Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Stupid Conservatives Only Want Slogans

So says Patsy Schroeder, E-CO (that's embarrassment, from Colorado), former Congresswoman and current president of the American Association of Publishers.

"The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: 'No, don't raise my taxes, no new taxes,'" Pat Schroeder, president of the American Association of Publishers, said in a recent interview. "It's pretty hard to write a book saying, 'No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes' on every page..."

She said liberals tend to be policy wonks who "can't say anything in less than paragraphs. We really want the whole picture, want to peel the onion."

Of course.

1. Bush lied, people died.
2. No blood for oil.
3. War is not the answer.
4. By Any Means Necessary.
5. Hey hey, ho ho, Bush and Cheney have to go.
6. Don't believe everything you think.
7. I hope for a day when schools have everything they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.
8. Visualize world peace.
9. It's my body and I can do what I want with it.
10. It's for the children.

Deep thinkers, those lefties.

I agree with Mary Matalin's comment:

"As head of a book publishing association, she probably shouldn't malign any readers."
Thanks to reader Eric for passing the link on to me.


Tony said...

I'd be willing to bet that the same bumper sticker manufacturer is working both sides of the aisle.

Ellen K said...

I was pretty offended at Schroeder's opinion that "conservatives don't read." I want to find her personal email so I can send the list of forty books I have read just this summer. I bet that conservatives read more books and a wider range of books than most liberals.

Robert said...

It drives me crazy how liberals claim to be on the side of the working class and to be the party of justice and equality, and then constantly turn around and make high intelligence a litmus test for everything. Somebody needs to tell them that elitism and populism are opposites.

AnotherMathGuy said...

I refuse to label myself as conservative or liberal, because that means taking a side without really thinking things through. You should stop attacking liberals just for the sake of attacking liberals, and liberals should stop attacking conservatives etc...

All that demonstrates is a refusal to think for yourself. Look for opportunities to apply reasoning skills and try to stay away from the politics of hatred. Neither FOX nor ABC has all the answers.

Darren said...

anothermathguy, it seems silly *not* to classify ourselves, because that's what humans do! It's far easier for you to get a feel for my belief structure when I tell you I'm conservative than it would be for me to list every one of my political beliefs--although that list *would* probably give you a more accurate feel for my beliefs.

I don't fault liberals just because they're liberals, I fault them for the views they hold. If some particular liberal doesn't hold a view that's typified by "liberals" in general, then my criticism doesn't apply to that person.

Please don't assume that I cannot think for myself, and don't be so naive as to think the solution if for us all just to hold hands and get along. If it were that easy, we'd all be doing it.

Anonymous said...

Google "Newt Gingrich Reading List" and one comes up with PBS . . . books included:

1. Sun-Tzu. The Art of War.

2. Miyamoto Musashi. A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy.

3. General Heinz Guderian. Panzer Leader. (World War II military history by the Nazis' master of armored warfare, including the blitzkreig tactics.)

4. Alvin Toffler. The Third Wave.

5. Isaac Asimov. The Foundation Trilogy.

6. Peter F. Drucker. The Effective Executive.

7.Donald Peterson. A Better Idea

8.Ray Kroc. Grinding It Out

9. Gordon Wood. The Creation of the American Republic and The Radicalism of the American Revolution.

These were required reading for his staff.

And how about this quote from U.S. News and World Report: "In fact, Bush has entered a book-reading competition with Karl Rove, his political adviser. White House aides say the president has read 60 books so far this year (while the brainy Rove, to Bush's competitive delight, has racked up only 50). The commander in chief delved into three volumes in August alone-two on Abraham Lincoln and, more surprising for a man of unambiguous convictions, The Stranger, Albert Camus's existential tale of murder and alienation." (August 23,2007)

I think Ms. Schroeder might want to do a little more research, maybe even some more reading.

Darren said...

Patsy's too self-important to check out your anecdote.

Ellen K said...

BTW-For anyone wanting more insight into Iran, I highly recommend "Reading Lolita in Tehran". And you can chase that down with the somewhat slanted but inspirational "Three Cups of Tea." Then if you want to savor and analyze the epitome of decadence you can read the very well researched "Abundance" about Marie Antoinette. There are 37 more, but I will spare you.....