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Don't Be Hatin': 1 Star Amazon Reviews of Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny
if you're one of the Neanderthal
old, angry white men
who thinks gw was da bomb,
you're gonna thrill to the red meat
for dunces that this is.
-Amazon reviewer, Button Willow Defender
"Mark Levin Is a Tird"
I thought it might be interesting, given the popularity of “Liberty and Tyranny”, to read some of the one-star reviews that have been given to the book on Amazon. (It is the Number One selling item there at the moment.)
First of all, I have not read the book and don’t intend to. Where are my own political leanings? Somewhere right of center. Do guys like Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh resonate with me? Almost not at all. I have heard Levin on the radio, however, and I feel kind of like Amazon reviewer T.A. Hayes:
If you've ever heard this guy on the radio, you know exactly what he is,
a major jerk and ideological blowhard.
However, when T.A. goes on to say this:
I wouldn't pay 2 cents to read anything this tird wrote.
I have to wonder why he is writing a review of the book. Maybe he borrowed it from a library or his grandfather?
Hannity calls Mark Levin the "Great One".
A Sad, Cranky Man
I also have gotten the impression from Levin’s radio program that he is a lot more about what he’s against, than what he’s for. In this vein, I have to give an appropriate nod to a self-admitted conservative 1-star reviewer named Mark Bennet. He said this:
"Mark Levin has a tough time even coming up with a definition of what a conservative is… Levin spends much of the book defining his political opponents... and describing what they are for and defines conservatism as being in opposition to them."
Like I said, I have not read the book, but this is my experience exactly of Mark Levin’s radio show. The guy doesn’t even seem that smart. If he’s cranky, fine. I have no problem with that. Of course we all know that a cranky guy is not cranky because “the world is going liberal”. He’s cranky because he doesn’t know how to enjoy life. If Ronald Reagan came down out of Heaven and was put into the Presidency again, Levin would still be cranky. He’s cranky for the same reason that all cranky people are cranky: because he has a hate-filled heart, he thinks he is unworthy, his dad was rough on him, whatever.
Liberty, Tyranny, and Teabagging (This Weekend Only)
Let’s get back to the reviews. Here’s a great little nugget of insight, from BXL1170:
"He accuses everyone of exactly those things that he is so good at,
just from what he thinks is a conservative perspective."
We will come back to BXL later, because I think the rest of his brief review hits the nail on the head perfectly.
Anyway, here’s some more gems:
"This Wacko needs to stay with writing about Dogs! (Rescuing Sprite good book)"
"This is another book designed for the low-brow rightwing talk radio audience who are busily "teabagging" this week-end."
And here’s a quite sincere review snippet from someone who’s obviously a conservative if you read the whole review:
"I really feel sorry for Levin's hordes of well-intended supporters who will be left only half-educated about economic liberty, and totally uneducated about civil liberty and a sensible foreign policy."
Give Me Romney Or Give Me Death
So, before we go to the rest of BXL’s words, I’ll just sum up what I’ve learned about “Liberty and Tyranny” by perusing through about half of the 1-star reviews of it on A-zon:
- It is written in a circular reasoning, and it probably feels like you’re going around in circles when you read it.
- It’s pretty true to Levin’s empty and tirade-fueled radio style.
- It uses a lot of words to make the same one or two points over and over again. (Like many modern “intellectual” bestsellers.)
- If you’re part of that highly visible Glenn Beck / Tea Party “wing” of the Republican party, you will probably eat this book up like candy. It will validate you like there’s no tomorrow.
Please don’t take my article as some sort of a hate-flinging thing. It’s really not. I’ve been as objective as possible in merely evaluating most of the arguments against the value of “Liberty and Tyranny”. I now believe I have a better picture of what the book’s all about. I find it sad that wacko voices like this have so much influence over the GOP, because I do love freedom, and I think that the conservative movement understands individual liberty where the Democrats don’t. But as we move toward 2010 and 2012, I think it’s highly important that cooler, smarter, less radical heads prevail on the Right (like Mitt Romney or Bobby Jindal).
Finally, here’s the rest of BXL1170’s “Liberty and Tyranny” review:
"In reality his perspective is only an anti-social Christian nationalist perspective. There are so many other perspectives that are valid and should be considered. Life is more complex than the views in this book."