Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: I AM A CONSERVATIVE by Kurt Schlichter




Kurt Schlichter's book, I Am a Conservative: Uncensored, Undiluted and Absolutely Un-PC, hit the virtual bookshelves last Wednesday. Since then, it has floated around the top 5 in the "Political Humor" section, seeming to bounce between #1 and #2 depending upon how long Kurt has been active on Twitter at any particular moment.

Those who follow Kurt Schlichter on Twitter have come to either adore or despise his quick-witted and sharp tweets, depending upon your political viewpoints. Those who have not met the man may find his tweets a bit brazen and callous at the time. However, after spending just five minutes with him in a pub, you will find that his comments are meant as somewhat tongue-in-cheek commentaries on current events. Don't misunderstand that to intend that he does not mean what he tweets. He does. However, the hyperbole in his voice draws out the humor behind his commentaries. He deftly applies the Alinsky Tactic of humor with a definite conservative ideology twisting it.

Those unfamiliar with Mr. Schlichter may be surprised at his resume. Kurt is a Colonel ("full-bird" O-6) in the California Army National Guard. He is a Gulf War (Desert Storm) veteran with multiple deployments overseas on combat, contingency, and humanitarian support missions. He is also a lawyer practicing in California. Kurt's seeming workaholic nature also includes the job of "Journalist", writing for Big Hollywood (Breitbart.com) and other news outlets. 

The book is mostly a collection of his greatest hits from Twitter. Those right-of-center in political ideology will find the book hilarious while ringing of some truths many wish they had said. Those left-of center may even find a little humor poking fun at themselves. The issues Kurt addresses are real concerns in today's America. Behind the humor is a clear conservative message about individual rights, personal responsibility, and demanding accountability from those who asked us to hire/elect them as leaders. In that, his signature Twitter hashtag, "#caring", emotes a double purpose. While it seems to mean "I couldn't care less", it is obvious he cares deeply for this country, its citizens, and the future of our great republic. 

Excerpts:

I am a Conservative:  End all government "job training" programs. All of them. Now. They do more harm than good.

I am a Conservative:  Hey liberals — A "hero" isn't some pinko who organizes a letter writing campaign to promote windmills.

I am a Conservative:  Inspired by your bumpersticker, I say feel free to have your lips "COEXIST" with my ass.

I am a Conservative:  I do not think we should legislate morality — or legislate away the consequences of bad choices.

Excuses are the building blocks of failure.

Have you noticed that no one is ever “sensitive” to the needs of the people who actually produce something besides social pathologies?

I highly recommend this book for anybody willing to take a less serious glance at some of today's most pressing political and social issues. I also recommend  it because I am a Capitalist. Kurt is paying me in beer and lattes to recommend his book. So buy it at the Amazon Kindle Store. There are no excuses. You don't have a Kindle ? On what device are you reading this review? Amazon.com most likely has a free application for reading an e-book available  for your gizmo. 


So, Kurt, now can I get that e-signature on my copy of your e-book? #bored #caring #waitingformylatte #notipforbarista