As we head into the final stretch before the general election, we conservatives have a lot of work to do in order to make the case for overthrowing the incumbent president. We have two crucial missions ahead of us: first, we must make the case that Obama has failed and failed miserably and be methodical in the way we outline his various failures, and second, we have to make a principled case for Constitutional conservatism as the way forward. I have a few very important books that you might want to read and then pass along to those who might be on the fence or even a reasonable Democrat (a stretch, I know).
Author: Katie Pavlich
Why It’s On the List: The media has been derelict in its responsibility in reporting on this bloody scandal and the top Obama administration officials, like Attorney General Eric Holder, who knew from day one what was going on. Katie Pavlich, news editor for Townhall.com and a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine, is one of the few American journalists who has been on this story all along. She has documentation of who knew what and when they knew it. Fast and Furious needs to be a campaign issue in the fall because it shows that Obama and Holder were doing this so they could bolster their case for gun control and subvert the 2nd Amendment. If you want to know what Fast and Furious is and all of the sordid details, you need to read this book by a rising, young conservative star.
2) Title: Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America
Author: Mark R. Levin
Why It’s On the List: Levin hits out of the park with this defense of freedom, a sorely-needed manifesto in light of the Obama administration’s attempts to subvert the Constitutional republic that has stood for 236 years. Levin explains the irresistible forces that tempt free people into accepting the premise of utopianism, the very social theory that can destroy them. He draws relevant parallels to contemporary America from Plato’s Republic, More’s Utopia, Hobbes’ Leviathan, and Marx’s Communist Manifesto, along with the works of Locke, Montesquieu, and Tocqueville. Levin explains in that way that only he can that the American republic is in danger and that we must choose between liberty and utopia.
Author: Jonah Goldberg
Why It’s On the List: From the author of Liberal Fascism (another must read), comes new prose which takes apart the left’s attempts to paint themselves as non-ideological. They pretend to be moderates, centrists, pragmatists, and create such grand delusions as “The No Labels Movement.” But, as Jonah Goldberg explains, it’s all part of a ruse to impose their left-wing agenda on us without us knowing. And by pretending not to be ideological, they then try to pass themselves off as smarter and more reasonable. Goldberg shatters this nonsense by dissecting the clichés that the left routinely rattles off in their attempt to hide who they really are. If you want a guide to see through the tired, old stereotypes of the left, get this book and arm yourself against the Trojan horse that is the leftwing agenda–especially as Obama mans this horse to get re-elected since he cannot win on his record.
Author: Dennis Prager
Why It’s On the List: Dennis Prager is one of the most concise and clear thinkers in America today. He argues that as Americans we have three options as far as the future of the nation is concerned: the American Republic, Islamism, and European-style democratic socialism. Prager outlines the moral failures of American Liberalism; he then goes on to explain why fundamentalism Islam does not make for a good and stable society. He then goes on to make the case for American values. He outlines what he refers to as the “American Trinity,” which consists of the following: liberty, values rooted in the Creator, and the melting-pot ideal. If you are sick and tired of the Left shamelessly debasing our nation, Prager arms you with the facts and explains why the American ideal, which much of the Left despises, is the only hope for the survival of the Republic.
Author: Arthur C. Brooks
Why It’s On the List: Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute makes the case for capitalism, an important case to make as America is on the precipice of becoming a European-styled social democracy. Brooks is on top of the facts, laying out the importance of entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, and upward mobility towards the American ideal. He also makes the moral case for free enterprise and limited government, which I think is important, but not often enough explained. The Road to Freedom is a moral manifesto, which I believe to be important going forward, not just because free enterprise is the most profitable economic system, but it is also the most moral one.
Author: David Limbaugh
Why It’s On the List: I contend that the main reason that President Obama must be defeated is that he hates America and everything that it stands for. David Limbaugh outlines in this must-read the assaults that the Obama administration has waged against our free-market system and the principles of federalism upon which this Republic was founded. He outlines the myriad of abuses that Obama has taken against our liberties, the ways that he has raped the Constitution, engaged in crony capitalism, and pushed the nation towards financial ruin and total collapse. If you want chapter and verse of the litany of abuses and high crimes of Obama and company against the American Republic, this book is worth reading.
Author: Steven F. Heyward
Why It’s On the List: This is a presidential election year and in this election, the Tea Party is calling for a return to Constitutional government. We are looking for leaders who understand the restraints on federal power. All throughout modern history books, we are told that presidents who shred the constitution and amass power for themselves at the expense of individual liberty are to be revered (Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama). On the other hand, presidents who take the federalist view and attempt to restraint government (Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Ronald Reagan) are to be seen with contempt. Steven Heyward, historian and Reagan biographer, reminds us that the Founders had an entirely different idea of greatness in the presidential office. He takes us through every president from Woodrow Wilson (in my mind, the first fascist) to Barack Obama (the second) and shows us where the historians get it wrong. If we are to survive as a Constitutional republic, we need a reminder of what makes a great leader and what makes a demagogic fraud. This book does that and it busts up some delusions of grandeur that many of the so-called intellectuals in the academic class have foisted on us in the last century. Mitt Romney has the chance to return us to that vision of America, where men and women are free and the government knows its place. I highly recommend that he and everyone else read this very important book.
Author: Hugh Hewitt
Why It’s On the List: It is now clear to us on the Right and many of the independent voters that Obama’s presidency is an epic fail. Constitutional attorney and professor and radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt makes the case with cold, hard facts. Hewitt lays out the case by sorting through the numerous failures of this president. He outlines the broken promises, fraudulent forecasts, dozens of dodges, and hundreds of disastrous innovations that Obama and his regime has inflicted upon these United States over the last three and a half years. Hewitt’s lawyerly indictment of President Obama is a must read, especially for those who are either on the fence or still peddling hard for his reelection.
Author: Jeffrey Bell
Why It’s On the List: In this election, we are told by the politicos that this election will be about the economy, the economy, and the economy. They keep whining that any mention of social issues will drive independent voters back to Obama. But, former policy advisor to President Reagan, Jeffrey Bell, dispels this notion that social and cultural issues are a loser for Republicans. Bell argues that social conservatism is uniquely American precisely because it’s an outgrowth of American exceptionalism. He documents the rise of social conservatism in the 1960’s during the times of major upheaval in this country. Bell argues that American social conservatism derives from a branch of the Enlightenment he refers to as the “conservative enlightenment.” I also argue that social issues drive fiscal issues. After the 2010 mid-term elections, Senator Jim DeMint said, “You can’t be a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative.” And John Adams once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Republicans need to understand that they are doomed to failure when they run away from social conservatism in the name of looking “reasonable” to the media and the Democrats. This book will explain why.