Ken Cuccinelli’s new book, “The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight For American Liberty” was released this week and just the mention of it is already driving liberals absolutely nuts. If anyone was ever unsure about how powerful ideas really are, what’s going on right now should answer every question that may have crossed their minds.
I got a copy of the book a few days early from Random House and have been enjoying it thoroughly. This book is a mix of being a bible on the subject of federalism and the Constitution, interleaved with stories about how Virginia’s lawsuit against the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (Obamacare) progressed. It is chock full of historical references much more than the sort of extensive discussion of court cases you’d typically expect from a lawyer, making it easily accessible to the layman. This is a book about ideas, not Ken Cuccinelli’s ideas, but the ideas of the statesmen and political philosophers who developed concepts such as Natural Law and put it into practice with our Constitution that guide Cuccinelli today.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to get a lot smarter about Constitutional law without having to pore through the far drier and less entertaining material that has typically been available.
Just the idea that Ken Cuccinelli has written a book has liberals (and some of their philosophical allies such as Bill Bolling, apparently) in a spastic frenzy. When the book was announced, “progressives” derided the idea and gleefully announced how eager they were to pore through it hoping to find material to attack Ken Cuccinelli with, despite not having much of an idea about what this book would be. Now that the book is available and Cuccinelli will be appearing at book signings, these self-appointed guardians of truth and wisdom have decided they want to protest at the bookstores where Ken is appearing, with the first opportunity being at 7851 Tysons Corner Center in McLean on February 16th at 2PM. From what has been said, they means they intend to use to promote truth and wisdom is to disrupt any opportunity for people to talk about truth and wisdom.
Perusing the facebook postings about this provides a fascinating display of how threatened liberals feel when anyone discusses ideas that aren’t consistent with their views. Some complain that Cuccinelli “wrote the book on the public dime,” while conveniently neglecting that a host of their liberal heroes, including Barack Obama, have penned books while in public service as well. Others complain the book is “obviously” the product of a “ghost writer” which tells me not only have they not read the book, but haven’t even looked at the cover. Others talk about how important it is to coordinate with the Terry McAuliffe campaign in order to “get the maximum benefit for him.”
What is glaringly absent from all of this is a single criticism of any of the actual content of the book. The only comments approaching such criticism relate to the description of the book provided by the promoters — “Virginia’s attorney general chronicles his legal crusade to protect state’s rights and defend the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution” — with intellectually vapid remarks such as “there are SO MANY things wrong with that statement, I would not know where to begin. . .”
It’s pretty clear liberals don’t know where to begin because they can’t possibly face the concept of actually reading what Ken wrote. Sure, they can quote from “Mein Kampf”, or “The 120 Days of Sodom,” but heaven help them if they crack open a book about the Constitution, federalism and freedom even if the point of the exercise is to try to find something to attack the author with. Should they somehow muster the enormous courage it probably would take them to do so, what they’re going to find will be a very well-argued case that the core of their ideals are entirely alien to the ideals this country was founded upon. The results of such an intellectual confrontation between their beliefs and the ideas in this book could prove very interesting.
I very much look forward to seeing liberals engage in protests about this book, and perhaps even asking them a few questions about what they find wrong with it. Watching the modern-day liberals of Virginia rage against John Adams, Patrick Henry, George Mason and Thomas Jefferson, whose ideas are the core of Ken Cuccinelli’s tome should be quite entertaining. One critical element that will certainly be missing from this kind of circus act will be any discussion of ideas, as anyone wading into an intellectual battle against the Virginians who comprise the core of our founding fathers does so at a distinct disadvantage regardless of whether it is Ken Cuccinelli or anyone else acting as the conduit for those enduring principles to regain their relevance today.
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