GB’s Common Sense

Posted: June 27, 2009 in book review, politics, rants
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I just finished reading Glenn Beck’s Common Sense and I was actually brought to tears. Although not quite as good as Thomas Paine’s, Mr. Beck hits the nail on the head throughout the six chapters. He sets the tone with the introduction:

“In 1776, Thomas Paine’s words sparked a revoluti0n. Today, a new revolution of thought begins right now, with you…

You might find yourself wondering what can be done to change our nation’s course. I lay out several options, but I want to be clear that none of them include violence. Thomas Paine and his fellow revolutionaries shed their blood so that future generations would have access to weapons immeasurably stronger than muskets or bayonets: the weapons of democracy. Those are the tools that we will use to usher in a second American revolution, a revolution that won’t be fought on battlefields, but in the hearts and minds of the three hundred million people lucky enough to call America home.”

I will warn you: if you consider yourself an “early 20th century Progressive”, you won’t like this book. If you’re  a politician, Republican or Democrat, you won’t like this book. But if you see that the vast majority in Washington are taking us down the wrong path, a path leading farther away from our founding principles, this book is a must read. If you’ve read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, you should read this book. If you haven’t read Thomas Paine’s version, it’s included with Glenn Beck’s.

You probably think he just wrote this to capitalize on the history of Common Sense. Would it surprise you to learn that he originally planned to release it anonymously on the internet for free? While the cover lists the price at $11.99, my cost was just $6.58 from Books-A-Million. Does selling a book at half-price sound like a good way to make money? I have no idea what it costs to publish a book, but I’m guessing he won’t see much profit from this. Maybe he’s just trying to get his message out there. I believe the initial printing was 980,000 copies. I ordered mine two days before it went on sale and had to wait ten days later. It was on back-order for nine days. There are now 1.1 million copies in circulation. It would appear as if his message is getting out there.

He ends his part with a look at the 9/12 Project, an ending note, and books he recommends.

“Let Your Journey Begin Here

I hope this book serves as a solid starting point in your journey to learn more about your country, its history, and what needs to be done to put her back on course.
But this book can be only that: a starting point. You must continue your education and learning so that you will recognize those people whose plans and policies promote personal freedom and responsibility, along with the danger signs of those whose policies will do the opposite.”

I highly recommend this book, whether you like Glenn or not. Especially if you don’t.

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