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Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn't Work Hardcover – January 26, 2009
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If the election of Barack Obama fills you with dread rather than elation, you're not alone; in fact, pull up a chair next to James Delingpole who has seen this all before and knows exactly where America is heading: into a morass of sprawling government that will slowly start suffocating our economy, our liberties, and our culture. You might as well call it socialism, he says, because that's what it is. In Britain it came in under the smiling face of Tony Blair and has left the British bulldog castrated, whimpering, and sick; in America it's coming under the vibrant, youthful guise of Barack Obama. But the result will be the same: the brave, independent American eagle will become the American turkey, oven-basted by the nanny state of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.
James Delingpole, whose coruscating wit and laugh-out-loud asides have earned his fame as a British political commentator, is here to tell us how bad things could really get. From the socialized medicine that will make us want to avoid going to the doctor even when our hand is on fire (as his literally once was); to eco-fascism that will have us spending millions, if not billions, if not entirely ruining our already shattered economy, to protect un-endangered, man-eating polar bears; to immigration non-reform that will leave us wondering what country we're living in anyway; to a further dumbing down of an already execrable school system, with more PC inanities, such as banning "competitive games" because it might disturb children's self-esteem; to so many symptoms of decline and fall that we might as well all move to Albania to enjoy the high life.Hilarious, witty, impassioned, and perceptive, Welcome to Obamaland will have you laughing through your tears and taking courage from the eternal truth of conservative convictions.
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Praise for Welcome to Obamaland
In 1997, Britain elected a young, charismatic, inspirational leader, and the entire nation was filled with hope. For the next ten years, we suffered the pain of gradual disillusionment as Tony Blair failed to live up to every single one of our expectations. Why not save yourselves the trouble of slowly having your hearts broken and fast forward straight to the bitter and cynical phase? James Delingpole, one of Britain's most astute political journalists, is here to give you a quick reality bath. He has seen the future--your future--and it doesn't work.
--TOBY YOUNG, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate PeopleTotally brilliant. As funny as St. Mark Steyn.
--ANDREW ROBERTS, historian and author of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900
From Welcome to Obamaland Think of me as the hero of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine, bursting into your present, my clothes all tattered and torn, and on my face an expression of dire horror and impending doom. For I am afraid I have a terrible message to impart. I have just seen the future. Your future. And I'm sorry to say it sucks. This new president you've elected. You think he's going to make everything okay, right? Even if you didn't vote for him, you're kind of hoping that some good must surely come of it.
Ha ha ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha.
That's the sound of me laughing darkly, by the way. So what, if any, consolation do I have to offer you in these dark and difficult times? Precious little, I'm afraid. Virtually nothing in fact, save the warm, self-affirmatory glow you get when someone tells you you're right, that some day your beliefs will be vindicated, that however long it takes, reality will win out.
Top customer reviews
The only downside to the book is that sometimes the author has a bit of a "rant", however, its clear that he's passionate in his belief here.
Now, this was a surprise to me. I had always imagined that Tony Blair was a politician who made the policies of the Labour Party more moderate, and now I learn the truth --- although it has been seeping through, in drips and trickles, for the past decade. Reading the truth about Tony Blair (and his heir, Gordon Brown) is profoundly depressing --- almost as depressing as having a President who promises to fix the deficit on a Monday, and on a Tuesday, announces another monstrous spending program ("Cash For Caulkers" this time), while his party already has plans to spend every penny of the money being returned from the horrendously expensive TARP program.
James Delingpole is a brilliantly ironic Conservative: P. J. O'Rourke and Mark Steyn may have to look to preserving their laurels. So far, Mr. Delingpole has offered two "take-away thoughts" which we all need to contemplate. The first is taxation: raising taxes automatically reduces the amount of money left for mere humans to spend, and therefore automatically slows economic growth, while lowering taxes actually lets people keep more of their hard-earned money, and leads to faster economic growth. The second thought is straight from Milton Friedman: "I know what is good for me, and the STATE does not know better. I know where I want to spend my money, and the STATE does not know better."
And, by the way, buy this book and read it. It may actually change your mind, or make you think, on a lot of very interesting subjects.
An extremely strong recommendation!!
Great read. Even my 15 year old son enjoyed it. He learned alot too. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to any teenager. They are our future and they need to be educated and informed. This book will have
them well on their way.