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The Real America: Messages from the Heart and Heartland

The Real America: Messages from the Heart and Heartland [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Beck

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There are some things people think but don't say....

"Political correctness is the classic Great Idea Gone Wrong. All it's done is shut us up. It hasn't changed anybody's mind. It hasn't changed our hearts. It's changed our faces. It's taken every opinion we have, it's taken every joke we have, and it's forced us to conceal it and hide it and bury it. It's made us superficial."

"Terrorism isn't caused by poverty, poverty is caused by terrorism. Terror is a tool used by those seeking power to keep the masses in need of an answer."

"Too many people blame everything on everybody else, and because they do, they will expect too little from themselves and too little from their children."
Glenn Beck says all that, and more.

As one of the most listened to nationally syndicated radio talk-show hosts and the driving force behind the Rallies for America, Glenn Beck entertains, inspires, and informs millions of listeners. In The Real America, Beck continues to tell it like it really is, cutting through the fog of modern-day pundits and pontificators who have made it their mission to undermine and underestimate the greatness of America, our strength as Americans, and the power of the American spirit.

With his inimitable combination of self-effacing humor and heartfelt conviction, Glenn rails against many of the forces that keep us from our potential as a nation and as individuals -- and tells how to overcome them. His topics include:

  • Family and community
  • Politics
  • Personal responsibility
  • Race relations
  • Religion
  • Political correctness, the media, Hollywood, and celebrities
  • Abortion and the deat
  • penalty
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Why I wave the flag

Glenn Beck's compelling message in The Real America echoes the ideas he has delivered to thousands of people with his groundbreaking Rallies for America: Once we connect with our power individually, we can empower others -- and then we can be as great and as grand as we have always wanted to be as a person, as a people, and as a nation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 727 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (30 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037LY7FS
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124 of 151 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some People Don't Read...or Listen 19 Oct 2003
By S. Glowacki - Published on
First off..the "dog killing" joke that aired on his show and web site - can you say analogy? It was meant as a piece of biting, brutal and angry satire - meant to emphasize the hypocrisy regarding the removal of Terry Schindler Schiavo's feeding tube -A Florida woman who has lived as an invalid since suffering massive brain damage several years ago (for more information on T.S. Schiavo see her family's website...or just open a newspaper). Second, get over yourselves, that are all offended about the joke - Yes, animial cruelty is despicable and should be condemned, but human life is no less precious...let's at least take the wax out of our ears and make an effort to be well informed. that I got that out of the way! I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars mostly because I really wanted to read more! I don't agree with Mr. Beck 100% on everything, but I do admit that he is well spoken, intelligent and well informed. Some people are under the mistaken impression that he is another right wing extremist - but I encourage you to read (and I mean READ) his book and listen to a few of his radio will see a man that struggles with many of the same questions we all do. I also admire his unabashed patriotism, the depth of his faith and his razor sharp humor. This worth the read, you won't agree with all of it - but after all, what good does it do anyone to only expose themselves to things they agree with?
41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is how America *SHOULD* be... 17 Nov 2003
By Curtis Godwin - Published on
My wife and I absolutely loved this book. It was funny, insightful, and thought provoking. I was amazed at the negative reviews - those people obviously did not read the book at all (or they didn't get past the table of contents).
Even if you don't agree with him, there is NOTHING in this book that is hateful (I believe someone commented that it bordered on racist...that must be the same type of person that believes any sort of honest disagreement with someone of color MUST be racist). Listen to the show, and there are many African-Americans that call in..and I have never heard one of them claim he was racist.
But I digress - both the book and the radio show are hilarious. I would not hesitate to recommend this book.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny And Truthful 3 Sep 2006
By S. Peek - Published on
The Real America is much like Glenn Beck's radio show - humorous and full of common sense.

Judging by some of the reviews I glanced at on Amazon, it is clear that he drives the loony leftists nuts. There are numerous untrue allegations contained in some of one star reviews; it is clear that those 'reviewers' have not read this book. There is nothing racist about it.

Beck is certainly not some mindless conservative who is a blind follower of Pres. Bush. If anything, he has some libertarian tendencies that make him much more insightful than the typical talk show host or political writer.

One area that is little talked about that Beck addresses well is the subliminal nature of TV shows, etc. produced by the 'entertainment' industry. He discusses some of the prominent lies put forth by Hollyweird types such as Streisand and Sarandon. He makes the point that the outright lies that they spout are not all that destructive because real people don't relate to them. He contrasts that with the insidious nature of sitcoms, etc. that are aimed at those who are 'mentally half asleep' and the way that viewers begin to 'tolerate, accept, or embrace the moral values of the characters on the program.' It is a valid point and he cites some examples.

He also does some really funny, but insightful, stuff on lawsuit abuse and celebrities in general. Those sections are the most like Beck is on his radio show.

The author does a great section on socialism as practiced by the US government and the many flaws in that system. That section alone is well worth the price of the book.

All in all, this is a worthwhile read by a very funny, honest guy that will be appreciated by most readers.
109 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read...a literary tour de force 20 May 2003
By Christopher A. Hamilton - Published on
What can one say about Glenn Beck that hasn't already been said. Popular talk host. Male model. Gold Gloves champion. Nobel Prize nominee.
And now, with this book, he has succeeded in another media. Glenn Beck's inaugural effort made me weep. It's like chocolate butter cream for the soul. A look at an America where there are picket fences, flags, neighbors who care, and a whole lot of pie for everyone.
Glenn Beck is more than just an author. He's an author and a half.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real America - Where I want to live. 24 Nov 2004
By IlRegisto - Published on
If you read all of the positive reviews of the book, you will see how people agree with the points of view expressed here and find themselves inspried by Beck. The negitive reviews however are just bashing Beck as an offspring of Limbaugh, political rhetoric gone wrong. Sort of the same meantily of Election 2004, voting for Kerry because he is not Bush. People claim that this should never have been published.

Ironic that it's the same people who rally behind the ACLU and demand Freedom of Speech.

The fact is is that the reviews of this book prove one of Becks points. I dont believe, and neither does he, that liberals are evil. Liberal and conservatives just have a different sense of policy, not principle (to quote from his show). Beck longs for the ideal, utopian America. An America where people are accountable for their actions. An America where no matter what your political affiliation, you are still an American with just a different point of view, indulging in your right to have that point of view.

And who can argue with that America.

A little too idealistic, possibly. But could it hurt to try. In this book, if you read between the lines, you will find that if there is anyone it is meant to offend, it is those who oppose the values of responsibility, accountability, and logic.

This might give some insight in to the mean spirited reviews.

Liberal or conservative - doesnt matter. This is worth taking a look... but only with an open mind. For if you enter this read with a narrowminded view of the world, you are going to end up like the miserable people who gave this book 1 star crying about a right wing conspiracy. If you dont like what this book has to offer, throw it away. If you do find it useful, it's just one more tool in your tool box of life. And whats wrong with that?

In the Real America... nothing.
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