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Up and Down With Demonic [ANN COULTER's new book is a terrific read, except for...]
Canada Free Press ^ | Juune 25, 2011 | Jim O'Neill

Posted on 06/28/2011 9:00:52 AM PDT by RonDog

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Ann Coulter’s new book "Demonic" is a terrific read—with one glaring exception.

Overall, I give the book "two enthusiastic thumbs up," way up. More about the "glaring exception" in a bit.

A unifying thread that runs through Coulter’s book is the concept of Democrats as the party of the mob. She absorbed much of her knowledge on this subject from Gustave Le Bon’s 1896 classic, "The Crowd." Link...

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...The core, or heart, of Coulter’s book is (IMHO) Part II: "The Historical Context Of The Liberal," in which Coulter gives an informative, concise description of the French Revolution, and comparisons with the American Revolution—"the history you’ve never read."

For those who are unaware of the history of the French Revolution (or of the American Revolution for that matter) "Demonic" is worth purchasing, if for no other reason than to become informed about these two watershed movements—so similar, and yet so vastly dissimilar, at the same time. The one (French) a liberal revolution, and the other (American) a conservative revolution...

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...In addition, Coulter does a fine job of exposing the arrogant, puerile, self-centered pathology of the liberal mind-set in such chapters as "The Totalitarian Instinct and Sexual Perversity of Liberals." Speaking of mind-sets, it is not too far "off message" to note that I believe that the liberal mind-set tends toward insanity like a compass needle tends to swing north.

Given the blood-drenched history of the Far Left, to advance such a hypothesis is not exactly a daring gambit. Link

Be that as it may, now we come to Coulter’s "glaring exception."

I’m talking about the fact that Coulter disses the "birthers" in her book.

Et tu Ann? Say it ain’t so.


(Excerpt) Read more at canadafreepress.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: anncoulter; coulter; demonic
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1 posted on 06/28/2011 9:00:55 AM PDT by RonDog
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See also, THIS thread:
Conservative pundit Coulter wraps up book tour in Auburn
[next stop: NIXON LIBRARY, L.A. FReepers!]


2 posted on 06/28/2011 9:03:10 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog

Ann Coulter is an entertainer. Yes, she has conservatives leanings, but no one around her takes her seriously any more as a strong conservative spokesperson.


3 posted on 06/28/2011 9:03:54 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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From the OTHER thread:
June 30 [2011] – Meet Ann Coulter
[NIXON LIBRARY: live broadcast on KABC. L.A. FReepers will be there!]
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4 posted on 06/28/2011 9:04:37 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog

Same song, second verse. Ann has bills to pay.


5 posted on 06/28/2011 9:11:10 AM PDT by tumblindice (Hey liberals: Meghan McCain. She's all yours.)
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To: RonDog

I dumped Ann long ago when she was supporting Hillary for President and never looked back.


6 posted on 06/28/2011 9:11:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Canada Free Press ^ | June 25, 2011 | Jim O'Neill
Articles from the Canada Free Press must be exerpted here on FR...
...but is worth going to their website, and reading the WHOLE ARTICLE...
...which, in general, is a VERY POSITIVE review of Ann's new book:
Up and down with Demonic

7 posted on 06/28/2011 9:11:26 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog
WOW...I am really impressed with the article's author's credentials.

Born in June of 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jim O’Neill (constitutionalwrites.com) proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1974 in both UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) and SEAL Team Two. A member of MENSA, he worked as a commercial diver in the waters off Scotland, India, and the United States. In 1998 while attending the University of South Florida as a journalism student, O’Neill won “First Place” in the “Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii AEJMC Research in Journalism Ethics Award.” The annual contest was set up by Carol Burnett with the money she won from successfully suing the National Enquirer for libel. Jim can be reached at: lausdeo.jim@gmail.com

8 posted on 06/28/2011 9:23:16 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE SPOTTED IN BOGUS MOON LANDING FOOTAGE
9 posted on 06/28/2011 9:24:58 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Yes, she has conservatives leanings, but no one around her takes her seriously any more as a strong conservative spokesperson.

So the liberals got to you too, huh? You're in total agreement with the new your times, yet you call yourself a conservative?

10 posted on 06/28/2011 9:26:09 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Yes, she has conservatives leanings, but no one around her takes her seriously any more as a strong conservative spokesperson.

So the liberals got to you too, huh? You're in total agreement with the new yoRK times, yet you call yourself a conservative?

11 posted on 06/28/2011 9:26:37 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: RonDog

She also called Palin supporters demonic.

