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Could have been waaaay better,
This review is from: After America: Get Ready for Armageddon (Hardcover)
Firstly, I should mention that I'm a conservative who firmly believes we need a government that's far more fiscally responsible, and smaller. What I don't want is a government that thinks it needs to wipe my arse for me and pass along the bill to my kids and grandkids. Frankly, I think most of my personal views are aligned with Mark's; which is why I was so looking forward to After America. It did start off really good. He stuck to facts and statistics and really starting laying out what was actually going on in America. Then, it seems, he ran out of things to say. So he decided to simply bash the left, page after page after tiring page. Adding to the tedium he seemed to think it was clever to put "ocrat" on the end of words. And it was, for the first few times. I stuck it out as best I could, reading page after page and chapter after chapter, waiting for Mark to move on from bashing the left and get back to explaining how the system's broken and broke and what we need to do to fix it. Maybe somewhere along the way he does, but I just couldn't keep reading. In fairness, I have been known to bash the left myself from time to time, and I usually enjoy when it's done by others, but I was hoping for so much more from this book. Remove the needless bashing and cut out the "ocrats" and this book could have been a short story. Finally, I should add that Mark does include a lot of startling information that I did not know. For that I'm giving it three stars. If he'd avoided the blame game and stuck to the story I would have given it 4.5 stars.
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Initial post: Apr 18, 2012 12:22:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 18, 2012 12:23:12 AM PDT
J. Cabrera says:
Thanks for the review. I was about to waste ten bucks. If the author can't see that both sides created the cluster-blam!- we're in now, there's no point.
Posted on May 29, 2012 9:54:28 AM PDT
John P. Killinger says:
Of course, both sides got us here. But in fairness, one is a lot more guilty (LBJ's "Great Society" vs. Reagan's "Shining City on a Hill") than the other. However, how we've come to this point isn't as important as what (if anything) we're going to try to do about it. What we've discovered so far is that "compromise" doesn't work. In fact, it's just made things that much worse. So Mark is most likely right. America has began a decline that we do not have the political will to recover from. While no one wants to hear this, the facts and logic behind his position are unassailable. My opinion, therefore, is this is a VERY IMPORTANT WORK that no one else has had the GUTS to write. My conclusion, then, is "forewarned is forearmed." The best thing we can do is take whatever steps we can to save ourselves.
Posted on Sep 17, 2012 1:31:38 PM PDT
There's a reason the founders of this country framed the Constitution and our form of government the way they did. They had centuries of history to guide them on what was the wrong way to establish government. At the core was to limit the reach of government as it would, on it's own inertia, become a bloated self-serving and corrupt entity. Both R and D parties are to blame for where we are. We desperately need a 3rd party.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013 4:05:02 PM PST
Buy Gold and Silver and forget about the Markets. Five years from today you'll be RICH John.
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The Reading Rifle says:
Yes both both parties are to blame, but it's about a 75/25 split in favor of the dems as to who lead us here, VVV.
Posted on Jul 14, 2015 8:15:06 AM PDT
Thucydides Jr, says:
He never really has solutions - I guess that is my major problem with modern writing on the right. Fine, things are bad - but what do they proprose that actually makes people lives better? Buckley is a lot more interesting.
As for the blame game, assigning percentages is easy, but if we're counting the last 15 years, I'd say messing up the entire middle east has got to go a long way to evening the score between the right and left. We've spent a whole lot more money on pointless wars, military hardware, and internal spying than we ever have on welfare (yeah, go look it up) and veteran's benefits. Just the cost of the (unready as yet) Joint Strike fighter would be enough to cover the cost of every single family home built here for the past 5 years. Every. Single. One.
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