Related to the last post, Jimmie Bise reviews Mark Steyn’s newest book After America: Get Ready for Armageddon and Marybeth Hick’s Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left’s Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom.
The pair of books from Regnery Publishing are not, I warn you, for the faint of heart. Neither Steyn nor Hicks are out to make themselves look good for a television appearance nor are they running for office. They are not cheap hacks out to score an easy best-seller. They are skilled writers who have delved into the current cultural and political lay of the land and found hard truths. So here’s your warning. If you’re given to the sort of melancholy that drives you to black nail polish and Morrissey albums, you may not want to tackle both within a month of each other. However, if you can take the hard medicine that Steyn and Hicks serve up, tablespoon by unrelenting tablespoon, you will be better off than when you started.
I decided to write about these books together because they tackle, at a different level, the very real malady that has struck our country. While Steyn’s book diagnoses, in stark and unflinching detail, the cultural cancer that continues to eat away at the vitals of America, Hicks’ book zeroes in on how the left spreads that cancer cell by cell.
The premise of Steyn’s book is simple: what has befallen Europe over the past several decades is happening to America right now…
Hicks narrows the focus to our children and the daily relentless efforts by determined individuals on the left to turn them away from the traditional values that underpin the American identity. The fight against the cultural cancer spread by the malignant left goes on every day in schools and on playgrounds, in the movie theater and on radio stations.