Pray for America


12 posted on 06/28/2011 9:32:01 AM PDT by bray (Would the Country Club vote for Palin or Obama?)
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To: harpu
See also, THIS thread:
Demonic and The Underrated Ann
Pajamas Media ^ | June 27, 2011 | Andrew Klavan
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 8:02:08 AM by Kaslin

It seems strange to say that Ann Coulter is underrated. Every book she writes is a bestseller — her new one, Demonic, is no exception. When she’s on tour, you can barely turn on a TV or radio without seeing her face, hearing her voice.

I was in a restaurant with her once and she was so swamped with admiring members of the public I felt like I was part of a movie star’s entourage.
(I don’t really do entourages, but if I had to be part of one, I was glad it was hers.) All the same, I don’t think she gets the respect she deserves...

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...When Ann Coulter is good — and I think Demonic is one of her best — she is doing something special and doing it at a level that makes her unique.

It’s not just the heavyweight research or the fearless disdain for received opinion. Her flexible, sardonic, rigorous and unabashedly jokey prose creates an iconic voice that humanizes her polemic and compels you to engage with her specific and original worldview.

People are wont to say off-handedly "you either love her or hate her," but they don’t seem to understand that that’s a writerly achievement of the first water.

Demonic makes an argument more complex than her other books.

Books like Slander and Treason tended to marshal legions of facts and examples in support of ideas like "the mainstream media lie," or "liberals are unpatriotic."

Demonic revives the 19th century science of "crowd psychology," and argues that left-wing politics descends from the brutal and ultimately enslaving mob madness of the French Revolution whereas conservatives have inherited the mantle of the American founders, who feared the mob above all.

The book operates like a prosecutor building a case and even at its most one-sided, is often scarily convincing.

The chapters in Part III on violence are brilliant.

Had I hair, it would’ve stood on end...

CLICK HERE for the rest of that thread

13 posted on 06/28/2011 9:48:27 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog

It is an excellent book. I highly recommend it.


14 posted on 06/28/2011 9:48:39 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Me, too!


15 posted on 06/28/2011 9:55:31 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Was she supporting Clinton over Obama or over McCain?


16 posted on 06/28/2011 10:18:26 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: bray

Do you have a source for that?


17 posted on 06/28/2011 10:22:37 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: RonDog
"I’m talking about the fact that Coulter disses the "birthers" in her book."

That's not an exception. Birthers should be dissed in a rational book.

This isn't about ideology. Birtherism is a question of facts. You don't get to make up your own facts, regardless of your ideology. Birthers are just factually wrong.

18 posted on 06/28/2011 10:27:58 AM PDT by mlo
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To: Berlin_Freeper

She only said that given a choice between Hillary and McCain she’d support Hillary. Since Obama got the nomination she never had that choice.


19 posted on 06/28/2011 10:29:34 AM PDT by mlo
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To: Responsibility2nd
IMHO Ann isn't just an entertainer.

I have a couple of her books in my personal library and will probably purchase more. I do this NOT for their entertainment value - I do it because they are extremely well researched and most importantly fully documented.

In her book “Guilty" (2008), the first chapter, 32 pages, had 61 footnotes where she referenced her primary sources. Chapter two had 138 footnotes for 38 pages of text. I have read doctoral dissertations with less footnotes per chapter!

Ann's works are not opinion based - they are fully documented historical research projects that are written in an easy to read and fully entertaining style. That's a rare combination.

20 posted on 06/28/2011 10:39:31 AM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL)
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To: RonDog
For those who are unaware of the history of the French Revolution (or of the American Revolution for that matter) "Demonic" is worth purchasing,
if for no other reason than to become informed about these two watershed movements—so similar, and yet so vastly dissimilar, at the same time.

I've read the book and I couldn't agree more.
21 posted on 06/28/2011 10:44:56 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: RonDog
Debating what respect Conservatives should or should not have for Ann Coulter is like debating the same issue with respect to Ayn Rand.

THEY ARE NOT PERFECT. DO MOT PUT THEM ON PEDESTALS. THEY DID/DO NOT RUN FOR OFFICE.

Their primary asset (for us) is their ability to inspire, and in our regard that means the ability to inspire a greater awareness of ideas, the ideas that help define our Conservatism.

For me, I wish Ann would keep herself more to the intellectual realm and her books, and be less active as a pundit on different Conservative/GOP politicians.

By the way, there is an equally good book out now.

It's "The Secret Knowledge" by David Mamet, full title: "The Secret Knowledge", subtitle "On The Dismatling of American Culture".

Who is David Mamet?

from wiki at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Mamet

"Best known as a playwright, Mamet has won a Pulitzer Prize, and Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997). Mamet's books include The Old Religion (1997), a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank; Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (2004), a Torah commentary, with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; The Wicked Son (2006), a study of Jewish self-hatred and antisemitism; and Bambi vs. Godzilla, a commentary on the movie business."

And what does he have to say in "The Secret Knowledge"?

