Killing The SS-Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard, authors; Bill O’Reilly, narrator

killing the SSKilling the SS, Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard, authors; Bill O’Reilly, narrator
The book is very well researched, though perhaps, not as well organized with characters coming and going, sometimes without appropriate explanation. Concisely, however, the authors outline the history leading up to, and the years of, World War II, including its conclusion and the ensuing hunt for the evil men who planned and executed the vicious, cold-blooded murder of millions.
Although it summarizes those circumstances, a part of which has come to be called the Final Solution, in its discussion, O’Reilly and Dugard managed to flesh out and reveal some little known facts that I had never heard of before, facts concerning the Nazis and those they eliminated using the most barbaric of means. It always amazes me that no matter how much I have read about that heinous period of world history, brought about by so many German monsters, there are always further details to be revealed that can make my skin crawl. Once again, those that escaped, both the victims and the perpetrators, did so by chance in many instances. A series of convenient and unplanned coincidences sometimes intervened to save the lives of not only the deserving. Often the guiltiest were hidden and secreted out of harm’s way or sheltered by other countries and protected.

Among other facts, I had never heard of the Rat Line which offered an escape route to the former SS soldiers, until reading this book. It shocked and disgusted me that such a set up succeeded in providing asylum to the most evil of men and women for decades. I had thought their escape was frantic and helter skelter, and not so well-planned.
After the war, the job of hunting down the former Nazis fell to Israel. Often, though, they had to compromise their own values to find and punish them. Many wanted retribution for the cruelty and brutality that was inflicted upon innocents by a group that showed little remorse for their disgusting behavior, even decades later, if ever. I asked myself, who could blame them, those who wanted vengeance?

I found the book immediately engaging, and although it was sometimes disjointed because the events described occurred over a period of more than 50 years, it was frequently enlightening, which made the initial confusion of the presentation acceptable. In addition, I thought that the book was more appropriate for those less initiated into the subject of the Holocaust and its masterminds. Hopefully, it will act to inspire the readers to further their knowledge after this initial experience. Perhaps high school students would benefit the most.

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The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity Politics, Inequality, and … by William Egginton*

splinteringThis book is divided into three parts: Identity, Inequality and Community. In each section, the author, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, analyzes the reasons for the deterioration of education in our schools and offers some suggestions for improving it. Although he sways decidedly left, as do most educators, he presents a bit more even-handed view of all the subjects he discusses, for most of the book, than many of the authors of the current day. Today, a tremendous divide exists between all groups of people regarding their views on what to expect from government, institutions and each other. Acceptable speech, everywhere, is defined and appropriate apologies for misstatements are suggested. Citizens live in bubbles which often exclude those less fortunate, depressing their opportunities in education, safe neighborhoods and the work place. In our attempt to satisfy all, we are perhaps, only satisfying the few, to the detriment of the many.

It is obvious that Egginton is also trying to explain why we are so divided today and how the electorate put a man like Donald Trump in power since he occasionally highlights a theme that detracts from his accomplishments and points out his failures. I felt that he allowed his bias to come through by presenting theories exhorted by J. D. Vance and others, stating that those who voted for Trump felt disenfranchised because they believed their needs were not being addressed, while those of others were being addressed. He further states that those who did not vote for Obama were not only racially motivated, but they were also angry that they could not be him, speak like him, dress like him, or achieve like Obama!  I believe, from his analysis and comments, which sometimes blamed the right for the sins of the left, using progressives like Paul Krugman as sources, promoting the ideas of Obama while mocking those of Trump, wishing to provide education for all regardless of immigration status, overtly leaving out mention of who pays for all of the opportunities he thinks should be provided, that he is decidedly in favor of a more liberal leader.** However, his presentation of facts is both learned and diverse, giving the readers a view of many sides of the issues, thus allowing them to think critically about what he is presenting and enabling them to draw their own conclusions, which as he points out is a skill absent in teaching today. Many topics are often prevented from being discussed critically, either by the specialization of courses, the preference of the professor or the wishes of the students who often dictate the subject matter that is allowed to be covered and who march against those subjects and people they object to and find upsetting.

