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The number one New York Times bestselling author, Bernard Goldberg, is back with more hard-hitting observations and no-nonsense advice for saving America from the lunatics on the Left and the sellouts on the Right.
In Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right, Goldberg speaks for the millions of Americans who are saying: Enough!
Enough of lunatics like Rosie O'Donnell who think "Radical Christianity" - whatever that means - is "as big a threat to America as Radical Islam." Enough of the hyperbolic liberal rhetoric comparing Bush to Hitler and Abu Ghraib to a Saddam Hussein torture chamber. Enough of the liberal media, in particular The New York Times, which Goldberg claims doesn't publish "all the news that's fit to print" so much as "all the news that fits our ideology." And please, enough of the military-hating crazies who run San Francisco! ("Just what this country needs," Goldberg writes, "a city with Rice-A-Roni and a foreign policy.")
But Goldberg doesn't stop with the crazies on the Left. Speaking for fed-up conservatives, he also goes after the wimps on the Right - the gutless wonders in Washington who sold out their principles for power.
He's had it with hypocritical Republicans who say they're for small government but then spend our hard-earned tax money like Imelda Marcos in a shoe store. He's also had it with the weak and timid Republicans who won't stand up and fight against racial preferences, too afraid that the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world will call them bigots. In plain English, he's had it with Republicans who are afraid to be conservative!
In his most personal, provocative book yet, Bernard Goldberg argues that while conservatives still believe in important things, the jury is out on Republicans. The 2006 election was a wake-up call, he warns, and if the wimps on the Right fail to regain their courage, recover their principles, and reclaim their sense of fiscal responsibility, the crazies on the Left just might win the White House in 2008.
- Respect for the Jews
I respect the fact that Bernie has come out with a lashing against the more than obvious biased media here in the USA. I feel some sympathy for his treatment as a Jewish member of society (and the fact he endures life in Miami only speaking English). I think that he would have been better off leaving out a lot of what he wrote about the Jewish persecution, I got the point after the first mention. Around 650 AD or so the Jews (and Christians mind you) began being victims of that NUT-CASE Muhammed. So, Jews were not the only ones who were and still are victims. The Islamic Communties here in the USA have an agenda as obvious as Obama's socialistic agenda and they need to be categorized as such, "Not a religious movement but a social and political movement hell-bent on killing everyone other than Arabian speaking Muslims." ...more info
- Book review
I have not had time to read the entire book as I have been away for several weeks....more info
- Another Fantastic Book by this Author
This book is worth your time and money if you are sick of the lies coming from politicians, and the garbage from celebrities.
Goldberg has written yet another project that speaks volumes on how badly our politicians are failing American society.
The truth shall set us all free, even if it isn't politically correct.
- A bit tepid.
I really wish Bernard Goldberg hadn't written this book - or had at least waited until it was done. The book is good, mind you. Goldberg takes devestating aim at not only left-wingers, but at pretend conservatives who let America down with their greed and pandering and lost control of Congress in 2006.
But, overall, the book has the feeling of being compiled from a list of to-dos, diary entries or blog postings. There are 47 short chapters or perhaps mini-essays. But they have no real depth and make no profound points. The subjects they cover, such as the editorial and reportial of the New York Times are not revelatory.
In short, Goldberg is preaching to the choir here. In "Bias" and "Arrogance", he made some solid points and provided information that wasn't readily available elsewhere, a benefit of his 28 years at CBS. Here, his points are covered ad nauseum on blogs, talk radio, on FoxNews and in conservative magazines every day. Sure, those of us who are conservatives will agree with Goldberg, just as we agree with anyone else making these points. Nothing new here.
Goldberg makes a big mistake in including three silly mini-essays oj how he would "fix the world". They're silly, but the subjects they address are not. Bad mistake in my mind.
Overall, the book is an okay read, if you don't mind reading what you already know. Next time around, I hope Goldberg - who has repeatedly demonstrated that he possesses a perceptive intellect - will take more time and perhaps write a more focused book, such as "Bias" and "Arrogance".
