Uncovering a bill of bads.


In describing former NFL superstar and 2006 gubernatorial candidate (R., Pa.) Lynn Swann, Angela McGlowan writes “ Standing athwart ineffective feel-good legislation shouting ‘Stop!’ is seen as a betrayal of those struggling to get their footing on the lowest rung of the economic ladder. Yet raising the minimum wage hacks the lowest rungs off the ladder altogether. But economic logic doesn’t wash with liberals who are intent on inflaming class warfare.”

Well, she had me at “athwart.” And so Angela McGlowan deserves at least one link on National Review Online for her new book Bamboozled: How Americans Are Being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda. And, in all seriousness, for her message and presentation — covering family, religion, business, taking on Jesse Jackson, and more — deserve attention. Fortunately she recently took questions from National Review Online editor Kathryn Lopez.

Kathryn Jean Lopez: What’s the point calling people names like “bamboozler”?

Angela McGlowan: I decided that it was time to stand up and call a spade a spade. For 50 years liberals have conned and used blacks, Latinos, and women into supporting an agenda that sells them out and betrays their values. We’ve become the dupes of the Democrat party. Liberals have gotten away with their civil-rights shell game for too long. They’ve boxed blacks, Latino, and women in to their predetermined pens because without a stranglehold on these three groups Democrats can’t win elections. So I decided to call them what they are: bamboozlers.

Lopez: Well then: Who’s the most insidious bamboozler?

McGlowan: Well, that’s kind of like asking which liberal policy has been the biggest wrecking ball slamming against America — there are just so many to choose from. But right now I’d have to say the Clintons. I mean, when you call yourself “the first black president in American history,” you know people have been hoodwinked! But this is historically what the Democrat party has done: rewrite history with liberals as the heroes and conservatives as the villains. As I uncover in the book, nothing could be further from the truth. When Americans read the hidden history I discuss in the book about the KKK Democrats, most will be shocked and outraged.

Lopez: What on earth possessed Don Imus to go on Al Sharpton’s radio show, thereby making Sharpton a legitimate voice in that Imus story?

McGlowan: I think Don Imus bowing down to Al Sharpton is the perfect example of just how powerful identity politics have become. No doubt, what Imus said was deplorable. But is it any worse than what hundreds of rappers say day in and day out in their music? Not even close! Worse still: Does firing Imus do anything to address the near fatherless generation of black children — 70 percent of them are growing up in out-of-wedlock homes? No. Does it address the racial gap in learning between black and Latino children and their white and Asian counterparts? No. Sharpton and Jesse Jackson don’t want to talk about these things, though. Because that would require moral courage to hold people accountable for their actions. So the race-baiters pound away at Imus while turning a blind eye to the rappers, the breakdown of the two-parent family, and public education crumbling under the weight of liberal teacher’s unions. That’s not keepin’ it real. That’s keeping it real stupid.

Lopez: Who is your audience with this book? Are you selling out in Harlem?

McGlowan: My audience is Americans — all Americans. More specifically, this book is a battle plan for what conservatives must do in 2008 to break the bamboozlers’ spell on blacks, Latinos, and women before these groups are lost forever to the lies of the liberal agenda.

Lopez: What happened? We were going to have Governor Blackwell and Swann and Senator Steele.

McGlowan: I interviewed each of these men — Governor Blackwell, Lynn Swann, and Senator Steele — for the book and will tell you that no one was more sad to see them lose their races than I was. What’s sad is that in any other electoral climate than 2006, these men would likely have won. I’m optimistic, though. And they are too. These men are the essence of the party of Lincoln. And I predict we haven’t heard the last of them. As President Reagan once said after losing to Gerald Ford in the 1976 primary, they “will rise and fight again.”