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Thank The Liberals**For Saving America

A book by Political Television Personality Alan Colmes

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So Everything Labelled "Conservative" Is Really "Liberal"?

  • May 16, 2013
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+4
My exposure to Alan Colmes was always as an off-set to Sean Hannity and more recently to Monica Crowley in some segments of The O'Reilley Factor. I decided to give this book and was pleasantly surprised. Alan is an extremely talented writer who presents cogent arguments to present his points. He takes the literal definition of the word "liberal" and then goes to show that just about every political idea ever put forth is based on "liberal" thinking. He cites the Constitution a lot and talks about how the framers were all "liberal" in their thinking and that just about everything that today's "conservatives" expound are in fact, liberal ideas.

The book is more a "thesis" than it is actual book and the reader gets the gist of it after the first couple of chapters. That is the only thing that prevented me from giving it a full five stars.

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May 21, 2013
The framers of the Constitution came to this country to build not to distribute. They hadn't acquired the level of wealth that existed in Europe at the time. War bonds had to be sold to finance the American Revolution. It really wasn't until the later part of the previous century that the multi-billionaires surfaced along with the concept of giving away money and resources to large portions of the general public. The Great Depression probably did more to foster the notion of a social safety net for future generations to come. The great riots of 1968 showed tremendous unrest in America. The reaction was to pay much more attention to the social safety net.
May 21, 2013
Thanks for your comments. I am not sure what you are telling me. Colmes does not say that "distributing" is the foundation of being Liberal. He talks more about wanting to make changes for the better. He even points to the Bill of Rights, something that was not in the original Constitution as being "Liberal" in concept because it was making additions to improve what we had originally.
May 22, 2013
Wanting to make changes for the better is going to translate into spending peoples' money at some point.
May 22, 2013
Unfortunately that is true. However, in the case of the Bill of Rights and some of the succeding ammendments, change was necessary.
May 23, 2013
Change was actually accomplished with the succeeding amendments.
 
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