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Why the Left Hates America: Exposing the Lies That Have Obscured Our Nation's Greatness Hardcover – October 22, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Spurred on by what he sees as anti-American sentiment among leftists in the wake of September 11, Flynn, the executive director of Accuracy in Academia, a conservative watchdog group, seeks to "expose the strong undercurrent of reverse patriotism on the political Left." Unlike fellow conservative pundit Ann Coulter (Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right), Flynn draws a distinction between liberals, who are motivated by "love of country," and the real targets of his criticism, those who "view 'Amerika' as so inherently corrupt as to be beyond repair." He offers numerous examples of journalists, college students, professors and anonymous voices on the World Wide Web who are critical of the U.S. government; gives a thumbnail history of anti-Americanism in the U.S.; and argues against the "Five Big Lies" of the American Left (#5: "The rich get richer; the poor get poorer"). Flynn is particularly dismayed by the prevalence of leftism on college campuses and in academic curricula. Though some of his arguments are familiar, and his historical perspective arguably lacks rigor, Flynn will likely find grateful sympathizers.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Flynn, executive director of Accuracy in Academia (www.academia.org), attempts to analyze and explain the anti-American sentiments of the Left in his new book. The Left, according to Flynn, consists of intellectuals, museum curators, journalists, librarians, movie stars, and academics who question or criticize U.S. government policies, American culture, and society. Flynn generalizes that the Left controls and manipulates education and entertainment in the United States in an attempt to destroy American society and values. He also writes that McCarthyism, internment of the Japanese during World War II, and slavery have been embellished by the Left (to the detriment of other historical calamities) and are therefore not as vile as the Left believes or teaches. Flynn's gross generalizations and virulent depictions of the Left go beyond a simple critique of the excesses of political correctness; he paints with such a broad brush that "Left" and "Intellectuals" function mainly as straw men in his argument, making his views finally unbelievable. Activities and statements representing the Left are cited in an extensive end notes/bibliography section. Libraries that already own the works of David Horowitz (Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes) need not buy Flynn's book. Joyce M. Cox, Nevada State Lib. & Archives, Carson City
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The person who possesses even the smallest degree of true intellect can easily seen that we are racing down a path of self-destruction. Where our society and the worlds character, through nothing more than a corrupt desire for votes and a return to power and dynasty, leaves our nation seeking the lowest level of human nature possible.
The "better angels" of our nature are being drummed out of existence by a corrupt political process, even more corrupt political figures, judicial activist betraying their basic oath and responsibilities, a fallen and failed education system (all levels) and a cesspool of deviant and hypocritical entertainment industries and individuals.
We do need an "ecology of man" as the Pope has called it. An awakening of truth.
Daniel Flynn in this book proves this to be true and identifies those who would plunge the nation and the world into a chaotic mix of greed, pornographic sleaziness and debauchery. All while attacking and removing any and all safeguards, put in place for centuries, that were designed to protect against the failure of the greatest experiment ever conceived by the mind of mere human beings.
He aptly pulls aside that rotting curtain hidding the deviant political, institutionalized world around us. A world that feeds upon the condemnation of all that is right, good, prudent and righteous. Mr. Flynn proves the fact that those who practice unnatural acts and support detrimental policies will never accept truth. They have lost their ability to actually reason, to follow the party line or adhere to special interest lies or defend false studies designed to acheive only the results desired.
Critical thinking for them is the act of calling good evil and evil good and working tirelessly to see that everyone else accepts their falsehoods or is forced to accept their premise or be harassed or assaulted until they do.
In short wisdom has escaped their critical thinking abilities in order to allow them to sanctify what commons sense tells the rational person is wrong.
True common sense has been ripped from the hearts of the left, or the so-called progressives, and many democrats, and has been replaced with a logic emblematic of children following a Pied Pipper. Logic, intellect, rationality and reason have all been sacrificed in the interest of obtaining votes and power at any cost. All in the interest of putting into powerful positions those who profess and in fact insist that deviance and sinfulness be accepted as "civil rights."
Truth no longer exists within them and they could not see truth or accept it if they did find it somehow. They simply want to take all that was good, sane, holy and moral out of the American character and consciousness and replace it with their own concepts and ideologies... ignoring the lessons of history. In fine, "professing themselves to be wise...they have become fools."
It has been put forth, and the same is clear to any rational person, that politics is a circle not a straight line...and ultra progressive liberals or ultra conservatives stand at the back of this circle only one step away from one another.
If either takes one step forward they actually become what they they seem to hate the most. This is where most of the political neo-left-wing progressive liberals are today...the finatics who have taken the leash of the liberal movement. They are stepping back and forth between the Stalinists of the ultra-left and the Hitlerisms of the ultra-right. It is sad that with a media under their command, a judiciary out of control in their favor and a filthy rich entertainment industry in their hip pockets they are winning while good people do nothing.
But it is the acceptance of deviance that makes the left so dangerous for America and the world today.
Having gained all the power now in Washington democrats will rush to make this self-fullfilling destruction a reality and remove any real or true sense of liberty, freedom and "civil rights" from those who do not agree with their twisted version of right and wrong.
Congratulations to Mr. Flynn for saying in detail and eloquence what 60 percent of Americans already know in their hearts.
Flynn does err in that he differentitates between the Left and modern American liberals, and in doing so, grants liberals somewhat of a pass. Good intentions, as it has been said, pave the road to hell. To the extent that modern American liberals share the same ideas and goals, to the extent that liberals aid and abet the ultimate aims of the totalitarian Left they weigh no differently on the scales of justice. Ideas have consequences, and no one is exempt from them. No one. And the Left simply cannot escape from the fact that various and sundry variations of Leftist thought have been the foundation for more of the mass murder, slaughter and impoverishment than any other ideology or religious movement in the Twentieth century.
The other failing of the book is that Flynn might have engaged more of his audience had he exposed the fundamental premise of Leftist ideology - that is, that your life and the fruits of your labor do not belong to you. All else - the slaughter of millions and the impoverishment of millions more follows from that as history has so clearly and tragically shown. That's why the Left is obliged to discard reason and logic and it is why they must at all costs rewrite history. Flynn exposes the excesses of the Left without getting to fundamental reasons for their murderous mostrosity.
The final point to be made concerning this book is that Flynn, in his introduction, states that it is not possible to have a reasoned debate with those who lack the price of admission to such a debate - a respect for reason, facts, logic and the truth. Having made that statement, he fails to follow it to its logical conclusion: When your opponent's arguments all devolve to the barrel of a gun, the only possible response - if you love your life - is to answer with a gun of your own.