A review of 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America by Bernard Goldberg
Bernie Goldberg really isn’t screwing up America. I just thought that headline would get his attention so I could thank him for writing his best book yet. The book is even better than the #1 New York Times Bestseller Bias. I loved that book, mainly because my Marxist colleagues hated him for writing it. I guess that’s why I like Goldberg so much, even though we’ve never met.
Almost everyone who reads 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America will have some names to add to the list and some they wish to remove. Goldberg acknowledges that. But I would caution readers of this great book to make sure they don’t get too caught up in examining the list. If so, they risk overlooking the handful of tremendous short essays, which comprise the first fifty pages of this remarkably entertaining book.
Without question, the best of those essays is one called, “I’m offended, therefore I am.” I agree with Goldberg’s suggestion that our new national motto should be “What’s in it for me?” I also like that he recognizes that self-pity is at the core of identity politics, which has produced a nation in which the majority of Americans now proudly boast that they are in some way “disadvantaged.” He also recognizes that this is a transparent effort to compete for advantages unavailable to the minority of Americans who are “advantaged.”
When readers do finally get to the list, they are in for a real treat. Specifically, there were two reasons why I so enjoyed this list that I could not put it down. First of all, it gave me new reasons to dislike people I already dislike. Some examples follow:
Sheila Jackson Lee. For years, I’ve known that the race-baiting black Democratic Congresswoman from Texas was a jackass. But I never knew that she once complained about the lack of “black names” for hurricanes. Lee’s call to be more racially sensitive when naming hurricanes is hysterical. I can’t wait for hurricane La Kisha to hit the East Coast. Maybe we should call them whore-icanes instead of hurricanes. That way, we can keep all the rappers happy, too. What a boost to black pride! Thanks for pointing all this oppression out, congresswoman!
Eve Ensler. I knew the author of The Vagina Monologues was a real nut when I read her infamous play. She just talks about cha-chas a little too freely to be normal. But, thanks to Bernie, I now have a favorite Eve Ensler election-year quote: “It’s really important for us to get our vaginas to the polls.” Did she mean to say polls or poles? Or was she talking about Poles? I have a lot less restraint than Bernie Goldberg. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.
Robert Byrd. We all know that the Democratic Senator was in the KKK. But did you know that after leaving the Klan and becoming an elected official he wrote the following: “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia…” He went on to say that we need the KKK in every state. And he is the only Senator who voted against the confirmations of both Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas. Enough said.
Jimmy Carter. Before you go nodding in agreement the next time someone says that Carter is our best ex-President to date, read this book. Among other things, you will learn that Carter referred to the intifada as an uprising that “exposed the injustices Palestinians suffered, just like Bull Connor’s mad dogs in Birmingham.” He also wrote to members of the UN Security Council trying to undermine Bush’s policies during the First Gulf War. Then, picture him sitting next to Michael Moore at the 2004 Democratic Convention. Our worst president ever is also our worst ex-president ever.
The second reason I like this book is that it gave me some new people to dislike, along with good reasons why I should dislike them. Some examples follow:
Kerri Dunn. This visiting psychology professor at Claremont-McKenna college in California is a real piece of … shall we say, work. She vandalized her own car by spray-painting words like “kike wh**e” and “b***h” and then reported it as a “hate crime.” After classes were canceled and thousands of students went to a protest rally to denounce the “hate crime” the police found her out. The school’s president Pamela Gann then stated that “the tremendous response of our students and faculty…was very positive and should not be forgotten. Their actions exemplified the leadership skills and sense of civic responsibility that we seek to develop in our students…” I really can’t wait until California falls into the ocean. I hope the colleges slide off the continent first.
Chris Ofili. He became a famous artist by drawing a picture of the Virgin Mary. Then he painted a bunch of female as*es on the canvas next to her. He then rubbed elephant manure on the canvas to top it all off. Nothing more need be said.
Katherine Hanson. This feminist expert in “the culture of violence” asserts that every year nearly 4 million women are beaten to death in the United States. Here’s the problem: Only one million U.S. women die per year from all causes combined.
Ingrid Newkirk. The co-founder of PETA gives us some insights into why her organization ranks second only to NAMBLA in perversity. I can’t muster the words to do justice to this idiot. So, I’ll use her words instead. For example:
“Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses.” – 1983
“Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.” — 1989
“There is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights. A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They’re all mammals.” — 1989
After Yasser Arafat bombed Israel, Newkirk was incensed. But she was angry because Arafat used a donkey to carry explosives. When the donkey was killed, she asked him to “leave the animals out of this conflict.” Oh well, at least one explosive jackass survived the episode.
All this PETA garbage makes me want to head to the woods to hunt some game in Ingrid Newkirk’s honor. I think I’ll invite Bernie Goldberg to go with me. In the meantime, I’ve given you at least eight good reasons to buy his book. There are only about 92 more.