The 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America

There's a new right-wing book out called 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. Markos makes the list at #52, James Wolcott at #64, and Katha Politt at #74. Go bloggers, but I have to say I am disappointed I failed to make it (maybe someday). By the way, that makes Markos and Wolcott greater threats than David Duke according to the author. I have included the list in the extended entry.

Anyway, its counter-list time. List off as many names of people who you think are "screwing up" America. Remember--they don't just have to be political,a nd they don't have to just be Republicans.

  1. Michael Moore
  2. Arthur Sulzberger
  3. Ted Kennedy
  4. Jesse Jackson
  5. Anthony Romero
  6. Jimmy Carter
  7. Margaret Marshall
  8. Paul Krugman
  9. Jonathan Kozol
  10. Ralph Neas
  11. Noam Chomsky
  12. Dan Rather
  13. Andrew Heyward
  14. Mary Mapes
  15. Ted Rall
  16. John Edwards
  17. Al Sharpton
  18. Al Gore
  19. George Soros
  20. Howard Dean
  21. Judge Roy Moore
  22. Michael Newdow
  23. The Unknown American Terrorist
  24. Lee Bollinger
  25. James Kopp
  26. Dr. Martin Haskell
  27. Paul Begala
  28. Julian Bond
  29. John Green
  30. Latrell Sprewell
  31. Maury Povich
  32. Jerry Springer
  33. Bob Shrum
  34. Bill Moyers
  35. Jeff Danziger
  36. Nancy Hopkins
  37. Al Franken
  38. Jim McDermott
  39. Peter Singer
  40. Scott Harshbarger
  41. Susan Beresford
  42. Gloria Steinem
  43. Paul Eibeler
  44. Dennis Kozlowski
  45. Ken Lay
  46. Barbara Walters
  47. Maxine Waters
  48. Robert Byrd
  49. Ingrid Newkirk
  50. John Vasconellos
  51. Ann Pelo
  52. Markos Moulitsas
  53. Anna Nicole Smith
  54. Neal Shapiro
  55. David Westin
  56. Diane Sawyer
  57. Ted Field
  58. Eminem
  59. Shirley Franklin
  60. Ludacris
  61. Michael Savage
  62. Howard Stern
  63. Amy Richards
  64. James Wolcott
  65. Oliver Stone
  66. David Duke
  67. Randall Robinson
  68. Katherine Hanson
  69. Matt Kunitz
  70. Jimmy Swaggart
  71. Phil Donahue
  72. Ward Churchill
  73. Barbara Kingsolver
  74. Katha Politt
  75. Eric Foner
  76. Barbara Foley
  77. Linda Hirshman
  78. Norman Mailer
  79. Harry Belafonte
  80. Kitty Kelley
  81. Tim Robbins
  82. Laurie David
  83. The Dumb and Vicious Celebrity
  84. The Vicious Celebrity
  85. The Dumb Celebrity
  86. Chris Ofili
  87. Sheldon Hackney
  88. Aaron McGruder
  89. Jane Smiley
  90. Michael Jackson
  91. Barbara Streisand
  92. Kerri Dunn
  93. Richard Timmons
  94. Guy Velella
  95. Courtney Love
  96. Eve Ensler
  97. Todd Goldman
  98. Sheila Jackson Lee
  99. Matthew Lesko
  100. Rick and Kathy Hilton

Tags: Culture (all tags)



pretty easy to start
Sean Hannity
Rush Limbaugh
Bill O'Reilly
by HKingsley 2005-07-06 12:07PM | 0 recs
Got to hand it to him
He beat Byron York's record for "Most Left-Wing Boogeymen in One Book."  Must be proud.

I'd nominate:

The Dumb Right-Winger
The Vicious Right-Winger
The Dumb and Vicious Right-Winger
Chris Berman

by strannix 2005-07-06 12:09PM | 0 recs
Chris Berman?
I think Chris Berman is great. He makes sports fun, unlike assholes like Jim Rome.
by Chris Bowers 2005-07-06 12:11PM | 0 recs
I'd also add...
Oh, and also Chris Bowers, for supporting the continuing reign of terror that is Chris Berman.

Sorry Chris, I had high hopes for you, what with all the liberal politics and all.  But you're either with us or against us in this fight.

by strannix 2005-07-06 12:15PM | 0 recs
Re: I'd also add...
I agree with Crhis.  While people like Chris Berman and Dick Vitale can be pretty annoying at times, I really can't argue that they really love what they do and for the most part seem to know what they are doing.  That is something that can't be said about many people, especially perceived know-it-alls like Jim Rome who embodies virtually every negative sterotype about sports that one can generate.
by Mark J. Bowers 2005-07-06 12:37PM | 0 recs
Re: I'd also add...
Egads!  Apparently he's screwing up America at such a rapid rate that I'm the only one left who sees it.

I guess I can accept that.  But the next time he describes a homer as being "halfway to [the next state]!!", only for it to land in the first row of seats, remember that you called him knowledgable, and hang your head in shame.

by strannix 2005-07-06 01:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Berman?
Do you guys have to be so hot and cold on EVERYTHING!  I love Berman and the Jungle.  No problem in my eyes.
by Robert P 2005-07-06 12:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Got to hand it to him
Why Chris Berman?  Is it because he endorsed Lieberman?
by Painter2004 2005-07-06 04:17PM | 0 recs
Kind of overlooking the obvious....
George W Bush
Dick Cheney
Karl Rove
Donald Rumsfeld
Tom Delay


by Keith Brekhus 2005-07-06 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Kind of overlooking the obvious....
by HKingsley 2005-07-06 12:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Kind of overlooking the obvious....
Richard Simmons
by yitbos96bb 2005-07-06 05:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Kind of overlooking the obvious....
Don't forget Tony Little. ha
by Salty 2005-07-09 06:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Kind of overlooking the obvious....
Democrats are Saints?  I noticed there are only Republicans on your list.  Maybe someday someone will creat a truly relevant list that will include the real fools, without regard to politics.  There are certainly many on both sides....just as there are good ones on both sides.
by RichardV88 2005-07-27 03:50PM | 0 recs
Jimmy Carter???
Uhm, isn't he, like, building houses for poor people???!!!  Ooooo-Kayyyy...  

(Kinda Bummed HD's only #20.  He obviously has a lot more work pissing the GOPers off to do!)

