Voice of Reason: Why the Left and Right are Wrong

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If you watch the news or listen to the pundits, you'd think there were only two kinds of Americans: wacko fundamentalist conservatives and whiny bleeding-heart liberals. But, in fact, the vast majority of Americans fall somewhere between these polar opposites. In Ronn Owens, this neglected majority has finally found its champion. Owens is one of the top-rated radio personalities in the country because he offers moderation, rather than indignation. Always open-minded and never dull, Owens is controversial ...
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Overview

If you watch the news or listen to the pundits, you'd think there were only two kinds of Americans: wacko fundamentalist conservatives and whiny bleeding-heart liberals. But, in fact, the vast majority of Americans fall somewhere between these polar opposites. In Ronn Owens, this neglected majority has finally found its champion. Owens is one of the top-rated radio personalities in the country because he offers moderation, rather than indignation. Always open-minded and never dull, Owens is controversial precisely because his is a rare political voice -- a voice from the center. He has no hidden agenda. He spouts no facile moral platitudes. He understands that morality and politics aren't black and white, and that anyone who says otherwise is probably naive. He doesn't pander to audiences or call those who disagree with him traitors. He avoids ideology and opts for good, old-fashioned American common sense. Eschewing both the bogus moral outrage of the Right and the starry-eyed idealism of the Left, Owens simply tells it like it is.

Generally liberal on social issues and conservative on fiscal matters, Owens is more popular than ever because he offers people the kind of honest take on politics they can't get anywhere else. He pulls no punches and holds both the Left and the Right accountable for America's many problems. Preoccupied with hating each other, liberals and conservatives are polarized by issues, suspicious of each other, and inflexible in their attitudes. And as long as the political discussion in America remains mired in ideological trench warfare, we can't come together to solve our problems. Voice of Reason is a breath of fresh air in today's toxic political climate, offering a positive message in dark times: that with reason, common sense, and pragmatism, we can find common ground between all Americans -- left, right, and center. If you're sick of the hyperactive bleating of the Ann Coulters and Michael Moores, and you're ready for a straightforward and fair discussion of today's biggest issues, there's only one Voice of Reason out there.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780471482826
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

RONN OWENS is the host of the number one—rated talk radio show in Northern California, The Ronn Owens Program, on KGO-AM in San Francisco. With over 500,000 regular listeners, Owens is the only major-market radio personality who consistently beats Rush Limbaugh in the ratings. Talkers magazine named Owens one of the Top 25 Greatest Radio Talk Show Hosts of All Time.

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Table of Contents

Forewords
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Ch. 1 Political Pragmatism Is No Oxymoron 1
Ch. 2 9/11 and the Great Divide 17
Ch. 3 If Both Extremes Are Equally Obnoxious, Then Why Is the Far Right Far More Appealing? 43
Ch. 4 Here's How to Win an Election 57
Ch. 5 Political Pragmatism and the California Recall 89
Ch. 6 Wedge Issues and the Middle Ground 131
Ch. 7 Political Correctness and Other Slam Dunks 155
Ch. 8 Common Sense Solutions to Everyday Issues 179
Ch. 9 Politics and Popular Culture 209
Ch. 10 Giving Voice to the Majority: A New Dimension in Politics 225
Index 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2004

    A Simply-Stated, Great Read!

    Owens gives a very thought-provoking, engrossing, inately readable dissertation on why the left and right advocates, talking heads, etc. simply have it wrong on the American people's mindset. Owens, like his talk-show monologues, keeps to his moderate opinions that are neither wildly right or left, conservative or ultra liberal. He's hit the mark with this much-needed book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    Simpleminded pragmatism

    I like my pragmatists logical and my centrists firmly planted in the center, but you won't find that here. I've been listening to Ronn since he came to SF decades ago when I was a kid. I used to love listening to him, but he's changed since his failed attempt to break into the LA radio scene. He's openly moved from being a liberal to a 'centrist' - a term which is apparently simply a euphemism for 'conservative apologist'. And his particular brand of 'reason' comprises a pseudo-pragmatic approach to politics that often ignores important facts in an attempt to simplify difficult issues. I find this naive blindness to political realities and his overemotional approach to problem analysis unpalatable, especially given how good Ronn used to be and how experienced a veteran talk show host like him ought to be. The book is pretty much just more of the same, if not more vacuous. If you are unsure that you will like the book, tune into his radio show on the air or on the Internet. Listen for a while to one of his political segments, and you won't even need to buy the book whether or not you like his show. It's basically a live version of the book.

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