Thomas Sowell is unarguably one of the foremost conservative voices for political and economic issues of our time, particularly when it comes to one theme: the left’s systematic and widespread dismantling of the principles upon which this nation was founded. Hence Dismantling America.
A compilation of his syndicated columns, Dismantling America is a fairly quick read, insightful but not too intellectually heavy. For pieces that ran individually, the columns come together remarkably well under the same theme. Sowell challenges liberal interpretations of the Constitution, the Obama administration’s policies, and the “facts” we’ve come to accept as the truth. This is definitely a must-read and a great book to have on your shelf for when you need an eloquent turn of phrase to back up your arguments.
Some favorite quotes/sections:
Much is being made of the fact that Sonia Sotomayor had to struggle to rise in the world. But stop and think. If you were going to have open heart surgery, would you want to be operated on by a surgeon who was chosen because he had to struggle to get where he is or by the best surgeon you could find – even if he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and had every advantage that money and social position could offer?
“‘Empathy’ vs. Law”
Innumerable sources have quoted a statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce – another conclusion based on creative manipulation of words, rather than on hard facts. The fact that there may be half as many divorces in a given year as there are marriages in that year does not mean that half of all marriages end in divorce.
“Married to an Ideology”
Nothing so epitomizes President Obama’s own contempt for American values and traditions like trying to ram two bills through Congress in his first year – each bill more than a thousand pages long – too fast for either of them to be read, much less discussed. That he succeeded only the first time says that some people are starting to wake up. Whether enough people will wake up in time to keep America from being dismantled, piece by piece, is another question – and the biggest question for this generation.