As he attempts to explain how our universities have been degraded into communities of separate identities made up of students that demand their own space, refusing to share it with others who have different views, and educators who have become accustomed to separate departments of study as personal fiefdoms, he presents a broad set of opinions from many sources to back up his ideas about the lack of teaching which inspires critical thinking and a search for evidence.

Egginton cites a belief of T. S. Eliot, regarding the way we currently assess literature. This quote could just as easily be applied today to our fractured political system and its flaws.

According to Egginton: T. S. Eliot did not think that the “criterion in selecting authors was gender or the color of their skin”. He believed what should be considered was what made a great work great. He believed it was the ability to encourage “communities to embrace new identities”, to explore “differences with as many of his fellows as possible, in the common pursuit of true judgment.”

The author believes that too much emphasis has been placed on administration and reporting and not enough on actual education. Too much competition between professors destroys innovation and limits research and the sharing of new ideas. He refers to it as the “cone of silence”.
|Fear of committing microaggressions on campus which may create a backlash from which one often does not recover, prevents a dialogue from opening up which could encourage an understanding of the reasons for the misunderstandings and the offended feelings. It stifles the growth of students and the curriculum. Speakers with alternative ideas are boycotted or marches are held against them which forces the school to rescind the invitation to them. This, of course, further limits exposure to new ideas. At universities today, there is an effort by some to limit the freedom of speech.

Title 9 is a policy that protects individuals from sexual, racial, religious, etc., discrimination in any institution receiving federal funds. It has been altered or tailored in individual schools to create their own zero tolerance laws which have resulted in false accusations being believed without recourse for the accused. Shouldn’t all individuals be protected? From that policy, others have arisen which protect students from ideas they find stressful. Egginton appears to believe that idea is insanity.
As multiculturalism and Afro centrism invaded the curriculum, other subjects had to be omitted to make way for those in that genre, which Egginton believes was an appropriate course of action. However, those professors who disagreed were ridiculed and attacked and soon their objections disappeared. The formation of groups that did not merge together to discuss ideas, but rather formed exaggerated separate groups according to their race, financial ability, politics, and other beliefs, made the situation on college campuses deteriorate further.
The American philosopher Richard Rorty’s 1999 prediction of what would happen when the non suburban elite felt abandoned by the system has been realized. A non-traditional candidate, a “strongman” named Donald Trump has been elected.*** This displeased half the electorate!

*Like many of the authors of progressive books, he waited until the last 40-50 pages to express his true purpose, to slam President Trump and trash his efforts and his followers. He bemoans the effort to redistribute wealth upward to those who provide the jobs in favor of redistributing it downward in favor of socialism. He seems to be attempting to delegitimize the Trump Presidency in order to support the Progressive agenda of the Clintons, the Obamas and all those who, like him, are on the left. He was not as fair minided or honest in his presentation as I had originally thought or hoped. While he states that “….access to equal education is only part of the problem; what gets taught is equally crucial.”, in the end, he presents his liberal idea of what is crucial, who is right and what he believes will be the results depending on who is in charge.

When on the next to the last page, the author called the President a racist, he lost me. This book was not meant to enlighten, but to spread propaganda for the Progressive arm of the Democrats. He cites people like Van Jones and David Brooks, he points to the white supremacists but ignores antifa. Egginton makes the outrageous claim that Trumpism caters to racists who feel sorrow and rage. If that is the case, those on the left are catering to insanity and hypocrisy.

 

In the third section of his book Professor Egginton puts forth the premise that “A solid majority of Republicans and virtually all of  those who continue as of this writing to make up Trump’s base, believe that whites are today the most discriminated-against group in America.”

