I should start this review by saying I used to subscribe to the liberal agenda. I believed in state sponsored dole programs, government intervention in the affairs of everyday life, and the use of the judiciary to bring about change. Yes, my friends, I even voted for Bill Clinton in 1996. Then, about six or seven years ago, I experienced what I can only describe as an epiphanic experience, a Kuhnian paradigm shift in my political outlook. Several factors accounted for my sudden migration away from the liberal cosmology. Arguably the largest influence on my new sense of the world occurred from reading history. I quickly saw that the ideas of today's elites didn't jibe with reality, that these concepts had been tried before and had always failed. Even worse, not only did liberalism fail, it brought about the end of civilizations. The scandals emanating from the Clinton White House also did a lot to dampen my enthusiasm for the liberal "truths." Anyone who could blindly support the Clintons despite the deluge of lies, smears, and outright crimes perpetrated by the dynamic duo are truly pathetic creatures in dire need of help. The idea of Hillary Clinton running for, let alone winning, the presidency of this great nation is a notion that sends chills down my spine.
"Hillary for President" also scares R. Emmett Tyrrell and Mark W. Davis, so much so that the two conservatives decided to write this slim novel outlining the ways Hillary will attempt to usher in an era of far left quackery the likes of which even Lenin, Stalin, and Mao could not have foreseen. According to Tyrrell and Davis, Hillary Clinton's background as a "coat and tie radical" in the 1960s and 1970s, along with her subsequent record as First Lady and her Senate career, should disqualify her from serving as President of the United States. The authors outline in ghastly detail the real Hillary Clinton, from her early work as a pro-Marxist ideologue following the tenets of radical troublemaker Saul Alinsky, to her article calling for the complete liberation of children from their parents, to her weird relationship with Willie. What emerges is a portrait of a woman so inebriated with power, so in love with herself and her pro-communist vision for America, that she will do almost anything to attain the Oval Office. Watching horror films and reading horror novels is one of my favorite hobbies, and let me tell you right here and now that "Madame Hillary" is one of the most horrific books I have ever read. Although the authors seem to think there is hope for stopping Hillary and her extremist agenda even if the public does put her into office in 2008, I have grave doubts whether the country could long survive another Clinton administration.
Could Hillary Clinton become president in 2008? According to "Madame Hillary," anything is possible where the Clintons are involved. The attention seeking former first family never passes up an opportunity to grab the spotlight even at the expense of the current crop of presidential hopefuls. Hillary uses her position in the Senate to garner headlines, raises and dispenses millions through several PACs to other party apparatchiks, and carefully stakes out positions on pertinent issues of the day in an attempt to set herself up as a candidate in the next presidential election. Madame Hillary has her talons firmly planted around the throat of the Democratic Party, and she will use this position and influence to fulfill her "destiny." If that "destiny" comes to fruition, disaster will follow. How so? Remember the universal health care debacle of the early 1990s where she attempted to socialize our medical system? A Hillary regime would be much worse. Senator Clinton will attempt to socialize all aspects of our society by increasing entitlements to undreamt of levels, increasing taxes to European heights, and further radicalize the judiciary. She could win the presidency, but I have to believe she won't. Hopefully, too many people will remember the scandals.
What drives Hillary Clinton to remake America? Saul Alinsky and her days as a radical at college inform our former First Lady's belief system. Tyrrell and Davis pored through Hillary's "Living History" and adroitly compared statements she made in the book with Alinsky's radical primer for overthrowing society. The comparisons are frightful. Senator Clinton's penchant for confrontation, her practice of emphasizing symbols over ethics, and the belief that discord instills meaning in one's life all mesh with the tripe found in Alinsky's book. Through these three tactics, Hillary Clinton will destroy all of our institutions and replace them with her own brand of leftist extremism. If you don't think the former First Lady is a leftist ideologue, look at what she says, at the groups that support her, and then visit the library to dig up Richard Hofstadter's "The Paranoid Style in American Politics." This short essay was written to expose the psychological contours of the far right, but the same analysis applies to all extremists. I think you'll see what Hillary Clinton is all about after reading this informative article. Then read "Madame Hillary."
I have two complaints about the book. One, it isn't as funny as "Boy Clinton." You can tell Tyrrell didn't write the whole thing because the book is missing his trademark wit. Second, the heavy emphasis on power politics makes for a depressing read. Republicans and Democrats struggle not in an effort to accomplish anything but in order to grab power. I am already quite cynical about politics, and I know the book's descriptions of the shenanigans going on in Washington are true regardless of party, but I am always still surprised by the depths elites will go to attain power. Still, Hillary Clinton is the worst of the lot if her past record is any indication. Let's hope circumstances will keep her out of the White House forever.