- Some sensible comments
Goldberg thinks that there are some strange things going on in politics. And to some extent, I think he's right. The very people whose powerful speeches against tyranny he finds praiseworthy can turn right around and say "on the other hand..."
I didn't see Winston Churchill say "We will never surrender. On the other hand, we need to respect the rights of the German people and have peace with them, so we're negotiating that peace rather than pursue a costly war." Maybe it would have been right for Churchill to do that, maybe not (I think Churchill was right to demand an unconditional German surrender), but my point is that it would have been pretty strange had he lost his nerve in such a manner.
Liberals, including "Leftists" can be a powerful voice in favor of the rights of the people of the world. But any group can wander off-track, and some on the Left have done so by opposing human rights in general. Does that mean they have lost their minds? Maybe, given that the tradeoff was supposed to be the rights of people of one's nation versus the rights of the people of the world as a whole. Those who are against both, on principle, have nothing to offer themselves or anyone else.
The Right can make the same mistake. While it can be a powerful voice in favor of national rights, it is not a voice for anything if what it proposes attacks both national rights and rights in general.
How does Goldberg address all this? Well, he makes the point that some people in politics simply spend all their time on annoying others. And that's counterproductive. An example he gives of someone on the Right who does this is Ann Coulter.
Now, what about an issue where the liberals are being relatively helpful, namely the concern about global warming? Goldberg thinks that the issue is genuine but that some on the left are too eager to blame climate trends on what we humans have been doing. I think he's wrong here. We humans have been doing plenty, and the effect that we see in climate trends is about what we'd see if Nature's effect were small compared to what we've done in the past century. So I think we ought to concede that point. Does that mean that natural effects might not be larger? No, but it does mean that we humans have reached the point where we're making a big difference, and where the climate for next couple of centuries is going to be affected.
What about attacks on science? Which side reminds us of Lysenko, or of the National Socialists, or of the Islamists, in opposition to the scientific method? Probably the right-wing Creationists, and Goldberg says so.
On the issue of anti-Semitism, Goldberg notes that for years, he was unimpressed by concerns that some left-wing intellectuals opposed Israel. But now, he's changing his mind after seeing some of them defend the line that West Bank Jews ought to be "shot dead." That's fair: it represents one more threat to academia.
Goldberg makes the point that in the 1960s, whites in Mississippi began to realize that no matter what their actual views, they appeared to be accomplices of the bigots and racists unless they spoke up. And today, the same thing may be happening to many Muslims unless they speak up. The author praises Tony Blair for saying that Muslim moderates need to tell the extremists that the extremist view of the West is wrong. That terrorist tactics by Muslim extremists are not some sort of wrong (but understandable) way to pursue good goals, but that the entire sense of grievance is wrong. "Profoundly wrong."
Yes, that was a good observation by Blair. And he may stand by it. But will he? Who knows? And maybe that's part of the loss of nerve we see in politics today.
Anyway, I think it is an interesting book. ...more info
Bernie Goldberg, you crack me up! From liberal media salesman to a conservative realist, I've learned that you tell it like it is. People, this is a book worth reading! Way to keep it balanced for a change ......more info
- Very Pleased
I enjoyed this book very much. I found it informative and well written....more info
- Liberals are hypocrites!!!!
I loved this book. Bernie has it down. The right pisses me off because they have allowed the liberals to get away with all their lies for so long. The republicans ARE wimps. Its amazing to me how liberals just repeat and repeat their lies to the point where everyone believes it to be the truth. And the media is in the can for liberals. Look at how obama got elected!!!! Its insainity. Liberals are dangerous....more info
- Crazies on the Left of me,
Bernie puts the views of the publicly highlighted people in perspective. He makes sense....more info
Oh, it's "comeuppance time" for those pesky liberals and those wimpy Republicans, and Bernard Goldberg is just the guy to scold both sides of the elitist aisles. The former CBS News correspondent writes what I've been thinking for five or six years--since the Bush administration and its rubber-stamp cronies in Congress started acting like free-spending, pandering liberals--in his hard-hitting yet humorous polemic CRAZIES TO THE LEFT OF ME, WIMPS TO THE RIGHT.
