Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Book Review: "Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles In Liberal Hypocrisy by Peter Schweizer

This guy hits a nerve with the reactionary Left. I plead fair use to lift this copyrighted review from "Publishers Weekly" via Amazon.

Note the Left gets quotation marks. Is that because it is a fictitious entity? And the summary statement that this appeals to ad hominem blogggers. Should I take that statement personally? If this annoys "Publishers Weekly" it can't be all bad. 

And the 78 1-star reviews from Occupy Amazon is yet another ringing endorsement.

From Publishers Weekly

Working with a broadly inclusive pantheon of "the Left" that places Ralph Nader and Barbra Streisand on equal footing with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, Schweizer (The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty) suggests that liberalism's heroes conduct their lives in ways that prove their philosophy to be "ultimately self-defeating, self-destructive, and unworkable." While acknowledging that conservatives can be high-profile hypocrites as well, Schweizer employs a double standard, arguing that "when conservatives betray their publicly stated principles, they harm only themselves and their families," but when liberals misbehave, they harm their principles first and foremost. Sometimes his research uncovers significant contradictions, as when Schweizer points out that Noam Chomsky, who tends to demonize the military establishment, wrote his first book, Syntactic Structures, with grants from the U.S. Army, the Air Force and the Office of Naval Research. But many of his charges are egregiously hyperbolic, as when he suggests that Cornel West is a "segregationist" because he bought a home in a largely Caucasian suburb. Schweizer clearly knows the limitations of his argument, since he backpedals from many of his most damning statements in his closing remarks. For all its revelations, in the end, this volume reads less like a critique of liberal philosophy than a catalogue of ammunition for ad hominem bloggers. (Oct. 25) 

Even if you are in tune and disgusted with the anti-gun crusaders who employ private armies, jet-setting green warriors, Warren Buffets and Barack Obamas advocating for increased taxes because they pay taxes at a lower rate than their secretaries and then doing back flips to assure that they pay taxes at a lower rate than their secretaries, this book will open your eyes. 
Ralph Nader and Michael Moore have succeeded in creating public personas that could not differ more from their high on the hog lifestyles. Green advocate Barbra Streisand goes shopping in an RV because she will not use a store--even an upscale store--restroom. The Kennedys have more oil than J R Ewing...If you love ad hominem attacks, this book is full of them. 

"Do As I Say..." is an ad hominem-loving blogger's dream. Written in 2006, it is still valid and fresh. 
I can't wait to read "Clinton Cash...." which will come out May 5. In the meantime, there are plenty of ad hominem attacks to warm the soul. Peter Schweizer is great. 

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