Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn't Work

 
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  • The Past Didn't Work Either
    Let me get this straight...after more redistribution of wealth to the highest couple percent of folks in the last eight years, the total bust of the Cheney administration and the economic coma their corporate socialism has brought, and we're going to cast Obama as the catalyst of the coming Despair? And while we're at it, let's make light of the most serious fact of our lifetimes - our very existence is fast becoming unsupportable owing to man-made climate change. Intelligent Design won't allow it to happen, is that it? Great stuff that British comedy. This is how you conservatives go about bravely facing "reality"? Mr. Bean himself never had material this rich....more info
  • the truth will make you laugh/weep.
    This book is belly-laugh funny.
    This book is also call-to-arms/pitchforks scary.
    Will read anything else this guy writes!

    harry naasz...more info
  • Conventional conservative thinking
    As a conservative, I agree with 90% of the author's arguments. These are specifically that liberal/socialist-type policies the author observed in Britan and that most conservatives expect Obama to initiate here will be deterimental to health care, public education, etc; and that increasing moral relativism and multiculturalism will further undermine American civilization. The weakness of this book is that the conservative viewpoints on these topics expressed by the author are well known and have been widely presented/discussed in other books/forums. While the author's British perspective is sometimes interesting, the book offers essentially no new ideas. A further weakness is that this admirable tirade against liberalism fails to offer any meaningful suggestions for asserting conservative thinking/beliefs. The final "conclusions" chapter is particularly dissapointing in this regard.

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  • Using life in the UK under Blair to warn us about the coming life under Obama in the USA
    In 1921, Lincoln Steffens, the famous muckraker, said upon his return from the Soviet Union, "I have been over to the future, and it works." This is usually quoted as "I have seen the future, and it works" and was used that way by his wife, Ella Winter, on the title page of her "Red Virtue". This is what James Delingpole is lampooning with his subtitle to "Obamaland: I have Seen Your Future and It Doesn't Work". The author shows us how Tony Blair's UK is much like the America Obama has promised us. Since the UK is anything but the "excellence for all" promised by Blair, Delingpole believes that Obama's promises and dreams will ring equally untrue.

    This book is written with rough humor and a certain teenager-like fixation on sex. I found much to like about the book and am quite willing to overlook the author's personal foibles. He takes us through a comparison of the UK before, during, and after Margret Thatcher and shows us what the politicians promised, what they delivered, and the nonsense the public bought utterly from Blair. If you compare the foolishness said by Blair and Obama, the similarity is quite eerie. The public desperation to believe is even creepier.

    Since Obama is pushing his version of nationalized healthcare, the author takes us through his own experiences with the UK National Health Service, comparing the "envy of the world" image with the reality. He shows why the state is not your friend (or mine). I also enjoyed his examination of the motives of the Left in pushing a "classless" society, why the push to restrict hunting in the UK is a harbinger of what Obama and company are working towards in America, the environmental foolishness that is really an excuse to control your life totally - you see it is totalitarian in nature. Dalingpole also exposes the foolishness of modern educational theory, the sources for the anti-UK, anti-American, and anti-West intellectualism that threatens our long-term cultural survival in the face of the Jihadists. Poison is in the does, not the substance. Diversity is not in itself a bad thing, but as urged on us by the Left it is horribly destructive. Dalingpole finishes up by showing why war is a human reality and not something the anti-war folks have a better solution for. He finishes the book by talking about the values that really matter and they aren't those pushed by Blair or being urged on us by Obama. Our Constitution is based on individual rights and the socialists (not matter what they want to call themselves) focus on group rights so they can subjugate each of us to their larger agenda.

    The book is actually funny and irreverent, which I did not capture in this review. For example, I enjoyed his stating the socialism is just communism with shorter queues. Enjoy this little sample, "You think it's an accident that the global Islamist movement has managed to make so much political capital out of Abu Grhaib and Guantanmo? Then consider the al Queda training manual found in Manchester in 2003. Its Rule 18 ordered that their terrorists, if captured, `must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them' and `complain to the court of mistreatment while in prison.'" There you go.