As a conservative libertarian, Goldberg (and millions of the rest of us) is fed up with insipid, visceral liberalism--aided and abetted by the mainstream media. The left is fair game, and Goldberg doesn't disappoint as he crtitiques liberal wool-gathering on several issues, including affirmative action, racial profiling, national security, taxation. . .even the liberal culture of hatred and intolerance.
Yet he's just getting started; Goldberg saves his best blows for the Republicans (not conservatives, mind you) who have "sold out." Abandoning their conservative principles and ideals, the Washington establishment Republicans lost Congress in 2006 by pandering to special interests, through corruption, by trolling for votes with taxpayer dollars, by record spending, and by "wimping out" to the left. If the Republicans do not heed the "wakeup call" of 2006, Goldberg warns, they run the risk of losing their conservative base (hear, hear!).
This is a fun read; Goldberg writes in a witty, conversational style, which makes for a fast page-turner. CRAZIES TO THE LEFT OF ME, WIMPS TO THE RIGHT pulls no punches and takes no prisoners; it's a common sense critique of the nonsense and bitter partisanship polluting our culture--penned by an author unafraid to call 'em as he sees 'em.
--D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning ...more info
- Fun with Goldberg
It is always a pleasure to read anything by Bernie Goldberg, if for no then reason then because of the wit and humor that he brings to the discussions of contemporary issues. This is a very varied account of many of his personal gripes that he has with both left and the right in the US, but at the final analysis it is still the right that comes somewhat ahead, although it would seem it is primarily because they are better at not getting their foot stuck in their mouth as often as the liberals seem to be doing these days. One of the main things that Goldberg has an issue with is the lack of civility that goes on in public discourse, regardless of if it has to do political speech or just general politeness in everyday life. It is to Bernie's credit that he succeeds at dismantling those he disagrees with without having to resort to cheap ad hominem attacks and vicious recriminations. It would be great if some other best-selling authors followed in his footsteps. Otherwise, we may have to wait for another book by Bernard Goldberg....more info
- Just when I thought Bernard Goldberg was perfect, he improves ... to the Left & Right of me!
After reading "Culture Warrior" by Bill O'Reilly, "Shut up and Sing" by Laura Ingraham and "Bamboozled" by Angela McGlowan, I thought I was finished with this genre. There couldn't possibly be any program, politician , person, or pig ... left to expose, skewer or roast over the proverbial coals.
I accidentally stumbled onto Mr. Goldberg's latest book while visiting a local bookstore. They allow customers to peruse books in comfortable chairs without constraints (I can not fathom how they make a profit this way ... but, I digress).
For the first time I (guiltily) sat in one of these chairs with this provocative book, thinking I would quickly peruse and discard it. Not only did I stay longer than anticipated ; I ended up buying my copy, taking it home, and reading it overnight ... to the chagrin of my wife, children, and Labrador Retriever.
I loved this book! Also intriguing was Mr. Goldberg's concept of offering evidence what a person has done, and then succinctly summarizing what many have felt but were afraid to express --- due to political correctness. He navigates this barrier with aplomb, attitude, and ferocity...regardless of the political spectrum.
If you are bored with one celebrity's or politician's faux pas, turn the next page and you will be introduced to a new subject of interest. This eclectic list makes his latest effort a quick, compelling, and enjoyable read. It is done with a sense of humor and marvelously written by one who has worked with and interviewed many of the individuals in the book.
I plan to keep it as a reference source for future protection when I hear these people quoting political views ... and giving their "feelings" about events (a euphemism for someone who hasn't a clue about the facts) that affect the survival of our culture, people ... and Labrador Retrievers.
Reviewed by Reginald V. Johnson, author, How to Close More Customers
- Loved This Book
For me, this book helped me understand the confusion I was feeling about my political beliefs. I had always been a democrat, but for the past number of years, was wondering how I had changed so much because I haven't been comfortable with the democratic party for quite some time. The first chapter of this book nailed for me exactly why.
Mr. Goldberg tells it like it is, without apology, and with a sense of humor. It was a great read....more info
- Liberals should know better than to read this...
But for the rest of us fairly sane people...
