Thank the Liberals for Saving America (and Why You Should)Book - 2012
Argues that the United States was founded on progressive ideals and that the programs instituted by legislation, court decisions, and grassroot movements have provided social programs for all citizens that remain true to these ideals.
In Thank the Liberals, political commentator and Fox News radio host Alan Colmes explains how people who fight for liberal ideals help our country move forward. With his trademark humor and wit, Colmes walks readers through the founding of our nation and shows how America was based on a liberal idea. Our very founders were progressives, and it’s progressives who have led America to be the country it is today. Through legislation, constitutional amendments, Supreme Court decisions, and the actions of grassroots Americans, we see that it is liberal efforts that are responsible for programs intrinsic to our American DNA—programs like Social Security, Medicare, assistance for the needy, and the government safety nets that have saved us during the recent economic downturn.
Colmes’s goal is to show not only where we are today, but also where we as a nation are going and how it is liberals who will get us there. The divide between conservative and progressive aims has gotten ever more stark, and it seems that many conservatives are trying to take us backward, revoking or rolling back hard-won rights and impeding progress, which at best keeps us stranded in the status quo. This continual push to the right is something liberals must fight, and fight they do. On everything from preserving the separation of church and state, to climate change, regulating immigration, caring for the poor, and making peace, not war, Colmes shows how liberals are leading the way.
Thank the Liberals will open readers’ eyes to some of the battles that will help define our nation as we move forward. Colmes boldly shows that as America progresses, it will become more liberal—just as it has done throughout history—and that this will enable us to continue to stand out as a beacon of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world.