On any day on the internet you can find many top-ranked writers in serious dispute with each other. Sometimes it´s left versus right, but often it´s people on the same side in furious disputation over what in the course of things are rather small points. I never write about these. I believe my readers are smart people with full and rich lives, heavily involved in their occupations, families, and community life. Instead, I see the best use of my efforts is to seek out important but undercovered stories or stories where the reporting, the partisan
Very disappointed that Ms. Feldman admits to having not read Ms. West´s book. It would have been better for her to have read it and reached her own conclusions. The reason this book resonates with people is because they are desperately trying to understand where this country starting going off the rails. We know the communist party had a plan to destroy us from within and it all seems to have fallen into place. Conspiracy theory or not, it is the only thing that makes any sense and clearly explains why we are where we are today. Bing The Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen and prove me wrong. I must be a conspiracy nut because I bought American Betrayal by Diane West and would highly recommend it.
How unsettling, this hurricane-level frenzy to either diss Diana West or to support her. I don´t have the time to check out all of her references or those of the people accusing her of poor scholarship. But the arguments against her sound (to me) a bit petty.
I was hoping our Dear Clarice would settle it for me but if you are following this trail, cover your mouth and nose because the dust is reaching the suffocation point. Ramona (the Pest)
Why have so many conservatives chosen to write so many dull missives this week? Isn´t one attack on Diane West enough? I can´t believe I´ve wasted so much time reading about this. I never knew there were so many historical elites in this country. Warning, no room for amateurs, keep your thoughts to yourselves. This article was no winner coming from one of my favorite blog writers. I absolutely didn´t see the point of her piling on in her condemnation of West.
She hasn´t even read the book by the writer she dismisses because of what other people say? She implies that Diana West is a demagogue on the basis of second and third hand opinion? She somehow compares her to "Fifty Shades of Gray?" She insinuates that those of us who HAVE read Diana West´s book and find something worthwhile in it are poorly educated and naive?
This doesn´t make me happy. This surprises me. It puzzles me. What on earth is going on here? It´s happening at Frontpage magazine, too.
I guess we could postulate that these critics are part of an evil Left wing conspiracy sailing under a false flag. That seems, however, too much of a stretch. It is too complicated, has too many moving parts, requires too many assumptions. As William of Ockham always said, Entiae non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. Keep it simple, stupid.
The simplest explanation of Diana West´s critics is that they are snobs.
I am and will remain a big fan of Clarice but on this one I am a non-believer. I have spent 60 years trying to understand history and the only thing I am totally sure of is that historians cannot be trusted. They lie and they work toward their own interpretations. So I read a lot of historians and am hesitant about ALL of them. Since they all seem bent on their own agenda I am empowered to believe in what I want to believe.
Et tu Clarice. The tip-off to me was the frequent use of the word, amateur. In my book, not being an academic is a feature, not a bug.
Also, I´m getting suspicious and knowing the left plays the long game and has traditionally had plants in place just waiting to be called upon if needed ala Chief Justice John Roberts, I wonder if Feldman isn´t just another bench warmer who´s been called to the plate.
I went over to Clare Sparks´s blog and found myself buried alive in her self-congratulatory writing.
My own comment about West´s book was that it was somewhat overheated, as though she really needed to stir up emotions. As one smart poster mentioned she may have thought that was the only way she´d get anyone´s attention.
Read what you will and as much as you can, evaluate it carefully, try to keep your emotions out of your evaluation (an impossibility, but an excellent goal), and keep your balance.
Re #7, it wasn´t a poster who said that about West´s possibly thinking she had to stir up emotions to get readers´ attention. It was the person who wrote the best review/criticism yet on the book and Radosh´s criticism:
Reds Under The Beds: Diana West Can´t Sleep American Thinker, by Bernie Reeves
Excellent. If you haven´t read it, it´s still available in Search.
Given Clarice Feldman´s estimable ability to voraciously burn through masses of written material in the practice of her profession, it´s disappointing that she disdains even lightly perusing West´s book before launching on a dissertation on its merits.
Great posts, above. Yes, I am very disappointed in this attack on Diana West, being a HUGE lover of Clarice´s mind and written word, in that Clarice has not read the book.
RE: Reds Under the Beds, I thought Bernie Reeves agrees with Diana... from the last paragraph:"Today, worn down by leftist claptrap, we are no longer proud and confident, our belief in ourselves run down by propaganda that highlights our inadequacies. We have accepted that our society is a failure in need of progressive improvement because we cannot live up to the utopian perfection peddled by the communists."
