Posted on

Right Hook! 11 Must-Reads for the Politically Mature

I Know, 11 Must-Reads.  Why Not 10, right?

I wrestled with labeling this list as “conservative”. Anyone who reads it will learn something. This is especially true in the case of the Goldwater book. I came down on the side of truth-in-labeling. Conservative writers did write these books.  I consider these books to be arguable must-reads.

As I point out in Street Politics…, the terms Conservative and Liberal mean little in today’s discussion. There are few more stodgy and pig-headed than the modern American “liberal”. And people who would be slapped with the label “conservative” are often more willing than the Center and Left to try new ideas and cut loose the creative juices of their fellow citizens. Please bear this in mind as you browse the following books.

Also this is not presented in the rank order the books sold in. But most have spent time on the Amazon and NY Times best-sellers lists.

Just click on the book to go straight to it.

From Good to Best:

1. Are You Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused? (An Uncle Eric Book) 2nd Edition


by Richard J. Maybury (Author), Jane A. Williams (Editor)

I started with this book because it addresses directly the observation I made above. It properly diminishes the political labels that have been popular since FDR and challenges popular myth. Not every observation in this book aligns with my own, but at least we have a cogent argument about labels and why we must see past them if we are to have a hope in hell of ever getting this country back on a sustainable, successful course.

 

2. STREET POLITICS: It Ain’t Your Daddy’s GOP Anymore!

by Matt Jordan (Author)

Aw, c’mon! You didn’t think I was going to publish a list of conservative writers and not put my own masterpiece on here did you? Besides, I didn’t let hubris overwhelm me, placing SP ahead of everyone. I think I could have moved it much higher on the list, but I’ll be coy and keep it here.

This is your chance to deal with the new reality in Washington. Whether we like Donald Trump or not, we need to understand how got elected in the first place. Only then can we build on his unorthodox success.

As of this post, we are failing to do so. We are watching Republicans ensure the permanence of government-controlled health insurance while we miss entirely, the danger of a President who tweets WHAT HE IS THINKING, everyday, unedited, without an ounce of forethought or maturity.

Please remember:  50% of ALL AUTHOR PROCEEDS will go to support Lt. Jeff Kerr, super cop from Virginia, in his fight against Multiple Sclerosis; his fight and helping others as well.  Due to the way book sales are reported, we don’t have much time before the Bike MS event in late spring. I hope you’ll help and share this book on your favorite social media.

3. Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America

by David Horowitz (Author)

Here’s an in-your-face book that I hesitated to include. But Horowitz is no blushing virgin on the political scene. His book takes square aim at all who disagree with the new President, including to some extent your host. I have yet to be enamored with Trump’s antics and don’t yet see how his big agenda is going to be much different from Paul Ryan’s.

I’ll give this example: If the Republicans repeal Obamacare and then “replace” it with something, they will have permanently crippled our health care system with a government insurance program. The only valid disposition of Obamacare is to dump it by a date certain, allowing insurance companies time to come up with real policies people can afford.

But there is cadre of folks on the right who think I’m wrong. Horowitz is their siren.

4. The Conservative’s Handbook: Defining the Right Position on Issues from A to Z 2nd Edition

by Phil Valentine (Author)

Westwood One radio personality, Phil Valentine does a fair job of defining conservatism in this easy-to-read work. His opening premise is most important to understanding the books general direction; America is Good. He correctly points out that despite our rocky beginnings we are not only a great power, but a force for good.

This will only remain so if we can, as a nation, back away from the self-destructive behaviors of political apathy and ignorance of economics.

Valentine has some other interesting things to say in The God Players and his DVD An Inconsistent Truth.

5. Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America

by Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. (Author), Nancy French (Contributor)

Sheriff Clarke puts his common sense views on paper. It is more than passing strange that his views would be considered controversial. I suspect that in most cases, they actually aren’t.  But his detractors need a position to attack from.  Still there are many who think David Clarke is wide-eyed, right-wing doctrinaire.  That doesn’t speak well of our education system.

6. Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

by Mark R. Levin(Author)

There are two Mark Levins. One is a radio host who seems to spend 90% of his airtime playing to the lowest common denominator in his audience. For a constitutional lawyer, one may opine, he sure spends a lot of time mired in emotionalism. And he insults his callers. It is often clear, due to a lack of active listening, Levin has completely missed a caller’s point. It makes him look even worse when he barks at a caller who agrees with him and is in the midst of making a very instructive point, and then hangs up on the caller. This is often followed by insults (dummy, jerk) when the caller was expounding on LEVIN’S point! So who is the jerk in this equation?

I try to wade through the BS showmanship and listen for cogent points. There are many. But too often he wrecks his own argument by behaving like a non-thinking progressive.