This statement sounds racist and biased to me, which is especially egregious coming from someone who is attempting to present an unbiased book, supposedly based on facts and fairness. Personally, I know no one who voted for Trump who feels that way, not one single person, and I know many Trump voters. What they do feel is that the Democrats and their supporters used many illegal and unethical methods to attempt to defeat him, such as providing debate questions to Mrs. Clinton in advance, allowing her to get away with destroying possible evidence that might have proven how she colluded with others to defeat him and arranged for a fake salacious dossier to be prepared and presented without evidence. As more and more is revealed, it becomes obvious that the “moral” left has used immoral means to advance their cause. This alternate appraisal is completely absent from the book.

I won this book from Librarything.com, Early Reviewers, in exchange for a review.

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz- Heather Morris, author; Richard Armitage, narrator.

tatooist.jpgThis novel tells the story of Ludwig Eisenberg and Gisela Fuhrmannova. Essentially, it is a love story that defied the odds as it took place in the most unusual of places. Ludwig was known as Lale. In 1942, he was a prisoner in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. His job was to tattoo incoming prisoners. He met Gita (Gisela), just a teenager of 17, on the day she was brought to him to have her tattoo redone because it had faded. For Lale, it seemed to be love at first sight, and he took it upon himself to protect her and insure her survival.

Every Holocaust story brings with it a unique history of events, and this one is no different. It reminds the reader of the brutality and sadistic horror that the Germans, under Hitler’s Third Reich, systematically inflicted upon innocents who were guilty only of not being pure Aryans, although some were also marked because they held opposing political viewpoints. It is sad that fewer sane minds prevailed. Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, and the mentally ill were among those who were persecuted and systematically tortured, starved, worked to death or murdered outright so that Germany and Germans could enlarge their territory and prosper. The means justified their end goals.

At first, I was drawn into the story because I thought it was the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov (Lale changed his name from Eisenberg to Sokolov, his sister’s married name). As I read it and realized that the author had taken a great deal of poetic license in her presentation of events, I still enjoyed it, but not quite as a piece of history. I found it to be a compelling presentation of a romance that defied reality, and in some cases, some of the descriptions of events and experiences seemed to even defy credibility. I began to wonder how much of the story was based on fact and how much on the fiction that the author had to create when she put pen to paper. Since she did not hear actual conversations and had to rely on Sokolov’s memory and description of events, she surely had to embellish a great deal. There was so much that had to be filled in by her in order for her to write a cohesive and realistic story. Sometimes she was more successful than others as the narrative often went off into the world of a fairytale as characters that behaved with vicious brutality were often being presented with an occasional softer side. The author seemed to struggle to paint a positive side to the evil many exhibited, as if each villain had a redeeming trait to fall back on, in spite of their taking great pleasure in cruel, violent, evil behavior. To me, that softer side seemed to be far more of an anomaly and not the rule of thumb.

From the description of events, it appeared almost miraculous that Gita and Lela survived what they were forced to undergo. As with many survivors, a good deal of their ability to survive was because of luck and the occasional kindness of others. Yet, even the kindness of others seemed to have had a price, since nobody seemed to turn down any of the bribes offered. It seemed as if few did anything simply out of the goodness of their hearts, but rather they did it also for the reward they would reap.

The reader may well question if such a romantic relationship could have developed and thrived in a place filled with guards who relished and enjoyed their power, brutality and capacity for carnage. Still, the idea that there were some strong enough or lucky enough to survive through whatever means they could find comes through loud and clear, even when doing what was necessary meant sacrificing others to save themselves. Bargains were struck and compromises made in order to insure their survival. There were unusual friendships and choices that had to be made. Sometimes the line between collaborator and survivor was blurred.

No matter how many books you read, non-fiction or historic fiction, you can never full realize the complete extent of the Holocaust horror.

The narrator did a phenomenal job using perfect and appropriate accents, excellent expression and tone to present mood and the moment.

