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A Scholarly Examination of Victimhood,
This review is from: Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America (Hardcover)The truth hurts. Apparently it hurts quite a bit based upon some of the silly one star reviews on Amazon. I read through several of them and it is pretty clear that those spewing the most vitriol have not read the book.
On the other hand, I did read it. This is a solid and well researched treatment of Ann Coulter's subject: Liberals who claim to be victims while actually victimizing others. It is thoroughly footnoted.
Before reading this, I had heard some media commentary on it and most of that seemed to be focused on Coulter's thoughts on single mothers. She certainly has strong thoughts on the problems caused by this issue, but she also has lots of hard data to support her contentions. She talks about how they "are not only 'unsung heroines,' as the title of a recent book puts it, they are perennial victims - the unwitting victims of sex with men they're not married to."
Ms. Coulter calls them 'phony victims'. She strongly advocates that rather than raising children alone, women place them for adoption. She says that a failure to do so 'they consign their children to starting life with second-class status'. Her position is rather hard core, much more so than my own, but she makes a solid case for it.
Citing crimes and other societal problems, she asks the reader to 'imagine an America with 70 percent fewer juvenile delinquents, 70 percent fewer teenage births, 63 to 70 percent fewer teenage suicides, and 70 percent to 90 percent fewer runaways and you will appreciate what the sainted single mothers have accomplished.'
Although many readers will likely have a more moderate view of this issue, Coulter certainly provides lots to ponder. Her thoughts are certainly not just confined to single mothers. She explores many other areas. One of those that is particularly good is media bias. She paints a very clear picture of the huge difference in treatment of conservatives versus liberals in the media. Although liberals are almost always treated with kid gloves, they howl and loudly proclaim their victim status after even the most gentle questions given to them. Two of the cases that she looks at extensively are the mistreatment of Sarah Palin and the amazing differences in media treatment given to George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Another very important area that she reviews is the so-called 'Fairness Doctrine'. There is nothing fair about it as Ms. Coulter clearly proves. It is simply a violation of free speech, the First Amendment, and virtually every principle upon which America was founded. This insidious policy which Ronald Reagan killed has many supporters on the left who are trying to resurrect it. It is a way to control the speech of those who are in disagreement with the party in power and it only applies to radio. It does not apply to TV shows, magazines, newspapers, movies, etc. Rather than compete in the marketplace of ideas, the liberal elites want to silence the opposition.
This is a very good book and should be read by anyone who is concerned about problems in society and possible solutions.