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Straight Talk from the Heartland: Tough Talk, Common Sense, and Hope from a Former Conservative


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Ed Schultz is here to slay the "right-wing radio dragon" and revitalize the charge against Bush-era "conservative cruelty" with his own bold, irreverent truth-talk. When the self-described "gun-toting, meat-eating, drug-free liberal" from America's heartland came out swinging with his syndicated radio program, The Ed Schultz Show, listeners realized right away that this was no cookie-cutter liberal, but a tough-talking advocate for everything that's right about the left. "A free press is all that stands between you and a dictatorship," warns Schultz, in defiance of the Bush administration and ultra-conservative talking heads like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, whom he blames for quashing political debate just when America needs it most. While Big Ed has what it takes to "go bare-knuckle brawling" with his staunchest detractors, it is with a deep compassion and impeccable common sense that he describes how our "government by the rich and for the rich" is imperiling the lives of average hard-working Americans.

In Straight Talk from the Heartland, Schultz rails against the havoc that our nation's leaders are wreaking on everything from international relations to homeland defense, from our skyrocketing federal deficit to the disenfranchised families of rural America who are struggling to make ends meet. With a heady mix of patriotism, outrage, humor, and hope, he makes an urgent appeal to universal virtues such as honesty and liberty, and reminds readers of what he calls the Four Pillars of a Great Nation:

  • Defending America: "We have lost faith in our leaders. The world has lost faith in us. Our foray into Iraq, to disarm a nation of biological and nuclear weapons they did not have, has shrunk American credibility like a cheap sweater."
  • A Sound Economy: "The Bushies are like street hustlers. While they show you a meager tax cut with one hand, they steal your wallet with the other."
  • Feeding the Nation: "Bad farm policy and bad trade agreements are running the American farmer off the land. It's killing small towns, and small towns are the heart of this nation."
  • Educating America: "Don't start counting your tax break just yet. Your state and local taxes are rising to support the unfunded mandate of the No Child Left Behind act."
"I'm here to give it to you straight," Big Ed says. "I've got faith that, when Americans grasp what's going on around them, they'll start acting like a bear fresh out of hibernation — famished, ill-tempered, and ready to start raising hell."

Straight Talk from the Heartland is the wake-up call America has been waiting for.

About the Author

Ed Schultz is the host of The Ed Schultz Show, the hottest liberal radio talk show in the industry. He underwent a political transformation after a "date" with his future wife Wendy at the Salvation Army shelter in Fargo, North Dakota, where she worked as supervisor. Schultz also hosts News and Views, a regional talk show launched in 1992, which reaches much of the Midwest and three Canadian provinces. Schultz, who often takes his show on the road in a 38-foot RV called "The Big Eddie Cruiser," is a pilot and an avid hunter and fisherman who's been known to have a "cool one" at the end of the day.

Product Details

Tough Talk, Common Sense, and Hope from a Former Conservative
Schultz, Ed
by Ed Schultz
William Morrow
Government - U.S. Government
General Political Science
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Publication Date:
October 2004
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9 x 6 x 0.89 in 16.88 oz

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