When the Pelosi-Reid-Obama troika triumphantly celebrated cramming through the ACA (Affordable Care Act) over majority sentiment, they crowed that this was the president´s signature achievement and ACA soon took on the name of its creator, ObamaCare. Though not one of them, nor any of the Democrats in the Senate who voted it into law uni-partisanly had read it, they all assured us that we´d grow to really, really like it. Boy, were they wrong.
A new report from the Texas-based Quorum Report, published by longtime Texas journalist Harvey Kronberg, says that House Speaker John Boehner plans to push amnesty legislation through the House, after the primary filing deadline for candidates. The move would prevent Tea Party from challenging GOP lawmakers who support amnesty in 2014. Scott Braddock reported on Tuesday that “in recent weeks, various Texas business interests have told Quorum Report that Boehner has been telling them that he will start holding immigration votes not long after the filing deadline has passed.”
The historic IT disaster known as the Obamacare web site has been of intense interest to me, since I´ve been a Senior Software Engineer for decades, and I have personally participated in, witnessed, and reported on (as a technology reporter) a number of IT disasters. But even so, the size of the Obamacare web site catastrophe on October 1 still takes my breath away. When I first heard, shortly after October 1, that there was 500 million lines of code in Healthcare.gov, I quickly rejected that figure, because it´s impossible.
In politics, process matters often nearly as much as — if not more than — substance, and the procedure by which the filibuster was weakened last week by Senate Democrats is likely far more problematic than the rank hypocrisy of their doing so. It is hard to view the Democratic majority’s use of the “nuclear option” as anything other than an admission of weakness and of curbed ambition. After the increasingly problematic Obamacare debacle, it seems as though President Obama and his fellow Democrats have given up the hope of governing through a national consensus. Instead, Obama has signaled that
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On Tuesday, November 12, Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse walked into Mitch McConnell’s office to clear the air. Contrary to the rumors, Sasse wanted to say, he hadn’t secretly vowed to oppose McConnell’s leadership if elected. In fact, he hadn’t been asked to make such a pledge and would never have even considered it. That was the plan, anyway. As soon as Sasse sat down, McConnell lit into him, criticizing him for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) as well as for posting a viral YouTube video in which he demanded “every Republican in Washington, starting with Minority Leader
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De Blasio’s recent mayoral victory was a sad day for New Yorkers. Electing him was proof that the constituency in NYC is morally, philosophically, and educationally bankrupt. And if the mayor sticks to his positions that he declared as candidate De Blasio, NYC will be financially bankrupt as well. A strong argument can be made that the entire election was a public service union push. For four years now, the public service unions have waited to negotiate their contracts until Bloomberg was out of office. The time has come for the unions. De Blasio, from a position of patronage, will roll
Fresh off the disastrous rollout of Obamacare which Senate Majority Leader Reid and (now former) Speaker of the House Pelosi rammed through Congress using unconventional procedures and with zero Republican support, his extremist wing compelled him to make yet another ham-handed move which predictably will hurt his party in the long run more than it will help it. Since the issue has for the most part been poorly explained in the major media, let me explain what has happened and why I think this will prove a major miscalculation.
A great deal of attention has been focused on the political fallout that Democrats in Congress will face because of their support for ObamaCare. Beyond video of Mary Landrieu in 2009 saying just what Obama was saying about people being allowed to keep their old health plans, surely the video of Nancy Pelosi that we had to "pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it" ought to be part of any Republican´s campaign against Democrats in the congressional midterm elections.
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A major GOP donor who told Breitbart News Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made disparaging remarks about the Tea Party movement and about Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) continues to stand by his original story after claims that the reports were not accurate. This individual reported that on the Oct. 30 fundraising call American Crossroads’ Karl Rove and Steven J. Law held with McConnell, “McConnell specifically talked about Mike Lee by name, specifically talked about Ted Cruz by name, and he specifically talked about the Tea Party by name,” the donor told Breitbart News in response to a
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell believes the United States should have a socialized, single-payer healthcare system similar to those in Canada and Europe. “I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on, and I hope that will happen,” Powell reportedly said last week. “Whether it’s Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don’t care. As long as we get it done.” The Puget Sound Business Journal reported Powell´s remarks at the Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast at the University of Washington´s Cancer Research Center. Powell, the Republican who supported Barack Obama during the last two presidential
Say goodbye to the 60-watt incandescent bulb. This year manufacturers started phasing out 100w and 75w bulbs. On January 1 it will become illegal to import or manufacture traditional 60w and 40w bulbs too. Time to stock up? Not so fast. First, check out Cree’s energy-sipping new 75-watt replacement bulb. I used to be outraged over the federal government’s draconian moves to outlaw traditional lightbulbs. For 100 years we’ve lived and thrived under the warm glow of incandescent lightbulbs. Aside from the fact that 90% of the electricity used by the bulbs is radiated in the form of heat rather than