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The Official Handbook of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy [Paperback]

Mark W. Smith
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April 25 2004 Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
Attorney and conservative commentator Mark Smith deconstructs the 10 biggest liberal myths, provides facts and proof to expose liberal lies and hypocrisy, and delivers hard evidence on why the liberals' standing policies on such issues as taxes, welfare, goverment spending, and defense are just plain wrong.

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3.0 out of 5 stars One Half Of A Great Debate May 21 2004
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Whenever a writer bandies the word 'conspiracy' around, he usually uses it in a context of an accusatory attack against a shadowy foe. It is quite rare that a writer chooses to use it in a defensive way. In THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY by Mark W. Smith, the cabal of conspirators is nothing less than the entire right spectrum of conservative American politics, the Republican party. Smith exults in and glorifies the role that Republicans supposedly play in their conspiracy to present 'the arguments you need to defeat the loony left.' (from the advertisement on the book's cover) New York lawyer Mark Smith divides this thin text into twenty-eight brief chapters, each of which follows a similar structure. He begins with what he terms the 'liberal lunacy.' In his chapter on the desirability of maintaining and using racial profiling as a means to target potential Moslem radical terrorists before they board commercial aircraft, he gives the liberal spin: "Law enforcement should not be allowed to consider race at all." He then proceeds to give the opposite conservative spin, most of which deals with sound bytes with which the readers of The New York Daily News are well familiar. Smith likes to quote conservative sources like Ann Coulter: "100 percent of successful terrorists attacks on commercial airlines for twenty years have been committed by Arabs. When there is a 100 percent chance, it ceases to be a profile. It's called a 'description of the suspect.' "
What emerges from this book, which is witty and well written, is one half of a spirited debate. It is almost as if the Lincoln-Douglas debates were missing Douglas. The squelching of the left side of things is telling, but far from complete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Issues, Analyzed Clearly and Directly May 4 2004
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The title of Mark Smith's book may be glib, but the book is full of substance. It takes on complex subjects and distills them to their essence, especially with respect to the war on terror and national defense. The analysis marshalls facts, adds wisdom and common sense, and is presented in direct and lucid prose. Wherever you are on the political spectrum, this book deserves your attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't agree.........WHY!?!?!?!? May 1 2004
By Nathan
Format:Paperback
This book is an easy read. It provides very clear and very hard to oppose arguments. Some may not like that it endorses Ann Coulter. However, if you read Ann Coulter's books you'll find that she backs up her statements with a lot of references. Just look at her bibliography in the back of "Slander". If you're a liberal, I ask that you at least read this book, and before slamming it with negative comments in a book review, try to explain WHY you disagree with the book rather than writing vague, generalistic, (and juvenile) comments as to why this book (in your opinion) sucks. One would have to dig real deep in order to come up with rational arguments to what Mark Smith has to say in his book. Give it a try. If you actually do have valid, well thought arguments, with the points he makes please do e-mail me at nathan4352@yahoo.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars an impressive book May 1 2004
By Ted
Format:Paperback
a better title for this book would be "Conservative Answers to Liberal Arguments"
This book lists many arguments made by liberals and offers excellent rebuttals.
The book itself is well written and I think the authour tries his best to give a balanced account of things. There are many things in this book which I agree but other things I don't.
I consider myself an economic liberal and social conservative.
The comments this book has on why welfare programs should be scrapped, are best described in the well known phrase "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for life."
This book is sure to become popular with conservatives.
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Yes, the whole point of the title is humorous. There is no "right wing conspiracy," though sometimes I admit it'd be nice if there was more "conspiracy" between people on the right (since the left has developed conspiracy to an artform... just look at the fact that one of the 9/11 commissioners is, in fact, one of the people who THROUGH DIRECT ACTION restricted the ability of our intelligence agencies to do their jobs... and now she's supposely trying to "find the truth???")
The book was a fun read, with short words so even the most extreme leftist could actually comprehend it. Are all the fact 100% accurate? Not sure... though the only argument I've heard so far involved numbers of invertebrates versus vertibrates on the endangered species list. Wooo-hoo. In any case, the arguments are given mainly as a general guideline to how to argue with a liberal, not specifically as a script (unlike the typical "seminar caller" to conservative radio programs, who read from a prepared script as often as not).
The most entertaining part of the whole thing, though, is reading the reviews from those on the left, both here and elsewhere. Man, you know you've hit a nerve when the opposition is reduced to name-calling. Then again, it does seem that name-calling is the most substantiative element of liberal argumentation these days... c'mon, Mikey Moore calling ANYONE "stupid?" Anyone know the one about the pot and the kettle???
This book is not an exhaustive scholarly work, nor is it intended to be. It's a fun read for those of us who understand the reality of the world, and can see the humor in the fact that people who conspire against their own country (not all liberals, just the "elite" ones... you know, the leadership... who tell the "rank-and-file" what they're allowed to think and what they're not allowed to think) go around accusing other people of running conspiracies...
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a mistake!
Don't bother reading this trash. Usually only the left published crap like this, but finally we on the right have our own slobbering idiot. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2005 by Arieh Sochaczevski
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
The offical handbook of the vast right wing conspiracy is more of a primer on today's current political topics than anything else. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Nicole Lohman
1.0 out of 5 stars At last......
At last they finally admit it---Smith admits that there is a "vast right wing conspiracy" (see title of book) just as Hillary Clinton told us during Clinton's presidency. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Diana W
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Title - Great Content - Fantastic Book
The title of this book is an obvious joke that's poking fun at Hillary Clinton's claim of a "vast right wing conspiracy" to cover up the criminal and moral mis-deeds of her... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Flavius Josephus
1.0 out of 5 stars Preaching to the choir
Any person who attempts to use this stuff against a serious liberal will come away bloodied. Mr. Smith actually plucked some short criticism from this site when he was on a CSPAN... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for what it is
This book is not designed to be a great work of political philosophy, and it is not meant to have any in depth arguments. It covers a breadth of topics concisely. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Martin Andrade
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summation
While nothing new, Mark Smith has written the Official Handbook for anyone who feels like bashing the Loony Liberals. He sums up all of the arguments quite well. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Greg
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk
Rather than buy this book I checked it out of my local library, and I thank god I did. I don't want one of my dollars going to this idiot. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by Sean McCarthy
3.0 out of 5 stars Smith wants to join the club
In an age where political pundits put out books bashing their opponents left and right, Mark W. Smith wants to join the club of talking heads. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by unger814
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong arguments and a good read!
Living in Europe and in favor of American politics is hard. But now this conspiracy manual and membership is available! Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Eduward du Bois
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