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Paradigm Shift: The Palin Matrix: The Progressive Left Strikes Back! Paperback – January 1, 2011
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What is The Palin Matrix? No one knows exactly; it represents many different things to different people. It is the concept of a media celebrity running for President. It is television talking heads babbling on and on about worthless celebrity scandals while ignoring real news. It is the concept of Christian Evangelicals who are neither pious nor compassionate, but greedy for endless power and money. It is our political candidates being selected for us by cable news pundits. It is Wall Street running our democracy without culpability or remorse. It is income inequality without limits. It is a politician with more skeletons than an archeological dig site, and the press looks the other way.
What is Nonfiction in a Fictional Style? This is the meme I have chosen to identify with all my writing. I am not a journalist and I do not write straight nonfiction. I compose collections of essays about nonfiction subjects, usually adding elements of fantasy, hyperbole, humor, history, and nostalgia. A big dose of modern American pop culture permeates everything I write, with many references to movies, music, cars, motorcycles, cultural icons, and television shows. My writing is probably most interesting to fans of pop culture and modern history. I have always been a bookworm nerd with little interest in sports, and this clearly shows through my work. The more modern American trivia you know, the more likely you will enjoy my books, although they may seem at first glance to be much more widely divergent in character than one would think prudent. Paradigm Shift is, and will probably remain, my only book about politics and economics. First and foremost, all my books are based on theories of psychology and sociology, but you would be doing yourself a disfavor if you dismissed them over this issue. You might not realize just how funny and entertaining these subjects can be!
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I once described the author as, "Having the ability to soar high above us in his multicolored balloon, observe the ants (us) scurrying around on the ground below, and able to project the whole societal picture as it will unfold years from now". This book reveals prescience, starting from a historical base, and continuing with a logical progression of facts, leading up to our current "idiocracy".
This is far from a dry read about a heavy subject. Mr. Orr's writing seems a dance upon the piano keys, with a few low notes for impact; an absolute delight that will have you grinning and laughing out loud. An inspired riff on a hypothetical episode of "Designing Women" is brilliant. He runs the gamut of pop culture, therein opening our eyes to what we all sensed was happening, yet couldn't quite put to voice.
But then, a dangerous political chimera in the form of Sarah Palin reared its head. In the most thorough compilation of dated facts, quotes, and interviews, the author presents us with "Babygate": the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American public, wherein Palin's "pregnancy" with a Down Syndrome child was a total fabrication, devised solely for political gain. Floyd Orr gives us the facts - it is up to us to form our own opinions. The accuracy and completeness of the "Babygate Timeline" has never been equalled anywhere.
To sum up: a fun and eye-opening read, suffused with pop culture, explaining how we got to our current situation. An opus of clear thinking, written in an inimitable style. If life is indeed a box of chocolates, each one of the author's chapters has a nougat center.
Other books, including The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power,The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, and Palin's own memoir, may tell you about Palin herself - her history, her motivations, what has influenced her.
The Palin Matrix puts Palin into context, politically and historically, and helps the reader understand how someone as incompetent and unqualified as Sarah Palin nearly came to be a heartbeat away from the US Presidency. This book is both important and informative as we gear up for the 2012 presidential election.