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September 30, 2009

Arguing With Idiots: A Review

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 11:31 am
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Just finished reading Glenn Beck’s new book, and wanted to share my thoughts.  I read a few reviews on Amazon and it was funny how all the reviews from people who actually read it were positive, while all the negative reviews were just attacks on Glenn Beck.  I am a fan of his, but I do take what he says with a grain of salt.  Like many he has a point to make, so I tend to watch his show or listen to him on the radio, and when something comes up that seems way out there, I look it up.  I do some research and some reading and I find that usually he is spot on.  This book is no different.

It is typical Glenn Beck writing, full of biting sarcasm, and plenty of quotes that his critics can take out of context.  It’s what he expects so why fight it?  What it is also full of is facts, with hundreds (no joke) of cites in the back to support them.  It is a good read throughout, with plenty of his patented A.D.D. Moments to break up the text and make the read informative and entertaining.  Some of the facts were hard to swallow, especially for someone who really just started paying attention to politics in the last couple of years.  It’s almost as if an ingrained resistance to the status quo jumps up in some sections, but that’s when I stop.  Read it again.  Check the cite, and then think about it.  Usually it is easier to swallow after that.

I recommend the book to any fan, and non-fan.  I think that if people would just give it a chance they would find that Glenn isn’t as ‘radical’ as they say he is.  He offers sensible arguments that usually support nothing more than our constitution.  His book does not offer solutions, only answers to common questions that you can find on just about any website, Democratic Underground and Free Republic included.  His belief in this country, it’s constitution, and true capitalism show throughout, as does his derision for just about every politician we have had for the last 50 or so years.  If you have ever had a discussion where you knew the person you were talking to was wrong, but you didn’t know how to express it, this book is for you.  If you are someone who gets your view of the author from Media Matters or other ultra-left sites then this book is also for you, you might be surprised.

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