Book Review: Liberalism is a Mental Disorder
By Scott Editor | More Book Reviews
May 14, 2005

It's hard to miss Michael Savage's third installment of his political trilogy, Liberalism is a Mental Disorder: Savage Solutions, which again calls on the "sheeple" to defend our nation's borders, language and culture. With a sky-bright blue cover and an enlarged font beaming the title of this 221 page book, Savage's tome beckons anyone brave enough to take it off the shelf.

His position on the major threats to America, which were emphasized in great detail in his last book, The Enemy Within, hasn't softened one bit as the usual suspects again take a Savage beating.

On Homeland security: "We need more Patton and less patent leather...Real homeland security begins when we arrest, interrogate, jail, or deport known operatives within our own border...One dirty bomb can ruin your whole day."

On the ACLU, National Lawyers Guild, and MoveOn.org: "I believe it's time for the heads of left-wing agitation groups who are using the courts to impose their will on the sheeple to be prosecuted under the federal RICO statutes."

On illegal immigration: "I envision an Oil for Illegals program...The president should demand one barrel of oil from Mexico for every illegal alien that sneaks into our country."

Every other page has a quote bubble containing the most controversial line of that page, such as "Arafat never wanted peace. He wanted a piece of flesh. The flesh of dead Jews." And "This book has been designed to pour a caustic solution on the edifices of liberalism." And "While the throat-cutters in dirty nightshirts behead Americans, the clipped hair czarinas of lower learning at a California middle school required students to pretend they were Muslims." And my favorite, "The kids today can dance all night with a pacifier in their mouth stoned out on ecstasy and never worry about whether or not they'll be drafted in the morning." All, I guess, so you can read those lines twice in one sitting. It's important to Dr. Savage you let this sink in and it justifies this obscure format.

I agree more with Dr. Savage this time around than I did with the content of his last book, The Enemy Within, such as his renewed emphasis on the absurdity of the ACLU and the Bush administration's wrongdoings in the war in Iraq, but Savage has become almost completely careless with some of the facts.

In Chapter 5 the defender of American culture writes "A mere 11 percent claimed Bill [Clinton] was a 'good' president." After cocking my head sideways I paused for a moment to consider what I had just read. If I remember correctly Clinton was well revered and ranked high on those lists of favorite presidents released every so often by reputable pollsters. Endnote 31 follows the quote so I flipped to the index thinking to myself: this has to be a Newsmax.com poll - please don't let this endnote refer me to Newsmax. Sure enough, the poll results come from Newsmax. In fact a good handful of the sources found in the endnotes stem from either Newsmax or WorldNetDaily.com.

If you've ever been to Newsmax then you can imagine how high 11 percent actually is. Eleven percent of Newsmax readers supporting Clinton amounts to 11 percent of employees at an abortion clinic supporting bans on abortion. And WorldNetDaily.com is hardly any more independent despite their claims of being a fair journalistic source. When Savage ends Chapter 5 with the warning, "When you catch the media rewriting history or manipulating news, simply posting an opinion on a popular blog site can stop the liars in their tracks." Ironically I am doing just that but the guilty party is Savage himself. I can let a lot of lose facts go but you can't take anything seriously that says Clinton had only an 11 percent approval rating, like the guy or not.

Continuing with shaky information let's move on to Chapters 2 and 3 which open with alarming anecdotes. One about how a European citizen was beheaded by members of the new Islamic Purity Squad, right there in center of Europe with his wife and a cheering crowd watching. The other about an Arizona farm man who was shot and killed by illegal aliens as they were crossing the Mexican border. But because the Arizona man, Jake, attempted to defend himself with a Colt 45, a lawyer for the ACLU filed a multimillion dollar suit against the late farmer's wife for her husband's attempted murder and distress of the illegal Mexicans.

Of course, both of these eye-opening stories are works of fiction. The point was to alarm you of what could happen if we allow Islamic terrorists to infiltrate Europe and illegal aliens to continue crossing the boarder unchallenged. It would have been more effective had Savage come up with true stories; anyone can fabricate a tale resulting from your baseless predictions, but if you can't apply a real application then there's no point in taking you seriously. It is true illegal aliens have committed an alarming number of violent crimes while in the country including murder, so why couldn't Savage have brought up a true case?

Maybe because the ACLU has actually never represented illegal Mexicans who killed civilians while crossing the border. We should be fair. After all there is plenty on which to go after the ACLU for, and Savage provides ample material justifying his contempt for an organization that "files upwards of 6,000 lawsuits annually." And yes, I checked the endnote, the statistic was found on the ACLU's website.

His attacks on other liberal pet issues are very timely considering the recent news about a Nebraska judge who overturned a constitutional amendment passed by the people by a margin of seventy percent defining marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. Provided in the book is an accurate chart of how the states overwhelmingly approved the "Defense of Marriage Act" opposed by the ACLU and usual liberals.

A true test of one's tolerance level of Savage is his chapter on the liberals' attempt to label Islam a religion of peace. While he's careful not to attack all Muslims, as he admits most of them are peaceful people -- he charges that their holy book, the Koran, advocates violence and is anything but an advocate for peace. To be honest, it's hard to disagree with him after reading some of the passages, some of which are provided in Savage's book.

Like his previous works, Liberalism is a Mental Disorder: Savage Solutions isn't going to win the hearts and minds of the Left, though his Afterword -- which was written strictly for liberals to read -- does offer a reasonable challenge to what Savage believes are liberal hypocrisies and an invitation for them to "break free of the ball and chain of liberalism."

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