Goldberg calls all of us (mainly the Dems) out on the carpet in this one. Sure, the truth hurts, but someone has to say it and he does a fine job. If you have your feelings hurt easily you may want to turn away. He makes me feel alright with my conservativism and makes me feel OK to admit it in public. ...more info
- Somewhat disappointing
It started off really well, he showed why he supported the right wing more than the left wing. He made excellent points. Even on subjects I disagreed upon, he still made excellent points.
But then half-way throught the book. His tone kind of changed. He lost his sense of balance. It became a little less about facts and history, and more about personal opinion and complaining. His support for profiling was understandable, but yet disturbing. Since he has doesn't understand the values of Civil Liberties. He will never appreciate them. His viewpoint on Affirmative Action was also disturbing, not because he didn't agree with it, but why and solution his for it.
He really didn't offer a solution for MOST of things he was complaining about. ...more info
- I guess that would make him a far right reactionary
Wow, this guy wrote a "word book." The title seems to imply that he is a moderate, i.e. those on the left are crazy and those on the right are wimps. However, if those on the right are wimps, then arguably they do not go far enough for this guy; thus, he would actually be to the right of the wimps....more info
- Goldberg Gives it Good
The man who coined the term liberal media gave a fair, balanced and FUNNY account of why liberals are loonie and where courage has gone for conservatives. It's a funny read and also very personal. ...more info
- Right Down My Rut
Bernard Goldberg does an excellent job writing of the transformation of the Democrat and Republican parties, what they once represented and what they represent today. For me his book had me shaking my head in agreement....more info
- Goldberg lashes out at Republicans and Democrats
Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right by Bernard Goldberg is an enjoyable if uneven read. I love Bernie, and I've read all of his books. His book Bias changed how I look at mainstream media. In this latest book, he reviews his falling out of love with the Democrat party, becoming Republican, and then losing faith in his newfound party. He traces the changes in policies Democrats have made over the last fifty years going from the party of the worker to the party of the entertainment industry and intellectual elite. On their road to change, they've made some wacky decisions, most have been reported and covered in other books. The Republicans have gone from being the party of small government, big business to the party of same business as usual. I am a conservative at heart with a few libertarian tendencies, and much of the book rings true to me, but I was disappointed in Bernie's recycling of stories that have made the rounds in nearly every other conservative book published in the last two years. He loses some credibility when he shifts from objectively pointing out each party's flaws to name-calling. His redeeming quality is his insistence that neither party is doing right by America, but are failing in refusing to listen to what voters want and believe. He beats up on the Religious Right, Ann Coulter, affirmative action (again and again) and the liberal bias in the media. His take no prisoners approach is sometimes refreshing, sometimes uncomfortable. No matter where your political loyalties lie, take a look at this book....more info
- Thought Provoking
Bernard Goldberg has guts! He's a man who is not afraid to tell it like it is! In America today, we are often hampered by political correctness and not being able to speak about how we really feel - without being labeled as sexist or racist. Having read material from Bernard Goldberg in the past, I was very interested in this book from the beginning. He certainly held nothing back in any of his previous books and I expected the same coming into this one. CRAZIES TO THE LEFT OF ME, WIMPS TO THE RIGHT is a no holds barred assault on what has become an unbelievably partisan and divided America. I have to admit that as a Conservative, the majority of my reading is of that nature. However, I am of the opinion that to REALLY understand the issues, you have to hear arguments from all sides before you can truly form any fair conclusion. That is what attracted me to this book. I expected a fair and objective look that split both sides right down the middle and bashed each of them while providing solutions on how the two sides could work together to get things done in Washington.
In this book, Mr. Goldberg covers in detail just about every major divisive issue from affirmative action, media bias, and racial profiling to taxes and the liberal culture of intolerance (to name a few). What I really enjoyed was how the author went into great detail about each one with real life examples and provided reasonable and rational solutions to each.
