Last week, I got a note from a reader complaining that I have not submitted my annual list of summer reading recommendations. So, naturally, I dropped what I was doing -- actually, I dropped what I was smoking -- to compile the following list for my loyal readers:
The Supremacists: the Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It , by Phyllis Schlafly. This is a good book for recent high school and college graduates -- many of whom are no longer getting a solid grounding in basic civics. Many people realize that the judicial branch has become a super-legislature in this country. Nonetheless, few of those complaining have offered concrete suggestions on how to return the judicial supremacists to their proper role in American government. This book provides those much needed and long overdue suggestions.
Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy , by Bruce Bartlett. I would not support George W. Bush for a third term as U.S. president even if I had that option under our Constitution. But unlike my liberal colleagues -- who are still mourning the death of al-Zarqawi -- it has nothing to do with the War on Terror. Instead, it has everything to do with Bush’s big-government liberal spending. Bartlett understands the problem and has the guts to say something about it.
While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within , by Bruce Bawer. Bruce Bawer’s remarks about the religious right in America irritate me -- especially his whining about our well-reasoned opposition to gay marriage. But I like this book anyway. Bawer has the courage to tell us just how screwed up Europe is and, more importantly, who’s responsible. I recommend the book to three groups of people: 1. Naïve liberals who think that one can be pro-gay and pro-Palestinian at the same time. 2. Anyone who is thinking about moving to Europe. 3. Anyone who thinks that welfare reform was a bad idea for America. (Just read this book and learn what it has done to Europe).