Fortunately, there is the other Mark Levin. His writing is far more palatable and enjoyable than his radio show. His intent is clearer and his legal education and experience come through on the page. He is an enjoyable read. If you love his radio show, then you have two reasons to love his work. I only have the one.

In Liberty and Tyranny Levin pulls no punches in his assessment of America under the boot of progressivism since FDR. And his assertions are correct. His argument is sound. Liberty and Tyranny is a fast moving read.  You can always count on Levin for spirited argument. His other works include Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America and Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America.  Also recommended reading.

7. Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand (Author)

This is the third rail of “conservative” literature. There are two reasons. First: Rand is [gasp] an atheist! As a result many will never read the clear-minded, conservative thinking which supports a free-market worldview as well as Rand does. Many of this cadre have an equal and opposite view of their religion-infused politics as their liberal counterparts. On the left there are those who believe Christ was a Marxist rebel and welfare maven. The religious on the right, who reject writers like Rand, believe if Christ were alive today he’d be a Republican hedge fund manager (with a heart of gold).

No matter the god you to which you might ascribe, it is folly to include him in our political squabbles. No all-powerful omnipotent would ever sully itself by wading into our petty politics and economics. That is a strictly human concern. If divine providence were ever a part of the American political experience we’d have neither Obamacare nor a President Trump.

The second reason is the dated, simplistic style of Rand’s novels. While her essays and arguments are concise and edgy, her novels incorporate those elements in a 1950’s romantic package. Her novels also belie her pure “objectivism” and demonstrate her passion and lust for life.

However, to understand Rand is to understand pure, free-market thinking and the rejection of needless government intrusion into our lives. One does not need to come away from her books as a committed Objectivist to benefit from the experience. Surely, many who think they are to the right of center, when confronted with the unvarnished portrait of that position, might actually question their position.

I find Rand’s work to be a reaffirmation of my own worldview with a bit of an edge added.

Read also: Fountainhead, We the Living and Anthem. If you would like to explore Ayn Rand through the eyes of a writer who is neither acolyte nor enemy, consider Goddess of the Market by Jennifer Burns.

8. A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America

by Bruce Cannon Gibney(Author)

Here’s an interesting one. I would take the author to task on a few of his conclusions (baby Boomers caused global warming or too little taxation led to the impoverishment of government) as a bit too simplistic and not quite accurate. Also, the writer is not what we’d call the modern “conservative”.   But his observations deserve attention. His hopeful goal is to lay naked the party Boomers have had, and continue to have, at the expense of their grandchildren.

Gibney’s warnings are very much in line with those responsible fiscal conservatives have been putting forward since before Bill Clinton.

If you are a hard right doctrinaire, you will have the wrong argument with this book. But if you are open to a discussion which may not originate inside you political wheelhouse, then this is a must-read.

9. Right Reason

by William F. Buckley(Author)

I’ve said that Bill Buckley could say in a paragraph what some writers need a book to say.

I chose to include this book because it offers a look inside the mind of a true conservative. There are other interesting aspects as well.

Written in 1985, this book lets you revisit the period ’79 to ’85, and hear it discussed by a man with few equals in the world of clear expression. It was Buckley’s robust and unrivaled use of language that first inspired me to consider writing about politics as a living. If you enjoy reading George Will or Christopher Hitchins, you’ll prize this book. From Buckley’s treatment of Hitchins’ election commentary on 1980 to his eulogy for his mother, we see glimpses of Buckley and the way his mind worked.

It should be noted that he and Hitchens were at opposite ends of the political and religious spectrum, but were good friends. Hitchens stood as best man for William Buckley’s son, Chris.

I am fairly certain Buckley would chafe at appearing on this list with Ayn Rand. There were times when Buckley showed real intolerance, while angered by intolerance toward Catholicism. Gore Vidal and Ayn Rand were among his favorite targets. This is odd in the case of Rand. Other than Rand’s atheism and more robust hedonism, there was little light between the two philosophically.

10. How To Be Right: The Art of Being Persuasively Correct

by Greg Gutfeld(Author)

This was intended to be a list of ten books and I wanted to include all the others. But I had to put Gutfeld in here. Not only does his work match or surpass any of the others, it does so in entertaining fashion. His books read even better if you know his voice and can hear his impish tone as you read.

Gutfeld’s approach to being right is not about shouting down the opposition. It is about reasoned argument, properly understood and delivered for the right reasons.

GG has a way of poking you in the eye and leaving you laughing about it. If we could all learn his timing and delivery, while arguing serious facts over Lefty fairy tales, there would only be about five self-loathing liberal left on the planet.

So, okay, I exaggerate. But the world would be a better, funnier place.

I’ll call this a tie with number 11 if only for the fun of reading it and your chance to actually learn something.

