Don’t miss syndicated radio host and author Mark Levin's #1 New York Times acclaimed and longtime bestselling manifesto for the conservative movement.
When nationally syndicated radio host Mark R. Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny appeared in the early months of the Obama presidency, Americans responded by making his clarion call for a new era in conservatism a #1 New York Times bestseller for an astounding twelve weeks. As provocative, well-reasoned, robust, and informed as his on-air commentary, with his love of our country and the legacy of our Founding Fathers reflected on every page, Levin’s galvanizing narrative provides a philosophical, historical, and practical framework for revitalizing the conservative vision and ensuring the preservation of American society.
In the face of the modern liberal assault on Constitution-based values, an attack that has resulted in a federal government that is a massive, unaccountable conglomerate, the time for reinforcing the intellectual and practical case for conservatism is now. In a series of powerful essays, Levin lays out how conservatives can counter the tyrannical liberal corrosion that has filtered into every timely issue affecting our daily lives, from the economy to health care, global warming to immigration, and more.
Author and conservative talk radio host Levin (Rescuing Sprite, Men in Black) takes on the Statist, a liberal straw man, in this collection of polemics against left-wing tenets (like "economic and social justice"), touchstones (like the New Deal) and institutions (strongholds of liberal thought like academia and the mainstream media). With "an insatiable appetite for control" and a veil of "moral indignation," Levin finds the Statist not only in congressional Democrats and President Obama's White House, but in "neo-Statists" like compassionate conservative Michael Gerson, and the Fed and Treasury under G.W. Bush. Many of Levin's arguments reiterate familiar tropes, including a "strict constructionist" view of the Constitution that sees Social Security as patently un-American. Predictably, Levin opposes the extension of health benefits, derides global warming (implicating Obama's "global warming czar" as a leader in "the Socialist International's Commission for a Sustainable World Society"), and fights back against immigrants, whom the Statist portrays "as universally more virtuous than the citizen." For those new to the Tea Party, Levin offers a handy roundup of conservative talking points, but anyone paying attention to talk radio over the past few years won't learn anything new.
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A Brilliant Piece of Work
This was the first Levin book I've read, and I plan on purchasing Men in Black once I'm done with a couple other books. Mr. Levin's message is a very simple, straightforward one, and requires the conversation be changed from traditional Republican vs. Democrat argument and instead focused on the classical liberal vs. the statist. The reasoning for this is there are both in each political party, and a statist Republican can be as damaging if not more so than a statist Democrat because they impede true progress and a return to the constitutional republic that made our nation the greatest on Earth. He outlines, in easily understood language, how statism, with the rise of Woodrow Wilson all the way through Barack Obama, has destroyed the individual freedoms and private property rights of the average American, and has sent the United States down a path to moral and monetary bankruptcy.
Critics have stated that Levin creates a strawman in his construction of the statist, but the fact is the statist is truly that destructive for the American way of life. This is, in my opinion, a critical piece of literature for the citizen who believes in American Exceptionalism and refuses to sacrifice individual liberty for collective "salvation".
Mark has a very direct and some might say abrasive style, but his analysis holds up when viewed with an Originalists lens. His understanding of constitutional law is excellent, if not strongly held to a limitational view of liberty the government can restrict directly or indirectly. His main thesis holds that government is encroaching on freedoms and that D's and R's are responsible. He is correct in that regard. Statism and governance by elites is not restricted to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the Trent Lott's of the world are just as guilty.
His destruction of FDR, Wilson, and the big government apparatus that started so long ago has a Dexter-like quality to it. Defining a statist is then rather easy and simple to understand. Liberals will hate it and him, him more so because they won't read it anyway. Independent and conservative persons should read and take notes. I read the hard cover version earlier this year.
It is nice to know that there are other people out there that recognize the direction our country is heading in and how we can prevent communists from hijacking ours.