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Sean ist in erster Linie ein Moderator. So ist auch dieses Buch zu sehen. Es ist unterhaltsam zu lesen, ohne wirklich in die Tiefe zu gehen. Konservative werden das Buch lieben, Liberale werden es sowieso nicht kaufen. Das Buch schneidet viele Themen an, ohne ein Thema auch wirklich ganz zu beleuchten. Es bleibt an der Oberflaeche haengen und hat einen leichten "Propaganda"beigeschmack. Es fehlt die intelektuelle Schaerfe und der bissige Humur einer Ann Coulter. Alles in allem eine gute Sommerlektuere.
Sean writes like he talks and produces an engaging book. This particular book, although post the 2010 beating liberals incurred, is still useful to the fence sitter (independent, luke-warm American). It is an easy read and hits on serious issues with our current President. No President is ever perfect, but President Obama and the people who he selects for his administration, are dangerous to freedom. Do not be scared off by the title of Conservative. This is a book for Patriots. This is a book for someone (union members, students, minorities, "takers") who are constantly under the influence of the liberal agenda and the trash they talk. Sean makes it clear, "Conservative" is not a dirty word. Conservatives do not want to starve poor people or pay low-level workers anything but a just wage. There are many interesting points in the book and it may be a great primer for those indoctrinated in government schools and now out of the mainstream of political dialogue.
I listen to Sean Hannity nearly day on my way home from work and was excited about this book. I did not find it quite as entertaining as I thought I would. It was okay but could have been better...not sure what was missing but something definitely was.
I think the Mr. Hannity is an excellent writer and underrstands the consevative point of view. It is a sad day in our Country with our current polictical atmosphere. Our Country is in the most debt ever and it is growing with additional debt of 1 trillion dollars a year. The President has had at least that amount or more each year he has been in office. The other sad point is that he was re-elected. Not because he has been doing a great job but because the moderate Republicans allowed it by staying home at the rate of over 3 million voters. Mr. Hannity sees these issues and discuss them very well.
"Conservative Victory" does not break a lot of new ground. In fact, it is much more a compendium of current conservative thought than it is a book of new perspectives. At first I though that was a negative. Upon careful consideration, however, I find that this book accomplishes exactly what it needs to. It's a reference, a guidebook, a discussion of where we are today - and a reflection on what successful, governing conservatism looks like.
This is not as substantial an exposition on the peril we are currently in as is "Liberty and Tyranny" by Mark Levin. Part of me wishes that it were. But, I had to remind myself - that is not what this book set out to be, nor what it is. Long time listeners of Hannity will not find much new ground here. That's okay. The book, instead, gives you a concise and ordered progression of the arguments that Sean brings to the airwaves each and every day. Mainstream conservatism has lost its way a bit in the last few years. This book is a beacon for both wonderers and wanderers. Sean has a great quote from Dick Armey in the book that crystallized this for me:
"I've always wondered why Republicans insist on acting like Democrats in hopes of retaining political power, while Democrats act like us in order to win."
The book is broken down in to three parts. The first is a succinct, yet thorough exploration of Obama's past associations and current appointees, and what those portend for his administration. Again, for longtime listeners, this won't be new ground. What you do get is the benefit (or misfortune) of over a year's worth of decisions, appointments, and actions by Obama, to use a lens with which to view Sean's predictions. He could have very easily stolen the title of another conservative icon's books and called this missive - "See, I Told You So".
In the second part of the book, Sean discusses the great successes of conservatism over the last 30+ years, as well as his own political foundation. He is a Reagan conservative, and laces this books with quote and insights from Reagan that are as relevant to today's political discourse as they were when he said them 30 or more years ago. He details the impact that the Contract on America has had on the discourse in Washington, and how the Republicans ultimately lost their way - leading to Democratic majorities we have today.
The last section of the book deals with Sean's roadmap to victory. For me, it was a little light as far as being a roadmap. Instead, what it offered was great insight into the core values that conservatives share, and should unabashedly proclaim in the public square. Using those core values as a starting point, it will be up to our candidates to develop an actual game plan. Perhaps the most important thing Sean does in this book is to present a forceful argument against starting a third party. He deftly lays to rest the allure of that road by revisiting the one major accomplishment of the last serious push to create a third party in America - Ross Perot. That accomplishment? Electing Bill Clinton with 43% of the vote.
"Conservative Victory" was a good read. It was quick, well researched, well edited, and well thought out. As I said earlier, it serves a need we have right now in the conservative movement. It's a study guide and reference to be used in keeping ourselves honest and on the right path. A gut check about what it means to be a conservative. As Sean says in the book:
"The true key to conservative victory is to stay true to conservative principles; to convey the message clearly and powerfully; and to refuse to let liberals distort what we stand for and what is in our hearts."
The real test will be - will those that run for, and hopefully attain high office in November, adhere to these principles and give the people the voice in Washington that they so desperately need? Only time will tell.