Review: Red and Blue and Broke All Over
by Patrick Krey
by Patrick Krey: Planning
In a just world,
Charles Goyette would sit atop the radio broadcasting industry as
one of our most preeminent political radio personalities, where
Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Mark Levin would be fetching him
coffee and the latest issue of The New American (TNA) magazine.
a long and illustrious career in radio, where he promoted his views
on limited government, individual liberty, and Austrian economics.
Unfortunately for him, having viewpoints that run deeper than the
talking points forwarded from Karl Rove can be a liability in a
broadcasting world dominated by political pundits who march to the
tune of the Republican establishment. His fatal mistake was being
a principled conservative during the budget-busting, nation-invading
Bush years. Talk radio is not known for being friendly territory
for independent thinking. Goyette stood firm on his traditional
conservative stance regarding both the immorality and idiocy of
foreign wars for visions of global democracy. His reward for such
disobedience was dismissal. Much to the chagrin of the neocons,
Goyette did find work elsewhere and broadcasted his views for a
few more years. Podcasts of some of his later interviews can still
be heard over at Antiwar.com.
left the world of radio and began writing. Goyettes last book,
Dollar Meltdown, which this writer previously reviewed for
TNA, became a New York Times bestseller. His latest
book, entitled Red
and Blue and Broke All Over: Restoring Americas Free Economy,
was released in mid-March. This latest offering is an indictment
of the two major parties and increasingly oppressive and destructive
government actions, both foreign and domestic. The name itself,
Red and Blue, is a direct shot at the bipartisan effort to create
an all-powerful state and the parties embrace of centralized
economic planning and endless interventions abroad.
that both parties are to blame for our predicament. Freedom, Goyette
writes, has been double-teamed by
and Democrats alike; it has been sucker-punched by the red gloves
of one and has taken a hit on the blind side by the blue gloves
of the other. American freedom is on the ropes. Party loyalists
might be taken aback that this book takes numerous potshots at party
leaders, both past and present. In regard to the 2008 election,
Goyette quips that candidates were really just like practice
squads, wearing different jerseys, one red and one blue, but playing
on the same team.
Much like his
on-air radio personality, Goyettes writing is informative
yet entertaining, and the book is immensely quotable. Gems abound,
such as his quip that the term jobless recovery
falls into the same class as a lifeless resuscitation: the operation
was a success, but the patient died or the shape of
our economic future can be discerned in the lengthening shadows
cast by the growing intrusions of the state.
He does an
excellent job of painting a vivid picture with his words that make
concepts that might be foreign to readers vibrantly come to life.
For instance, he attacks our brewing debt crisis from the perspective
of its impact on future generations. Surely one must question
the morality of people who would approve paying for present consumption
by burdening little children and those yet to be born with a lifetime
of debt. Goyette also brings up classic works of literature
like George Orwells 1984
and Aldous Huxleys Brave
New World to draw parallels to today.
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D. Krey, Esq. is a freelance writer who works in the corporate world
and has an M.B.A., J.D. (law degree) and an L.L.M. (masters of law)
from the University of Buffalo. Patrick is also a general practice
Attorney admitted to the bar in New York State. His writings focus
on national issues and have been published online at JBS.org,
Infowars.com, The Tenth
Amendment Center and in The
New American bi-weekly print magazine.
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