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  • Oct 20, 2009
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Considering today's political environment, I feel it necessary to emphasize that this is only a review of "Glenn Beck's Common Sense." It is not a review of Glenn Beck, the man. It is not a review of Fox News Channel or the program that Mr. Beck has on that network. It is a book review - period - and that is all it is meant to be.

That said, there is a whole lot of common sense in "Glenn Beck's Common Sense" (including a copy of the Thomas Paine work that inspired Beck's book). Simply put, Beck does not trust those who have been elected to represent us in Washington D.C. and he has not trusted them for a long time. He does not trust Democrats, and he does not trust Republicans, to represent properly the wishes of the people who give them their jobs and who pay their salaries. And based on the mood of this country, particularly as expressed since early this summer, Glenn Beck has a lot of company.

According to Beck, it is impossible to trust a President and members of Congress when:

* They will not tell us any hard truth that would hurt them at the time of their next election
* Every President since Carter has promised to lower the country's dependence on foreign oil but we import more oil than ever from our political enemies
* They promise a protective fence on our southern border, appropriate the funds, and never intend to build it
* They use racial and ethnic politics to keep themselves in office
* They see themselves less as public servants than as an entitled political class all their own
* They vote as directed by those who contribute the most to their campaign war chests rather than as would be best for those they actually represent
* So many of them have one set of tax rules for themselves and another set of rules for the rest of us

Make no mistake about it. Glenn Beck believes that we are living in dangerous times and that personal freedoms have never been more under threat in this country than they are today. According to him, these truly are desperate times - but he is not ready to surrender because he believes there is still enough time to fashion a return to the core values that made this country so unique in the world. He is convinced that our best days are not behind us, that we are already on the way back, and that public dissent and debate is what will finally get us there. Rather than waiting for others to express their unease with what is happening in Washington, Beck argues that our newfound sense of urgency should encourage each of us to express, loudly and clearly, our personal misgivings about what we see happening. The country can no longer afford our silence and apathy.

Beck believes that the average American has enough common sense to know when something does not pass the smell test. He is betting there are enough Independents to save us from those who have lost touch with their own common sense - Democrats, Republicans and Progressives, alike.

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"If you believe it's time to put principles above parties, character above campaign promises, andCommon Senseabove all -- then I ask you to read this book...."

In any era, great Americans inspire us to reach our full potential. They know with conviction what they believe within themselves. They understand that all actions have consequences. And they find commonsense solutions to the nation's problems.

One such American, Thomas Paine, was an ordinary man who changed the course of history by penning Common Sense, the concise 1776 masterpiece in which, through extraordinarily straightforward and indisputable arguments, he encouraged his fellow citizens to take control of America's future -- and, ultimately, her freedom.

Nearly two and a half centuries later, those very freedoms once again hang in the balance. And now, Glenn Beck revisits Paine's powerful treatise with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government's easy solutions, two-part monopoly, and illogical methods and take back our great country.

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ISBN-10: 1439168571
ISBN-13: 978-1439168578
Author: Glenn Beck
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Threshold Editions
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