I'd leave Shrum on the counter-list.  And, aside form the usual suspects add Matt & Katie.

by poemless 2005-07-06 12:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Jimmy Carter???
He also won a Nobel Peace prize.
by wayward 2005-07-07 02:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Jimmy Carter???
JFK won a Pulitzer Prize.  Does than make him a hero because he won a prestigious award??  What about all the stuff that went on while he was president that the press didn't dare to print  (guess everyone was afraid of Hoover at the time)?   But I would like to know what Carter has done to get on the list...guess I'll have to read the book.   I think he's better as a citizen than he ever was as president.
by RichardV88 2005-07-27 03:53PM | 0 recs
I've got one
Bernard Goldberg
by Max Friedman 2005-07-06 12:13PM | 0 recs
Oh this can be fun...
Let's start with:

All the Walton heirs
The Enron execs

that'll get us started.

by Andrew C White 2005-07-06 12:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh this can be fun...
Discussion of Berman and Vitale aboves reminds me to add...

Bill Walton

by Andrew C White 2005-07-06 12:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh this can be fun...
Also for "our" list:
Tim LaHaye
Dick Morris
by IseFire 2005-07-06 12:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh this can be fun...
Bernard Goldberg himself, too...the book's author.

Also, some representative of the Coors family, since they've been helping bankroll the Religious Right for decades.

by IseFire 2005-07-06 12:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh this can be fun...
Well...this is a more valid least it includes a few Dems.
by RichardV88 2005-07-27 03:54PM | 0 recs
This is too easy
Wolf Blitzer
Chris Matthews
Tim Russert
Bill Frist
Denny Hastert
Tom DeLay
Jeb Bush
Ken Blackwell
The Ahnold
Rep. Bill Thomas (CA)
Joe Lieberman
by Gary Boatwright 2005-07-06 12:14PM | 0 recs
Re: This is too easy
don't agree with Russert...
by HKingsley 2005-07-06 12:15PM | 0 recs
Re: This is too easy
Why you don't think his pimping of GE and NBC along with this Administrations goals helped to sway a nation's perceptions of Bush?
by goplies 2005-07-06 03:35PM | 0 recs
one more...
Gary Bauer
by HKingsley 2005-07-06 12:14PM | 0 recs
George Steinbrenner
Barry Bonds
The H2 marketer
Dave Camp (R)(Mi-4th)  (I just had to put him in)
by chanupi 2005-07-06 12:15PM | 0 recs
Re: ummm....
The H2 marketer

Good call. I'd add the H2 buyer.  Nothing says "desperate to project Status" like rolling around in an H2.

Along the same lines, I'd nominate "Guy Who Decided It Would Be Cool To Put TVs in Headrests".

by strannix 2005-07-06 12:20PM | 0 recs
Re: ummm....
TV's in headrests...OK in my book.

TV's in backseat headrests = funny on MTV's Pimp my ride.

by chanupi 2005-07-06 12:31PM | 0 recs
The H2 Marketer
Isn't he governor of California?
by Geotpf 2005-07-06 04:20PM | 0 recs
This isn't ranked, but here goes
Obviously, Osama Bin Laden. If we're just talking about Americans, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, almost anyone on CNN, Roger Ailes, James Dobson, Rupert Murdoch, Pat Robertson, Tim LaHaye, Walmart's executives, Jerry Falwell, Antonin Scalia, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Tom DeLay, almost anyone on MTV, Michael Bay, (I'd say Jerry Bruckheimer, but The Amazing Race is a force for good). Martin Lawrence, Vin Diesel, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Grover Norquist, Stephan Moore, Ralph Reed, Bill Donohue.

As for Democrats and the like, Michael Moore certainly isn't helping. Joe Lieberman is undermining Democratic unity. But I can't think of any Democrats who are doing as much as any of the above to screw us up.

by Gpack3 2005-07-06 12:20PM | 0 recs
Get A Clue!
As for Democrats and the like, Michael Moore certainly isn't helping.

He's fucking #1 on their list!  What the fuck more do you want???

by Paul Rosenberg 2005-07-06 10:37PM | 0 recs
Not quite sure what you mean by this.
I think Moore is doing some good, and some bad and it's hard to tell sometimes if the bad is outweighing the good. He certainly doesn't belong at the top of the list, but I'm not in complete disagreement with the author of the above.
by Gpack3 2005-07-07 11:14AM | 0 recs
What I Mean Is That Michael Moore ROCKS!
If Michael Moore was on their side, none of them would ever write such a thing.  But we constantly find fault with our most effective spokespeople.

Look, I'm not saying that everyone should be like him.  I'm certainly not saying that he doesn't make mistakes.  He's human.  We all make mistakes.  But he goes all out and puts his heart on the line, and does it with a smile.  When no one else will speak up, he will.  And that creates a lot of space for other people to say and do whatever it is they have to say or do.

I just think it's a crying shame when people use that space to take pot shots at his back.  It doesn't hurt Michael Moore a bit.  But it damn sure hurts the rest of us.

by Paul Rosenberg 2005-07-07 10:08PM | 0 recs
Re: This isn't ranked, but here goes
Michael Moore is only a target because we let them (the right) attack the messenger and duck the content.

Michael Moor makes documentaries/movies/screeds/whatever and he clearly and openly has a point of view which he supports in his work. Rather than address the content, they attack the messenger and we let them shift the conversation. They think it's terrible to suggest that the administration is too cozy with th e Saudi's and that the Saudis are not behaving like friends. That's not wrong and it's not scandalous.

As my mother used to say "Consider the source."... but you have to also consider the content. If we let them villify people who have the balls to speak truth to power (Moore, Dean, Wilson, Clarke, O'Neil, etc...) then we are lost.

by elemgee 2005-07-13 07:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Michael Moore?
Heck no...don't duck the content!  It's the CONTENT that makes Michael Moore a fool...or maybe he makes fools of the people who allow him to distort and take things out on context?  Calling President Bush a "liar?"  Really?  I think to lie about something means you knew it wasn't the find out you were wrong after the fact simply makes you incompetent.  Moore did a couple of really good things (the car thing and Bowling for Columbine) then destroyed all his credibility with his ridiculously distorted and outright false "evidence" of his stupid movie (yes...I watched it).  Remember what Will Rogers said: "believe 1/4 of what you hear, 1/2 of what you read, and 3/4 of what you see, and you'll be alright."   So many wannabe-ultra liberals take what Moore said at face value and began to rant and rave against our government and president.  All you need to do is a little online research to discredit nearly half of what he asserted in his "movie".  Looks like Will was right.  But if it fits what you want to believe, why seek the truth?   If you LOVE Michael Moore, you are no more guilty that President Bush of not seeking the FACTS.   Guess you have more in common with him than you thought (or would have liked).
by RichardV88 2005-07-27 03:47PM | 0 recs
Re: You can't think of any???
You must live a sheltered can't think of any Democrats who are screwing up America?  Do names such as Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, Nancy Pelosi ring a bell?  I think maybe Al Gore is smarter than we all thought...he's sure distanced himself from these borderline radicals.  I wouldn't put him on the list...but I'm glad he isn't my president.  God help us (maybe I shouldn't have invoked his name of this website?) when Hillary becomes president...thankfully John McCain has enough sand to defeat her../but it will be a close one.
by RichardV88 2005-07-27 03:37PM | 0 recs
Who are these people?
Arthur Sulzberger