The only thing that disappointed me about this book was that it was strongly tilted toward conservative ideals. While Mr. Goldberg certainly speaks on issues that I mostly agree with, I really wish he had covered more of the "Wimps to the Right" as described in the title of the book -- which is really why I bought the book in the first place. What better way than hearing how Conservatives have fouled up things than an introspective look by a Conservative? While he does credit the loss of the 2006 Mid-Term Elections to the fact that the Political Right has lost its nerve, he does not go into very much detail other than how the Congress (and the Bush Administration since 2000) have abandoned their principles and allowed uncontrolled spending since the Republican takeover in 1994. All told, this book is very enlightening and is worth reading. ...more info
- Hard to Swallow
Bernard Goldberg never fails to disappoint at disappointing and this is evidenced by his crafty title in which he says both sides of the coin are on the wrong track, but one will soon note that left are crazy, or hopeless, while the conservatives only have to regain their courage and principle. The implication is that they are obviously the sane ones.
Otherwise the title will not throw off the discerning reader who soon notices that Goldberg makes non-sequitirs, comparisons of convenience, and generalizations, usually about what liberals are thinking or doing, and they have it all wrong. His narrative is as profound as a sidewalk rain puddle is deep, and his conclusions, while some crazy (sorry) are about as original as a child who wants to dress up for Halloween as a ghost.
Some of these shallow comparisons include all liberals as unable to forgive Mel Gibson for his anti-Semitic tirade but were wailing that a convicted killer was executed. Goldberg goes on to question if the liberals ever knew the names of the victims, which in his eyes proves what, he doesn't say. The reader is supposed infer that liberals don't care about the murdered, or not as much as the murderer. Sheer nonsense!
The low point for me was his suggestion that abu Ghraib not being like a Soviet Gulag. Point made. Nevertheless, it didn't have to become a gulag to provide al-Qaeda an enormous propaganda victory and perennial recruiting poster that undercut the moral probity and justification for war in the first place. If Goldberg is not pooh-poohing the suffering and indignities that would make our blood boil if it had been our troops, he makes a connection of convenience that caring about our treatment of prisoners is more important to liberals than the support of our soldiers. I would hope someone would give him a copy of "Oath Betrayed" by Steve Miles, M.D.
If this is part of the author's attempt at humor, it went over my head. It soon became clear that he might be trying to emulate some of his more controversial and conservative fellow pundits with vapid statements that could inflame because of their insensitivity and supersciliousness.
This continues throughout the book, one after another, and space does not allow to add his thoughts on Hurricane Katrina, racial profiling, and other topics which border on the absurd.
The one genius Goldberg shows is his ability to market this fare which has no academic or qualitative value. It's as if he's selling hamburger and calling it steak.
Do yourself a favor, and drown this one in steak sauce.
Either way, it's hard to swallow.
- crazies to the left of me, wimps to the right
A great book of FACTS. A lot of Bernie's oppinion too. I agree with about 95% of his thinking....more info
As a lukewarm Republican, I have been puzzled by the intensity of the Bush critics who appear consumed by hatred for the man. Bernard Goldberg's book provided the "looking glass" that enable me to "see" these critcs clearly for the first time. The author's analysis of Bush's failings resonates with my personal view. At age 87, I am disallusioned by politicians, and I no longer feel impelled to support their idiocy. The author's observations support my gut feelings.
Al Kayworth ...more info
- Great take on our idiotic politics
Although it was written a couple of years ago, nothing has changed: America has sadly become a "reality show", "American Idol" fast food mentality thanks in large part to the wimps and crazies! Exchange our front line military with the politicos and their sort and see what happens..."Gone in 60 Seconds"!!!!...more info
- This Guy Is A Joke!
This book is ponitless. Why not spend the money to help Americans than to spout such dribble? "Radical Christianity" is real, and it is scary. Watch the film "Jesus Camp"...those are radical christians....more info
- An excellent argument for a 3rd party
Bernard Goldberg grew up as a Democrat, back when the Democrats loved their country, supported the military and truly stood for the common man. But today's America-bashing, borderline treasonous behavior from them has turned him off, and he slowly drifted to the Right. But the Republicans aren't much better and now it seems as though Goldberg is a man without a party.
