Item description for Write Winger: Solutions for the Politically Oblique by Phillip J. Hubbell...
Write Winger is written and submitted without apology or regret from a point of view which I believe to be widespread. It is political, social, religious, irreverent, profound, profane, witty, and clever. I take a critical look at the icons of popular culture and prod them as needed, sometimes with a gentle poke of a finger, and sometimes with the necessary force of a sledgehammer. Write Winger is a work of non-fiction presented from a rational point of view. The writing style comes from a flurry of op-ed pieces written for a group of small suburban newspapers in the early 90s. I had become a new father and started looking at the world from a different perspective. This book is for regular people, "normal" people, who, quite frankly, are tired of their point of view, their values, and their concerns being dismissed as extremist or hate filled. It is the intolerant who seek to silence my point of view.
The actual writing was the easy part as I am quite passionate about all the subjects covered here. Each chapter stands alone as an independent essay but the writing style and consistently reasoned viewpoint holds the work together. Writing a conservative column or book in this country is often met with suspicion and sometimes outright hostility. Well this book punches back. I don't believe in turning the political cheek in order to be politically correct or cowed by the social elite who seek to close off debate by calling anyone with an opinion differing from their own orthodoxy as a racist, fascist, hater, etc... This book stands toe to toe with the social nannies and gently hammers them back into their place. Write Winger is the voice of the disaffected millions who work for a living, pay the taxes, and find themselves having to hide what they truly think because they have been pounded incessantly by a slanted media into believing that there is only one correct way to think about things.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 18, 2000
ISBN 1929072643 ISBN13 9781929072644
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An extraordinary book! Nov 20, 2000
This is a book the likes of which you probably have not read before, and may not read again soon!
"Conservatism is compassionate by its nature," says Hubbell on the back cover. "In order to be compassionate you must allow people to succeed or fail on their own dime. It is not the place of society to secure our everyday environment so that we may be free from the perils of day-to-day living. It is our responsibility and our duty as citizens of this Republic to face down life's challenges without voting ourselves other people's money to do so. Our experiences should then be duly passed to our children so they don't grow up to be a burden on their neighbors."
WRITE WINGER is a book of opinion--the author's opinions--on a variety of subjects: ethics, politics, college, Indians, guns, morality, multiculturism, women, tolerance, religion, and other mundane subjects.
Hubbell is, indeed, on the political right. His views on most of the above subjects are what is today called "conservative." On virtually everything, I find myself in agreement with him, and so I have vastly enjoyed his book.
I should add, quickly, that those from the left side of the political spectrum--liberals--will probably find less to enjoy, and will be vehement in their indignation if they should read his book, which they probably will not.
I would give WRITE WINGER five stars, except for one significant flaw: it shows no signs of editing. If there was an editor responsible for editing it at the publishing house, he should be flogged!
There are many turns of phrase that could have been vastly improved with a little minor effort. There is one instance where, for example, the author meant to say "dominant," and mis-typed "dominate" (first line, page 66). There can be no serious question of his vocabulary being adequate. The mistakes are obviously inadvertent and should have been caught. One has the impression that the text is exactly as written, in the first draft, without a second reading.
That said, I found the book as stimulating as the first time I heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio, in the early 'nineties. I was delighted to hear someone saying things that I had thought, but that no one else was saying publicly.
Editing problems aside, the book is highly readable, and if you are a political or social conservative, you will love it. If you are a "liberal," it will stimulate you, too. It will probably raise your blood pressure (if liberals have blood pressure) and ruin your day.