Saturday, December 5, 2009

Review: Tea Party Revival, The Conscience of a Conservative Reborn by Dr. B. Leland Baker

Dr. B. L. Baker sets forth a brief manifesto in Tea Party Revival: The Conscience of a Conservative Reborn. It is written at a defining moment in history: the end of the United States' Superpower status due to America's experiments with Big Government growth, unconstrained spending, and disregard for the Constitution. Dr. Baker's message of adherence to the Constitution, is viewed as radical to Big Government politicians, but is considered common sense to members of the Tea Party movement. He argues for the value and importance of constitutional principles--freedom, foremost among them--in contemporary political life. He explains how constitutional compliance leads to smaller, limited government, which results in lower spending, lower taxes and greater freedom for all Americans. He explains how over-spending has placed our children and grandchildren in fiscal bondage for the next century and answers "How did it come to this?" Using the principles as espoused in this concise but powerful book, Baker fundamentally explains today's political landscape, the concerns and demands of the Tea Party movement in clear and concise terms.


Received from the publisher for review.

When I first saw the title I wasn't entirely sure this was the book for me, since you can probably tell that I'm not exactly a conservative myself, and I was right.

I found it extremely odd that the author complained about Clinton's impeachment but not subsequent removal from office, while completely ignoring Bush and Cheney's outright illegal doings. It only got worse from there, with the author making no distinction between Bush's flagrant abuses and Obama's new administration.

The author also complained at length about how the creation of the Department of Education was directly against the Constitution. Really? That is the most severe infringement he could come up with? Really?

Further into the book, the author bashed Medicare and Medicaid as "...illegal confiscation and redistribution of our wealth.". No, seriously. That's a direct quote. The author goes on to explain how he does not believe in Universal Healthcare.

The author also advocates entirely eliminating the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education, HUD, DOT, USDA, and FEMA. Again, really? They are supposedly "unconstitutional".

The author also actually suggested that all citizens pay a flat tax rate of 10%. No really. Obviously he doesn't understand that 10% of $1 billion for Bill Gates is a lot different than 10% of Bob Smith's $10,000. What is wrong with him?

The horrors continue, interspersed with biblical quotes for maximum effect, but I won't subject you to any more.

This one gets one star. This book has the distinction of receiving my first one star review. I never thought it would actually happen. To say that I hated this book is the understatement of the millennium. I have nothing positive to say about the author. He obviously enjoys a very comfortable existence and begrudges anyone who does not live his pampered, country club lifestyle. The book makes "Tea Partiers" appear to be a a bunch of whiny, spoiled, upper middle class brats. His ideas of eliminating Medicare and Medicaid while lowering taxes for the rich simply sickened me. He clearly has no idea of how people actually live. He seriously advocates not paying for grandma's heart medication or grandpa's insulin just so Donald Trump can save enough in taxes to buy another private plane. This book left me literally nauseous. I cannot recommend it to anyone. At all. Ever.

☆☆ = Hated It



2 comments:

Ryan G said...

This was not a book I would have even considered reading so you are a lot braver than I am. I'm just glad that there are people out there who think that this stuff is junk. Thank you!

J.T. Oldfield said...

hey, good for you for trying something that isn't inline with your beliefs.

you did better than I could've.

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