    In my view, you should read this book and share it with your friends as we try to wake people from the Obama hallucination.

    Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI
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  • Love this book.
    As soon as I Started reading just the beginning, I laughed loud, This book along with A Slobbering Love Affair Is A Beautifully Written book. If you don't agree with the subject it's probably because your one of the fanatics,
    The book is well written,Provocative,And Smart.. Very Engaging book And Good Argument with FACTS to back it up....more info
  • Cheap Political Potboiler
    James Delingpole is some British guy I'd never heard of until I happened to pass by his book the other day at the local bookstore. Despite the somewhat attention-grabbing cover of his book, it seems destined to be ignored by about 99.9% of the American public. Which is why I'm writing this review. And also, because I want to offset some of the 1-star reviews that this book will inevitably garner. And also, because I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Actually, Delingpole's book is not 'cheap' (just throwing a sop to the inevitable haters), although it is a bit of a potboiler - the author at the end admits that he hopes to use proceeds from sales to fund his son's private school education, an enterprise made ever more financially precarious in Tony Blair's Britain, I guess.

    That's largely what this book is about, how socialism courtesy of Blair has royally screwed merry old England up. And how Obama and the Democrats will do the same in America. High taxes, onerous regulation, multi-cultural nonsense, the like. The criticisms of liberal policies are the standard conservative arguments that you will get on this side of the pond. But there is something else as well. In his lament on the decline of England, Delingpole draws from England's storied history and tradition to paint a picture of the England he believes is being lost. He also has a pretty good awareness of American history - probably much better than the average American has of England.

    But this book is ultimately about civilization - Western Civilization, as informed by England - and particularly how what took over two thousand years to build is being ignorantly trashed and cast aside. It is about more than things like health care, global warming, or other political fads of the moment. Read the chapter on fox hunting. Read the whole book....more info
  • Didn't like his writing style
    Although I am a quasi-libertarian myself, I didn't like this book. Question for the author: Who's proposing a British-like health care system in the U.S.? Not the Obama administration, so the first part of the book is a straw man. I just couldn't stand the author's ego and snide tone. He actually says "my wife is very beautiful"; you'll excuse me if I'm skeptical, James. His strident defense of the U.S. health care system seemed a little naive to me--has he ever found it impossible to obtain health insurance because of a preexisting condition like I have? I'm guessing no. I can't recommend ObamaLand unless you have a lot of time and a lot of patience....more info
  • A Must Read..
    While a fun and easy and breezy read, this book is in truth a firebell in the night.
    A must read, but only if you care about the future of The American Experiment!...more info
  • your poli-sci romance has been called to task
    Bottom Line: this author is smart. Bottom Line: this author is right to question authority. Bottom Line: socialized medicine is fine if what you consider a doctor visit is being treated like a used car part bound for the scrap heap. Im happy to keep paying my insurance premiums, especially after reading this book.

    If you are an avoidance junkie, who cant tolerate thinking outside of your circumscribed political view that already hardened like dental putty on a hot day, this book will piss you off, because its going to show you where you might be wrong about just about everything.

    If you are moderate or conservative and you want hard hitting news, this book might be a little too humorous for your needs. Nonetheless, this author is funny and charming, which makes the medicine go down easier.

