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Shut Up and Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN Are Subverting America Hardcover – August 20, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
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They think you're stupid. They think all freedom loving Americans are stupid. They think patriotism is stupid. They think churchgoing is stupid. They think flag-flying is stupid. They despise families with more than two children. They are sure that where we live - anywhere but near or in a few major cities - is an insipid cultural wasteland.
They think your SUV is evil - although theirs is absolutely necessary. They think owning a gun is criminal. They think George Bush is an idiot. They even think it's wrong for us to do what we have to do to protect our nation and our loved ones. Worst of all, they think our abiding belief in the goodness of America and its founding principles is naïve and misguided.
But in this refreshing and blisteringly insightful look at the elites, Laura Ingraham reveals that it is they, not us, who are pickled in prejudice, morally blind, and outrageously hypocritical. In a word, it is they who are stupid. Ingraham exposes the outrageous howlers and muddled thinking peddled by a rogue's gallery of Hollywood celebs, media yuppies, trial lawyers, multiculturalists, God-haters, and race-relations bullies who are exalted as heroes by the elite.
Ingraham unmasks the shallowness of elite thinking everywhere it is found: in politics, the media, the ivory tower, arts and entertainment, and even business and international organizations. Nor does she restrict her skewering of the elite only to its natural home, the Democratic Party - she ably zeroes in on elite enclaves within the GOP as well.
* Why the elites want America to be torn down, tradition by tradition
* The real reason Hollywood is politically moronic: including a case study of "Stupid White Man" Michael Moore
* How to understand the goals of the elite - and spot their tactics
* Why the elites are "theophobic" - and bent on eradicating religion from American life
* The antiwar crowd: anti-Americanism in disguise.
* Why our current immigration policies border on insanity
* How our colleges and schools try to brainwash students in political correctness and anti-Americanism
* The UN: why this darling of the elites desperately needs to be reformed, reconfigured, and reoriented
* Why the elites are either losing or on shaky ground on most issues
Meet the elites. They have big plans for us. But with dead-on wit and precision, Laura Ingraham shows how we can torpedo their plans.
Top Customer Reviews
The director Otto Preminger referred to actors as being little more than trained animals, jumping through hoops as the director's command. Truman Capote said that the best actors were the "stupidest" (his word.) When Ronald Reagan was asked about comments made by Ed Asner he replied, "What does an actor know about politics?" Why should it be a surprise when we read the words of our celluloid heroes and find out that they are insipid, two dimensional characters with nothing of substance to add to the discourse. When did we begin to look to the likes of Barbara and Sarandon for answers to complex world problems? Ms. Ingraham only points out the obvious; our entertainers are here to entertain us.
The revelation to me was the genesis of the elitist doctrine and Ms. Ingraham does a fine job of recalling this. I can see where this would be an annoying inconvenience to the elitists today; the pretense that these people speak, and "feel" for the very people they treat with such contempt. To read just how disdainful Jane Fonda is of the average American is unsettling. In fact, I see this condescension in some of the reviews written here; mocking Southern accents, and advising us we don't have to read this book. Am I not entitled to read and decide for myself?
Regardless of your political opinions, read this book, it is well written and it is worth the few hours you'll spend, if only to remind you that the world's problems require reasoned thought, not a few bumper sticker slogans tossed out by people that make their living playing "make believe."
Who are the elites who spend every waking minute making the rest of us miserable? According to Ingraham, they occupy prominent positions in the entertainment industry, politics, academia, the judiciary, and the United Nations. You know a lot of them by sight: Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Barbra Streisand (grrr), Jane Fonda (double grrr), Ted Kennedy, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Susan Sontag, Cornel West, and a million other dupes espousing blatant "Hate America" ideologies. Ingraham even includes a pictorial "rogue's gallery" in the middle of the book in case you don't know the faces of our anti-American enemy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty repetitive as most agenda driven reading is. Some interesting facts and points. I found myself skimming through chunks and ultimately left the last 1/8 of the book unread. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kim Christain
Sadly, not enough people read this book before electing Barack Insane Obama. This book is a little out of date but her basic ideas about the Left, the media and celebrity are dead... Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by P. robb
Although I am considerably more Liberal than Ingraham, I tend to find myself at odds with many Hollywood figures pretty much across the board. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by The Happiest Boy
Laura Ingraham is so right about giving the Hollywood crowd a platform just because they happen to be famous entertainers. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by UnixGeek
Don't think to good??? Don't think to much!! Sit right down and eat your white bread! Another idiot from the right. Sorry Laura I did finish college. Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by Robert Schindler
Frankly, Publisher's Weekly hit the nail so completely on the head that it's difficult to add much more. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Russell Burlingame
I REALLY ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK VERY MUCH. I THOUGHT THE BOOK WAS GREAT. I WOULD REALLY LIKE FOR OTHE PEOPLE TO READ.Published on May 22, 2012 by Hogan_62
Here's the question. How can Laura Ingraham be so funny on the radio and so tedious in print?
Is it that the book was written in 2003 and its premise has become basic... Read more
Great book - great ideas - and a definition and explanation of the so-called elites from Hollyood, politics, UN and of course some of the universities. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Joseph H. Race