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Looking forward to reading Tucker when he is more thoughtful and mature
October 24, 2018
This is a book of finger pointing and blaming, as should be obvious I guess from the title. Nevertheless it saddened me. 237 pages are devoted to pointing fingers, mostly at Democrats, sometimes for things such as living in large houses and taking airline trips while working. Does that seem silly to anyone else? Three pages at the end are devoted to what should be done to "right the ship." Fascinatingly, he is able to talk about solutions to these problems without mentioning campaign finance or the Citizens United decision, which arguably account for, or contribute to, many of the problems identified in the book.
There are some characteristics of adolescence that shout out at me as I read this book. Adolescents are often fascinated with hypocrisy. This is a major topic of the book. "How can she care about climate change when she takes airplane flights?" for instance. What saddens me even more is that so many readers are apparently at the same level of development and think that somehow identifying this "hypocrisy" helps problem solve. Surprise!!! It doesn't help anything. It does rile up the troops and make them feel really really proud. Yes, it is true that they have no solutions to the problems but at least they don't talk about the importance of the environment while they take airline flights. Somehow, therefore, they are in the "in" group. They are better.
Another characteristic of adolescence is that overwhelming desire to prove your bona fides with the "in" group. In many ways Tucker seems to have decided that conservatives are the cool kids and he can prove his bona fides by dissing the out group. I am aware that Tucker is not in step with all points of view of the Republican or conservative agendas, nevertheless, in general, they are clearly the cool kids’ table in Tucker's book.
This book is so confusing. If income inequality is an issue, how does dissing Democrats solve that problem? Tucker has a good brain, and from his impassioned writing one would imagine that he cares about our beloved country. We need him to be working for the good of our great country. At this time, however, he cares like an adolescent cares. I look forward to the time that he can write thoughtfully about solutions to problems. Not working to rile up the tribe, but problem solve like grown ups try to do.
Keep working Tucker. Your heart is in the right place!