Red, White & Liberal: How Left Is Right & Right Is Wrong

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Overview

As one of the foremost liberal voices in television and talk radio today, Alan Colmes has long been braving the wilds of controversial issues and conservative slander. Already a talk radio star and the only liberal to be heard nationally, Colmes has also taken the television world by storm on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes, and he is famous for his hard-hitting stance on the challenges that Americans face today.

In Red, White & Liberal, Alan Colmes addresses a fundamental question: In this time of uncertainty, how can we protect our freedom without diminishing our liberties, while burnishing our rightful place as the world's beacon of democracy? Colmes urges Americans to see past the tactics of the vocal right and to combat the problems that threaten our liberties, including the government's manipulation of the War on Terror to silence critics and expand its powers to frightening proportions; the lies we've been force-fed about the war in Iraq and the unsettled situation in Afghanistan; the misguided use of religion by the right to justify hatred and prejudice; and the successful conservative smear campaign against the left that has turned liberal into a four-letter word.

In order to preserve our freedoms, Colmes calls America back to its liberal roots. He reminds us that our forefathers spoke out against the status quo and fought for the individual's right to opportunity, privacy, and personal choice; that they prized progress and open-mindedness over divisive party politics; and that they believed the ability to express dissent was crucial to keeping a democracy healthy. Colmes suggests that it is our patriotic duty to voice our concern when we feel that wrongs are being done. From debunking the myth of the liberal media to exposing conservative hypocrisy to showing how Jesus was a liberal and the War on Terror is a failure, Colmes presents the issues with thoughtful, provocative arguments, hard facts and logic, and searing humor. He urges us to extend our hands across party lines to find real solutions, protect our shores, and preserve our freedoms.

Certain to spark debate and cause readers to both reevaluate and reaffirm their beliefs, Red, White & Liberal is a witty, passionate testament to the liberal ideals that have made America great, and that will continue to ensure liberty and justice for all.

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The liberal half of Hannity & Colmes breaks free of his cohost to deliver a blandly pious "can't we all just get along?" homily without interruption. Racism is bad, conservatives should stop being such bullies and antiwar protestors are Americans, too. Oh, and Fox News isn't really that conservative. But who'll buy it? As numerous excerpts from viewer e-mails reveal, Colmes's TV audience is largely hostile to him, while potential liberal readers are probably still chuckling over Al Franken's portrayal of him in Lies as a milquetoast. That he's nowhere near as funny (or energetic) as Franken or Michael Moore doesn't help. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060562977
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/21/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Colmes brings hope and anger to millions each week as the cohost of Hannity & Colmes, the number one debate program on television. He also hosts the wildly popular radio show Fox News Live with Alan Colmes. His previous venues include WABC, WNBC, and WEVD in New York and WZLX in Boston. In 1990, Colmes hosted the Radio Hall of Fame Awards. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Why You Need This Book 1
1 Red, White & Liberal 7
2 "The 'War' on Terror" 37
3 Uncivil Liberties: America's War on Americans 81
4 The Myth of Liberal Media 101
5 Straw Men, Hypocrisy, and Conservative Lies 129
6 Bill Clinton, Our Greatest President 173
7 OJ Is Innocent 191
8 Jesus Was a Liberal 209
9 Conservatives Say the Darndest Things 235
10 Conservatives Are Downright Mean 253
11 Where Right Is Right 287
12 Liberal Liberal Liberal Liberal 299
Notes 309
Index 331
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First Chapter

Red, White & Liberal
How Left Is Right & Right Is Wrong

Chapter One

Red, White & Liberal

I'm proud to be a liberal. In my spare time I hug trees. I'd rather hug a tree than embrace a tax cut we can't afford. Ever try to hug a tax rebate check? Bark burn is so much more pleasant than paper cuts. I believe there is a role for government. So do conservatives, in spite of the fact that they love to shout about getting government off our backs. They love government, too. They just use government differently than liberals do. Conservatives want government to tell you what you can't do. In fact, the Republican view of legislation is "Just Say No." I am a liberal because I believe in what government can do as a force for good. I believe that, when used properly, government can create opportunity, equality, and equity. I agree with Ron Brown, the late Commerce secretary and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who stated, "The common thread of Democratic history, from Thomas Jefferson to Bill Clinton, has been an abiding faith in the judgment of hardworking American families, and a commitment to helping the excluded, the disenfranchised and the poor strengthen our nation by earning themselves a piece of the American Dream. We remember that this great land was sculpted by immigrants and slaves, their children and grandchildren."