 

 

 

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The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, John Meacham, author; Fred Sanders, narrator*

This author chose to read, in his own voice, the first hour and last half hour, or so, of his book. He narrates what seems to be an effort to smear the right side of politics and buoy up the left. In an innocent, almost pained tone of voice, he presents his opinion about the state of politics and government in the current White House. He is obviously disappointed and unhappy about who won the election.

He presents the platform of the left, civil rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, etc., as if those on the right are all white supremacists that are against those very same policies. The most egregious of that effort for me, was this: Although he spends a great deal of time on Martin Luther King and President Johnson, he leaves out those on the left who opposed the passing of the Civil Rights Act. He doesn’t mention the fact that Democrat Robert Byrd filibustered to try and prevent it from passing or that he rode with the KKK. He doesn’t mention that it was largely Republicans who passed the Act while Democrats opposed no only it, but also the 15th Amendment to the Constitution. Facts like that would contradict his attempt to present Progressives and Democrats as the “better angels”.

There has been, of late, a proliferation of books that denigrate President Trump. This one tries to masquerade as more cerebral, and possibly more fair-minded, as it is supposed to be searching for the “soul” of America, but that soul seems to exist only on the left side of the political divide. I was surprised that Meacham would present so one-sided a narrative in order to promote the views of the Democrats and Progressives. He deliberatively uses selective sources to elevate them, He almost entirely ignores the faults of the left while presenting the foibles of the right and pretty much ignores the destructive behavior of those on the left as if they were anomalies not worthy of much attention.

The very fact that the universities, largely influenced by Progressive thought, limit speech that does not represent their political view or those of their students, that publishers are rushing to put out books to influence the voting population in only one direction, the left, that the entertainment media and news media are consistently presenting negative images of the President and his accomplishments, should frighten the general public. Instead, the manipulation of information, which is nothing more than bullying, seems to have caused the general population to morph into a kind of mob rule, a behavior that disregards facts and logic. The fact that these same industries that educate and inform our youth are so biased is the reason that this current President criticizes them. He is not against the press, he is against a press that is completely unfair, completely biased against him, a press that does not present any positive news about his administration’s accomplishments, but rather runs with any story that trashes him and his policies, regardless of whether or not they are even true.

It is disheartening to see what is happening in this country. We are undergoing a cataclysmic change; we are witnessing a moment of hate and anger that is coming from a group of people who scream at the moon, shout down those they disagree with, who require safe spaces to maintain their sanity, and who blame the side that is not violent or making unusual demands for their pain. They are dividing us in ways that may become dangerous because they are unable to accept their failure to elect Hillary Clinton, a woman who conducted a campaign for President which was fraught with dishonesty and manipulation in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage.

If the respected author, whom I used to enjoy reading, wanted to present an honest book, he would have exposed information on both sides with impartiality. Instead, even when he says something positive about the GOP, he manages to, in the next sentence, subtly cast aspersions upon them. I found it a bit disingenuous that Meacham concentrated on using the word “fear” often, which is the title of a negative book on the President that was just published by Bob Woodward, and which the reader, therefore, can’t help but think of, and at the same time, he also uses the word ‘hope”, which everyone knows is associated with former President Obama’s campaign for President. Although he seems to be searching for our better angels, he seems to be looking for them only on one side of the political spectrum, the “left”. Although it may not be an obvious effort to smear the GOP and the President, the insinuation is loud and clear that they are not taking the country in a direction he wants it to go, nor are those who support Trump, “the better angels” he is seeking. It is his belief that they are taking the country in the wrong direction, and furthermore, they are wrongheaded, as well.

In another book I am reading, which is not quite as partisan, “The Splintering of the American Mind” by William Eggington, a belief of T. S. Eliot’s, regarding the way we currently assess literature is quoted. The quote could just as easily be applied to the way we teach and make decisions today.

According to Egginton: Eliot did not think that the “criterion in selecting authors was gender or the color of their skin”. He believed what should be considered was what made a great work great. He believed it was the ability to encourage “communities to embrace new identities”, to explore “differences with as many of his fellows as possible, in the common pursuit of true judgment.”