Anthony Romero

Margaret Marshall

Andrew Heyward

Lee Bollinger

Dr. Martin Haskell

John Green

Jeff Danziger

Nancy Hopkins

Peter Singer

Scott Harshbarger

Susan Beresford

Paul Eibeler

Dennis Kozlowski

Ingrid Newkirk

John Vasconellos

Ann Pelo

Markos Moulitsas

Anna Nicole Smith

Neal Shapiro

David Westin

Ted Field

Shirley Franklin

Amy Richards

Randall Robinson

Katherine Hanson

Matt Kunitz

Barbara Kingsolver

Eric Foner

Barbara Foley

Linda Hirshman

Laurie David

Chris Ofili

Sheldon Hackney

Jane Smiley

Kerri Dunn

Richard Timmons

Guy Velella

Eve Ensler

Todd Goldman

Matthew Lesko

Rick and Kathy Hilton

There sure are a lot of anonymous threats to America. And why is Judge Roy Moore on their list?

by Gary Boatwright 2005-07-06 12:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
Peter Singer is a philosopher who has argued for animal rights, and for legalizing infanticide for severely brain damaged children.

Barbara Kingsolver is a novelist.

I assume Rick and Kathy Hilton are Paris and Nicole's parents.

Eve Ensler wrote the Vagina Monologues.

Jane Smiley is another novelist.

Anna Nicole Smith is a former Playboy Centerfold who married a rich old man, inherited a lot of his money, got fat then less fat and now stars in a reality show and advertises weight loss supplements

by Gpack3 2005-07-06 12:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
I would think Anna Nicole would be their kinda gal... she earned her money the old fashioned way.
by Andrew C White 2005-07-06 12:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
Oh yeah. The blonde. How is an air head blonde a threat to anyone except old rich white guys?
by Gary Boatwright 2005-07-06 01:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
<<<<How is an air head blonde a threat to anyone except old rich white guys?>>>>

Um, isn't that the POINT of their list?  Anyone who's a threat to old, rich white guys?  She's just a  ;o)

by Phenobarbarella 2005-07-06 01:46PM | 0 recs
Rick and Kathy Hilton
Are Paris's parents.  Nicole's parents are Lionel Richie and Brenda Harvey-Richie.
by Drew 2005-07-06 04:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Rick and Kathy Hilton
Paris' sister's name is Nicole. Isn't it? I'm aware that Nicole Richie is not Paris' sister.
by Gpack3 2005-07-07 11:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Rick and Kathy Hilton
I think they call her Nikki, but yes, you are right...Paris and Nicole (Nikki)'s parents.
by leifolson 2005-07-07 03:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
>>why is Judge Roy Moore on their list?

I heard the author on with Hannity yesterday afternoon... To his credit (I guess), he said that defying the higher court order to remove the Commandments was a blatant example of "judicial activism"...

Of course, Hannity said some bullshit like, "well you know, the people down there support him for it"... (my wording; not exact)...


by HKingsley 2005-07-06 12:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
then -- again to his credit (I guess) -- he said this was a judge acting under the color of law, in his official capacity... very different than say, Judith Miller, a private individual acting out of civil disobedience...

...cut off anything ridiculous Hannity was about to say further...


by HKingsley 2005-07-06 12:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
Matthew Lesko will sell you books late at night about how to cash in on govt grants and tax breaks.

Markos Moulitsas is Kos from DailyKos.

by chanupi 2005-07-06 12:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
Margaret Marshall is the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  She's the one who wrote the 2003 same-sex marriage decision.

Scott Harshbarger ran for governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat in 1998, having served as the Attorney General.  He lost due in part to the Democratic machine's failure to bring out the vote for him in the cities as payback for some corruption cases he brought against some of their cronies.  He was also president of Common Cause for a while, a few years ago.  I have no idea why he's on this list, let alone so high.

by sco 2005-07-06 12:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
And Guy Velella is your standard everyday crooked politician. Why he stands out and any number of others don't is beyond me... other then he got caught.
by Andrew C White 2005-07-06 12:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
And Kozlowski is the TYCO guy. I'm sure he and Kenny-boy lay are on the list for the same reason Valella is... they got caught.
by Andrew C White 2005-07-06 12:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
Bollinger is the former head of Michigan Law (now Prez of Columbia I think) who wond a SC decision to keep affirmative action in place.

Romero head of ACLU.

Randall Robinson; Civil Rights scholar/historian who argues the case for reparations.

Kozlowski; former head of Tyco.

The Markos dude; no idea, but he sure does not sound American.

Sulzberger is publisher of the NY Times.

by DanielUA 2005-07-06 12:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
The Markos dude; no idea, but he sure does not sound American.

As a commenter above pointed out, Markos is Kos of Daily Kos.  You don't get much more American than that.  And "Does not sound American?"  What is that supposed to mean?  "American" is not an ethnicity.

Time was, Steinberg and O'Leary "didn't sound American" to some.  They were wrong.  Draw your own conclusion about what it might mean for people to think that  about Wong or Hussein or Moulitsas Zuniga today.

by paperwight 2005-07-06 02:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
the Markos dude; no idea, but he sure does not sound American.

I think that's called humor.

by molly bloom 2005-07-07 05:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
Ah.  Color me stupid, then.  That's not humorous where I come from.  That's serious where I come from.  Hard to tell tone on the internet.
by paperwight 2005-07-10 10:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
Lee Bollinger is the President of Columbia University.  He was a law Professor at the University of Michigan and then served as President there.  (He was considered for Larry Summers job at Harvard.)

