Peter Schweizer is the author of Victory, the story of how the Cold War was won, Reagan’s War, which describes President Reagan’s decades-long, and ultimately successful, battle against Communism, and several other books. His recent work, Do As I Say, is a departure. Schweizer profiles eleven leading liberals, and poses the question: how does the way they comport themselves in their business and personal lives comport with their stated liberal principles? The results are stunning.
Schweizer emphasizes that his purpose goes beyond the “gotcha” value of nailing liberal hypocrisy:
[D]espite the fact that they often speak of them with genuine conviction, these do-as-I-say liberals don’t actually trust their ideas enough to apply them at home. Instead, when it comes to the things that matter most in their personal lives, they tend to behave–ironically–more like conservatives than liberals. Which can only make one wonder: If their liberal prescriptions don’t really work for them as individuals, how can they work for the rest of us?
It’s a good point. And yet…when you read Do As I Say, what mostly comes through it the sheer, jaw-dropping hypocrisy of the left. I would have said that my opinion of most leading liberals couldn’t get much lower. But that was before I knew that Noam Chomsky has gotten rich on Pentagon contracts; that Nancy Pelosi, recipient of the Cesar Chavez Award for her work on behalf of unions, owns a non-union vineyard and several non-union hotels; that Ralph Nader is not only a union-buster, but a frenetic stock trader who benefits from his own selective attacks on corporate America; and Ted Kennedy squashed an environmentally friendly wind-energy project, not because he would be able to see it from his home, but because it might affect his view when sailing his yacht.
We’re going to interview Peter on our radio show tomorrow at 12:00 central time, 1:00 eastern. You can listen on the internet by linking on the Northern Alliance logo on our sidebar, or by going to 1280 AM the Patriot. It should be fun!
In the meantime, you can order Do As I Say from Amazon by clicking on the graphic below: