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If the election of Barack Obama fills you with dread rather than elation, you're not alone; in fact, pull up a chair next to James Delingpole who has seen this all before and knows exactly where America is heading: into a morass of sprawling government that will slowly start suffocating our economy, our liberties, and our culture. You might as well call it socialism, he says, because that's what it is. In Britain it came in under the smiling face of Tony Blair and has left the British bulldog castrated, whimpering, and sick; in America it's coming under the vibrant, youthful guise of Barack Obama. But the result will be the same: the brave, independent American eagle will become the American turkey, oven-basted by the nanny state of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.

James Delingpole, whose coruscating wit and laugh-out-loud asides have earned his fame as a British political commentator, is here to tell us how bad things could really get. From the socialized medicine that will make us want to avoid going to the doctor even when our hand is on fire (as his literally once was); to eco-fascism that will have us spending millions, if not billions, if not entirely ruining our already shattered economy, to protect un-endangered, man-eating polar bears; to immigration non-reform that will leave us wondering what country we're living in anyway; to a further dumbing down of an already execrable school system, with more PC inanities, such as banning "competitive games" because it might disturb children's self-esteem; to so many symptoms of decline and fall that we might as well all move to Albania to enjoy the high life.

Hilarious, witty, impassioned, and perceptive, Welcome to Obamaland will have you laughing through your tears and taking courage from the eternal truth of conservative convictions.

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In 1997, Britain elected a young, charismatic, inspirational leader, and the entire nation was filled with hope. For the next ten years, we suffered the pain of gradual disillusionment as Tony Blair failed to live up to every single one of our expectations. Why not save yourselves the trouble of slowly having your hearts broken and fast forward straight to the bitter and cynical phase? James Delingpole, one of Britain's most astute political journalists, is here to give you a quick reality bath. He has seen the future--your future--and it doesn't work.
--TOBY YOUNG, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate PeopleTotally brilliant. As funny as St. Mark Steyn.
--ANDREW ROBERTS, historian and author of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900

From Welcome to Obamaland Think of me as the hero of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine, bursting into your present, my clothes all tattered and torn, and on my face an expression of dire horror and impending doom. For I am afraid I have a terrible message to impart. I have just seen the future. Your future. And I'm sorry to say it sucks. This new president you've elected. You think he's going to make everything okay, right? Even if you didn't vote for him, you're kind of hoping that some good must surely come of it.
Ha ha ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha.
That's the sound of me laughing darkly, by the way. So what, if any, consolation do I have to offer you in these dark and difficult times? Precious little, I'm afraid. Virtually nothing in fact, save the warm, self-affirmatory glow you get when someone tells you you're right, that some day your beliefs will be vindicated, that however long it takes, reality will win out.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985889
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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January 20, 2009 saw cult-like behavior when Barack H. Obama took the oath of office as the 44th President of The United States. The jubilant crowds didn't mean that everyone felt as good as they did. There were millions of American's who were terrified of the man they believe will introduce and indoctrinate the masses to socialism.

British writer and journalist, James Delingpole, is all too familiar with the horrors of Obama-style Socialism as he's experienced it in the years following Tony Blair's terms as the British Prime Minister.

With his quirky humor, Delingpole describes (in painfully minute detail) what we Americans have to look forward to with an Obama in the Oval office and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi running the legislative branch. His predictions are funny, but in a "nervous laughter" sort of funny.

Welcome to Obamaland where the disastrous policies the Democrats (led by Obama) will force upon us will tear down our country with "bailouts" of monstrous proportions. Universal healthcare will cripple the masses ability to get safe, good, and timely healthcare. The environmental programs will bring expensive projects due to Al Gore's hysteria. We will see social justice programs that reward those who do nothing and punish those who work hard and succeed. This is all in the name of "being fair." We stand a good chance of terrorists maiming us because the "left," led by Obama doesn't believe we are in danger. And then there is Multiculturalism. The immigration policy of the United States will bring in millions because to keep them out would be racist and is UN-American.

Delingpole challenges all that believe America is on the brink of disaster to fight Obama and his minions for our freedom. To do nothing is inviting a "nanny state" where Obama and his compadres will tell us what to do.

Armchair Interviews says: A must read.
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Very funny book by a British writer and journalist who went to Oxford. Extremely witty stuff about how bad modern Britain is, and that it will most likely go the same way under the socialist Obama. The author details how the Brits, once a proud, free, individualist people, now expect their "Nanny", the state to do everything for them. Their expectations of service for example in health care have fallen so low that unless the doctor punches them, they say that their "free" health care was excellent. The section about socialized British health care (the NHS) is worth the price of the book alone (4 to 5 hour waits in a grubby, run-down waiting room, surly staff, overbooked doctors). One stat sticks out in my head: in Britain, the government told 100,000 Alzheimers patients that $ 4 per day was "too much" to spend on them, so they would not get their medication. And, according to the author, this will soon come to the U.S., care of Obama and Daschle. The book is very funny and for that reason alone I would buy it. But it is also a bit scary.
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True story: I was reading this book on my lunch hour at work in our breakroom when a young lady noticed it, came over, and inquired about it. She explained how she was a HUGE fan of Obama, the new President, and she was making her way thru Obama's own DREAMS OF MY FATHER, just loving it, and she wanted the name of my book to read next b/c, as she said, "He's our future." Hmmm. Well, I gave her the title, and I even wrote down the name of the author, but I explained that, while OBAMALAND offered a unique and worthy view of a possible future, this was NOT necessarily a pro-Obama book. She flashed me an angry stare, and I found myself backpedaling a bit, explaining that it wasn't necessarily an anti-Obama book, either. I tried explaining that OBAMALAND is essentially one man's experience with European Socialism, what he's experienced, and how he's documented its various failures.

Of course, she doesn't speak to me any more, but I see that as her loss, not mine.

Delingpole's OBAMALAND is a must-read for political junkies, and I'd strongly recommend it Socialism that came into play largely on the heels of Tony Blair's entrance into the political scene. Much of what he's written is very, very funny. He skewers the liberal point of view but -- and this is where most folks of a certain political persuasion will probably disagree -- he doesn't in any way attack them for their frame of mind. He's fairly straight forward in allowing them to have their way, but that doesn't mean he's going to lay aside and not speak up about the lunacy, idiocy, and hypocrisy that pretty much goes hand-in-hand when dealing with political differences.

OBAMALAND is a tremendously fun read as well as a very quick excursion.
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I liked this book. Well written, witty, and the points are telling in making the case that the Left comprises the evil-minded and the fatuous. Delingpole isn't mealy-mouthed in expressing his contempt and loathing for the Left's civilization-destroying ideas (using the word loosely) and policies.

Specifically, Delingpole asserts that the woe and ruin brought to England by smarmy Tony Blair and friends is a precursor, a foreshadowing of what's in store for the U.S. now that we (well, not I) have turned over with incomparable fatheadedness the most powerful office in the world to a utopian dingbat. Our future is indeed dire (and our present ain't so hot either). But we'll do what we've always done -- we'll fight the good fight. And let's have emblazoned in gold upon our banner of crimson Delingpole's happy motto, Nil Illegitimi Carborundum.
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