    Dont bother commenting. this review was an attempt to help you decide whether to read this book or not, that is all. i dont want your opinion about my opinion. and i dont want to debate politics with you. if you want to start political debate, by all means do so elsewhere. thank you....more info
  • United Socialist States of America
    People... wake up. You have been sold a bag of mush. With the election of Obama this country has entered a very dark period. Obama is the wrong person for the job. It is interesting that many reviews are either one star OR five stars: the one star people most likely have not read the book and cast a vote because it feels good; the five star people have actually read the book and done the work and thought about things. Liberalism is for the non-thinking, feel-good, and lazy-minded. Think. Open your mind. Turn off the TV, pour some Perrier over ice with a dash of lime, and read this book! Educate yourself. ...more info
  • A Must Read!
    Mr. Delingpole's latest non-fiction, "Welcome to Obamaland", is definitely a must read for all right-minded and centrally-minded individuals in America today; in fact, I will even risk saying that this is the best book for said individuals on the market today. Mr. Delingpole goes beyond the same points that numerous American authors writing on this same topic have been referring to, making the direction of this book a breath of fresh air (in that you are not reading the same thing over and over again). Having lived through the lapse of Britain into a socialistic safehaven, Mr. Delingpole gives very succinct examples throughout this book that all American's should be on alert for (and afriad of) as our country does the same. Those who feel that socialized medicine is a way forward for this country must pay attention to Chapter Three. Other topics covered in this book include multiculturalism, the capablitity of a leftist government to ban such things as hunting, the latest cult of 'greenies', and many more. Click 'Purchase' today!! ...more info
  • Is it just funny or is that hysterical laughter we hear?
    Funny, irreverent, and I must admit - a bit depressing. But then, those of us who have read this book, have known it all along anyway. And those who don't realize what America is in for have likely taken hearty gulps of the Kool-Aid already, and are too far gone to comprehend what lies ahead. While Delingpole is not always spot on (I mean, come on - no matter how bad health care is in the UK, please don't hold up the US as a shining example of what works), this is a fun and quick one-sitting read. ...more info
  • Fun read, good overview of the conservative perspective
    I read this in an afternoon, and laughed out loud more than once. This book was clever and fast-paced; enjoyable mind-candy for any conservative the way I imagine Michael Moore books are for the liberals.

    As a twenty-something secular conservative in the US, I'm painfully aware of how the conservative message is failing to reach my generation. As Delingpole notes in his book, everything socially perceived to be "cool" is thoroughly liberal. Even if my generation had any intellectual exposure to conservative ideology, I imagine few of them would be willing to pay the social cost involved in embracing it. And make no mistake; there absolutely is a social cost and I have been experiencing it firsthand these last few years.

    In any event, I also appreciate Delingpole's book because it touched on many of the primary conservative tenets, putting them in contemporary context(Education, Health Care, Immigration/Racism, etc) and doing so in an entertaining way. I doubt I could convince many of my peers to pick up "The Conservative Mind," but something like this is accessible to the 10-second-attention-span generation. They stopped teaching Logic in our schools here in the US decades ago, so its not surprising that so few happen upon a political identity based on logical conclusions. I plan to send this book to a few of my left-leaning friends and family and spare myself the wasted breath; if Delingpole can't convince them, he can at least further outrage them....more info
  • Silly and petty
    I consider myself quite politically neutral. I wanted to see Obama win, but where government in this country is going is nowhere good right now.

    That said, I only read 30 pages of this book. So, how can I give it 1/5? Frankly, I'm too smart for it. The author, if he actually believes what he says, is bigger a partisan hack than I have come across ever before--and I spend a good portion of my time each day on a politics & news forum filled with the worst kind of partisan hacks from both spectrums. These people are blinded by their hate of the other side defining themselves by demonizing other views, simply too stupid to understand that the world is not as black and white as they pretend.

    This guy starts off blaming most problems in the world on liberals (his words, not mine). He also--and I thought this was tongue in cheek initially, but now don't believe it was--blames liberals/democrats on the fact he didn't get laid much when he was younger.

    Even my father, who laps these kinds of books up and detests the Obama administration, thought the book was too much fluff. And more than anything else, if he didn't like it, it's tripe....more info
  • Like shooting fish in a barrel
    Blending the style of P.J. O'Rourke, Mark Steyn, and Martin Amis, "Obamaland" lands a number of shots on the soft underbelly of the Obama movement, pointing out the obvious flaws, anticipating some of the foolish choices, comparing Obama to his European soul mates, and reminding us all of why American politics has the capacity to generate buzz without substance. The best part is when he writes like Steyn, O'Rourke or Amis. The bad part is that Delingpole is not as good a writer as any of them, and his concluding exhortation, to make him happy my purchasing two million of his books, is all too cheesy.

    He delves into seriously non-PC topics and charges, including raising the specter that Obama never really refers to himself as African-American or, for that matter, can we really label BHO as African-American. BHO dexcribed himself as a "mutt". Maybe African-Caucasian, but certainly not like any of the direct American descendants of African slaves. Dangerous territory for some. Black or white, slave or free, American or African, the idea that Obama is akin to Abraham Lincoln because they both were inexperienced congressmen from Illinois is clearly not a plausible parallel.