I Am Not a Party Animal

The more I learned about the Democratic Party and its rich history, the more I felt at home with its ideals. This is not to say I agree with every Democratic politician, policy position, or pronouncement. And I'm often more critical of my own party than of the opposition. When I'm critical of Democrats or liberals on Hannity & Colmes, it drives my fellow liberals crazy because they feel I should be an ideological cheerleader. This is not something I can do while maintaining my intellectual honesty. I'm not a Democrat because I love political organizations (I am a loner, not a joiner), and I don't agree with much of the inside baseball that gets played within and between our American political parties. I'm a Democrat because the progressive ideas in which I fervently believe are closer to what the Democrats stand for than what the Republicans profess, and those two parties are the only viable infrastructures for electing candidates to office.

That being said, I heartily identify with the roots of the party. "The party of the common man" was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1792 to fight for the Bill of Rights and stand up to the elitist Federalists. In the next century, William Jennings Bryan, known as the "Great Commoner," was considered the conscience of the nation. As a two-term congressman and three-time presidential nominee, Bryan fought for and won women's suffrage, direct elections of senators, and a progressive income tax. As President Woodrow Wilson's secretary of state and a peace advocate in the early part of the twentieth century, Bryan won the approval of thirty nations to agree to investigations of disputes before going to war. Wilson, that century's first Democratic president, brought us the League of Nations, the Federal Reserve Board, and the first child and welfare laws. President Franklin Roosevelt brought our country out of the Great Depression with his New Deal, Works Progress Administration, and the creation of Social Security. President Harry Truman integrated the armed forces. President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps and brought a new optimism to America. President Lyndon Johnson's administration heralded the civil rights movement with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. It was Johnson's Great Society that declared war on poverty and created Medicare and Medicaid.

In short, Democrats don't need to add the word compassionate to further define what they are: the notion is already built in to the philosophy. Liberals are the ones who have fought to move forward while conservatives have done what their name implies: conserve the past. That's why I'm proud of the "L" word and what it represents. And that's why I'm committed to fight for and uphold its ideals.

Liberal, Literally. Are You One?

The conservatives' tactic of making the word liberal seem as though it should be one of the seven words you can't say on the broadcast media has been brilliant. The word drips off the tongue, as though if it's said too often, the speaker will have an aneurysm as it parts the lips. (Conservatives also love to use the diminutive "lib" to marginalize the left.) When Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was running for and then became leader of the House Democrats, the words San Francisco liberal were spit out of conservative mouths as though the pronouncers were trying to dispel toxic bile from their systems. The last time I checked, San Francisco is part of the very same America that conservatives claim to love so much. Or maybe they only love those parts of America that got colored red on the Bush/Gore maps of 2000. Sixties conservatives said, "My country: Love it or leave it." I say: "My country: Love it all or don't love it at all."

Liberal is a very nice word. Say it a few times. Let it roll off the tongue. Say it loud and there's music playing. Say it soft and it's almost like praying. Wait a minute ... that's "Maria" from West Side Story. Actually, it wouldn't be such a bad idea if liberals could embrace this word with the same kind of glee with which Maria embraced her beauty:

"I feel liberal, oh so liberal. I feel liberal and witty and bright
And I pity those conservatives who think they're right."
Red, White & Liberal
How Left Is Right & Right Is Wrong
. Copyright © by Alan Colmes. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2004

    Both Conservatives and Liberals will love this.

    The best thing about this book is that it is very straighforward. Colme's arguements are well organized, logical,, fair and clear. Unlike other liberals and conservatives, Alen takes a more meaningful approach in which he presents good points without mocking the other side. I just couldn't put this book down. Alen also has a better sense of humor than I thought. He doesn't take the usual arrogant 'im always right, and your all wrong' approach. He presents the fact and details, and you decide. We should have more of these honest dignified books. This book is well worth every dime. Very highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Thanks, Alan.

    Alan Colmes gives voice in this book to what I've thought about many conservatives and Republicans for years. He backs up his opinions with facts, unlike other authors who tend more toward sensationalism. Colmes also reminds us to tolerate dissenting voices while continuing to stand up for our beliefs - how very American.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Liberal, fair and factual