He was named as the defendant in the affirmative action case at the University of Michigan's law school..

by Abby 2005-07-06 02:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people? - Jeff Danziger
Jeff Danziger - lefty cartoonist from Vermont.  Syndicated by the NYTimes.
Jan. 9. 2004 - "Club for Growth", My favorite cartoon
by Reid 2005-07-06 03:53PM | 0 recs
Shirley Franklin
Mayor of Atlanta, from 2001 to present.  I have no idea how she could be screwing up America, unless she's making America's "progress" since 2001 look bad when compared to Atlanta's.
by Drew 2005-07-06 04:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Shirley Franklin
yeah, she's done a good as mayor, but she's got a that "D" in fron of her name insteaad of an "R", so she's on the list.
by jj32 2005-07-09 01:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are these people?
Michael Gross is the dad from the show Family Ties.

by jcjcjc 2005-07-06 07:20PM | 0 recs
Obviously, You Need To Find Out!
Who are these people? Hmmmm....

Eric Foner is one of America's top historians. Check out his wikipedia entry for a good intro, and/or check out his homepage.

Jane Smiley is one of America's top novelists. There's a bibliography here. A Thousand Acres is her retelling of Shakespear's Lear.  She also wrote a very sharp post-election election essay.

And Barbara Kingsolver is no slouch, either, though she admits she wrote her first novel in closet.

Randall Robinson is the former President of TransAfrica Forum, the one person most responsible for defeating Reagan's support for South Africa, and mobilizing the American sanctions movement.

Eve Ensler, maybe you've heard of The Vagina Monologues.

Etc., etc., etc.

by Paul Rosenberg 2005-07-06 11:14PM | 0 recs
LOL this is a good quote
About a country where as long as anything goes, as one of the good guys in the book puts it, sooner or later everything will go...
by turnerbroadcasting 2005-07-06 12:22PM | 0 recs
Scaife brothers...
by Nazgul35 2005-07-06 12:22PM | 0 recs
I have found a lot of cool and worthwhile stuff by checking out the people the blockheaded people who write stuff like this hate the most...

Their record is not perfect.. but its almost.. but every once in a very great while they will throw a 'real' evil person in there just so they can pretend they care about real right and wrong..

Lets toast to the right's anger..

I hope that the result of the right's extremism won't be extremism of the left.. like it was in Russia, China, North Korea, etc.. You know, the REAL 'leftists'.

(To the hope killers out there.. Thats what happens when people really give up hope.. FYI.
Its not pretty.

You don't realize it but FDR probably saved your sorry asses.. )

by ultraworld 2005-07-06 05:48PM | 0 recs
Courtney Love????
I mean.. after that film, I hate her too..


They REALLY must be desperate now...

by ultraworld 2005-07-06 05:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Ha!
The "right's anger?'  The only ones you hear that are saying I HATE this person or I HATE that person are on the far (and not so far) left.  If the Democrats don't start distancing themselves from the fringe element, we run the risk of becoming irrelevant (yes...I'm a democrat).  And if you just HATE what I said or HATE me for saying it...well...we all know where you belong.
by RichardV88 2005-07-27 03:31PM | 0 recs
Aaron McGruder?
And yet, no love for Tom Tomorrow.  Too bad.

And if I'm Joe Conason, I'm crying in my whiskey right about now.  Not even as dangerous as Courtney Love?  A whole career, wasted!

by strannix 2005-07-06 12:25PM | 0 recs
What, You're Surprised He's A Clueless Idiot?
If he's going after historians, then why Foner, but not Zinn?

It he's going after novelists, then why Smiley and Kingsolver, but not Morrison, or Walker?

If he's going after Tim Robbins, then why not Susan Sarandon?

And if he's going after Julian Bond, then why not John Lewis?

And, speaking of Morrison and Walker, where's the black intelligencia, anyway? Skip Gates? Manning Marable? Michael Eric Dyson?

Wait, I take my subject line back. This guy gives clueless idiots a bad name.

by Paul Rosenberg 2005-07-07 10:27PM | 0 recs
Scott Harshbarger?
What the hell does Goldberg have against Scott Harshbarger?
by sco 2005-07-06 12:29PM | 0 recs
how about the bush pioneers type
and the funders of the lowest of the right wing noise bullshit like whitewater and the swift boats, i.e.

Richard Scaife
Sam & Charles Wyly (of "Republicans for Clean Air" fame)
Bob & Doylene Perry, T. Boone Pickens (Swift Boats)
the Bass family

by snaktime 2005-07-06 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: how about the bush pioneers type
And some representative of the Coors family should be on the list, too. They've been bank-rolling the Religious Right for decades.
by IseFire 2005-07-06 12:55PM | 0 recs
No Clinton's????
Begala makes the list but Clinton doesn't?
by Robert P 2005-07-06 12:35PM | 0 recs
how about...
The baby formula marketer.

breast is best.

I'm holding my bouncing baby girl while trying to comment...

by chanupi 2005-07-06 12:35PM | 0 recs
The first people that came to mind
George Steinbrenner and Gary Bettman.
by Steve M 2005-07-06 12:50PM | 0 recs
Paul Weyrich!
Paul Weyrich should be on "our" list. He's considered the grandfather of the Religious Right.

See the William Martin Chavanne comments under the glossary entry for "Christian Right"

by IseFire 2005-07-06 01:00PM | 0 recs
Michael Savage?
Why is he on here?  Could be a typo and they really meant Dan Savage?
by pessullivan 2005-07-06 02:10PM | 0 recs
Off the top of my head, a quick list
Grover Norquist
Morton Blackwell
Kenny Boy Lay
the bush boys
Alberto Gonzales
Saxby "turn the sheriff loose and arrest every Muslim that crosses the state line" Chambliss
Franklin Graham
Mitt Romney
Bob Barr
John Ashcroft
Condi Rice
Phyllis Schlafly
by bronte17 2005-07-06 02:12PM | 0 recs
In addition to the usual suspects
I'd add C. Boyden Gray.  He's currently serving as Fox News analyst covering the supreme court nomination fight.

He served as George H.W. Bush's white house counsel and founded Citizens for Justice an advocacy group dedicated to getting Bush's judicial nominees on tthe bench.  He's a major force in the Federalist society.

He's really big on the non-delegation doctrine--a belief that Congress can't delegate broad rule-making powers to agencies like the EPA..

Also Ted Olson, former solicitor general.

by Abby 2005-07-06 02:22PM | 0 recs
Rick Santorum
by Hiram615 2005-07-06 02:37PM | 0 recs


Mario Scalzi - look him up

Bill Frist

Agent Curveball

George Bush Sr.

