LEVIN’S CALL FOR ‘AMERICANISM’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Syn­di­cated talk ra­dio host Mark Levin’s new book won’t be pub­lished for an­other six days, but it is al­ready sell­ing briskly, ranked No. 5 among all books on Ama­zon, and No. 1 in po­lit­i­cal and so­cial sci­ence books.

And no won­der. The ti­tle is both timely and telling: “Re­dis­cov­er­ing Americanism and the Tyranny of Pro­gres­sivism” clearly ac­knowl­edges the con­cerns of vot­ers who fear that the ba­sic, bright and beloved qual­i­ties of their na­tion are fad­ing un­der the glare of lib­eral me­dia and pro­gres­sive bul­ly­ing.

As he has in pre­vi­ous books, Mr. Levin makes his case based on his­tory and facts. The au­thor digs into the ide­o­log­i­cal roots of the pro­gres­sive move­ment, and points the fin­ger at those philoso­phers and thinkers he feels are de­struc­tive to civil so­ci­ety, in­di­vid­ual free­dom and rights, the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, the Con­sti­tu­tion and other tra­di­tional bedrock com­po­nents of Amer­ica.

“Mark Levin re­vis­its the founders’ warn­ings about the per­ils of over­reach by the fed­eral govern­ment and concludes that the men who cre­ated our coun­try would be out­raged and dis­ap­pointed to see where we’ve ended up,” pub­lisher Thresh­old Edi­tions, the con­ser­va­tive im­print of Si­mon & Schus­ter, says in ad­vance notes.

“Levin re­turns to the im­pas­sioned ques­tion he’s ex­plored in each of his best­selling books: How do we save our ex­cep­tional coun­try? Be­cause our val­ues are in such a pre­car­i­ous state, he ar­gues that a restora­tion to the es­sen­tial truths on which our coun­try was founded has never been more ur­gent. Un­der­stand­ing these prin­ci­ples, in Levin’s words, can ‘serve as the an­ti­dote to tyran­ni­cal regimes and gov­ern­ments.’ Re­dis­cov­er­ing Americanism is not an ex­er­cise in nos­tal­gia, but an ap­peal to his fel­low cit­i­zens to re­verse course,” Thresh­old says.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also pub­lishes the work of Pres­i­dent Trump, Rush Lim­baugh, Dick Cheney, Glenn Beck and Oliver North, to name just a few.

Mr. Levin’s book ar­rives June 27.

The sur­vey also found that only 6 per­cent of vot­ers over­all feel there is less of a dan­ger of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence; Repub­li­cans and Democrats essen­tially agreed on that one. An­other 16 per­cent say the po­ten­tial for vi­o­lence is about the same; 18 per­cent of the Repub­li­cans and 11 per­cent of the Democrats agreed.

Mean­while, a new Gallup poll has some promis­ing news for the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion about a dif­fer­ent type of vi­o­lence: 70 per­cent of the pub­lic have con­fi­dence in the U.S. govern­ment to pro­tect its cit­i­zens from fu­ture acts of ter­ror­ism — a “re­cov­ery of con­fi­dence from the last time the ques­tion was asked,” which was dur­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, the poll­ster said mil­lion, the anal­y­sis found. The three net­works also ex­pe­ri­enced “fi­nan­cial growth” for their morn­ing news pro­grams in the same pe­riod, which were up by 3 per­cent, reach­ing a very tidy $836 mil­lion.

In to­tal, then, from Jan­uary to Septem­ber 2016 — prime elec­tion months — the “Big Three” net­works made al­most $1.3 bil­lion on week­day morn­ing and evening news shows alone. The fig­ure does not in­clude week­end news or Sun­day talk shows.

THRESH­OLD BOOKS

Mark Levin’s new book won’t be re­leased un­til June 27, but the book is al­ready in Ama­zon’s Top 10 list of all books and ranks No. 1 in the po­lit­i­cal sec­tion.

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