Why We're Liberals

Why We're Liberals

A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America

Book - 2008
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The bestselling author demolishes myths about liberalism in a spirited polemic Thanks to the machinations of the right, there is no dirtier word in American politics today than liberalyet public opinion polls consistently show that the majority of Americans hold liberal views on everything from health care to foreign policy. In this feisty, accessible primer, bestselling author Eric Alterman sets out to restore liberalism to its rightful honored place in our political life as the politics of Americas everyday citizens. In Why Were Liberals Alterman examines liberalisms development and demonstrates how its partisans have come to represent not just the mainstream, but also the majority of Americans today. In a crisply argued though extensively documented counterattack on right-wing spin and misinformation, Alterman briskly disposes of such canards as Liberals Hate God and Liberals Are Soft on Terrorism, reclaiming liberalism from the false definitions foisted upon it by the right and repeated everywhere else. Why Were Liberals brings clarity and perspective to what has often been a one-sided debate for nothing less than the heart and soul of America. Why Were Liberals is the perfect election-year book for all of those ready to fight back against the conservative mud-slinging machine and claim their voice in the political debate.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008.
ISBN: 9780670018604
0670018600
Branch Call Number: 320.513 ALTERMAN
Characteristics: 401 pages ; 24 cm.

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Mar 21, 2016

Alterman hit's back at the conservative demagogues with unapologetic efficiency. Good Read !!!

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Mar 26, 2016

" The list of right-wing "chickenhawks" --those who support the use of force as an instrument of policy but were unwilling to serve on active duty themselves---includes President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, top presidential adviser Karl Rove, Iraq War planners Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle, Elliot Abrams, I.Lewis Libby, and John Bolton, and many more. In the conservative congressional leadership, including the Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), third-ranking in the Senate Rick Santorum, and former majority leader Trent Lott;in the House, Speaker Dennis Hastert, House majority leader Tom Delay former speaker Newt Gingrich, House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, former house Majority leader Dick Armey,and virtually every other pro-war Republican. Among prominent political pundits who demanded war, almost none could claim the wisdom and experience that even a brief enlistment in the military might have provided."

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