Goldberg goes after the Dems for their insane domestic policy, which is nothing short of full blown socialism, and their equally insane foreign policy, one of catering to Europe and bowing to the UN. He points out their deranged obsession with Fox News and venomous hatred for George Bush (come on, is he really THAT bad?), as just a few examples of how they are inching ever closer to lunacy. While doing this, he also makes a strong argument for placing the New York Times next to the National Enquirer where it belongs.
But don't think that he has embraced the GOP. Goldberg very astutely notes how the GOP has managed to betray just about every conservative principle they once stood strongly for. This has become a party of big government, big spending, catering to special interests and lobbyists, and scrambling to appease all socioeconomic minorities. In short, the GOP has lost its spine and, as a result, lost the 2006 election. Meanwhile, immigration and Social Security problems still go unsolved.
This book renews America's desperate call for a legitimate 3rd party to emerge, one with both sanity AND guts. How refreshing would that be? ...more info
- Polemics from the right
This is more of the same tired argument that Americans are brainwashed by a left-wing press. Only problem is, the argument is backward, and Bernard Goldberg's polemical conservatism bears part of the blame for the tilt in information reaching ordinary American voters....more info
- Great read.
I literally could not put this book down. In many ways I enjoyed this more than "Bias". Goldberg has an easy matter-of-fact writing style which gets the point across without pretense. It is refreshing when so many authors feel the need to try and write an "instant classic". I only wish I could get some friends and acquaintances to read Goldberg's books. Too many people buy into everything that is spewed to them in the media, and the very people who could benefit most from Goldberg's message are those who would never even listen to it....more info
- Crazies to the left of me Wimps to the right.
Political books are normally a turn off for me, but this book is written in a style that does indeed hold my attention. In addition to holding my attention, I found that I agree with most of what is wrtitten....more info
- At last, a book for BOTH Democrats and Republicans!
Some folks think I'm a liberal Democrat, but the truth is that
I try to look at all sides of an issue--and even vote Republican
at times . . . consequently, I find myself reading books
that represent all viewpoints of the political spectrum.
Bernard Goldberg is an author I've read and enjoyed in
the past . . . his BIAS got me thinking, always a good
sign, and I found it a fair treatment of how news is presented
by the media.
In his latest effort, CRAZIES TO THE RIGHT, WIMPS TO THE
RIGHT, Goldberg comes
through again . . . he skewers both political parties, as evidenced
by the book's subtitle: HOW ONE SIDE LOST ITS MIND
AND THE OTHER LOST ITS NERVE.
Though Goldberg was initially Democratic, he became
Republican . . . yet what's so great about his writing is that
it is actually quite balanced and doesn't leave you with
the impression that he is doing a hatchet job, in that
what he says presents a factual basis for many
of his opinions.
For example, I liked this one example:
* In another election, San Franciscans voted--60 percent to 40
percent--to ban military recruiters from their public schools.
Funny, I thought liberals were the ones who were always telling
us that "choice" is a good thing. I guess that only applies to
abortions; not to choosing whether or not you want to let students
listen to a military recruiter talk about a career with the army, navy,
air force, or marines. And even though the vote is "only"
symbolic--officially, it's nonbinding--it does tell us how these people
feel about being citizens of the United States of America.
In addition, I liked his use of humor [inventing a proposed new game
show] to drive home a serious point:
* Okay, one senator down, ninety-nine to go. Bob Barker opens the
drum door again, reaches in, and pulls out another name. This
time he announces to the audience, "Robert C. Byrd"-a politician
who, not for nothing, has been given the name "King or Pork" by
Citizens Against Government Waste. You see, everything in West
Virginia is named after Robert Byrd. Everything. And guess who
paid for all of it? You did!
In case you're wondering just where your money went, here's a
very short list of the pork Byrd brought home. There's the Robert
C. Byrd Expressway, the Byrd Aerospace Tech Center, the
Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse, the Robert C. Byrd Industrial
Park, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing,
the Robert C. Byrd Bridge, the Robert C. Byrd addition to the lodge
at Oglebay Park, the Robert C. Byrd Library, the Robert C. Byrd
Hilltop Office Complex, and about a million more Robert C. Byrd
Projects that would require a lot more pages to list.
