That's Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America's Right Wing
This was an excellent book to read right after I read the Tea Party Patriots book. This book showed the Tea Party and the far rights play book clear as day and I was a bit embarrassed for how much weight I had given parts of the TPP book because of some of the tactics I fell for. And while this book does choose to focus mostly on the right, it is more then willing to take shots from time to time at the left too.
The book has 3 major ideas that play throughout:
1. The idea that people of today can ...more
AS the author acknowledges, cherry-pickin ...more
"That’s Not What They Meant!" is a very solid book that makes light of the extreme positions held by a faction of conservatives. It's a book that exposes those who distort America's Founding history in order to support a very narrow political agenda. Academician and author Michael Austin a self-proclaimed moderate takes the reader on a historical journey that focuses on debunking the myth that ...more
The author indulges in some hippie-punching, presumably in an attempt to come off as balanced, but this is a foolish choice since no amount of hippie-punching will, to those who most need to hear him, make acceptable his thesis--namely, that the Founders were not men of un ...more
This is a must-read for anyone who wants to try to understand what the real intentions of the F ...more
Did not finish, but would pick it up again.
Michael Austin has done a superb job of exploding the false notions that right-wing pundits such as Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and Mark Levin concoct to make it seem like all of America's founding fathers supported their narrow, far-right view of how our democracy should work when nothing could be further from the case. In doing so, he explores the dangers of "quote mining" that such pundits so love to employ. By grabbing just the right...more
The author again and again makes the point that should be shouted from the rooftops and maybe even taught in schools (wouldn't that be a shock): the Founders were a bunch of individuals who disagreed with each other a l ...more