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Interesting, but hardly definitive, offering from Glenn Beck.

  • Nov 24, 2009
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Glenn Beck is another of those people the left-wing fears to the point of wanting to silence them. Of course, the left seems to want to silence anyone who disagrees with them on any point.

Glenn Beck makes no secret of the fact that he is an entertainer. Many American entertainers have based their careers on politics. Will Rogers, Mort Sahl, Walter Winchell and others spring immediately to mind. Nothing says that an entertainer can't resort to what otherwise might be deemed "silly" behavior to make their point.

Beck is a libertarian. He also engages in behavior that oftentimes can be accurately described as sophomoric or even buffoonish. However that does not detract from the validity of the points he is trying to make.

In "Glenn Beck's Common Sense", people who actually read it understand that Beck makes it clear that his reference to Thomas Paine is purely metaphoric: he does no believe he is the resurrected Paine or that his message is the same, similar to or as important as history has made Paine's. Rather he compares himself to Paine merely in trying to rouse the nation. It is amusing to see the dozens of reviews that take Beck to task for claiming his book is the contemporary equal of Paine's tract. All these "critics" are doing is providing evidence that they either didn't read Beck's work or understand it.

Beck's laments are commonplace for conservatives and many libertarians. If Beck did not have a massive radio and television audience, it is unlikely "Common Sense" would have made it to the New York Times bestseller list.

Beck indeed is speaking of common sense when he discusses a government and a people that have become wedded to outsized deficits which our children's children will be burdened with. He rages at the fraud of Social Security and Medicare. He screams about the nation's insane tax code, the manipulation of which keeps politicians rolling in campaign contributions and lets very wealthy people and corporations pay virtually nothing in taxes. He rants about the hypocrisy of politicians. He explodes about gerrymandering and its utilization to create a permanent class of elected representatives.

In short, Beck is angry about the same things that polls say a plurality of the population is angry about. He is preaching to the choir and the choir likes the song he is singing.

The book is short, only 111 pages plus an addenda of Thomas Paine's original "Common Sense".

In sum, this is Glenn Beck's call to action, a plea to the American people to use their rights to throw the bums out of office. In a way, it does harken back to the original Thomas Paine (who was also considered by many to be an extremist in his day). But this book is pure Beck: a self-proclaimed libertarian and populist who is trying to alert the nation to what he perceives as the dangers confronting it from its own elected and appointed officials.

Anyone who follows the news closely, doesn't need Beck. But many people don't follow the news closely and for them, Beck is a flashlight shining on the myriad problems and dangers that face us today.

Jerry

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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 …
review by . July 30, 2009
I really don't enjoy listening to Sean Hannity and am increasingly finding Rush Limbaugh to be a rich and pompous bore. However, I do enjoy listening to Glenn Beck. He's extremely passionate about what he talks and writes about, but is also highly entertaining and most of the time he also makes a great deal of sense. That's a problem in politics in our country; there's very little logic and reason to anything and is instead based upon failed progressive policies of the past.    Originally …
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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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