    Alan Colmes, author of Red, White and Liberal, was the first liberal signed to Fox News Radio and the only nationally syndicated liberal voice on talk radio with his show Fox News live with Alan Colmes. He is also the co-host of Hannity and Colmes, which is on prime time on the Fox News Network. As a liberal in what some people would say is enemy territory on Fox News, Alan Colmes holds his own while giving strong arguments on the liberal take of current issues that are affecting America today. Alan Colmes is the foremost liberal voice on Fox News television and radio and will not be silenced by the right in his defense of liberal ideology. In his book Red, White and Liberal, Alan Colmes writes that conservatives in general have drowned out the liberal voice and has successfully played victims to the so-called liberal media to marginalize, discredit and weaken liberal arguments and perspectives. Alan Colmes also writes about the myth of the liberal media and takes aim at conservative ideology. Protecting our freedom without diminishing our liberties is the overall theme of Red, White and Liberal. Alan Colmes puts major emphasis on the force-fed War in Iraq and how conservatives have ¿successfully turned liberal into a four-letter word.¿ In Red, White and Liberal, Alan Colmes is as angry with the right as any liberal is with what he calls a ¿mean spirited portrayal¿ of liberals and their views on current issues. ¿A smear campaign¿ Alan Colmes exclaims as he refers to the conservatives treatment of the left. Alan Colmes also reminds us of our liberal roots when he writes about how our forefathers spoke out against the status quo and fought for the individuals right to opportunity, choice and privacy. Furthermore, Alan Colmes tells of the accomplishments of the liberals throughout history, such as Thomas Jefferson fighting for the Bill of Rights, William Jennings Bryan fighting for and winning women¿s suffrage, President Woodrow Wilson bringing us the League of Nations and the Federal Reserve Board. Also Leading America through World War I. President Franklin Roosevelt bringing us out of the Great Depression with his New deal, Works Progress Administration, and the creation of Social Security and also leading America in World War II. President John F. Kennedy created the Peace corp. and led our country through the Cuban Missile Crisis while bringing a new optimism to America, which resulted in the first man on the moon. President Lyndon Johnson heralded the civil rights movement with the civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. It was Johnson¿s Great Society that declared war on poverty and created Medicaid and Medicare. Alan Colmes says that liberals ¿do not need to add the word compassionate to their name to further define what they are: the notion is built in to the philosophy.¿ Throughout this book you cannot help but to respect the knowledge and principles in which Alan Colmes stands. Alan Colmes gives strong, thought provoking arguments that are logical and humorous and backed by well-documented facts. Alan Colmes gives an enhanced understanding of the issues of today and you can¿t help but to conclude that liberals are right and the right is wrong. The issues are handled so well in Red, White and Liberal, that it is hard to tell that there is a liberal slant on the issues discussed. The issues are so well laid out, the arguments so logical and the facts so overwhelming that you can¿t help to agree with the positions that Alan Colmes takes. The style in which Alan Colmes writes Red, White and Liberal, makes for easy reading. This books content is so well laid out, that it is hard not to like it. One thing about Alan Colmes¿s book that I truly respect is that there is no mudslinging in Red, White and Liberal, which leaves this book open to conservatives to read without being offended and enhances Alan Colmes¿s credibility. Rather than slinging mud and insults, he slings facts and logic. Red

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    I needed something to help place my TV for the proper viewing an

    I needed something to help place my TV for the proper viewing angle so I can watch FOX news and since I could not bring myself to use any of the books by Hannity or Reilly this book seemed the obvious choice.



    Fred

    Would use book again for same purpose anytime!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    Good, Not Great

    The content of the book is good. Colmes is one of the few liberal political pundits who can be taken seriously. Although he does speak the truth in this book, it's not that exciting to read and doesn't really offer any laughs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    Lacks Passion

    Alan Colmes book is empty of passion. His words are strung together to form a text for his liberal beliefs. To put his book in context it's without heart and soul like a boy band is to the music scene. Alan seems like a nice guy. I believe he actually has the beliefs he advocates. The problem is that this book is totally souless. It appears to be the work of a very good editor who organized Alan's points into chapters which became a book. If anyone is to be credited here it is Alan's editor who appears to be the driving force in making this a presentable work. This all goes back to my point about this being similar to a boy band. It's passionless. It mimics other books much like a boy band mimics others bands but it's all contrived. There aren't any deep rooted emotions here. Alan spends time saying this conservative and that conservative is my friend to the point that he is so busy appeasing everyone that he comes across as lacking in depth. He fence straddles on several points to the extent that you think he was running for office or something. In short, while the points raised in the book appeared to be Alan's beliefs the book is empty of an emotional core that brings the writer into what is being said. Read Sidney Blumenthal's 'Clinton Wars' to see what a real writer with heart and deep rooted convictions writes like. This book is like an 'intro to liberalism' and those who are looking for elementary discussions of this topic may find this book acceptable. Everyone else should take a pass.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    A Lemon

    Alan's book does not work. He is confusing and obfuscating at best. He needs to reexamine his ideas, thoughts, presentation, and writing abilities. As one can see, after an initial burst upon release, sales have plummeted in freefall. That he thinks Mr. Simpson is still innocent causes one to question his sanity, let alone his powers of intellect, judgment and analytical powers. Mr. Colmes has produced a Lemon in writing this book that neither the Liberal nor Conservative finds redeeming value in reading. This is sad because Mr. Colmes seems to be a Fair and Balanced person.

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