wit and precision, Laura Ingraham shows how we can torpedo their plans.See all Editorial Reviews
Pretty repetitive as most agenda driven reading is. Some interesting facts and points. I found myself skimming through chunks and ultimately left the last 1/8 of the book unread. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kim Christain
Sadly, not enough people read this book before electing Barack Insane Obama. This book is a little out of date but her basic ideas about the Left, the media and celebrity are dead... Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by P. robb
Although I am considerably more Liberal than Ingraham, I tend to find myself at odds with many Hollywood figures pretty much across the board. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by The Happiest Boy
Laura Ingraham is so right about giving the Hollywood crowd a platform just because they happen to be famous entertainers. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by UnixGeek
Don't think to good??? Don't think to much!! Sit right down and eat your white bread! Another idiot from the right. Sorry Laura I did finish college. Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by Robert Schindler
Frankly, Publisher's Weekly hit the nail so completely on the head that it's difficult to add much more. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Russ Burlingame
I REALLY ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK VERY MUCH. I THOUGHT THE BOOK WAS GREAT. I WOULD REALLY LIKE FOR OTHE PEOPLE TO READ.Published on May 22, 2012 by Hogan_62
Here's the question. How can Laura Ingraham be so funny on the radio and so tedious in print?
Is it that the book was written in 2003 and its premise has become basic... Read more
Great book - great ideas - and a definition and explanation of the so-called elites from Hollyood, politics, UN and of course some of the universities. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Joseph H. Race