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Alan Colmes is a liberal political commentator, radio host, author, and web publisher. He currently hosts “The Alan Colmes Show,” a nationally syndicated radio show distributed by Fox News Radio. Offering a bold take on the news of the day, with guests ranging from prominent political figures to the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture, Colmes welcomes “any and all opinion, any and all of the time.” Colmes runs the website Liberaland, where he covers the most recent and powerful stories in the news. He is also the author of the book Red, White & Liberal.

Colmes began his career in stand-up comedy, but quickly moved into the world of broadcast news. After several highly rated radio shows, Colmes cemented his reputation as a liberal voice in the media when he served as the liberal counterpart to Sean Hannity on Fox News’s “Hannity & Colmes.”

Website: www.alan.com

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  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (August 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401940544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401940546
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roy Clark on October 8, 2012
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On the back flap of THANK THE LIBERALS dust cover it said "Colmes began his career in stand-up comedy and quickly moved to..." Then too, there was the book's front cover of BOOK, which depicts author implishly shoving his finger up the Liberal's 'A'. I expected Funny,or at least anything but musty-dusty.

Once inside though there are lifts from the U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 8, etc) with liberal (pun intended) lifts from books about the Constitution, alota legal tomes to do with someone or some entity suing some institution re rights or Supreme Court verdicts (Plessy v. Ferguson), even as far back as 1896 (maybe further) or Brown v. Board of Education or political speeches, debates et so-forth. Then re immigration laws (like SB 1070, with lengthy legal comments. And pages of The Wall Street Journal; then et al et on et on)

Oh: And lower court verdicts and commentary, too. zzzzzzz

In all, it was a lengthy paper chase which must have involved many many many hours of library and online research. If you like law or history or politics (many partisan readers might) this book is for you. For Clark v. THANK the LIBERALS, it became a somnambulistic marathon.
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I believe in liberal ideologies as long as they are tempered by fiscally conservative responsibility - a delicate balance indeed.

Thank the Liberals by Alan Colmes is a well researched exploration of the roots of liberalism in the United States, originating with our founding fathers and exemplified through our most cherished documents, the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence..Colmes, a well known liberal political commentator, makes a convincing argument that the United States was founded on liberal principles and that its ongoing survival has been based upon progressive initiatives. From those skeptics, Colmes provides over 20 pages of footnotes and references to support his hypothesis.

Thank the Liberals is a great read for both liberals and conservatives as it reinforces the liberal's contentions that our homeland was founded upon and continues to survive on liberal principles, while providing conservatives with a better understanding of how the liberal brain is wired.

Without a doubt, a conservative author could have or would have written a book on the opposing viewpoint, proving that our heritage is based upon conservative principles. This perhaps would be a perfect project for Sean Hannity who is Colmes former conservative counterpart. However, what can't be disputed is that Alan Colmes tirelessly documented and researched his facts when writing Thank the Liberals.

What we all can agree upon: Thank the Liberals is a provocative work of either fiction or non-fiction depending upon your political persuasion.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OutlawPoet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2013
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Now, when reviewing a political book, I think it's important that the reader know if my review comes from one political side of the fence or another. So in all fairness, I'm a Liberal. However, I'm a Liberal who doesn't believe that all Conservatives are evil, racist, etc.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, to the book:

I did think that this was a pretty fair accounting of Liberalism in America. It seems that the author went out of his way to show a broad history of the founding of America and American political ideals. He includes stories about many Political Conservatives who have acted in ways to increase racial equality, acceptance of gays and lesbians, and who have helped the poor. He includes stories that show that some of our Liberal Saints were racists who believed in eugenics, regardless of some of the good things they are remembered for.

At its heart, the book is a fascinating history lesson - a history of Americans trying to help others as we build our nation. At the end of reading Thank The Liberals, I wasn't thinking of whether Liberals or Conservatives are better. I was just thinking that we live in a darned good country and I was glad I learned something new.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randy Hicks on February 22, 2014
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One of the best books to have laid out case for liberals and why a history is important to learn from them and why should endorse these values and not scorn them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dean G. Rose on January 21, 2015
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Thanks, Alan, for pointing out some forgotten points (Note: Republicans). I wish all of Congress should be required to read this book.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on November 7, 2012
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A goodly portion of this book reminds us that many of the advantages we enjoy today were implemented by liberal thinkers who were heavily opposed by the conservative thinkers of the day. Social Sicurity, Medicare, minimum wage, five day workweek all fall in this category.

The author of course then tries to convince us that the main issues on today's liberal agenda, abortion and gay marriage, fall in the same category as the above. Some will agree with him and some won't, but the book and the arguments therein are worth reading. And the look at what liberal thinkers accomplished in the past is definitely something all should read and be aware of.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on March 13, 2013
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There's a crowd that I have lunch with after diving that, after discussing observations on sea life and equipment foibles, always seems to have the conversation turn toward the country and state's economic policies. One friend in particular bashes liberals relentlessly - he would call himself a libertarian, but I would call him a conservative libertarian - and he seems to be waiting for civilization to collapse because of Obama's policies. My observation from these discussions is that it is easy to give short quips that are critiques of what is happening in the country and the world, but thoughtful rebuttals take more time, time not really available in a multi-conversation lunch. I feel the same way on the rare occasions I listen to aliens like Limbaugh or Hannity.

Thank the Liberals, by Alan Colmes, is a refreshing reminder that a healthy liberal streak was involved in everything that makes this country great, from the actual content of the Constitution to Supreme Court decisions to the social policies that make our country the envy of many in the world.

"Government isn't the enemy; its employees aren't automatically incompetent (another broad generalition that has played itself out with the attack on public unions); and when the government steps in to regulate something, it isn't fascism. Our heroic first responders are government workers. Our police, fire, and military workers keep us safe and protected. Government regulations make sure that when you bite into a potato chip you don't die of arsenic poisoning and that when you get into your car the engine doesn't explode" (p. 88).

And I like this... "One of the bedrock tenets of liberalism is the ability to change your thinking. You may believe the earth is flat on Monday, but if new evidence comes to light on Tuesday, you change your views" (p. 89).

For me, refreshing and uplifting.
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