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Thank The Liberals**For Saving America Hardcover – August 27, 2012
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About the Author
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.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought I could acquire an understanding about what liberals think, but I feel that the entire book was built around a false premise.Published 15 months ago by Suzanne Sellers
In the same spirit as the Soviet Union's major newspaper was called Pravda - meaning "truth" - Alan Colmes gives the reader a non-stop parade of lies, badly-written... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by bcpg1936
For many, partisan preconceptions will be the only criteria used to judge both this book and this review. The love of country, of knowledge, of truth mean nothing to these people. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Timothy Walker
I'll sum it up for you. Anything kind, accepting, or good as defined by a liberal even if performed by a conservative is a liberal principle. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Linda E
The book is simple and straight forward so conservatives could read it. It is obvious from Ann Coulter's comment that she did not read it, so don't let her comment imped you from... Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Concerned
While I tend to fall of the liberal side of independent, I found this book to be a shallow treatment of the achievements of liberals in the political discourse of America. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Frederick S. Goethel
Alan Colmes does an excellent job at pointing out all that makes the USA the best nation in the world!Published on November 30, 2013 by John C. Kendall
I'm an Independent, however, to be fair, I lean right of center. I read Colmes' book at the behest of a liberal friend that felt I'd benefit from what he described as a... Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Confounded Consumer