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Overview

With a growing readership that is outpacing that of all other political columnists, Cal Thomas now turns his attention to the tragic consequences of misguided liberal thinking, laying out a damning indictment that will surely provoke a lively national debate. The Things That Matter Most is for people who wonder why social problems don't seem to go away, no matter how much money we pour into them...who think that families do matter, that fidelity does count, that fighting for one's country is noble...who long for a sense of purpose more transcendent than collecting another paycheck. With an objective, analytic eye, Thomas traces our current national malaise - rampant disease, crime, and despair - to the false promises of the sixties. Ironically, by topping all traditions; by declaring drugs and sex "in" and God "out"; by promulgating a credo of "it feels good, do it," the activists of that era triggered a process that produced the following: a widespread erosion of standards - most alarmingly in the area of education; a "can you top this" race to fill the media with ever cruder content; an explosive rise in sexual promiscuity and drug taking, leading to epidemic disease; the increasing rarity of the society-strengthening two-parent family; a spiritual vacuum that causes people to question why life is worth living; and a "Welfare Pentagon" whose enfeebling mantra is "you can't do it alone." Mixing hard truths with wry commentary, Cal Thomas prescribes a new vision for America that begins with reconsidering the values by which our parents and grandparents lived. America may have lost its way, but it can regain it, Thomas argues - in what will surely be one of the most important and talked-about books of the year.
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Rush Limbaugh enthusiastically introduces this book, and on the strength of his round rightness' recommendation as well as columnist and commentator Thomas' own popularity, HarperCollins/Zondervan has ordered a 100,000-copy first printing. Rush's roots audience will easily go for Thomas, but softer Rushophiles may find him more resistible. Not because his ideals are different from Rush's or bad; few would argue that the things of Thomas' title--"faith in a personal God who is knowable, family, freedom to pursue one's dreams, and keeping most of the gain one gets through hard and honest work"--are "not" good for individuals and for society. Rather it's because Thomas so often misrepresents history and those he thinks are his adversaries. He seems to think, for instance, that the theological notion of the death of God was a creation of 1960s political radicals; he implies that New Left guru Paul Goodman "approved" of the reality of his perception that in the 1950s only scoundrels made appeals to patriotism and community spirit--Goodman certainly did not; he presents the Library Bill of Rights as something ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom concocted in the mid-1980s to apologize for smut. These portrayals and others are factually and intellectually false. Thomas is much better when he argues not historically but as a moralist about contemporary events and popular culture. Then he speaks to our hearts and souls quite effectively indeed.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060170837
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 256

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