Lies and the Lying Liars that Tell Them
The best part of a vacation is being able to read books. One of the books that we (my husband and I) read on vacation was “Lies and the Lying Liars that Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right” by Al Franken.
I had read Al’s past book, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot. It was hilarious. The latest book is a must read. Al Franken is such a clever writer. His musings of George Bush and the Conversative Media are so dead on that it makes you wonder what type of country are we living in? A scary one, as Al states. He goes after the conservative pundits who do not do any research, and rant on to the American public who actually believe everything that they tell them. Talking heads such as Bill Reilly and Sean Hannity.
Al takes his assistant down to the admissions office at Bob Jones University, posing as son and father, is frightening and hilarious at the same time. He writes about a possible 3 person play where a waitress is lamenting to the lawyer (her customer) about how excited she is about the Bush tax cuts. The lawyer explains the reality of the tax and that to get that tax cut she is actually looking thousands in other benefits, gives great insight into the misperception that most American have come to believe. It is brilliant.
The book is witty and entertaining yet gives incredible insight into the realities of the present administration. You want to stand up on a table and scream!
Perhaps Al Franken should consider running for President?
What is really strange about Al Franken’s book “Lies and the lying liars who tell them,” is his biggest prank, which was to ask his secretary to lie for him to set up a visit for him and his son to visit the Christian Bob Jones University. He then took his prospective college-age son on a campus tour where father and son lied to the admissions office, lied to student guides and lied to faculty members. The purpose of this jaunt was “to have fun at their expense,” “We were going to go on a comedy adventure.” Franken was “Excited about all the comic possibilities.”
Russell Shorto writes that this book “…has become a kind of blueprint for liberals…” which, given the level of the election debate, I can believe. But Franken’s anguished claim;” I do tell the truth” I find quite a bit more difficult.