NEWS AND OPINION:
Behold: A new book by a longtime national talk radio host was ranked No. 1 on Amazon before it was even published. That would be “The Democrat Party Hates America” by Mark R. Levin, released Tuesday and centered upon a clear mission.
“This book is not intended to be provocative, but in the Democrat Party-centric party of our society, it undoubtedly will be. That said, it is not written for Democrat Party officials, politicians, media, sycophants, activists and surrogates,” the author writes in the very first chapter.
“It’s written for those patriotic Americans who fear for our country and its future. America is unraveling. Our founding and history are under assault. Our families and faiths are being degraded. Individualism has been substituted for groups. Color blindness is now racist, capitalism and prosperity are being devoured by economic socialism and climate-change fanaticism,” Mr. Levin notes.
His list of the nation’s vexing challenges goes on — as does the blame.
“The Democrat Party is responsible for this and much more,” he writes.
The meticulous author also offers 51 pages of footnotes to support his many examples of how the aforementioned political party “hates” America.
Mr. Levin, by the way, is also a prolific writer. Among his nine published books, seven have reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
The author also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show, plus “Levin TV” on Blaze TV and “Life, Liberty and Levin” on Fox News. The book has been published by Threshold Editions, the conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster.
“Our republic is only 247 years old. If the Democrat Party succeeds, the American experiment will have failed,” the author warns in his final chapter.
MORE POWER FOR HERITAGE
The Heritage Foundation has appointed Christopher DeMuth as a distinguished fellow in the foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies — which is centered on preserving America’s founding principles by putting them to work as actual solutions to the nation’s most pressing modern issues.
Now there’s an idea.
Mr. DeMuthhas arrived at Heritage after leading policy initiatives at the Hudson Institute and serving as president of the American Enterprise Institute for more than two decades.
“Almost two years ago, we laid out an ambitious vision for Heritage, encouraging conservatives to go on offense to beat back the naysayers who seem committed to breaking the essential pillars of American life, culture, and institutions. I am proud to welcome Chris to Heritage because he shares our belief that the foundational principles of our country’s past are essential to securing her future,” said Heritage president Kevin Roberts in a written statement.
“American government and politics are in serious disarray, and many of our nation’s greatest traditions and institutions are under siege. Heritage is at the forefront of confronting these momentous challenges and devising practical steps for recovery and renewal,” Mr. DeMuth said, also in a written statement.
He has a noteworthy heritage of his own, having served as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief during President Reagan’s first term — one of many significant professional callings.
Mr. DeMuth is currently chairman of the National Conservatism Conference, co-chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, a member of the boards of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Fund and the AHA Foundation, and a distinguished senior fellow at the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.
ONE FOR THE COAST GUARD
A round of applause, please, for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, situated in New London, Connecticut, and ranked as the nation’s top regional college in the Northeast for the last nine years by some respected sources.
“This year the academy again ranked No. 1 in both the Top Public Schools Regional Colleges North, and the overall Regional Colleges North categories in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges publication. The academy was also ranked #2 in the Most Innovative Schools, Regional Colleges North category, and 12th in the Best in Undergraduate Engineering Programs category,” the school advised in a written statement.
The Princeton Review also ranked the academy in “The Best 389 Colleges 2024,” It was also included on the organization’s “Best Regional Colleges” list.
THE FADING OFFICE
The workplace used to be the launching pad for considerable socializing. Not anymore, at least according to “5:01 and Done; No One Wants to Schmooze After Work” — an analysis published Monday by The Wall Street Journal.
“After an initial burst of post-pandemic happy hours, rubber chicken dinners and mandatory office merriment, many employees are adopting a stricter 5:01-and-I’m-done attitude to their work schedules. More U.S. workers say they’re trying to draw thicker lines between work and the rest of life, and that often means clocking out and eschewing invites to socialize with co-workers. Corporate event planners say they’re already facing pushback for fall activities and any work-related functions that take place on weekends,” writes reporter Anne Marie Chaker.
“The pandemic altered eating and drinking habits, and pandemic puppies, now fully grown dogs, have to be walked on a schedule. With fewer people back in offices, there are fewer impromptu happy hours and a lack of interest in staying out late with colleagues,” Ms. Chaker notes.
POLL DU JOUR
• 33% of U.S. adults say the economy is the most important influence when they decide who to vote for in a presidential election.
• 26% cite “preserving democracy” as the most important issue.
• 8% cite abortion, 8% cite health care.
• 8% cite immigration, 5% cite racial inequality.
• 5% cite climate change, 4% cite gun violence.
• 3% are unsure or don’t know what the most important issue is to them.
Source: A Quinnipiac University poll of 1,908 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 7-11.
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