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Judge the book, not the author- please
on October 6, 2010
I am a voracious reader, and lover of all things literate. I will only judge this book on its ideas and delivery, not on its author. While I do enjoy listening to Michael Savage on occasion, that doesn't give me the necessary depth to judge him as a man. I believe he tells the truth as he sees it, but again, I don't know him personally. The book is another story. A book is divorced from the author once it is released, and as such must stand by itself - without explanation or apology. Trickle up poverty is full of good ideas and obviously well researched. One should read it for these ideas, then do some research into their validity, and only then judge for yourself. And some these of ideas are so crucially important, we have an obligation to look into them. I am not saying I agree with every aspect Savage espouses, but I recognize their importance to my country. As a citizen, I have an obligation to be reasonably informed BEFORE I go into the voting booth. Savage gives me food for thought.
I am sorry to say I voted for Obama, and regret the hole he continues to dig for us. The book calls it a conspiracy. I'm not sure I can accept that. It would take a lot of coordination to break the back of the world's largest economy. However, I'm not saying it is not worth understanding. If there is enough evidence, enough logical and irrefutable proof, then we have to accept it. I'm not convinced Savage has done that. But there are plenty of other ideas short of that that are worth listening too. The horror of socialism is real, and I have no doubt anymore that this is Obama's goal. And that is enough for me. If you need further reading on that subject, read: Ayn Rand, "We The Living," and George Orwell, "1984."
So why not 5 stars? The delivery itself can be grating. It reads too much like Savage's radio show. And frankly, I suspect he recorded his own diatribes and had them transcribed. It is not enough for him to write, "in my previous book, xyz." It is instead, "in my previous best selling book, xyz." Unfortunately, for a broad audience, I think all this could lose readers. If you know him, and listen regularly, you are already on board. If not, all the inside allusions and jargon will be unfamiliar and perhaps jarring. That's what I mean about transcribed vs. written.
The bottom line: The ideas presented here are too important to ignore. If you agree or disagree, use your vote in November to express it. It is now or never friends.