Unfortunately, today, conversation and opposing views are discouraged. Meacham has deliberately cherry-picked an abundance of quotes (too many, because they almost negate the idea that he wrote the book; rather, it seems like the sources did since almost every sentence requires a footnote), to support his particular point of view. I did not expect this highly respected author to present so one-sided and unfair a view of our history and our “better angels”. Almost entirely, he ignored the warts of the left and went on to explode those of the right into tumors, tumors depicted as if they were just waiting to swallow America up in hate. It is as if Meacham decided on the premise of the book and then set out to find the quotes that would prove his point. He does not present the obstruction that is coming from his “better angels” in the past and the present day. Perhaps he believes that he and his ilk are the “better angels”, but to me, he did not present an accurate version of the truth.

*I have both print and audio version

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The Ensemble, Aja Gabel, author

The book follows the lives of four close, very talented, very well trained members of a string quartet who met in music school and decided that they would be more successful if they joined together. The book follows the quartet they formed. It travels through the years as they study, perform and love each other and others. The book follows their relationships with each other and new lovers as they grow and mature. I found it really hard to get into it. I was not interested in their sex lives. They seemed like driven characters with shallow values other than ambition. I did not feel any attachment to the characters, each of whom seemed obsessed with their self-serving side, a selfish side, a jealous side. I did not find any likeable.

Jana sleeps her way to the top, even to coerce a judge into choosing she and her friends as the winners. She cheats and keeps it secret, justifies the behavior to herself. She does not want the group to break up. She does not want to become a music teacher. Both of her parents are dead. Brit is somewhat jealous of Jana. She is not as secure or driven in the same way. Jana is sometimes subtly cruel to her. Henry is the prodigy of the group. He is also rich. Daniel and Jana had financial issues. Daniel and Brit had a relationship with each other and others. Jana had a relationship with Henry and others. Henry was pretty much the only one with an intact family. Jana parents had died.

The relationships between the characters soon became stale for me. This one pined for that one, this one slept with that one, etc. They were sometimes unkind to each other, as well. They seemed to sometimes characters screw up their lives and the lives of each other without really thinking about the consequences of their behavior. They just acted out and then cried over the spilt milk.

The narrator’s voice seemed to either drone or over interpret. Often, I simply zoned out or even fell asleep during the audio. I could not finish it. I read about ¼ of the book and gave up.

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The Palace of Treason, Jason Matthews-author; Jeremy Bobb- narrator

palaceThe Palace of Treason is the second book in a series of three that the author has written about espionage, the type of espionage that could very well be taking place today, in the real world, since the United States and Russia are actively engaged in spying on each other all of the time.

Dominika Egorova has risen up the ranks in the Russian Intelligence Service. Her life and limb have often been threatened, but even as others are gravely injured and die, she seems miraculously to survive each time. She rises to fight for what she believes in for another day. Trained as a Sparrow, she uses her feminine wiles to get information from susceptible dupes.

Her handler and sometimes lover is Nate Nash who works for the American Intelligence Service known as the CIA. The agents in the service are dedicated to keeping Captain Egorova alive, for Diva is a double agent, also working for the CIA. Even as she rose to the rank of Captain, in Russia, obtaining her own division to run, and becoming a valuable asset to Putin, she continued to pass information in and out of Russia. The CIA is determined to protect her, as they protect the life of each agent they use in their efforts to keep America safe. The agent’s life is sacrosanct to them.

