Review: ‘I Am a Liberal’ is the Mocking Liberals Deserve
With the recently-concluded Democratic National Convention reinforcing the simple truth that the modern Democratic Party is merely a machine functioning to transfer wealth to enough victims and grifters to ensure a bare electoral majority, an online humorist has detailed the soulless, rootless state of modern liberalism.
“I Am a Liberal: A Conservative’s Guide to Dealing With Nature’s Most Irritating Mistake,” available today on Amazon Kindle, is the prolific Kurt Schlichter’s latest offering to his legions of fans. Unlike his best-selling “I Am a Conservative: Uncensored, Undiluted, and Absolutely Un-PC,” Schlichter’s new e-book contains material mostly not available on his popular Twitter feed.
Schlichter’s satiric critique of liberalism is a welcome respite from the ongoing tedious cut-and-paste offerings by the conservatives of the talk show circuit. There are only so many ways to inveigh against Big Government; an edgy, fast-paced, joke-filled diatribe showing liberalism eating itself from the inside opens a new front in the war and attracts readers unwilling to plod through yet another Galtish monologue.
In a chapter of “I Am a Liberal,” Schlichter walks his readers through an often hilarious timeline of American history as told by a liberal struggling as a prisoner of his own ideology. On JFK: “President Kennedy was elected in 1960. He was very handsome and exciting, and everyone loved him. He was just pretending to be a Cold Warrior. Some of his key policies were to send troops to Viet… to interact with other cultures and nations, and to cut tax… to change the way federal revenues were collected. He was also a powerful advocate for women, and in fact surrounded himself with them.”
“I Am a Liberal” is neither a scholarly repudiation of liberalism’s failings nor a reasoned debate assessing the relative merits of competing ideas, but today’s liberalism does not deserve such respect. It should take no more than persistent high unemployment, the continued shrinkage of families’ net incomes, and high energy prices to convince most it’s time for what the author might approvingly call the “EnKurtening” of the Left. Let mockery reign.
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