See also, The Joy of Hate, by Gutfeld

11. Conscience of a Conservative

by Barry Goldwater(Author)

Here, I go straight to the source. One on the most senselessly maligned and least understood people in modern politics is Barry Goldwater. He is also the father of the conservatism we know today.

In this book you will find principle that history has validated again and again. Over the centuries, people could be forgiven for not understanding the lessons of each passing era.

But since FDR, we have had an immediate audio and video record of the of big government, left wing failings and vindication of right thinking repeated over and over again. It seems society is either willfully ignoring the obvious answers or is breathtakingly apathetic about how their liberties and their hard-won treasure are being taken from them. And EVERY time this is done on a grand scale, the utopian programs the theft supports fails miserably.

Know Goldwater and you will know what we must do to right the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on

Traumatized? You Have a 12-Step Program! :-P'''

There is little that Nick Kristof and I might agree on. In his latest piece, A 12-Step Program for Responding to President-Elect Trump, New York Times, Nov 17, 2016, he only makes one statement that I have always talked about and lately have been harping about.

His Step 8 is encourages his readers to get out of the echo chamber. That’s good advice for the whole country. I echoed that in a wider article here. Having friends that don’t think like you does truly make you smarter.

My agreement with Kristof pretty much ends there. He proceeds in the rest of the piece to demonstrate that he and his cohort have learned nothing from the past election. The other 12 steps are a creepy recitation of I-will’s and I-should’s that read like a laundry list of why the left will give up even more seats in the next midterm election.

For example, when trying to appeal to the center or center-left worker in the rust belt, that’s the place that handed the Democrats the biggest throbbing this year, you won’t win a single vote saying you joined the Council on American-Islamic Relations or the Southern Poverty Law Center. One is an Islamic group that simply cannot bring itself to condemn acts of terrorism, including beheadings of innocent people.

The other is a socialist waste of time. The only people associated with the SPLC to pull themselves out of poverty are the ones who left, learned life isn’t fair and socialism doesn’t work, and then made something of themselves.

Americans are fed up with being beaten over the head with racist labels and economic guilt.

Kristof goes on to list one insult after another in his condescending analysis of the average Trump voter. I have been very hard on those voters and I have been brutal with Trump.

The difference is I don’t throw around terms like racism and misogyny and speak in condescending terms, and then say but we must be kind to “them” and avoid conflict. This article is intended to create conflict by over-compensating for a feeling of inferiority on Kristof’s part.  Read Manipulism, by Mikkel Claire Nissen.

Kristof’s little lefty cry for compassion was really just another failed manifesto listing the same emotionalist “grievances” that cost the Democratic Party positions from town council seats to the White House. Trump was sooooooo easy to beat. But the rank and file Dems watched, lips obediently sealed, while the party’s most equal of equals carted out the most flawed candidate in our history.

12274217_10153877576240809_6298490738344730827_n

The opening paragraph says it all. A week after the election and we are still talking about people traumatized by the results. In his article, Kristof hopes to help “around the margins”. I have news for you, anyone truly traumatized by an election is in desperate need of help with their already damaged psyche – and not around the margins!

Step one in Kristof’s self-help program should start with first admitting the “traumatized” are just self-absorbed, little drama queens seeking constant validation, and go from there.

Matt Jordan if host of Street Politics and author of 16 20 24: A Path to Consistent Conservative Victory.

Kindle Version, STREET POLITICS: It Ain’t Your Daddy’s GOP Anymore! 50% of all author proceeds go to fighting Multiple Sclerosis!!

Find 16 20 24 on Amazon.

Find 16 20 24 at Barnes & Noble

Posted on

McMullin was Under My Radar!

I will get to Evan McMullin in just a bit.  In the meantime…

I haven’t had a chance to comment on the latest happenings.  I have been doing battle with a fire-proof tree stump.  It is day 15 since I set fire to it for the first time.  I pre-treated twice with potassium nitrate, let it soak for weeks.  Then I doused it twice with  kerosene and built a fire around it.  The core burned out in a couple of days, but the perimeter and exposed roots won’t catch for love or money.  Grrr.

Anywho, I have been watching the sordid, pathetic election play out.  And I have more suggestions to the seven remaining responsible voters left out there. But I’ll start with a quick round-up.

The media sat on video since last year showing Trump talking smack about his prowess with women.  The world is pretending to not only be shocked by the content (few actually are) but are also pretending to be surprised.  Please!  Donald Trump let his ghost writers put similar stories in the books they wrote for him.  NO ONE is really shocked or surprised!