Lastly, although I didn't find myself agreeing with all his
points, many of them got me to revisit some of my previously-held
beliefs, such as this one on conservatism:
* There are important reasons, I think that conservatives got feisty
and started throwing their weight around. Liberals started it! Religious
conservatives only became a political force after liberals began
imposing their vision of morality on society. Liberals are the ones,
after all, who thought it was a good idea for grade school kids to put
condoms on bananas. So evangelicals responded with their own
version of sex in the classroom: lectures on abstinence. Same with
same-sex marriage: Conservative Christians never thought about
banning it until liberals came up with the idea of legalizing it.
Regardless of your political affiliation, I strongly encourage you to
read CRAZIES TO THE RIGHT, WIMPS TO THE RIGHT . . . one thing
I guarantee is that you won't be bored!
- Old News
I liked the book but I've seen Mr. Goldberg so many times on Fox News that I've heard everything he wrote in the book. So if you watch the Fox News Channel on a regular basis and have seen Bernie, don't bother with the book. You've already heard it all....more info
- Remember: It's comedy, for laughing at. Not for learning from.
"Left" and "right", along with "republican" and "conservative", when you get right down to it, are actually words that mark the END of sensible discussion. They infest media and minds -- and like rabies -- they make them degenerate and turn and insane. These labels are not used to describe a coherent philosophy or even an agenda, they're used to take potshots at people for a laugh, or to blow off steam, or to fight over power.
So here we have Bernard Goldberg, peddling another book with "left" and "right" on the cover. Some people listen to Bill Maher to get their yuks, some people will turn to Bernard. There's no difference in the quality of their politics (poor) - just a slight difference in labeling. Bill Maher admits UP FRONT that he is a COMEDIAN. Bernard Goldberg's book full of amusing rants is, according to the final section, nothing less than a recipe to fix the world. From here, to the middle east.
According to Goldberg, the real threat to our world view comes from Rosie O'Donnell, a "liberal loudmouth" who is "ruling over a land of morons" on the left. Picture in your mind a horde of drooling zombies marching down a street in San Francisco behind her, holding lattes and wearing Che Guevara t-shirts. That's what Bernard sees in his head. That's what he points his finger at. It's a funny image - because it's ridiculous.
There is no horde, and we know it. Just like there's no horde of mindless Christian zombies marching around in Texas, and no army of braindead Mormons shambling down the streets of Salt Lake City. There is no war - ideological or otherwise - between you, me, or them. They're just stereotypes to throw easy jokes at. America is not only more diverse than these labels can describe, it is more diverse than most of us CAN EVEN IMAGINE. That is a truly great fact. And it is buried in the sludge of cheap-shots, nametags, and inane put-downs that litter this book - and the many others like it.
I've met Cuban expatriates living in Florida trailer parks, and weather-beaten Inuit hunters working oil drills in Alaska. I've shaken hands with stoic latinos who fought their way into this country to pick artichokes in a field, so their sons and daughters could grow up here instead of facing murder and poverty in the horribly corrupt Mexican state. And I've had dinner in Manhattan with blue-blooded descendants of the European middle class, who came to America after the finger-pointing and the bigotry back home erupted into violence and death. Even with this diversity, we are a nation that endures, ... but only because we all work to do something that few other cultures even think about: We INTEGRATE.
"Left", "right", "liberal", "conservative?" To me, Bernard Goldberg is just another cynical shut-in with a typewriter and bills to pay. He's not here to introduce you to smart people or good ideas you may not know. He's here to set up pasteboard targets and knock them over with a baseball bat. And he watches way too much TV. I didn't even know Rosie O'Donnel was still around. Didn't she stop making movies last century?
A political discussion about issues is always an excellent idea. But we all know: This book will not go there. It may make us laugh, but we know, somewhere inside ourselves, that Bernard Goldberg is just another comedian on stage, saying things to make us laugh, or make us feel superior to phantoms. If we forget that, ... the joke is on us.
If you like "political" comedy, then I suppose this book will give you a few yuks, or in the early chapters it may remind you of some of the silly ideas you had as a kid. But on the other hand, Bill Maher's show is FREE as a podcast on iTunes. So you may just want to save your twenty bucks, or use it as gas money instead....more info