October 13, 2015
CBC's featured podcast author interview of the week is with Ronald Reagan biographer, Craig Shirley, who is author of the new book, Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan. Shirley is the first author to thoroughly research and document the post-presidency career of Ronald Reagan and his lasting legacy.
CBC Editor Christopher Malagisi interviewed Shirley in this 13-minute interview. Listen to learn what Ronald Reagan's final act was, and where he sits in the pantheon of American presidents and world leaders.
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October 13, 2015
His name in American politics is more cited than any other president. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are radically different today, mainly as a result of Ronald Reagan and the force of his ideas. No twentieth century president shaped the American political landscape so profoundly.
Craig Shirley's Last Act is the important final chapter in the life of Reagan that no one has thus far covered. It's the kind of book that widens our understanding of American history and of the presidency and the men who occupied it. To tell Reagan's story, Craig has secured the complete, exclusive, and enthusiastic support of the Reagan Foundation and Library and spent considerable time there reviewing sealed files and confidential information.
Cast in a grand and compelling narrative style, Last Act contains interesting and heretofore untold anecdotes about Reagan, Mrs. Reagan, their pleasure at retirement, the onslaught of the awful Alzheimer's and how he and Mrs. Reagan dealt with the diagnosis, the slow demise, the extensive plans for a state funeral, the outpouring from the nation, which stunned the political establishment, the Reagan legacy, and how his shadow looms more and more over the Republican Party, Washington, the culture of America, and the world.
October 12, 2015
Bestselling author, Ed Klein, emailed us his answers to questions we asked him about his new book, Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary Clinton. See why Hillary is so "unlikeable!"
Congratulations Mr. Klein on your new book, Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary! Can you give us an overview of your book?
Hillary Clinton may be “unlikeable” as I write in my new book, but conservatives should not forget that she may also be electable. She is a formidable candidate. If we conservatives underestimate her, we do so at our own peril.
What new information do we learn about Hillary Clinton from your new book that the general public may not be aware of?
If you want to know what’s happening behind closed doors - the intrigue, backstabbing, and deliberate deception at the highest levels of the Democratic Party between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - then you should read this book.
Why fundamentally do you believe Hillary has an image problem? Her supporters say she is the most successful and well-known woman in the world having served as US Secretary of State, as a US Senator, and as First Lady. Why has she not been able to capitalize on all this?
Hillary is a Nixonian character with a bunker mentality - angry, self-pitying, defensive, secretive, paranoid - and she is not qualified by her personal character to be President of the United States.
Do the Obamas want Hillary to be the next president? Earlier this year and in your new book, you reported it was Obama White House Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, who leaked the email server story to the media. And the story continues to haunt the Clinton campaign with its “drip-drip” effect to this day. Is the Obama administration behind all this, and to what end?
Barack Obama and his Chief Political Advisor, Valerie Jarrett have urged Vice President Joe Biden to get into the race for the Democrat nomination because they do not want to see Hillary Clinton succeed Obama in the Oval Office. They do not trust her to carry out Obama’s legacy, and they don’t want to turn over control of the Democratic Party with all its patronage, money, and power to the Clintons.
Can Bernie Sanders, or Joe Biden, beat Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination?
Socialist Bernie Sanders cannot be nominated and Joe Biden will have a hard time overcoming Hillary’s advantage in money, donors, endorsements, and organization.
Hillary has been getting good reviews for her stint on Saturday Night Live the previous weekend. What did you think of Hillary’s SNL appearance playing the role of bartender to an SNL actress playing a very-much-in-need-of-a-drink Hillary Clinton?
Hillary is desperate to prove that she is likeable. One stilted and forced performance on SNL isn’t going to change her image. That image of unlikeability is baked permanently into her personality.
October 12, 2015
In A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, Dr. Ben Carson provides his readers with a clear and simple explanation of the principles and text of the U.S. Constitution. He believes that many people in our nation, government officials and voters alike, lack a fundamental understanding of our founding documents. As a result, our constitutional liberties are being compromised and often ignored.
Carson is an accomplished neurosurgeon and a leader in his field in several respects, not the least of which is being the first doctor to successfully separate conjoined twins. As with any profession involving advanced training, the price of specialization is facing skepticism as an authority in areas outside one's domain of formal training. Carson writes, “There are many today who think that doctors should stick to medicine and cannot possibly know anything about any other area of life.” Carson clearly disagrees, seeing as he is a doctor running to be President of the United States.
Starting with the Preamble and moving the through each of the Articles and Amendments, Carson unpacks the meaning of each section of the Constitution while sharing his views on important issues, including: freedom of speech and religion, the definition of marriage, Second Amendment rights, government spending, and more.
He provides a perspective which will be unique to some readers- as the son of a single-parent mother, he was raised in poverty, and his views of justice and freedom were shaped by early childhood experiences. He shares how his view of freedom has developed, what values that his mother imparted have remained the same, and how life events have formed and matured his views on controversial topics.
Carson writes at a time when prior elected experience has made candidates and elected officials very suspect in the eyes of the citizenry. Perhaps his perceived weakness is his greatest strength: America wants a leader who is devoid of vapid political-speak and ready to champion the liberties of people outside the Acela Corridor. As a champion of freedom who has demonstrated ability to serve others in various roles, Carson may be better suited to understand our country's constitutional crisis than those who have unwittingly shaped it.
There have been other presidential hopefuls who have practiced medicine, and demonstrating a solid understanding of the U.S. Constitution has made some of these a more viable choice for an elected office. Carson writes, “Our founding fathers didn't want a permanent governing class of professional politicians. They wanted a republic...” Fortunately for America, he stands in a line of accomplished men and women outside of politics who are willing to fight for freedom.
Perhaps previous debates about the power of the pen and the sword should be revised to determine the comparative might of the mind and the scalpel. As Carson quips in the book, “Five doctors had signed the Declaration of Independence, and as highly educated individuals they were deeply involved in local and national affairs during the early days of our nation.”
A refreshing perspective on the duty of elected officials to preserve and champion the constitutional liberties of those who elected them.
Original CBC review written by Jason Isaacs.