I am reading Sean Hannity's "Deliver Us From Evil" . I am on page 200 of 296 and thus far the book is GREAT!
Okay, I will admit that I was a democrat before I picked up this book and when I firs saw it and read the back cover, I chuckled to myself. But this chuckle was a nervou chuckle stemming from somewhere inside. What I didn't realize at the time is that I did not know what to think about what he says on the back cover... and so I chuckled as a quick reaction defense. But I listen to four talk show programs a day (liberal and conservative) and one of them is Hannity. And over time I came to realize that I didn't disagree with him as often as I thought I did. It wasn't that he changed my mind... but that I was already agreeing. Only when things came into a Republican/Democrat light did I switch my position to the Democrats consciously. I began to wonder then, if the positions of both parties were put out there without the labels, which ones would I suscribe to and what party would I then belong to? As it turns out, I aligned more closely with the the Republicans.
So then I began to read this book to see if I could disagree with it as a good, intelligent Democrat. But as I read it I agree with a lot of what Hannity is saying. There are some points raised against the book in the review section on Amazon's page. First, I do not have a problem with a person making money from a book on politics. Why should I? Does it make his arguments less valid? If the complexity of the arguments go up, maybe those that use this argument should bolster their critical thinking a bit. One critic of the book says that WW1 scholars believed appeasement was used to give time to rearm... Wasn't Hannity talking about WW2 instead of 1? Hannity also doesn't say that Democrats are bad, he mentions a couple who have shown backbone, but that the leadership of the party has lost its way and is more interested in appeasment than solving our own problems. He traces this from Carter forward. He doesn't say that Britain's appeasement was the fault of Democrats, nor does he say that conservatives are always right. Krannert completely missed the points made in the book with his criticism. Hannity has said repeatedly don't vote for the party, vote for the person (even if he/she is a democrat), but he makes a good case that the current leadership of the democratic party is lacking character and leadership. Does he include F.D.R. in this spineless group? No.
The book is a good read and I highly recommend it. I couldn't read it as a card carrying liberal because I did not open myself up to intellectual honesty. I chuckled at the book. It wasn't until I began to realize that perhaps my beliefs were not bound by labels and party lines. It is prevalent in the progressive and liberal community that anything from the "right" is automatically wrong, without so much as a glance at the opinion. When it is looked at, it is done so to attack. Still, I would recommend this book to anyone.