Book Review: We’re Right, They’re Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives by James Carville

We’re Right, They’re Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives

I hate pictures of authors on the front cover.

I hate pictures of authors on the front cover.

This book was published in 1996. That’s 17 years ago for those of you who may be bad at basic math skills. Why is this important? Because in those 17 years, not a damn thing has changed. Ok, so we’re moved beyond Limp Bizkit and The Offspring (well, must of us have) but when it comes to the difference between right and left wingers, Democrats and Republicans, talking points about how big and bad Federal Government is? The change amounts to zero. Zip. Nada.

Even the names are the same of our dear conservative friends. In the first five pages, Carville names his “Top 5 Ridiculous and Pathetic Republicans.”

Who are they?
1. Fred Heineman
2. Newt Gingrich
3. Rick Santorum
4. Lamar Alexander
5. Michael Huffington

Any of these sound familiar? They should. Newt and ol’ Sweatervest Santorum ran for president.

In 2012. This list was from 1996. Grand ol’ party, indeed!

 

In all seriousness, we’re not far from many of the things highlighted in this book. Some of the major progress made during the Clinton administration was quickly undone under GWB, the same way so many of the good things Obama has done are trying to be destroyed by the same Republican Party. I mean…37 votes in the House (to date) to repeal the Affordable Care Act? This is the crap we’re dealing with. These people are perfectly fine giving a giant middle finger to anyone who is not white, rich, male or any combination thereof.

Good read overall. Lots of good info, most of which is still relevant today. That’s just sad.

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