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The Way Things Ought to Be Hardcover – October, 1992
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I never liked Rush's radio program too much, finding it to be elementary and simplistic (his TV program was even more so), and found his "Democrats are bad, but Republicans are good" talk to be even more childlike. After reading his book, however, I came to realize (to Rush's credit) that perhaps this seeming simplemindedness was due less to Rush's lack of intellectual profundity and more to trying to secure good ratings in a the constricting medium of radio.
The print medium suits Rush much better, which is saying a lot given his immense radio popularily. I was impressed by Rush's facile writing style and pleased by the fact that Rush provided empirical support for many of his pro-conservative arguments (something he rarely, if ever, did on his radio or TV programs). That said, Rush still has a penchant for answering difficult questions in the context of a simple black-or-white framework, and I was especially disappointed with his stance on the environment (basically, we could do whatever we want to the environment because it is strong and will fix itself like it has for billions of years).
Over all, however, I thought it was a decent book, one that presents Rush as a thinking individual and not just another radio personality spewing off-the-cuffers to appease the rating gods. I'd recommend this book to anybody who is not a die-hard conservate (nothing new here for them) who would like some perspective on their own views, or would just like to see where the "other side" is coming from.
Plus, it's entertaining, especially when you don't agree.
His conservative takes on things are a refreshing antidote to the "Far Left wing" branch of Liberalism & the Democratic Party, and this 1st book is a wonderful introduction to him, his views, and a lot of truth telling you rarely found on the air when the book burst on the scene in 1992.
I once was a Reagan Democrat, then became a Clinton Dem, yet still listened to Rush on the Radio.
I've since voted For Bush twice, and finally have evolved into a Registered Moderate Republican.
I used to joke that Rush made perfect sense when he wasn't speaking Republicanese, but, obviously, that view has changed profoundly over the years.
Read this book, learn from it
I think because this book was written so long ago, before he became a caricature of himself, there was a fair amount of intellectual honesty in it. I wish he'd stayed on that path, but wealth and fame and millions of unquestioning fans (aka ditto-heads) could lead almost any man astray.
I'm an unapologetic liberal (look the word up in Websters and you'll see why), and I believe there's a need for HONEST debate from all parts of the political spectrum. Rush's contribution in "The Way Things Ought To Be" demonstrates that this is indeed possible - and that at one time he seemed to believe it, too.
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Every conservative needs this on his bookshelf - right next to "See, I Told You So"Published 1 month ago by The Accountant
GREAT READ,M RUSH SAID EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT. READ THIS ONE IN 1987, ALOHAPublished 16 months ago by RAYMOND SZCZYBEK SR.
Common throughout the fruited Pain is common sense of how American should be. Rush makes it clear that the each and every person should know that. Read morePublished 17 months ago by IronHorse
This is the Real Deal by the guy who speaks it every day. Although I enjoyed him more during the time when he was still secretly addicted to drugs, even in recovery, he is... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wayne B. Norris
If you want to understand how liberals think, this is a great read. The thoughts Rush provides are timeless. I highly recommend it.Published 20 months ago by Jeanne Barger
I was just beginning to hear (and appreciate) Rush on the radio. At first he seemed to be too bombastic but once I caught on to his sense of humor and strategy, I was hooked. Read morePublished 21 months ago by W. G. Bullock
Great book, I bought it for my Dad and he loved it too. Thank you for a great item and sale.Published 23 months ago by R. Clay
I have wanted his written wisdom for some time. Even though the book is dated, it is still timeless. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gregory H Swift