Bob Woodward

The Guggenheims for giving up on Political Art all together.

Clarence Thomas

Rupert Murdock

by goplies 2005-07-06 03:29PM | 0 recs
A couple of my head
Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum in drag, aka Melissa Hart

Stephan Moore

Pat Toomey

Pat Robertson

Georg W. Bush

Grover Norquist

Ken Lay

Jack Welch

by Painter2004 2005-07-06 04:28PM | 0 recs
Ruining the Ohio and the Nation
Governor Bob Taft
Former Speaker Householder
Jim Petro
Betty Montgomery
Ohio GOP

Ann Coulter
Michelle Malkin
Rush, O'Really, Hannity, Scarborough
AHrnold in Calliefornia
Britt Hume
Geraldo Rivera
Karl Rove, Cheney, W
The Wyly Brothers (owners of Michael's Crafts and Swift Boat Contributors)

by Marie Smith 2005-07-06 05:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Ruining the Ohio and the Nation
Bob Taft has turned Ohio into a sinkhole.  I can't believe I voted for him!
by halo 2005-07-22 07:29AM | 0 recs
Uh Oh
Shouldn't have named Eminem... It will be fun to see him ripped on in song... as Chris Rock said at the MTV video awards...  Nobody has a beef with eminem... I'm not gonna make fun of Eminem... There's just too many words that rhyme with Rock.  
by yitbos96bb 2005-07-06 05:52PM | 0 recs
100 people screwing up America
I must nominate designated hitters(pick your favorite). Then there are the rest, in no particular order.

Judith Miller
James Dobson
Cardinal Karl Richelieu
Ariel Sharon
Walden O'Dell
Mel Gibson
The Joint Chiefs of Staff
Kenny G
Tom Friedman*
David Brooks*
John Tierney*
Sandra Day O'Connor
Bjorn Lomborg

*Like flying, long periods of boredom, interrupted by moments of stark terror.

by Docsilver 2005-07-06 05:59PM | 0 recs
Re: 100 people screwing up America
Mel Gibson? What's he done except make a lot of entertaining movies? OK...I see it now, your reason. He's short. OK...that's good. ha
by Salty 2005-07-10 06:08AM | 0 recs
jimmy carter?
i don't get it? why is jimmy carter on this list? that makes no sense to me.

i'd add to the list:

mike leavitt

wal-mart (i know it's not a person, but it's still screwing america)

by ypsilanti 2005-07-06 06:00PM | 0 recs
Re: jimmy carter?
Wal-Mart!! Thank you. Great suggestion. Wal-Mart is China's economic Fifth Column.
by Salty 2005-07-09 06:49PM | 0 recs
Re: jimmy carter?
I agree...Walmart sucks.  Walmart is the tapeworm of American society.  
by halo 2005-07-22 07:23AM | 0 recs
Chris Berman?????
Sunday NFL countdown isn't as good as Monday NFL countdown, but look, it's 11:00 AM on a Sunday fer crissake.  Does anyone even know where their eyeballs are at that time?

The too easy part:

Phyllis Schlafly
Joseph Ratzinger
Anita Byrant (I don't buy the "my husband made me do it" bullshit)
Henry Kissinger
Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan
Adnan Khashoggi
Licio Gelli
Gus Kouwenhouven
Omar Hassan El-Bashir
Nick Griffin (British National Party)
David Miscavige

by vachon 2005-07-06 06:01PM | 0 recs
ESPN alone is worth 50 names
Wow.  ESPN really sucks.

Stuart Scott.  Chris Berman.  Whatever set of tits and ass their selling this week.  They should also be blamed for further popularizing Jim Rome.  

What else can we blame them for?

Repopularizing bowling without somehow invoking the movie Kingpin often enough.

Showing any Derek Jeter highlight -- ever.  Christ, that guys moves like a wounded animal and they pay him to play shortstop?!

Which brings us to anything Yankees/Steinbrenner.

Oh, shit . . . the entire Baltimore Ravens organization.  They're a drain on civilization, and set black folks back fifty years minimum.

Phil Jackson, because he's a megadouche who coaches megadouches.

Sports alone could make this into a 1000 name list.

by jcjcjc 2005-07-06 07:16PM | 0 recs
Re: ESPN alone is worth 50 names
Thanks for getting my back on Berman.  It's you and me against the world, apparently ....
by strannix 2005-07-07 12:08PM | 0 recs
Anyone shooting at Chris Berman
Deserves someone to triangulate fire at the bastard.
by jcjcjc 2005-07-07 06:51PM | 0 recs
Oh, goodie....
Ann Coulter

Rush Limbaugh

Michael Savage

Bill O'Lielly

Sean Hannity

Michelle Malkin

Charles Johnson

Alan Colmes (for making people who've never actually met one believe that's what a liberal is)

Assorted other, less well-known wingnut ranters, ranked in order of their willingness to distort and insult, not necessarily the severity of their actual views - hate radio is one of the most corrosive things to happen to public discourse, ever.

Richard Mellon Scaife

Turd Blossom

Big Time Dick

Tom DeLay

Bill Frist

Dennis Hastert

James Dobson

Jerry Falwell

Ralph Reed

Laurie Mylroie

Britney Spears

Mel Gibson

Grover Norquist

Doug Feith

Richard Perle

William F. Buckley

Ken Lay

Whoever the heck invented reality TV  ;o)

by Phenobarbarella 2005-07-06 06:07PM | 0 recs
&quot;Ask Lesko!!!&quot;, lol
I can't believe he made it on here. He's annoying, but hardly screwing up america. Here's a picture incase you were curious, or just wanted a laugh.
by who threw da cat 2005-07-06 06:17PM | 0 recs
David Broder
Favors politicians based on their demeanor rather than their content.  Allegedly the most influential political columnist in America.  He loved W and hated Gore.
by David Kowalski 2005-07-06 07:08PM | 0 recs
Re: David Broder
Forgot to include Milton Friedman, Jude Wasinski, George Gilder, George H.W. and Barbara Bush, and Katherine Harris.  Friedman's economics have been used to justify screwing people left and right and also have glorified the "investor" (aka stock market speculator) at the expense of everybody else. Wasinski popularized that nonsense along with George Gilder in separate books during the Reagan era, the Bushes raised some crummy and selfish children, and Harris is self-explanatory.
by David Kowalski 2005-07-06 11:28PM | 0 recs
Phil Donahue? What decade is this?!
Phil Donahue hasn't fucked up anything other than MSNBC since . . . well . . .  Does anyone even know?!