Dominika uncovers information that is extremely valuable to the security of the United States. Using a system that enables the safe transfer of secrets in and out of Russia, she is able to warn them of upcoming dangers. She learns that Iran, with Russia’s help, is secretly planning to develop weapons grade uranium in a facility hidden from the UN watchdogs.  Using the skills she learned in Sparrow school, she develops a relationship with Yevgeny, the man who is the right hand of her archenemy, Zugurov, her irrational and vicious boss who is bent on eliminating her from the picture since she presents a severe danger to his dreams of success. She keeps besting him at his own game, and thus, she has caught the eye of Putin. Zugurov’s right hand man, Yevgeny, whispers secrets to her during their lovemaking sessions, secrets that Zugurov keeps from her to prevent her from achieving further success in the spy game. Through Yevgeny, she learns that there is a mole in the CIA, a mole named Triton, a traitor who intends to reveal her identity along with other valuable government documents.

There is a great deal of action and intrigue as the story travels through parts of the United States, Russia and Europe. There are spies everywhere, but the Russian spies, in particular, seem to be particularly brutal, defying age old unwritten rules that were supposed to keep them from deliberately harming diplomats. They engage in extremely violent methods to root out information from the foreign agents, methods of torture that sicken those that have to witness and/or carry them out for the monsters that order them to do so.

The first book was a bit better than this one. It seemed to proceed more smoothly. Additionally, it didn’t contain as many unnecessary prurient references, even with the chapters about the training at Sparrow school. The recipes continue and they break up the tension that the story creates. The narrator does an admirable job interpreting each character and they are easily discernible throughout the novel.

 

 

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Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500 –Year History, Kirk Andersen, author and narrator

fantasylandI was so disappointed. At first, I thought it was a humorous portrayal of history; I thought the author was presenting his facts tongue in cheek. He seemed to be an equal opportunity “mocker” of everything. As he systematically tore down the fabric of our lifestyles, starting with our faith in G-d and continuing to our beliefs in all things supernatural and our desire to remain eternally young, yearning for fantasy and freedom from reality, I thought this is going to be kind of a self-deprecating presentation of humanity.  Instead, it was a book intended to “cut off Trumpism”. As Andersen took a series of somewhat random events throughout history, to prove his point, a point which kept going further and further to the left until the last eighth of the book, it became obvious that the whole point was to present bias against the right and President Trump, the Republican Party and anyone associated with it, regardless of their accomplishments, because at this time in history it was more expedient and far more profitable.

Andersen read his own book and his voice and tone were representative of his disdain and disagreement with Trump and those on the opposite side of the political spectrum than his. In his mind, the right and the GOP are all deranged, bipolar, and/or living in a fantasy world, while he and most of those who agree with him, on the left, have the one right way. This book turned into nothing more than a hit piece on the Trump Administration by a partisan who cherry picked his facts, presented only one side of the story, the side that satisfied his viewpoint, used his own interpretations and opinions, rather than presenting the complete truth, and did it while claiming that it was the other side, the “right” side, that was not entitled to their own facts. He writes, several times, the oft quoted statement about being entitled to your own opinions, but not your facts, to make it sound like he is the only one who is presenting real facts. Actually, he is presenting his opinion and leaving out facts that would support any opposing view, mocking religion and creativity that doesn’t support his views, including television shows and journalists and news outlets that represent the right, rather than his preference, the left.

He conveniently debunks the accuracy of the polygraph, and he blatantly accuses Trump of lying while ignoring completely the lies of those on the left. Hillary Clinton who falsely claimed there was a vast right wing conspiracy and to have been shot at flying over Eastern Europe, Elizabeth Warren who claimed to be a Native American Indian, Richard Blumenthal who claimed to be a Vietnam War veteran, Bill Clinton who claimed not to have had sex with Monica Lewinsky, and other hypocrites who lied on the left were ignored or glossed over as unimportant. There have been dangerous calls for a revolution and resistance by the left that were disregarded. Maxine Waters has called for physical attacks and verbal attacks on the right and nothing was said about her insanity. Bernie Sanders called for a revolution. Nancy Pelosi has called for resistance. Madonna has wanted to blow up the White House, etc., but these were unimportant facts to Andersen in his effort to trash the views of the right.

