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Thank The Liberals**For Saving America Hardcover – August 27, 2012
"Wake Up America" by Eric Bolling
Wake Up America is a much-needed call to arms for America’s citizens to preserve and protect our country's present and future. Learn more
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About the Author
Alan Colmes is a liberal political commentator, radio host, author, and web publisher. He currently hosts “The Alan Colmes Show,” a nationally syndicated radio show distributed by Fox News Radio. Offering a bold take on the news of the day, with guests ranging from prominent political figures to the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture, Colmes welcomes “any and all opinion, any and all of the time.” Colmes runs the website Liberaland, where he covers the most recent and powerful stories in the news. He is also the author of the book Red, White & Liberal.
Colmes began his career in stand-up comedy, but quickly moved into the world of broadcast news. After several highly rated radio shows, Colmes cemented his reputation as a liberal voice in the media when he served as the liberal counterpart to Sean Hannity on Fox News’s “Hannity & Colmes.”
Top Customer Reviews
Thank the Liberals by Alan Colmes is a well researched exploration of the roots of liberalism in the United States, originating with our founding fathers and exemplified through our most cherished documents, the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence..Colmes, a well known liberal political commentator, makes a convincing argument that the United States was founded on liberal principles and that its ongoing survival has been based upon progressive initiatives. From those skeptics, Colmes provides over 20 pages of footnotes and references to support his hypothesis.
Thank the Liberals is a great read for both liberals and conservatives as it reinforces the liberal's contentions that our homeland was founded upon and continues to survive on liberal principles, while providing conservatives with a better understanding of how the liberal brain is wired.
Without a doubt, a conservative author could have or would have written a book on the opposing viewpoint, proving that our heritage is based upon conservative principles. This perhaps would be a perfect project for Sean Hannity who is Colmes former conservative counterpart. However, what can't be disputed is that Alan Colmes tirelessly documented and researched his facts when writing Thank the Liberals.
What we all can agree upon: Thank the Liberals is a provocative work of either fiction or non-fiction depending upon your political persuasion.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, to the book:
I did think that this was a pretty fair accounting of Liberalism in America. It seems that the author went out of his way to show a broad history of the founding of America and American political ideals. He includes stories about many Political Conservatives who have acted in ways to increase racial equality, acceptance of gays and lesbians, and who have helped the poor. He includes stories that show that some of our Liberal Saints were racists who believed in eugenics, regardless of some of the good things they are remembered for.
At its heart, the book is a fascinating history lesson - a history of Americans trying to help others as we build our nation. At the end of reading Thank The Liberals, I wasn't thinking of whether Liberals or Conservatives are better. I was just thinking that we live in a darned good country and I was glad I learned something new.
Perhaps the best use of the book is to convince liberals to reach out to conservatives, many of whom are merely the liberals of yesteryear. I'll have to read it again and think about it.
The author of course then tries to convince us that the main issues on today's liberal agenda, abortion and gay marriage, fall in the same category as the above. Some will agree with him and some won't, but the book and the arguments therein are worth reading. And the look at what liberal thinkers accomplished in the past is definitely something all should read and be aware of.
I will confess to having misgivings about reading a political book penned by a Fox News personality, but having persevered I found it eloquently made a case for the values and policies generally (but not always) associated with the Democratic Party. That does not mean I agree with every word of it, nor that you should, only that the debatable opinions are supported by independently verifiable facts.
Chapters one and three provide a textbook-like overview of the Constitution and key court decisions, while chapters two and four examine the last century and seek to prove McGovern's line that every step forward "has been a liberal initiative taken over conservative opposition". At the very least, the author makes a strong case that every President since FDR would be considered a liberal by the Tea Party on one issue or another.
The closing three chapters discuss the issues that divide us, particularly religion; Mr. Colmes is far more optimistic than I am about how our divided house shall return to a firmer foundation. I pray he is right.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thanks, Alan, for pointing out some forgotten points (Note: Republicans). I wish all of Congress should be required to read this book.Published 18 months ago by Rev. Dean
I thought I could acquire an understanding about what liberals think, but I feel that the entire book was built around a false premise.Published 21 months ago by Suzanne Sellers
In the same spirit as the Soviet Union's major newspaper was called Pravda - meaning "truth" - Alan Colmes gives the reader a non-stop parade of lies, badly-written... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by bcpg1936
I'll sum it up for you. Anything kind, accepting, or good as defined by a liberal even if performed by a conservative is a liberal principle. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Linda E
The book is simple and straight forward so conservatives could read it. It is obvious from Ann Coulter's comment that she did not read it, so don't let her comment imped you from... Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Concerned
While I tend to fall of the liberal side of independent, I found this book to be a shallow treatment of the achievements of liberals in the political discourse of America. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Frederick S. Goethel
Alan Colmes does an excellent job at pointing out all that makes the USA the best nation in the world!Published on November 30, 2013 by John C. Kendall
I'm an Independent, however, to be fair, I lean right of center. I read Colmes' book at the behest of a liberal friend that felt I'd benefit from what he described as a... Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Confounded Consumer