Frankly, I am amazed no one has mentioned Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Linus Torvalds, etc.  While I don't think they're screwing America up, I figured there'd at least be one closet Slashdotter hiding around here who would say it.

Go figure.  Impressive discipline, everyone, for staying away from the dreadfully obvious answers.

My contribution to the list:

The goddamned Moonies.  Rev. Moon.  No question.

The Moonies are at least as bad as the Scaifes in promoting the batshit crazy right wingers.  

Worse, the Moonies provide a bridge between the corporate conservatives and the religious conservatives.

by jcjcjc 2005-07-06 07:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Phil Donahue? What decade is this?!'re going to have to explain to me how Bill Gates has done anything wrong. He invented something most of us use and made money off it. I thought that was called capitalism. He didn't have to give it away.

The Moonies? Are they still around? Don't tell Tom Cruise. He'll join up. hahaha

by Salty 2005-07-09 06:53PM | 0 recs
add a few to the list

  1. Paul Bremer, manage to lose track of 9 billion dollars in Iraq.

  2. George Tenet; c/n spot a lie or faulty anaysis

  3. Anyone who relied on George Tenet's CIA analysis.

  4. John "the Bully" Bolton; probably stole milk money other children's milk money as a child.

  5. Zell"spitball"/"traitor" Miller;

  6. Katherine Harris;
by chaka 2005-07-06 09:10PM | 0 recs
Re: add a few to the list
Heck, it's entirely possible that John "the bully" Bolton stole milk money from children as an ADULT.  :)
by leifolson 2005-07-07 03:29PM | 0 recs
They left Bill and Hillary off the list?
I thought that got you thrown out of the Republican Party
by v2aggie2 2005-07-06 09:39PM | 0 recs
A couple I haven't seen mentioned yet
Matt Drudge

Clear Channel Communications

Bud Selig

And FWIW, Stu Scott = bad; Chris Berman = good.

by TheLagerLad 2005-07-07 03:42AM | 0 recs
What about
The Good People at ExxonMobil?

Other GOP Moneybags.

by mysteve 2005-07-07 07:20AM | 0 recs
John Kerry?
Is it me, or did they leave John Kerry off of their list?

And if they did, what does that say about the choice of Kerry as our Presidential nominee... we picked a guy who couldn't even get on their Top-100 enemies???  Sheesh, we gotta try harder next time.

BTW, could we please, PLEASE add Mike Krzyzewski to the list?  Thanks.

by BigModerate 2005-07-07 07:30AM | 0 recs
Re: John Kerry?
Remember, though, neither John Kerry nor the Clintons are named, most likely so the author can use that fact to claim legitimacy to his list (in other words, to assert he isn't just going after the most visible leaders on the other side).  Of course, that's exactly what he's doing, but that won't stop him from saying otherwise.
by sensical 2005-07-11 11:58AM | 0 recs
Re: John Kerry?
John Kerry's not on the list because he's irrelevant now.  Fortunately, he didn't get the chance to screw up America.  (I still can't believe we picked HIM!) (Did we want to get even for the Republicans picking Bob Dole?)
by RichardV88 2005-07-27 04:05PM | 0 recs
What about...?
I think we need to add CHARLTON HESTON and all past, present and future rulers of the NRA to our list of people hurting the very least, they are hurting lots of Americans.


by leifolson 2005-07-07 03:36PM | 0 recs
Re: What about...?
The NRA is hurting America? And how's that?
by Salty 2005-07-10 06:10AM | 0 recs
Re: What about...?'s a funny true story about the NRA.  Several years ago they sent me a of those with the questions worded so obviously pro-gun that you'd seem like a pro-communist flaming liberal tre-hugger if you said no... Qustions like:
1. Do you believe that it is the duty of every American citizen to protect their country and support the Second Amendment by owning a gun?  Check Yes__ or No__.

Well...I checked all the no's (anyway, I actually think gun ownership is protected by the 9th, not the 2nd).   I sent it back (enclosed NO money)..chuckling to myself...feeling self-righteous... and yep..sure enough...two weeks later in the mail came my new membership card for the NRA.   I still have it.

by RichardV88 2005-07-27 04:11PM | 0 recs
I would add...
Mel Gibson
Tom Cruise
The "Hollywood Elite" the neo-cons always forget.
by SusanD 2005-07-07 04:10PM | 0 recs
The Book
ANybody here actually read the book?
by stacyb 2005-07-08 12:46PM | 0 recs
I am suprised he didn't attack Britney Spears and Lil Bow Wow while he was at it....ha. What a crock of bullshit - the real people screwing up America are the people like him and...

The Bush Family
The Bush Administration
The People who want Marijuana to stay illegal
and of course
Any extreme right-wing who believe it is their job to tell everyone what to do (i.e. In our country we have the freedom to be whatever religion we want - well then why doesn't it feel that way...because the right-wing assholes like to push their views onto everyone and they try to pass laws going against the Consitution - i.e. Gay Marriage and Anti-Abortion laws...Gay marriage is only wrong in religious views...but we have the freedom to be whatever the f*ck religion we want and the same goes for Prolife - in who's eyes is it wrong? God's? Well, God isn't an American citizen and not everyone in this country needs to believe in him)

A Note - A am a Christian and I'm straight but I think personal freedoms whould not be taken away...why is it that in this country...where we are suppose to be free...we opress certain people? We did it to the African Americans and now we are doing to the Homosexuals and Pro-choice Americans. But I am guessing in 10 years people will be talking about how in the past we opressed these people and now we celebrate their differences...because that is what always happens. Now we celebrate that there are people of different races in our country but in the past we frowned on it. I only hope that the same thing happens in the present day situation.  

by Unfortunate420 2005-07-10 01:35PM | 0 recs
100 people
Even for a republican, the author should have enough knowledge of current events to place George W. Bush at #1 on the list. We all know it's true, stop denying it. Some of these I slightly agree with, but they're the ones that make life more entertaining... I've never seen a conservative do that.
by MRAMERICA 2005-07-12 07:24PM | 0 recs
Re: 100 people
Then vote for someone else next time...oh...never mind...I forgot he won by over a million and a half votes.  Yours and mine wouldn't mean much.

