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Do as I Say (Not As I Do) | [Peter Schweizer]

Do as I Say (Not As I Do)

Peter Schweizer decided to investigate in depth the private lives of prominent liberals, to examine whether they lived by the principles they so forcefully advocate. What he found was a long list of contradictions. Schweizer's conclusion is simple: liberalism in the end forces its adherents to become hypocrites. Schweizer's book thus exposes the contradiction at the core of liberalism: If these ideas don't work for the very individuals who promote them, how can they work for the country?
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Publisher's Summary

Members of the liberal/left exude an air of moral certitude. They pride themselves on being committed and selfless and seem particularly confident of the purity of their motives and the evil nature of their opponents. To correct economic and social injustice, liberals support a whole litany of policies and principles: progressive taxes, affirmative action, greater regulation of corporations, raising the inheritance tax, strict environmental regulations, children's rights, consumer rights, and more.

But do they actually live by these beliefs? Peter Schweizer decided to investigate in depth the private lives of prominent liberals. What he found was a long list of contradictions.

Schweizer's conclusion is simple: liberalism in the end forces its adherents to become hypocrites. They adopt one pose in public, but when it comes to what matters most in their own lives, they jettison their liberal principles and adopt conservative ones. Schweizer's book thus exposes the contradiction at the core of liberalism: If these ideas don't work for the very individuals who promote them, how can they work for the country?

©2005 Peter Schweizer; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.

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"An entertaining exposure of the hypocrisy among some prominent liberals....Schweizer reveals that the most vocal liberals do not practice what they preach." (The Weekly Standard)

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    K 03-11-08
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    "An Eye Opener"

    This is a very enlightening book. It's very telling in regards to how politics can be such a game and how either side can really be controlled by the people with the most money and power rather than what is right and what is wrong. It also shows you how negative things that are often applicable to one party can be twisted by people in their attempts to apply them to another, which tells me that they are aware of their own guilt because they are so busy trying to direct it elsewhere rather than taking responsibility. I never liked Barbara Streisand, and I now have more reason not to like her and many other Hollywood stars who use their power and money to influence politicians and people rather than letting them decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. And I suppose it says something about the politicians and people who are persuaded to vote one way or another based on the opinions of any famous person rather than their own study of the facts.

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    TD 11-22-05
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    "Excellent examples of hipocrisy of famous people"

    This books is a must read if you want to know the truth about what many high profile people say versus what they do. For example, one might not know that the environmentally correct Kennedys own oil companies, and put them in tax sheltered trusts, avoiding the taxes they say we don't pay enough of. Michael Moore, Barbara Streisand, a long list of big names and how they don't do what they tell us to do. The information is very good, and shows the hypocrisy of those who would presume to be morally superior.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Celia New Orleans LA 03-17-09
    Celia New Orleans LA 03-17-09 Member Since 2005
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    "WOW!"

    Really interesting to hear because more than half of the people profiled are not the most well known cases. Kind of horrifying, as well, as these people are held high as role models by many because of what they say (and not because of what they do...).

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    "Amazing!"

    This is an amazing read! I was stunned at the exact nature of how this data is put forward. The author lays it out in a plain way, and there you have it...I was stunned on how good this was!

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    Subrosa7 Seattle, WA USA 12-08-05
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    "It is about time"

    This is a great read. Peter Schweizer does a excellent job in exposing the leftist elite hypocrisy with multiple facts and details. It is about time someone has exposed the truth behind the facade. It would make a great Christmas gift to your conservative and especially liberal friends and family members.

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    If you could sum up Do as I Say (Not As I Do) in three words, what would they be?

    Totally amazing! The hypocricy seems to never end...from both sides! It's just disgusting, & all types seem to be great at it! Worth the listen but be prepared to be constantly shaking your head from side to side!


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    Stuart Raburn 12-02-06 Member Since 2008
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    "Outstanding!"

    Great information! Sad we don't have people in the media making such observations.

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    Clifford Milton, FL, USA 05-11-06
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    "Fantastic Listening"

    I throughly enjoyed this audio book.It made my 25 mile trip to work something I looked forward to for several days.I plan to listen to it again and again.

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    Chris Springfield, MO, USA 12-02-05
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    "It starts with an idea..."

    Liberal beliefs shoot high. Although this book discredits some fairly shifty fellows/fellas, my worry is that the social impact will be a further discrediting of Liberalism as an ideology. Selflessness is the most difficult characteristic a person can make habit, of coarse there will be hypocrites! This book will encourage throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Writers need to think in this context more often.

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    Impossible to become addicted to this. You will immediatly fall asleep and NEVER listen again.

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