I will say that I reject out-of-hand the woman who is claiming her 15 minutes of fame in the last two days.  Her story sounds like complete crap.  Her delivery and structure is contrived.  “I don;t want to use this word but I’ll use it…octopus.”  Or “He was invading my space.”  These are complete contrivances.  The stories about his kissing attacks and telling a woman they were going to have an affair, “but you just don;t know it yet,” sound remarkably like a dumb thing Trump would say.  It is strange how in all the cases, the women just had to come out and tell their stories in mid-October before an election.  Why not last June?  Why not this year before he got the nomination?  The fact is their stories are either complete falsehoods or they were instructed by the media to sit on their accusations until Hillary needed them.  So even if some of these allegations are true, we are under no obligation to pity or worry for these women.  Their trauma and outrage seems to be in direct proportion to the proximity of election day and their need to help BJ Bill’s wife.  My heart bleeds not.

As I said they will…

Watch now, as I predicted MANY times here and in the book, as the press takes talking points and “leaks” from Clinton and obediently broadcasts them.  One after another, every day or two about Trump.  I’m not defending the  man.  I am sniggering behind my hand that so many of you bought his pretense of conservatism.  But the attacks will not be based on any concern for the country or the truth.  They will all be part of the concerted effort to get the felon elected.

In the case of the Democrat felon, there has never been a time, even under FDR, when the press has more dutifully carried a candidate, much less someone so utterly unworthy.  You will not hear, in any detail, about emails where she and her minions conspired to disobey a subpoena.  Remarks in emails that would have banner headlines and 24 hr/day coverage if a Republican made them are getting NO play in most of the media.  If these spoon-fed goons weren’t carrying water for Hillary, the election would be over already.  You see, there are a LOT of lemmings out there who think the New York Times and ABC News, etc. are independent news organizations.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Finally, we are hearing Trump trying to form a simple and valid argument about BJ Bill’s wife and her efforts to enable BJ Bill to earn that nickname.  Over the weekend I listened to Robert Riech recounting Hillary’s decision to appear on 60 Minutes during the New Hampshire primaries in ’92.  The guy still speaks in breathless awe about how brave she was to do that and how she was being so LOYAL to Bill.  Again, PLEASE!  Hillary was every bit the soulless cypher then as she is today.  Reich knows this.  His pretense of ignorance is embarrassing.  It shows how far people will go to maintain the illusions they helped foster so many years ago.  Hillary didn’t give a damn who Clinton played with or what he did to them.  She only cared about winning elections and acquiring power.  She happily destroyed any woman who had consensual affairs with him and any of the women he assaulted.

Sadly, as is always the case, Trump can barely form the sentences to forward this argument.  So it is left to the right-wing media to apologize and explain it for him.

So, there we are; all caught up.

A few weeks back, I started hearing the name McMullin.  I made a mental note to check him out and never did.  Tells you a lot about my memory.  A mind like a steel sieve.

I finally heard him speak and watched his running mate on TV today.  They are not on the ballot in all 50 states, but you’ll have the option of writing them in on election day if you so desire.

Every day I come across people who watch the news and shake their heads at the disgusting display by the major parties.  I always tell them they have other choices.  The response to that is almost uniform:  No, that won’t work.  Everybody is going to vote to Trump or Clinton anyway. Since I don’t want one, so I’ll vote for the other.

This is iron-clad proof of how cowed the two-party system has the average American voter.  The average voter doesn’t want either candidate.  But the average voter assumes – sadly, they seem to be correct –  that all the other average voters will line up like sheep and vote major party.  If so few of you want to do that, why do it?  We do not HAVE to have Trump or Clinton!  So why vote for Trump or Clinton?  When the conversation goes that far, the same people say, well if I vote for (X) then Clinton will get in.  The mental enslavement is mind-blowing!  If all the people who poll saying neither candidate should be president thought for themselves and chose from the remaining slate, there would be no Trump or Clinton in the White House.  We only fear everybody else not breaking ranks because we are afraid to break ranks and cast a responsible vote.  And so of we go, over the cliff, together, each wishing all the others had done what you were too timid to do.

Which brings me to Evan McMullin.

As candidates go, McMullin is a young, cool-headed, thinking man’s candidate.  He is a mildly hawkish, fiscally conservative with an open mind to ideas.  He has CIA and Wall Street experience.  This indicates he has the ability to take input and make decisions.  This is a characteristic Trump is woefully lacking.  His resume also indicates he can think tactically and strategically.  If you are a moderate leaning right with a no-nonsense approach to how you use your vote, and you don’t vote for McMullin, you are throwing your vote away.

Kindle Version, STREET POLITICS: It Ain’t Your Daddy’s GOP Anymore! 50% of all author proceeds go to fighting Multiple Sclerosis!!

Find 16 20 24 on Amazon.

Find 16 20 24 at Barnes & Noble