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Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy

2 Ratings: -1.0
2006 non-fiction book by Peter Schweizer

About this title: In this exposé of liberal hypocrisy, Peter Schweizer brings out his case files on prominent liberals such as Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, and of course, the Clintons, Hill and Bill. Suspecting that these people who were … see full wiki

Author: Peter Schweitzer
Genre: Nonfiction, Political
Publisher: Broadway
Date Published: October 10, 2006
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Mildly amusing portraits of some of your favorite liberal hypocrites.

  • Nov 21, 2009
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It is one of those covers that is certainly difficult to ignore.  There they are--so many of the people I dislike so intensely.  I 'll wager that the cover alone sold tons of books.  Let's see there's Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, the Clintons and  Nancy Pelosi.  And let's not forget Al Franken, the late Ted Kennedy and Ralph Nader.  Every so often I allow myself to get sucked in to one of these books.  And invariably I wind up very annoyed with myself and very disappointed because usually there is not a whole lot of substance in these kinds of books. Such is the case with "Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles In Liberal Hypocrisy".  I cannot deny that author Peter Schweitzer has the goods on most of these folks.  And I agree that they are the worst kind of hypocrites.  Yet very little of what was revealed in this book was that much of a surprise to me.

Having said that I cannot deny that I was outraged by some of the things I came across in "Do As I Say (Not As I Do)".  Liberals are always lecturing the rest of us about how wonderful our public school system is in this country.  They frown upon middle class folks who opt to send their kids to private schools.  Yet very few of our esteemed legislators are willing to send their own kids to public schools.  You would think that the teacher unions just might be a bit annoyed when they discover that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul are major investors in an outfit called Beacon Education Management. This is a firm that manages charter schools in 5 states and the District of Columbia that directly compete with the public school system.  In fact,  Paul Pelosi is listed as an officer of this company!   And yet we hear nary a word of criticism from the NEA, the AFT or from all of those liberals in the media.  Seems people like Nancy Pelosi are never taken to task for their self-serving actions.

Perhaps you have heard of the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts.  Several years ago a man named Jim Gordon proposed putting a wind farm in Nantucket Sound.  This would be a source of clean, renewable energy that the liberals have been clamoring for for decades.  However, folks like the late Ted Kennedy and his rich liberal buddies who reside on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have used their considerable resources and influence to scuttle this project.  Their behavior has been despicable!  And what can you say about Hillary?  When you read about how many "working families"  (God I hate that term) that she is supposed to champion were cheated in the Whitewater affair then you just might think twice about considering her as a serious candidate for President.

In the end I found "Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles In Liberal Hypocrisy" to be OK and nothing more.  Given the lifestyles of most of the folks portrayed in this book none of this comes as much of a surprise.  For the most part these are elitists who talk a lot but refuse to "walk the walk".  This is why it is so refreshing when you look at a man like former President Jimmy Carter who has lived such an exemplary life since he left the White House over 25 years ago.  Much to my surprise one extremely influential liberal who is not profiled in "Do As I Say (Not As I Do)" is Al Gore.  To me Gore is the biggest hypocrite of them all.  While he has been preaching at the rest of us for decades about global warming and the need for energy conservation and new sources of renewable energy Gore lives in a home that consumes 20 times the energy of the average American home.  Disgraceful!  Now many conservatives will probably get a big kick out of Peter Schweizer's book.  But just remember that there are just as many books out there pointing out the hypocrisy of conservatives. In the final analysis there are just so many more important topics worthy of your time.
Mildly amusing portraits of some of your favorite liberal hypocrites. Mildly amusing portraits of some of your favorite liberal hypocrites.

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November 23, 2009
And anti-drug crusader Rush Limbaugh was high as a kite.
 
November 23, 2009
Thanks Paul for your excellent insight on this book. Most of these people I find annoying, especially Pelosi. As a middle of the road thinker who is conservative on some issues and more liberal on others, most of those you named are embarrasments to the liberal point of view. It is a total mystery how anything in the Senate could get done with someone like Pelosi as speaker. Just looking at the press meltdown she had a few months ago about torture should have disqualified her from her position! I find Michael Moore's films not bad though it is so hard to cull out fact from fiction in them. His film on healthcare was very interesting. Nader was successful in forcing safety features into cars but after that he seemed to become a raving looney. Not really sure about anything with Streisand other than her music and films. I liked Yentl and Hello Dolly so I have no opinion on her other than her acting and singing.
 
November 21, 2009
I was reading the first couple paragraphs of your review and thinking, "Where's Al Gore?" and low and behold, you saved him for last, and I'm really surprised that he's not in this book, either.  Maybe because it was published in 2006?  Great review as always, Paul!  Thanks for sharing!
 
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