I just thank the wiser middle America that we don't have the likes of Al Gore (the lesser of two evils) or John Kerry (the greater) trying to lead this county from their fallout shelter at Camp David.  No we just have to worry about Hillary.  I wish Bill could run again.

by RichardV88 2005-07-27 04:15PM | 0 recs
100? ... at least
  1. GWB
  2. Ken Lay, Bernie Ebbers, Kozlowski, (any exec who makes more than 500x workers salary)
  3. Rush Limbaugh
  4. Hannity, Coulter, Levin, and all the other Limbaugh clones
  5. Dobson
  6. Murdoch
  7. Rove
  8. Cheney
  9. Rummy
  10. John "Lost to a dead guy" Ashcroft (I know he's out, I don't think he's gone and he certainly made his mark)
  11. Scaife
  12. Herman Goering (his spirit lives on in the propaganda machine ... no, I didn't call anybody a Nazi... I just note that the tactics employed by HG are alive and well in the Bush administration)
  13. Santorum
  14. Colin Powell (for not standing up and being the guy he used to be and for letting this administration drag him throgh their crap)
  15. Disney/Time-Warner/GE/media conglomerates
  16. Pharmaceutical companies
  17. Insurance companies
by elemgee 2005-07-13 07:55PM | 0 recs
100 people screwing up America
Did everyone forget Bernard Goldberg as one fo the 100 people screwing up America.  I watched him on the Daily Show last night, he was very combative and couldn't justify any of his arguments. Jon Stewart smacked him down pretty good but he tried to give him a chance to explain himself. Once Bernie couldn't then Stewart shut him down, for good reason.  Just goes to show that if we had more Stewarts in the Democratic party we would be back in power.  
by orbitis1058 2005-07-14 09:54AM | 0 recs
Re: 100 people screwing up America
Jon Stewart is just funny, and you have to play matter what.  I saw O'Reilly and McCain on Jon Stewart...they went along and were absolutely great.  How about the other show where they invited him to discuss his book with a balanced panel?  A "balanced" panel of 5 who all attacked HIM?  What do you expect him to do?  I would have walked out....but of course we don't expect a "balanced" panel of liberals to be fair.  Who was the dumb broad he had to ask to shut up?  several times...then the host jumped on him...and the broad wouldn't shut up even then.  Every time he tried to speak...she jumped in louder and more shrill than ever.  I think this is a rude and self-deprecating liberal tactic today...close your ears and shout down anyone you disagree with.  I think they assume if they talk the loudest and are the most rude, everyone will think their points valid.  If they only realized the perceptions of the viewer were in direct confrontation with their hopes.
by RichardV88 2005-07-27 04:23PM | 0 recs
some we agree on &amp; a few more for our list
Let's go over what we agree on...
Ken Lay
Jerry Springer (invented reality TV)
Stupid celebrities

To add to our list...
all but a few republican congressmen,
southern democrats
the military industrial complex
cbn & everyone who works for it

by lesforpeace1984 2005-07-17 10:45PM | 0 recs
Re: some we agree on ...
I'll give ya the Bush Cabal and LimbaughO'ReillyCoulter "Axis of Evil" as valid targets for liberals.  After all they do make an impact on America.  But some of the other entries are pretty much irrational or downright foolish.

Southern Democrats:  I guess most of the African Americans south of the Mason Dixon line might disagreee with you on that.  Of course, I don't think that many are at the meetings so who knows?

Hermann Goering:  It's interesting when someone uses a name incorrectly.  Goering was the head of the Luftwaffe, perhaps the greatest art thief of all time, and an all-around douchebag who committed suicide rather than face the noose like a man. But Joseph Goebbels was the Nazi's chief propagandist.  If you're gonna use those Nazi references (while of course not calling anyone in particular a Nazi) then please get it right.

Mel Gibson:  Please ...

Pharmaceutical Companies:  Someone needs to take their Rytalin and calm down.  If you don't like then, then DON't buy their drugs. Aspirin is cheap and you can get Granny to whip up a poultice for your asthma or meningitis the next time it flares up.  Or maybe you can just get Mel Gibson to lay hands on you for the cure.  Or get Tom Cruise's Operatng Thetans to think it away.

Anita Bryant:  Anita Bryant?  Give me a break.  Who the hell even knows about her homophobia nowadays.  And she made more people sympathetic than hostile to gays with her stupid campaign.

Helmsley:  Weezie is turning in her grave.  I met Sherman and he rocks.

Nick Griffin (British National Party):  Yes, I would rank him right up there with the Bushes and Walmart in his Screwing Up America threat level.  The Redcoats are coming ...

I plan on reading the book for myself and judging the individual entries.  What a novel concept ...

by OnTheOtherHand 2005-07-26 08:15PM | 0 recs
Chris Berman
Berman must die!  That is the only way to get rid of the obnoxious lout!

The list of 100 is pretty accurate and fair.  I also saw Goldberg on Daily Show where he was ambushed and berated.  Not one of his tormentors had read the book.  It's a list of The 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, NOT a hate list, as most of the above appear to be.  Lets be honest from our side!  Their winning and we need to do something besides bitch.

by gregoryp 2005-07-21 11:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Berman
Eh hem . . . I believe you were searching for the proper contraction of the words 'They are', which, unfortunately for you, is actually 'They're' (not 'Their'). THAT is why we're winning.  Granted, the political left's tendancy to debate issues they are uninformed about may also have something to do with it.  Here's a thought - perhaps chronic lack of grammar (as seen on this . . . blog) and irrational debate are related . . . Eh, probably not.  It's a nice thought though.  Keep tryin'!
by SkywayWVU 2005-07-26 04:33AM | 0 recs
100 people sounds pretty darn close
Good looking list...but I think I'd add Harry Reid.  He's moved to the left of Kennedy and I don't know what happened.  I've voted for him in every election...but no more.  I guess a little power can go to anyone's head..and it did.  He's looking for a fight on EVERY issue.  This Congress would be labled the "Do Nothing Congress" if the Dems were in the majority.  And by the way...I'd put the ACLU up there, too.  What makes anyone think that guerillas (read:terrorists) are entitled to ANY protection under the Geneva Convention (they aren't) or the US Constitution (they can't be...they're not citizens).  It would be interesting to poll them and find out if they want to go back to Iraq, or stay where they have air conditioning, clean beds, 3 good meals a day, and medical care better than many Americans receive.  I think they should have all been summarily shot when apprehended...then we'd have no one crying about the "rights" of these indescriminate killers of children and civilians.  Get real....
by RichardV88 2005-07-27 03:27PM | 0 recs
OK I have a comment/question for all of the above.

