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A Much Needed Antidote
on November 30, 2003
First a review about the other reviews (something I have never done or felt the need to do but in this case it is warranted) and then a review about the book.
MEGLIN1228 & SCOTRUGBY Reviews
You need to READ and then THINK and then try to COMPREHEND the book before you review it. If you did you would have found out these things. The book over and over states the difference between liberals, who DO NOT hate America and what the book defines as those on the left, WHO DO. The author continually speaks about the founding fathers and usurpation of the constitution as being a threat to America. One of his strongest points is that the first amendment must be embraced so we CAN HAVE discourse on both sides of the issues. Nowhere does he even suggest the antithesis of this.
Each study that I have read has shown the anti-podal of your belief. The higher the IQ the more likely to be conservative, while the lower the IQ the more likely to embrace liberal philosophies. Sorry Dusty, the truth hurts, try to live in reality.
1. The author encourages disagreeing with presidents and even gives a great story about Thomas Jefferson encouraging this as a staple of liberty in the book (198-199)
2. Questioning war is not anti-American, it is healthy as the author points out, what is anti-American is showing only the worst of war and claiming that this is the norm. (30, 45, 86, 129, etc)
3. Please read his book Phillip, you might understand how wrong you are.
JOESPH LINDEN & A reader from San Diego
You say he forgot to mention "slavery" Try READING these pages 9, 33-39, 61, 90-96, 126-128, 150 - 158, 178-180, 211. Flynn covers slavery comprehensively; perhaps if you had READ the book you wouldn't seem so ignorant.
You have your panties in a bunch about fascism, but if you took time to read the book you would find that Flynn attacks Fascism too. It makes sense since the book is titled "Why the LEFT hates America" that the author would go after the left's only success in governing, Fascism. For more info. READ 54-57.
Thank you for reading the book, your review was very well done. Just one comment, you wrote "While he makes a strong case that life in the U.S. is better than most developing countries, he conveniently omits almost any comparison to other industrialized nations." The argument THE LEFT has is that WESTERN civilization is worst than NON-WESTERN civilizations, what the author has done is compare America (representing the West) to non-western civilizations. This is the only fair comparison since it responds directly to the left's argument. BTW he does in many cases, go on to compare America afterwards to the likes of Japan, France, Great Britain, Germany, etc.
MY BOOK REVIEW
First of all the title is BAD and noxious; I wasn't going to read this book because of it, but I was assured by a friend that it was not malicious tripe. I was surprised the writing inside is very good, there is no malice even to those whom the author disagrees with. Instead we have a well researched and fully documented book, complete with footnotes and an index. (Something that is missing in most books from the left)
Let's get a few things clear. The author clearly delineates between THE LEFT and LIBERALS and draws a very distinct demarcation line. Once you realize who the author refers to as THE LEFT you can quickly see that it is true indeed that they seem to have a hatred of this country. The book is also quick to point out that liberals are not on the left and questioning this countries actions, or looking critically at its policies in hopes of making the US a BETTER place, is good. (This is actually one of the most even-handed books I have ever read; I sure wish the author had used a different title, I am sure the sale of this book would have gone up to those on the right, since its invective title seems to actually bait the left and turn-off those on the right.)
While the book itself is fantastic, its biggest is failure is what S Ross points out it in his review, the book does not answer the question of why does the left hate America? The book does try, but the answer itself leaves the reader wanting something more. But to be fair I don't know if the question can be that easily answerable. I think there are varied reasons for each of those on the left. Fear, greed, desire for totalitarian power, lordship all of these seem to play a role in some way with the left's maniacal need for power. Does the left hate America because it proves their theories wrong? I would say no, but they might hate America because it is stopping them in their desire for world dominance.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Excellent book, doesn't answer the main question, but the substance inside of it makes up for that.