To me, whatever sins they have accused Trump of have paled in light of the behavior on the left. The pot calls the kettle black, and it gets away with it. The media, the world of entertainment and the system of education in America, are complicit and they have been hijacked by the left in the image of Saul Alinsky that has led them to their goal. The money of socialist George Soros has funded them. They have the bully pulpit and it is hard to defeat them or even discuss their atrocious behavior because that behavior will not be covered by those on the left. They spread their lies or half-truths and do not get called out for it. The public only knows the truth that they present, the truth the left wants them to hear, but to question it is to offer yourself up to their mockery. The successes on the right are ignored or mocked or twisted in favor of concentrating on the talking points of the Progressives which only trash the President for some stupid language of his youth and, weirdly, his success in business. Anyone associated with Trump seems to be on a hit list and is destroyed. I wonder how these people sleep at night.

The author calls the President a fraud and a racist in the manner of the left-leaning talking heads who use identity politics to further their Progressive agenda, stoking the hate and the fear. He blames Breitbart, Roger Ailes and Fox News for supporting Trump and those on the right, but he writes little or nothing about the constant condemnation and skewed stories coming out of CNN, MSNBC and other cable news outlets, as well as the New York Times. He ignores the corruption that took place during the Obama administration as in the IRS investigations. He ignores the bias of social media which ran with every hint of negative news on Trump implying, without proof, anything they could to damage him while blocking their positive posts on their sites. He ignores the bias on college campuses. He brings up the fantasies that people create, like the psychiatrist who treated Sybil and the case of sexual abuse against the children in the day care center run by the Martin family to prove that the people on the right have been trained to live in a world of unreality. Even though the stories about the Martins and Sybil were proven to be false, the press and the government raged on, engaging in character assassination and they still engage in that despicable behavior today. He talks about the desire to remain young being so strong that the use of cosmetic surgery is commonplace, breast implants, botox, and any means available is being used to maintain the fantasy of eternal youth. Adults do not want to grow up or accept responsibility for their actions.

He mocks those who believe in G-d. Faith and religion are definitely not on his menu. They are the biggest fairy tale of all. He believes that things like Disneyland and The “X” Files have been instrumental in causing Americans to disregard reality and cling to childhood. He dislikes homeopathic medications and natural medicine. He mocks Mormons, Baptists, most everyone who believes in a higher power than themselves. He complains that Trump exploits us and is destroying America, while Obama and Clinton represented hope and the future. He mocks the wiretapping theory that Trump presented, although it now appears to possibly have been true as facts about the investigation into Trump and those on the right seem almost like a silent coup with government employees secretly engaging in behavior to thwart him and delegitimize his Presidency. The author cites Politifact as a source. It is a left-leaning fact checker, as most of the fact checking sites are.  He mocks the Enquirer, Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. He says nothing about Keith Ellison, Rachel Maddow or Joe Scarborough or Mika Brezinski or Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg’s foul-mouthed comments. He speaks in such deleterious ways about the President of the United States that is surprising to me that he is not being investigated for undermining the government.

It takes a long time to read this supposed expose because it proclaims to cover 500 years of history, however he has chosen the historic moments that side with his views. He traces religion, the birth of science fiction, the use of magical realism, Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye, Pat Robertson and even brings up Hitler, among so many other ideas to prove HIS point. He criticizes religious leaders for their beliefs that are based on legend, not facts.

At the end, in his remarks, he explains who he really is and what he really believes. He believes that Trump’s election signals doom. This narrative may succeed and really bring doom to the country because the left with Antifa, which he doesn’t mention, with Black Lives Matter, which he doesn’t mention, with Occupy Wall Street which he doesn’t mention, and other groups that are calling for resistance and committing acts of violence against this government and its supporters are being ignored. The degradation of American culture is being aided and abetted by the  author and those that support him. We will be doomed if they take over because he and his ilk do not believe in conversation that doesn’t support their own views, not do they believe in compromise. As Andersen worries, so do I, but for the opposite reasons.

 

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