Glenn Beck's Common Sense
Review of Book and a Call to Action
I recently finished reading Glenn Beck’s new book, “Common Sense.” When I picked up the book I did not know what to expect. I thought it might just be pro-conservative or anti-liberal, but I was completely wrong. Mr. Beck wrote a book that took shots at both sides equally, and instead of focusing on a political ideology, he focused on Americans. He looked at how Americans are becoming increasingly frustrated with the government and held everyone accountable.
After I finished the book, I thought long and hard about the message behind it. Glenn Beck was right about everything he said in his book. Americans are angry and are tired of being taken advantage of. I have a degree in political science and looking at what has been going on in this country objectively, I concur with his analysis. Over the past six months, government has grown at a rapid and alarming rate. Private companies are getting bailouts, taxpayers are buying car companies, energy taxes are being proposed on all Americans, and we are on the precipice of having government run healthcare. Now some people prefer this big government, socialistic model, but the majority of people do not. “Common Sense” realizes that people care about their job, their home, their family, and government expansion and corruption is not wanted.
Most people of a liberal stripe automatically dismiss Mr. Beck as a partisan hack. Well, they certainly are entitled to their opinion, but this book has nothing to do with partisan politics. Recently a reporter went into the streets of New York City and read passages of the book to liberals, without telling them the author. They agreed mostly with what was said, then reacted angrily that Glenn Beck turned out to be the author. Mr. Beck is a conservative, but this book does not preach that ideology at all. From what most polls show, maybe 20% of the American populace would disagree with what “Common Sense” says, but the vast majority would agree with the premise of the book.
I have not been happy with how things have been going and how they are going. This book struck a chord with me because I don’t think many people are happy with what is going on in our government. The blame lies with our elected officials in Washington, who often forget who they work for. At the same time, the blame also lies with us since we elected them in the first place. “Common Sense” is a wake up call to America to not sit idly by any longer as things happen around us that we do not agree with. I think that this book may be a rallying cry for many people, from all walks of life, who do not like what they see and have long been quiet about it. While I pay close attention to politics personally, I never stood up and made my voice heard loud enough about what I do not agree with. After reading this book, I have no doubt that I will be much more active and vocal about issues that I agree with and issues that I don’t agree with. I can only hope that more people will read this book, stand up, and join the fight.
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