The grave is dug, the headstone carved, the hearse idling out front. A once-potent political and cultural scourge of our time, Liberalism, is breathing its last?and loudest?breaths.
In this provocative postmortem, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. traces the dubious rise and inevitable fall of the deeply flawed Liberal-Progressive movement, which has culminated in the nation's first stealth socialist, President Barack Obama?the unwitting pallbearer for American Liberalism. While exposing this nonsensical worldview, Tyrrell also winsomely reaffirms the timeless values Liberalism has endeavored to undermine: free enterprise, personal liberty, limited government, empiricism, reason, and common sense. Ultimately, Tyrrell welcomes conservatives, moderates, independents, and the heretofore apolitical to step forward at this crucial juncture, and take the final steps necessary to administer Liberalism's last rites.
"From Harry Truman to Ed Koch to McGovern, Liberalism has been in decline. With Obama, Liberalism is dead. Now comes Crony Capitalism. This is a hilarious and profound book?especially because Tyrrell sees the value of Fox News nd Talk Radio." ?Sean Hannity, author of Conservative Victory, and radio host of The Sean Hannity Show and Fox News Channel's Hannity.
"R. Emmett Tyrrell . . . chronicles with growing joyfulness the high points of Liberalism's demise until we get to 2010 and Liberalism's lurch into the grave. . . A wonderful read and a fitting send-off to a very dreary ideology." ?Mark Levin, host of The Mark Levin Radio Show and author of the bestsellers Liberty and Tyranny and Ameritopia
"The Death of Liberalism is a dashing, sharp, well-argued and succinct tract for the times. Mr. Tyrrell is a controversialist of stature, a polemicist of robust energy and a man who knows how to present his case with power and precision."?Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times, Intellectuals, and A History of the American People
Tyrrell (After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery), the colorful editor of the American Spectator and conservative columnist, sets out to prove that liberals have lost the ability to control the nation's political debate, and that the Democratic Party is hopelessly damaged a premise that turns out to be difficult to prove. Tracing the problematic turns of the Democratic Party, which he calls "a whole generation of crybabies," Tyrrell fares best when dicing up left-wing showboaters and mocking politically correct "Good Causes." He deftly skewers Hillary Clinton's declaration of an emotional relationship with the Beatles, and reminds us of Gary Hart's escapades and John Edwards's cartoonish treachery. Fans will find Tyrrell's signature verbal acrobatics and wit here, but this thin book covers familiar territory, and much of it reads like Tyrrell's random musings items pulled from old hard drive files and stitched into a book. Promising a serious evaluation of American politics and study of resurgent conservatism, Tyrrell resorts instead to name-calling for voltage. Though Tyrrell reasonably suggests that most Americans reject the nanny state and identity politics, he makes no credible case that liberalism is actually dying.