- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st, First Edition edition (October 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385513496
- ISBN-13: 978-0385513494
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 348 customer reviews
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Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy Hardcover – October 25, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Working with a broadly inclusive pantheon of "the Left" that places Ralph Nader and Barbra Streisand on equal footing with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, Schweizer (The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty) suggests that liberalism's heroes conduct their lives in ways that prove their philosophy to be "ultimately self-defeating, self-destructive, and unworkable." While acknowledging that conservatives can be high-profile hypocrites as well, Schweizer employs a double standard, arguing that "when conservatives betray their publicly stated principles, they harm only themselves and their families," but when liberals misbehave, they harm their principles first and foremost. Sometimes his research uncovers significant contradictions, as when Schweizer points out that Noam Chomsky, who tends to demonize the military establishment, wrote his first book, Syntactic Structures, with grants from the U.S. Army, the Air Force and the Office of Naval Research. But many of his charges are egregiously hyperbolic, as when he suggests that Cornel West is a "segregationist" because he bought a home in a largely Caucasian suburb. Schweizer clearly knows the limitations of his argument, since he backpedals from many of his most damning statements in his closing remarks. For all its revelations, in the end, this volume reads less like a critique of liberal philosophy than a catalogue of ammunition for ad hominem bloggers. (Oct. 25)
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The Weekly Standard
"Peter Schweizer's Do As I Say (Not As I Do) is an entertaining exposure of the hypocrisy among some prominent liberals. In a series of 11 profiles on leftist icons from Noam Chomsky and Al Franken to Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, Schweizer reveals that the most vocal liberals do not practice what they preach."
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Top customer reviews
Above is only the tip of the iceberg of what's in this book. But what is most interesting is how the author juxtaposes what Hillary has done with what she preaches or advocates for others. It's mind boggling.
As Peter Schweizer explains, we all display some degree of hypocrisy now and then, but liberals not only carry hypocrisy to extremes, but also gain fame and respect from their fellow liberals for such conduct, in stark contrast to conservatives, who are embarrassed and ashamed.
I highly recommend this book for people of all political persuasions, but in particular for college age kids thinking about their future. Liberals don't practice what they preach, and boy do they preach an awful lot.
I bought a few copies to distribute among my friends who deserve to be forewarned about those smarties and thus avoid being labeled suckers by one and all.
Many thanks to Peter Schweizer for his invaluable contribution to human decency and honesty.