"Hear him take on the left's sacred cows. Diversity is a "commodity." College is nothing more than "Socialist Camp." Liberalism is like roulette addiction. Toyota's Prius, he tells me, is an "anti-chick magnet" and "ugly as a dogcatcher's butt." Hollywood liberals—his former crowd—once embraced Communism "because they hadn't invented Pilates yet." Oh, and good radio isn't NPR ("National Palestinian Radio") but Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304520804576347110395478634.html

"Mamet is to the world of arts and entertainment what David Horowitz is to Leftist politics - an escapee from the intellectual gulag of the Left." © Wuli 2011

22 posted on 06/28/2011 10:57:07 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: RonDog
With regard to the French Revolution; if you want to learn more than what Ms. Coulter presents read Thomas Carlyle's "French Revolution." It is the classic version for its subject, accurate and little improved upon over the years. Carlyle's writing style presents difficulties for present day eyes but one does become used to it. Well worth the effort-in fact I just took it off the shelf and am starting to read it again.

As to Ms. Coulter, "when she is good is very, very good and when she is bad she is horrid!" Her new book sounds interesting enough to buy.

23 posted on 06/28/2011 11:07:14 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Wuli
Debating what respect Conservatives should or should not have for Ann Coulter is like debating the same issue with respect to Ayn Rand.

THEY ARE NOT PERFECT. DO MOT PUT THEM ON PEDESTALS. THEY DID/DO NOT RUN FOR OFFICE.

I mostly agree. My only caveat is with the admonition not to put conservative writers on pedestals. That is logical and I don't do that but there are only a handful of popular, well-known conservative writers around and they are to be valued, not worshiped. I won't get into the debate over Ann Coulter's conservative credentials because I find them impeccable for a non-politician. She is a great asset in promoting conservative thought in America. However, as much I like Ann Coulter I don't always find myself in complete agreement with her. The Obama birth certificate issue is one area, although I believe that is a totally lost cause that should have been hammered back in the 2008 election campaign when it would have mattered. I also part company with Ann on her near-fanatical enthusiasm for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as the 2012 Republican presidential candidate. I like Christies' fiscal policies but beyond that, he is far too liberal for my taste and I find Ann Coulter's cheerleading for Christie, somewhat odd. I assume that she is impressed with his near-belligerence on New Jersey fiscal problems and admires his courage in the face of Democrat attacks. The guy seems basically undaunted, which is what the GOP needs, but we already have it in Sarah Palin, who, unlike Chris Christie, hasn't ruled out a 2012 run for president.

24 posted on 06/28/2011 11:26:09 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Outlaw Woman

What I recall is Coulter saying “If McCain is our guy then Hillary is my girl.”

People at the time was saying she was making a point but Coulter was very firm about it.

So I dumped her. LoL!

It is a waste of time, energy and money, for her to go after Birthers.

I got no regrets.


25 posted on 06/28/2011 11:35:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Ahhh well you know out the mouth proceedth the thoughts of the heart.

To tell you the truth I’ve never cared for her style but some of what she says is spot on. But I don’t follow her and really dislike the fact that she was stating that we need to nominate ‘Christie’. I mean wth?

Anyway I was just curious. I did read something earlier that she was pretty harsh about the rabid libs attacking Palin and said she didn’t know if Palin was it for her or not.


26 posted on 06/28/2011 12:02:49 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: mlo

Yes, they were wrong just like those people who claimed Flight 800 was shot down by missiles. How dare they? The government told us what we were supposed to think about both of these incidents.


27 posted on 06/28/2011 12:41:26 PM PDT by NotTallTex
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To: Jim Scott
“I also part company with Ann on her near-fanatical enthusiasm for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as the 2012 Republican presidential candidate. I like Christies’ fiscal policies but beyond that, he is far too liberal for my taste and I find Ann Coulter’s cheerleading for Christie, somewhat odd. I assume that she is impressed with his near-belligerence on New Jersey fiscal problems and admires his courage in the face of Democrat attacks.”

I agree with you on every point you made, including your points on Christie; which is, in part, why I said what I did about Ms Coulter.

I'd prefer her focus concentrate on the great ideological activism she is brilliant at and keep herself out of the cheerleading and schisms over different political figures. If she could do that I think she would better serve herself and Conservative movements.

28 posted on 06/28/2011 2:11:18 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Outlaw Woman

I heard her say it on Medved’s show. She said that the only ones on the right that behaved like demonic mobs were Palin supporters and Ron Paul supporters.

Pray for America


29 posted on 06/28/2011 4:10:54 PM PDT by bray (Would the Country Club vote for Palin or Obama?)
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To: bray

Well isn’t that special...

I knew there was a reason she rubs me the wrong way; guess I found it.

Thanks Bray (enjoy your posts btw)


30 posted on 06/28/2011 4:14:49 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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