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Good overview for an uninformed American voter,
This review is from: No He Can't: How Barack Obama Is Dismantling Hope and Change (Hardcover)
The author of this book states that he is the first pundit to predict, in December 2006, that Barack Obama would rise to the presidency. The author uses this assertion as a springboard for this book in which he provides an argument that President Obama is essentially dismantling the America that most of us know and love.
The book focuses on four key areas: the economy, national security, traditional American values and morals, and the president's accountability to the people. The author makes the case that while campaigning for the presidency, Obama was able to hoodwink most Americans into believing that he was a moderate in these major areas. He was able to do this with his charisma and oratory skills. However, once in office, President Obama began implementing many radical left policies that were not in line with the expectations and beliefs of a majority of Americans.
The author does a good job in addressing each of these areas of concern. However, his focus on President Obama misses the bigger picture of the radical left that is truly behind this agenda. By focusing primarily on President Obama, the author runs the risk of allowing people to walk away from this book thinking that it is primarily Obama who is the problem rather than the far left agenda that is behind his policies. It is only by emphasizing the basic differences between the world view of a liberal vs conservative that Americans will be able to make appropriate choices in future elections.
This book was a quick read and good summary of the problems in the four areas discussed. But, it really didn't provide new information for individuals who regularly watch Fox News or listen to conservative talk radio. Nonetheless, the information in the book could open the eyes of many Americans who go about life voting for "nice people" rather than really understanding how different political ideologies can shape and change a nation.
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Initial post: Jun 3, 2011 4:02:32 PM PDT
D. Price says:
I've only read the intro, but so far, you are spot on!
Posted on Jun 29, 2011 11:23:50 AM PDT
Thunder states, apparently with a straight face, of the "radical left" that is supposedly running Obama's "far left agenda". These comments could almost be considered hilarious if they were not so tragic given the fact that a true leftist realizes that Obama's destructive and pernicious policies in the Middle East, his desire to make sure that corporate giants such as the insurance and pharmaceutical industries reap the benefits of his health care plan while watching civil liberties erode under Barack Obama do not come anywhere near to meeting the definition of a supposed far left agenda. For those who may have more of an open mind then Mr. Thunder I would like to suggest the following books which critique Obama not from the right but from the genuine left:
* The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power by Paul Street
* The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism by Roger D. Hodge
* The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad by Tariq Ali
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 6:06:46 PM PDT
Thank you for your thoughtful response. I will surely take you up on your book recommendations.
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