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We Won't Get Fooled Again: Where the Christian Right Went Wrong and How to Make America Right Again Paperback – December 1, 2011
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Unapologetically Biblical in its approach to getting America back on the fast track to freedom and prosperity. If you want something lukewarm or platitudes in plain flavored pabulum, this book is beyond you. If you have courage and convictions, this book is your new soul mate. --Mike Huckabee
"In 'We Won't Get Fooled Again', Steve and Gregg expose what I discovered long go, that there as been a conservative industry created. Consultants, pundits, media types and even some in the faith community use push button issues to drive us to the polls to vote for certain candidates to protect their deal. Conservative voters have to ask the tough question: 'Are we moving the dial?' This is a must read for every conservative voter and if you start reading it, you won't want to put it down." ─ J.C. Watts Jr., Former U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma
“Steve Deace and Gregg Jackson have certainly stirred the pot with their new book. Some of the interviews will make you squirm, and all of them will make you ask the question: As Christians, have we put our trust in the political system more than the truth of the gospel?” ─ Michael L. Brown, Ph.D., host, the Line of Fire radio broadcast and author of A Queer Thing Happened to America
“Anyone with an interest in today’s politics will find We Won’t Get Fooled Again an interesting read that is well researched. And as an election looms, following Deace and Jackson’s points is one way to make sure that the potential new boss is truly different from the old boss. 4 out of 5 stars.” -- ForeWord Clarion Review"Jackson and Deace’s first collaborative effort offers an unusual yet informed analysis of conservative politics. Instead of throwing accusation and blame like many political messages, the authors objectively critique where the right wing went wrong. More than politics, however, this book sheds light on the growing number of citizens who claim Christianity as the basis for their principles while walking a far different road. This detailed look at problems in American politics will challenge any conservative.” -- Kirkus Reviews
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The chapters each consist of direct quotes from interviews with people like Ann Coulter (who is one scary chick that does NOT exemplify my understanding of Christian character), Joseph Farrah and Tom Minnery (a controlling top dog at of Focus on the Family who hand picks what info he passes up to Dobson). The chapters are short and to the point but packed with very interesting tidbits that paint a pathetic picture. The main thing I came away with is that I will NEVER be influenced again by what the "big names" say I, as a Christian voter, must do. They have strayed from the the confines of sound doctrine, compromised with the world, exploited the Christian market and done a disservice to the Church and the country. Read how in their own words.
We learn that Christian "activists" who get their names up in lights and their pockets filled with money they could not otherwise have honestly earned are basically the same as their non-Christian counterparts: greedy, hungry for power and "looking out for number one."
I highly recommend this book and that you put away all your Dr. Dobson materials and open the New Testament.
I agree with the book's main point: revival in the Church is what's needed. Perhaps five minutes of sincere, earnest prayer would accomplish more than ten political activists regardless that they call themselves Christians.
I highly recommend We Won't Get Fooled Again for those seeking to gain insight into the politicization of the pro-life and pro-family movement. Jackson and Deace do an outstanding job peeling back those political layers of the mainstream "conservative" organizations and their leaders. More importantly, they bring back into focus why we do what we do and remind us, like Mother Theresa, that God has not called us to be successful, but to be faithful.
You will be warned in the beginning of the book that once you read it you will not see the conservative political situation the same. I expected this may be a bit of drama, but it is not. The information given is revealing and thought-provoking.
Most of the chapters are based on interviews from major players of the conservative movement. There are christian and non-christian examples from the conservative movement's leadership. Leaders criticized are only criticized on their records. The book's purpose is not to destroy a person's reputation, but to give all the information, and to basically explain how Christians are being... well, fooled. It pulls back the curtain, and explains why after 30 years the conservative movement's leadership has failed. It then concludes by giving a way forward.
To my surprise I finished the book being encouraged and not discouraged. Encouraged because this book might be part of the first step in a long process to bring the U.S. back on track.