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The grandson of Irish immigrants, he dropped out of college to pursue a career in radio broadcasting, where his verbal skills found the perfect venue. As a radio host for over 20 years, Hannity is at the top of the conservative media heap. “The Sean Hannity Show” has over 13 million daily listeners, and the host is also a television personality and author.
Which brings us to the subject of this review: “Conservative Victory,” published by Harper Collins. Hannity’s previous books shot to the top of the New York Times’ bestseller list, and no doubt this offering will find itself there as well.
As an observer of the whole book scene, from manuscript and project development, to the marketing side, I see one thing immediately likeable about “Conservative Victory”: it is an inexpensive paperback. Hannity knows he doesn’t need the money, and the packaging of this book, while attractive (if a bit pedestrian, with the author’s smiling mug placed against an American flag), is really meant to reach a wide audience. After all, with many Americans facing severe economic trauma, $10 or more makes a difference when making book choices. Kudos to Hannity and his publisher for foregoing the devilish practice of “going hardcover” in order to get significantly more money from the book buyer.
The “guts” are equally impressive, because if anything, it’s obvious that Hannity actually believes what he says on the air, and it’s important to him to disseminate ideas he feels are important for the country, especially as socialism, like the sea billows roll, is beginning to cascade down over our once-Mayberry America.
Interestingly, Hannity’s coast-to-coast book tour for this project takes him not only to the usual venues – big-box retailers, but it kicks off at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, in Simi Valley, Calif., and also makes time for a tea party rally in Cincinnati.
It’s clear that Hannity (like, may I say, his competition Michael Savage) sees Barack Obama as dangerous for the country. Hannity understands, as he articulates early on in “Conservative Victory,” that America is split down the middle because of differences in worldview. This is a key point in understanding just why there is such polarization in our country. The left believes certain things because of a conviction that man is basically good, while conservatives know better!
Hannity points out that Obama has felt the country he now leads has a long history of “imperialism,” “unilateralism” and “arrogance” when moving in international circles. Obama, as clueless about real Americans as Truman Capote was about the identity of the Green Bay Packers, seems not to have noticed that real Americans have always resisted involvement in international disputes unless it can’t be avoided, and we actually detest imperialism. Obama is probably unaware that the U.S. has moved heaven and earth to fortify Haiti, while the Chinese donated a whopping million dollars for relief efforts.
Hannity points out that Obama, like the hapless-but-dangerous Jimmy Carter, has “a set of false assumptions about the human condition” and it is here that Hannity’s analysis is so good, for it is founded on good old American common sense. A fellow like Hannity can size-up a dandy like Obama and see that the latter’s Marxist ideals are clearly disastrous.
Hannity points out, for example, that more than three years ago, he began to probe Obama’s associations. This happened because the media made much ado about Mitt Romney’s Mormon background, but precious little was reported about Obama and his membership in the radical Trinity United Church of Christ congregation in Chicago. Among other things, the church is steeped in Liberation Theology teaching, which demonizes any perceived “oppressor,” regardless whether the characterization is accurate or not.
The writing style of “Conservative Victory” is a bonus, since there have been books written about Obama and his radical nature – and most of these books are quite good (though nothing is up to the level of Aaron Klein’s watershed “The Manchurian President”). But other titles, while informative, are a real time-commitment, especially for most Americans who are working their kiesters off the pay the tax-soaking Obama. “Conservative Victory” is not a long read, but it’s highly informative, a terrific combination.
Hannity can also rightly take credit for hammering on Obama’s association with the radical William Ayers during the presidential campaign. Sadly, many who should have listened now realize Hannity was right. And in this new book, Hannity probes deeper, shining a light on the deeply disturbing worldviews of the people who have circled around Barack Obama. This includes Ayers’ ideological kindred spirit Bernadine Dohrn, who enthused (about the infamous Manson Murders), “Dig it! Manson killed those pigs.”
When one realizes that Obama (and the various minions infesting the White House) thinks people like this are okay, it’s not hard to understand his hardcore defense of partial-birth abortion. In other words, there is a Darwinian feel to all this: The weak are expendable.
Hannity also does a tremendous job pointing out that Obama’s tendency toward appeasement is horrifically dangerous for America. The candidate’s disingenuous campaign pledge to go Rambo on terrorist enemies like Osama bin Laden have turned into the predictable bowl of Jell-o.
The recent passage of the health-care bill also came the same week that a South Korean ship was mysteriously sunk. Bitter communist enemies like China and North Korea know that the appeaser Obama will do nothing to reign in saber rattling. America suffers from the show of weakness.
The author of “Conservative Victory” does another smart thing, in a book full of smart things: He contrasts Obama and his Marxist-Leninist friends with their greatest modern enemy … Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Hannity is an unabashed Reagan fan, and in Chapter Five (“Why I’m a Reagan Conservative”) he gives a primer for those too young to remember the backbone of the Gipper, who stared-down the diabolical Soviet Union.
Hannity recalls Reagan’s 1983 speech to the National Association of Evangelicals. Columnist Tom Wicker decried Reagan’s stance on the USSR, and fortunately, history sided with Reagan. These kinds of vignettes are inspiring and show us that America is not a goner, after all. The will of the people, so aptly personified in Reagan, can triumph again.
Although one could quibble and say that Hannity puts a bit too much stock in the ability of the Republican Party to bring about really good change, long-term, no one who believes as he does can take issue with his common-sense approach and invaluable historical primer on what has made America great.
This bare-knuckled Irish pundit is the kind of cultural brawler our country desperately needs. His first book in six years lands a real punch.