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Thank the Liberals**for Saving Americaby Alan Colmes
Synopses & Reviews
In Thank the Liberals, political commentator and Fox News radio host Alan Colmes explains how people who fight for liberal ideals help our country move forward. With his trademark humor and wit, Colmes walks readers through the founding of our nation and shows how America was based on a liberal idea. Our very founders were progressives, and it’s progressives who have led America to be the country it is today. Through legislation, constitutional amendments, Supreme Court decisions, and the actions of grassroots Americans, we see that it is liberal efforts that are responsible for programs intrinsic to our American DNA—programs like Social Security, Medicare, assistance for the needy, and the government safety nets that have saved us during the recent economic downturn.
Colmes’s goal is to show not only where we are today, but also where we as a nation are going and how it is liberals who will get us there. The divide between conservative and progressive aims has gotten ever more stark, and it seems that many conservatives are trying to take us backward, revoking or rolling back hard-won rights and impeding progress, which at best keeps us stranded in the status quo. This continual push to the right is something liberals must fight, and fight they do. On everything from preserving the separation of church and state, to climate change, regulating immigration, caring for the poor, and making peace, not war, Colmes shows how liberals are leading the way.
Thank the Liberals will open readers’ eyes to some of the battles that will help define our nation as we move forward. Colmes boldly shows that as America progresses, it will become more liberal—just as it has done throughout history—and that this will enable us to continue to stand out as a beacon of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world.
"Operating under the principle that America is, at heart, a country with a strong liberal foundation, liberal political commentator and syndicated radio show host Colmes (Red, White and Liberal) points out the many contributions of liberals that Americans enjoy to this day. Colmes cites the usual liberal litany of policies like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and civil rights. But he also stresses the right to privacy‚--îa right not accepted by many conservative jurists, yet acknowledged by conservative Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito in a ruling on the government's use of GPS devices to track people's movements. Colmes gleefully asserts the hypocrisy of conservatives who cry out for religious freedom while denying it to Muslims, and their questionable use of statistics (such as Newt Gingrich's claim that Obama 'put' more people on food stamps than any other president, when in fact that honor belongs to George W. Bush) and forgetfulness when it comes to deficits (Reagan left office with a $3 trillion deficit; Clinton left office with a surplus). This is clearly a case of singing to the choir (though Colmes hopes to help conservatives find their 'inner liberal'), but the author is entertaining and informed, and his well-reasoned treatise has the potential to start, and possibly even end, more than a few arguments. "
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About the Author
Alan Colmes is a liberal political commentator, radio host, author, and web publisher. He currently hosts “The Alan Colmes Show,” a nationally syndicated radio show distributed by Fox News Radio. Offering a bold take on the news of the day, with guests ranging from prominent political figures to the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture, Colmes welcomes “any and all opinion, any and all of the time.” Colmes runs the website Liberaland, where he covers the most recent and powerful stories in the news. He is also the author of the book Red, White & Liberal.
Colmes began his career in stand-up comedy, but quickly moved into the world of broadcast news. After several highly rated radio shows, Colmes cemented his reputation as a liberal voice in the media when he served as the liberal counterpart to Sean Hannity on Fox News’s “Hannity & Colmes.”
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