This upcoming week there are three books to be released that are well worth your attention, from the likes of Obama scourge Dinesh D'Souza, soon-to-be Obama scourge Andrew C. McCarthy and general big government scourge Jim Geraghty.
1. America: Imagine a World without Her by Dinesh D'Souza
Dinesh D'Souza, tireless thorn in the side of the Obama administration, and now casualty of the increasingly weaponized Obama political apparatus (or mere a violator of the campaign finance laws, depending on your perspective), has penned a book that follows up on his popular film, "2016 Obama's America", titled "America: Imagine a World without Her." In his book, which will form the basis of an upcoming movie by the same name, D'Souza takes the progressive worldview at face value and turns it on its head, asking if under critical examination America truly is an oppressive, colonizing, unjust, unfair, exploitative country founded in "theft, plunder and oppression," that must be remade under the overarching worldview of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and their fellow travelers. In so doing, D'Souza seeks to prove to American progressives and non-progressives alike:
- Why it is a pernicious myth that English colonists "stole" America from the Indians or that American settlers and soldiers "stole" the southwest from Mexico
- Why the descendants of slaves--and the successive waves of immigrants to the United States--are better off here than in their old countries
- How America, more than any other country, is based on rewarding the enterprise and hard work of the common man
- How traditional American virtues sustain prosperity and freedom, and progressive arguments about "liberation" and "justice" undercut them
- How progressive demagoguery about "inequality" expands the power of government and its grasp on the taxpayer's wallet
- Why we should fear the progressive agenda of "reform," which is in fact an agenda of totalitarian control of the state over the individual
- Why national decline is a choice--a choice that it is still not too late to reverse
Andrew McCarthy's new book had already caused a stir multiple weeks before its release, with the Democratic National Committee sending out fundraising literature around "Faithless Execution" and the threat of the GOP to impeach. For those who actually read McCarthy's new work, he IS NOT arguing that impeachment proceedings should be brought against President Obama in the House of Representatives tomorrow. Rather, in his erudite, prosecutorial fashion (McCarthy was former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, responsible most famously for the conviction of the "blind sheikh," Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman), McCarthy explains the theoretical framework and historical precedent for impeachment, makes the legal case for why President Obama has committed high crimes and misdemeanors, but argues that such a case means nothing without the overwhelming political will to impeach. Indeed, as McCarthy lays bare, impeachment is primarily a "political remedy." While McCarthy provides the actual articles of impeachment that could be brought against the president, it is up to the public to be convinced of the merits of the case and demand commensurate political action, or at least use the threat of impeachment to hold the president accountable and force him to act within the constraints of the Constitution. To actually bring proceedings without the case becoming broadly accepted in McCarthy's view would be a calamitous error for the Republic.
In "The Weed Agency," Jim Geraghty implicitly shows us that truth is stranger than fiction -- by penning a fictional tale that could just as easily be true. The book's description alone, which is often a poor indicator of a book's style and substance, in this case does Geraghty's work more than a modicum of justice:
"The little-known USDA Agency of Invasive Species -- founded by President and humble peanut farmer Jimmy Carter -- would like to reassure you that they rank among the most effective and cost-efficient offices within the sprawling federal bureaucracy. For decades, under Administrative Director Adam Humphrey and his "strategic disengagement" approach, the Agency has epitomized vigilance against the clear and present danger of noxious weeds. Humphrey’s record of triumphant inertia faces only two obstacles. The first is reality; the second is the loud critic who dares to question the magic behind the Agency's success: Nicholas Bader. Formerly known as President Reagan’s "bloody right hand," Bader is on an obsessive quest to trim the fat from the federal budget.
Full of oddball characters who shed light on the daily operations of Beltway minions, THE WEED AGENCY showcases a world in which federal budgets balloon every year, where a career can be built upon the skill of rationalizing astronomical expenses, and where the word 'accountability' sends roars of laughter through DC office buildings. That’s life inside the federal Agency of Invasive Species… and it may sound suspiciously similar to your reality."
Jazz Shaw over at Hot Air describes the book as:
"an engaging and enlightening romp through the halls of the nation’s capitol which will deliver a fun read for everyone from policy wonks to those who have little to no interest in government affairs...
Geraghty’s writing is full of more quotable moments than could be put in one review, but there is a particular one I’ll share just to convey the flavor of the work. The cynical head of the agency [fictional U.S. Agency of Invasive Species], speaking to his protege in a moment of brutal honesty, describes the level of effort required to work in such a government body.
'You notice no one ever says, 'close enough for private sector work.'"