    Funny at times, but more personal than political, and less insightful than Steyn or the delightful Theo Spark....more info
  • Fun read, good overview of the conservative perspective
    I read this in an afternoon, and laughed out loud more than once. This book was clever and fast-paced; enjoyable mind-candy for any conservative the way I imagine Michael Moore books are for the liberals.

    As a twenty-something secular conservative in the US, I'm painfully aware of how the conservative message is failing to reach my generation. As Delingpole notes in his book, everything socially perceived to be "cool" is thoroughly liberal. Even if my generation had any intellectual exposure to conservative ideology, I imagine few of them would be willing to pay the social cost involved in embracing it. And make no mistake; there absolutely is a social cost and I have been experiencing it firsthand these last few years.

    In any event, I also appreciate Delingpole's book because it touched on many of the primary conservative tenets, putting them in contemporary context(Education, Health Care, Immigration/Racism, etc) and doing so in an entertaining way. I doubt I could convince many of my peers to pick up "The Conservative Mind," but something like this is accessible to the 10-second-attention-span generation. They stopped teaching Logic in our schools here in the US decades ago, so its not surprising that so few happen upon a political identity based on logical conclusions. I plan to send this book to a few of my left-leaning friends and family and spare myself the wasted breath; if Delingpole can't convince them, he can at least further outrage them....more info
  • A Brit neocon - misformed, ill-formed and colossally stupid
    Based on C-SPAN Book Review, Delingpole is absolutely nuts. He starts out attacking the British National Health Services. Well, where is equal time for opposing opinion, for example, in that NHS outsourced the hospitals in recent times only to find that the operators schemed to over charge for maintaining and equipping the facilities. James "Idiot" Delingpole just gives us the same old Bush stuff - that government is the problem, not the solution. OK, it was our Democratic scientists and engineers that got us to the moon! It was our Republican scientists and engineers that constantly expend extra billions on weapon systems that didn't work and that was ultimately cancelled (eg Sergeant York self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon). Yes, I have it on good authority that the Dems were better. That's because liberals are more intelligent. Well, "Idiot" feels free to make his outlandish statements, so let's characterize it by responding using his tactics. Don't read this garbage. Read Paul Krugman for total refutation of this nonsense....more info
  • A Must Read!
    Mr. Delingpole's latest non-fiction, "Welcome to Obamaland", is definitely a must read for all right-minded and centrally-minded individuals in America today; in fact, I will even risk saying that this is the best book for said individuals on the market today. Mr. Delingpole goes beyond the same points that numerous American authors writing on this same topic have been referring to, making the direction of this book a breath of fresh air (in that you are not reading the same thing over and over again). Having lived through the lapse of Britain into a socialistic safehaven, Mr. Delingpole gives very succinct examples throughout this book that all American's should be on alert for (and afriad of) as our country does the same. Those who feel that socialized medicine is a way forward for this country must pay attention to Chapter Three. Other topics covered in this book include multiculturalism, the capablitity of a leftist government to ban such things as hunting, the latest cult of 'greenies', and many more. Click 'Purchase' today!! ...more info
  • Didn't like his writing style
    Although I am a quasi-libertarian myself, I didn't like this book. Question for the author: Who's proposing a British-like health care system in the U.S.? Not the Obama administration, so the first part of the book is a straw man. I just couldn't stand the author's ego and snide tone. He actually says "my wife is very beautiful"; you'll excuse me if I'm skeptical, James. His strident defense of the U.S. health care system seemed a little naive to me--has he ever found it impossible to obtain health insurance because of a preexisting condition like I have? I'm guessing no. I can't recommend ObamaLand unless you have a lot of time and a lot of patience....more info
  • Boring from Britain
    Redundant conservative dogma drawing parallels from the downfall of the British economy to Obama's economics. Unfortunately, all too true, but save yourself the money and just realize how bad it is there and how much worse it's going to be here....more info

 

 
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