The list is obviously slanted in one direction.  It seems as though the list has caused many people not only to disagree, but to express hatred of the Right/Republicans.

I would like to know if the hatred for the Republicans is based on economic policy or social policy, or both?

Economic disagreements I understand.  However, I do not understand the hatred that is being expressed in many Blogs, etc.

If we assume that some of the hatred comes from Republicans supporting ideas such as Pro-Life/No Gay Marriage/Prayer in Schools/etc...Could someone please tell me what is so very threatening about the concepts of Religion/strict moral accountability/etc???

This hatred could only arise when people feel threatened...and I dont understand where its coming from.

At first blush, when speaking about Religion and Morality, it seems as though most of the Left focuses on the "self."  (i.e., its all about me and what I want to do)  The Right, however, seems to focus more on a higher power.

Can someone explain why Religion and ideas of prayer and the bible in public irk so many on the left?

by MMcduggan 2005-07-30 07:42AM | 0 recs
Fleshed-out list
I made an outline and summary of all the people on Bernard's book. Check it out:
by philipkd 2005-08-08 08:32AM | 0 recs
100 people
I didnt realize Ann Coulter was helping America. I must have missed that one
by Rangerman 2005-08-12 04:28AM | 0 recs
Absent minded fools.
Ok first off, this is the only time I will ever comment on this Blog. I am not a liberal nor will I ever be. I can't even think of myself stooping that low. I am a conservative republican, yeah go ahead and bash me if you want, I could care less. I heard enough already. Now to get to the point of this comment, I just finished Bernard Goldberg's new book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course you will all call me biased when you read this and once again, I don't care. Anyway, I typed in the title of the book on yahoo to see what reviews it got and stumbled across this little lefty weblog. I of course had to read what you folks said about the book. I didn't expect good reviews, and after reading these comments I have come to realize that most likely only a small handful of you guys actually read the book. And the ones who did didn't even understand the concept of the book. I see people continuously asking how is he/she a threat. What did they do? The point isn't what these people did. The point is to show the best example of what's wrong in this country. And no, I don't mean George Bush. Which is who all lefties think of. But it's showing what these people stand for. Showing their lack of moral values, or the principals they stand for. It shows just a part of the values of our country. For example: John Green. The man who started the "Malice in the Palace" fight between the Pistons and Pacers. All he did was throw a beer. That's not really screwing up America now is it? No, but that wasn't the point Bernard was making. He was showing how far Sports have gone done the tubes. That fans now think there part of the game and have to offer there input and end up screwing things up. See what I'm getting at? It's not their single actions that make them a threat; it's the very principals they stand for. Of how these people Make America look like a terrible place. I think the main problem here is that the liberals can't stand the fact that somebody actually unveiled them. It's not a right wing book because BG is not right wing. He put the straight facts on paper. And if you read the book you will see there are also conservatives on the list as well. It's just there are many more liberals on it, and that's exactly how it should. Thick minded, hateful Liberals. Yes I said hateful. All you do is bash anybody who is not on your side. And try to make it look like your all innocent and righties are all evil. I'm conservative and pro life, but I don't hate doctors who perform abortions, nor woman who have abortion. I don't support gay rights, but I don't hate gays. I just disagree with what they believe. I'm not hateful like you strive to make me look. So there. I've said my piece. Bash me, mock me, and say what you want about me. I really don't care. I'm proud of what I believe, just as you are. Thank you.
by SamIAm365 2005-09-03 11:29PM | 0 recs
Read the Book
You folks are awsome!  I can only wonder how you can show so much hate without ever reading the book?  You hold so much hate inside, that you will never agree with what was written,  but you might just understand how the names on the list were picked.   The book is about coulture not politics.  Read the book and stop hating America.    
by woodie 2005-09-05 03:53PM | 0 recs
An observation
I have read all the reviews I could find of this book (both positive and negative) as well as three abstracts that have made their way on to the net. I have the book right here. I fully expected to be amused, astounded, and disgusted before I read it, and it did not disapoint.

A few observations and predictions:

A cursory glance at the names on the list makes it glaringly obvious that the author is writing with a definite partisan slant.  

This is not a book that is an honest attempt to analyze negative social trends in American society by holding up examples as has been implied in a previous post here. I was slightly astounded that this earlier poster laid the blame for the "Malice in the Palace" incident fully at the feet of John Green. Green is a glaringly ignorant human being, true, but the poster is holding Green up as an example of how far sports have degraded...WITHOUT aparently thinking that the ATHLETES who attacked him had any share of the blame.  Frankly, if you want to point out how far sports have fallen, shouldn't we be frowning at the professionals who play them when they act in such a manner?

The purpose of this book is to tell an already-convinced coservative right-wing that all of the nations problems and difficulties can be squarely placed at the feet of the left.  No liberal is going to read this book and find his liberal heart transformed into a good Republican organ.  No conservative is going to read this it and find his soul moved by the rhetoric to reject their right-wing strivings.

In fact, I seriously doubt any liberals will even pick up this book unless they are intending to bash it.  I wasn't intending to bash it, and I don't think I am bashing it.  I am merely voicing my opinion.  (If you would like me to bash it, I will do so upon request, as the book gave so much material for bashing that I find it hard to restrain myself.  But, oh, I see that in explaining that I have, in fact, gently bashed it a bit.  Someday I will learn control.  If you are right-wing, perhaps you could pray for me?  The "fruits of the Spirit" and all that.)

Thus, it seems we have a book written by a conservative, to be purchased and read by conservatives, intended to tell conservatives exactly what they already know they think.  It tells no one who will read it anything they do not already believe.  It will make conservatives smug because they read it and liberals smug because they didn't. Do we really need more smug?

The only thing I don't understand is why the book was published. It is the literary equivelent of a porno magazine in the Playboy Mansion.  What's the point? Preaching to the choir should only be done in church: don't kill trees for it.

(Oh, my.  Now I'm a liberal tree-hugger. I guess I'll never learn.  If I'm not careful I'm going to morph into a homosexual Dean-supporter!)

(Nope.  False alarm.  Still happily married.)

by Azaqi 2005-10-14 01:56PM | 0 recs
Re: The 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America

I have two words for most of the people who posted their comments: SPELL CHECK! I have never seen so many spelling and grammar errors from people with more-intelligent-than-thou personas!

I would also like to thank those of you that, before posting a comment, actually read this book. The rest of you should place yourselves on that list!

by LissaLynn 2006-06-01 08:55AM | 0 recs
Re: The 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America


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