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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (August 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895261014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895261014
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,904,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

Ingraham reveals:
* 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.

More About the Author

Laura Ingraham is the most listened-to woman in political talk radio
in the United States. "The Laura Ingraham Show" is heard on hundreds
of stations nationwide and has been addicting legions of listeners
since its launch in 2001. Always smart and entertaining, Laura is a
regular Fox News contributor and the principal substitute host on The
O'Reilly Factor. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of
four books--The Hillary Trap, Shut Up & Sing, Power to the People, and
new smash hit The Obama Diaries, released July 2010. A former
litigator and Supreme Court law clerk, Laura is a gradate of
University of Virginia School of law and Dartmouth College. She is
also an avid supporter of our troops and a variety of military
organizations. Laura lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her two
children. Her new book "Of Thee I Zing!" comes out July 12th.

Customer Reviews

Laura Ingraham is one of the best radio talk show hosts in America today.
For a lawyer, she made many hypotheses but provided little factual information to back it up.
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It's a bit like the Contras conducting their terrorist war... but you get the idea.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

141 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Newman on September 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Please don't miss the point of this book, as all the reactionary reviews posted so far seem to have done. Some people sing, or they act, or they throw a ball. That's all. No one is saying that celebrities shouldn't have a voice, just like everyone else. What is being asked is a very basic question. Why, in America, are celebrities given such attention in public matters? You sing? That's nice, but why should I then particularly care what your political views are? No one wants to censor celebrities, but isn't it just a little silly to think that because someone sings or acts that they have some special understanding of the environment or politics?
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80 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Robert Miller on October 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book; I'm a little amazed at the reactions. After reading the reviews listed here, it is obvious some of these reviewers haven't read beyond the dust jacket and some haven't read that much. What Ms. Ingraham deftly does is expose the hypocrisy of the elite in their own words. She also demonstrated the contempt with which these elitists treat the great-unwashed masses.
The director Otto Preminger referred to actors as being little more than trained animals, jumping through hoops as the director's command. Truman Capote said that the best actors were the "stupidest" (his word.) When Ronald Reagan was asked about comments made by Ed Asner he replied, "What does an actor know about politics?" Why should it be a surprise when we read the words of our celluloid heroes and find out that they are insipid, two dimensional characters with nothing of substance to add to the discourse. When did we begin to look to the likes of Barbara and Sarandon for answers to complex world problems? Ms. Ingraham only points out the obvious; our entertainers are here to entertain us.
The revelation to me was the genesis of the elitist doctrine and Ms. Ingraham does a fine job of recalling this. I can see where this would be an annoying inconvenience to the elitists today; the pretense that these people speak, and "feel" for the very people they treat with such contempt. To read just how disdainful Jane Fonda is of the average American is unsettling. In fact, I see this condescension in some of the reviews written here; mocking Southern accents, and advising us we don't have to read this book. Am I not entitled to read and decide for myself?
Regardless of your political opinions, read this book, it is well written and it is worth the few hours you'll spend, if only to remind you that the world's problems require reasoned thought, not a few bumper sticker slogans tossed out by people that make their living playing "make believe."
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56 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on February 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham decided to write a book called "Shut Up and Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN Are Subverting America" in an effort to throw a spotlight on the folly of our so called "leaders." Dismissed as a hateful screed by hysterical shills for the Left, the author's book is in reality an intriguing, funny, and forceful call to action for American citizens weary of the idiocy that passes as "liberalism" today. Far from being the friendly, inclusive ideology of the common man, many of today's leftists are narrow minded, intolerant bigots full of self-loathing guilt about the success of America. By the way, I don't pay attention to any particular radio programs endorsing either side of the political spectrum, largely due to my increasing annoyance with both right and left, but I would definitely give Ingraham a listen based solely on this book. Would I condone everything she said lock, stock, and barrel? Definitely not, but it's always fun to see one of these self-righteous leftist zealots take a shot on the chin.
Who are the elites who spend every waking minute making the rest of us miserable? According to Ingraham, they occupy prominent positions in the entertainment industry, politics, academia, the judiciary, and the United Nations. You know a lot of them by sight: Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Barbra Streisand (grrr), Jane Fonda (double grrr), Ted Kennedy, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Susan Sontag, Cornel West, and a million other dupes espousing blatant "Hate America" ideologies. Ingraham even includes a pictorial "rogue's gallery" in the middle of the book in case you don't know the faces of our anti-American enemy.
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46 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
An awesome book. No, Laura is not an investigative reporter, but she articulates well the views of many of us in middle america rather nicely. Ie, that Hollywood and many universities in the US are no longer moderate on the issues and willing to openly debate substance but have instead become bastions of speech codes where 98% or more of the faculty are far-left liberal and won't tolerate free speech of those with contrary opinions. Thankfully she has finally taken them on.
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36 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a Libertarian, I rather agree with Dennis Miller. The conservatives have some good points and so do some liberals. Saying that this book is awful however, is nonsense. It's well written; Laura is very funny; I saw no lies that I could identify, unlike the 'this book is awful' reviewers did (although I have a cynical suspicion that they are not objective reviewers). This is an excellent, easy and fun read. Want more in debth work??? "Losing Bin Laden" or "What Color is a Conservative" are also excellent.
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