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Craig Shirley Reviews ‘The Democrat Party Hates America’

The great composer Wagner’s work was once described as a cannon smothered in flowers. Wagner was controversial but also brilliant.

So too is Mark Levin. Brillant and controversial…by design. All people of positive influence—who espouse great ideas, who push the envelope --- are controversial, especially those on the right.

The famed and brilliant painter Edward Hopper was described as controversial because he hated Franklin Roosevelt’s high taxes.

Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman, William F. Buckley at some time in their lives were described as controversial. But all made life in America better. Americans still bask in the warmth of their brilliance.

Mark and I met during our years working in Washington in the Reagan years and we’ve been friends ever since. We’ve both moved on, he as a highly successful radio host, best-selling author and public intellectual.

And Mark has done it again with his new book! But then again, Mark always does it again. Bright people make it a habit of repeating their successes. He only makes book writing look easy. But this might be his best – and most important book among the ten he’s written. All New York Times bestsellers by the way.

I am speaking of course about his new book, already a bestseller, The Democrat Party Hates America. The use of the word Democrat in the title is key.

For the Democratic Party is no longer Democratic. Democratic, literally means to help the common people. Democratic is derived from the mid-16th century, from the French word démocratique, by way of the medieval Latin from Greek dēmokratikos, from dēmokratia according to Wikipedia. Whatever. This means nothing to current leftists. They don’t give a damn about people except to use them and enslave them.

The Democrat Party for many years was the party of slavery and Jim Crow. Later is was the party which opposed universal suffrage. The party ultimately is about helping the members of the Inner Party and lying to the rest of us. It is a toxic danger to citizens. Toxic liberalism is a crime.

Killing unbabies, confiscatory tax policy, state sponsored and warrantless surveillance; allowing millions of illegals to illegally cross our borders. This list is endless. The bottom line is If you are a liberal, you are a criminal. If you support liberal policies, you are an accessory to a crime.

Of course, lightweight and decrepit Joe Biden gets smacked around quite a bit By Mark, as it should be. Real historians will have to create a new category of worst presidents just for Joe the Joke.

The book is fascinating, but as an historian I especially found interesting the section on how a group of left wing historians advised the “moderate” Biden to go big in his plans for his presidency. Historians who have no practical experience should never give political advice.

My advantage as an historian over them is I came up through ideology, issues and politics long before I began writing books. In other words, like Mark, I had real world experience long before I began writing books.

As Mark explains in The Democrat Party Hates America, they all came out of the comfortable leftist solons of the academy. These leftists never met a payroll, rolled up their sleeves, got their hands dirty or lifted a tool to earn a living. They have no practical knowledge of how the real world works, hence they truly look at the world through rose colored glasses. As Woody Allen once said, “Intellectuals prove that you can be absolutely brilliant and have no idea what’s going on.”

The truth of the matter though is we, as American conservatives – Mark Levin – are the true intellectuals. An American conservative wakes up in the morning thinks about how to expand freedom. A liberal wakes up in the morning and emotes how he can control people.

Conservatism is intellectualism. Collectivism is emotionalism. Hence, Mark writes that individualism has been supplanted by groupism and that liberals are embarking on “the remaking of man’s nature.”

Truer words were never penned. And let’s face it; our ideas are better than their ideas.

This is not a book to be flung away as the divine Miss Parker once said. The Democrat Party Hates America is a book to be read, cited, quoted from and, to strike terror in all our hearts.

But most important, this book is a clarion call for God fearing Americans to wake up from their long slumber---and throw liberals onto the ash heap of history where they belong.

Don’t walk – sprint to your nearest bookstore and buy this fascinating book.


Historian and Reagan biographer Craig Shirley is the author of Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All; Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America; December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World; Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan; Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980; Citizen Newt: The Making of a Reagan Conservative; Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of George Washington's Mother; April 1945: The Hinge of History, as well as many articles and essays on politics and the conservative movement.



  • Ronald Reagan

  • The Democrat Party Hates America

  • Mark Levin

  • Donald Trump

  • Joe Biden

  • democracy

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This is THE book (besides the Bible) that every liberty loving American should read. Despite the nonsense James Bryson and Paul Yarbrough espouse, Mark Levin has done extensive research and every word in the book is honest and true. Anybody who dismisses The Democrat Party Hates America out of hand is making a big mistake and showing just how small his or her mind is.

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James Bryson
James Bryson
Sep 26, 2023

I’m sure it’s a splendid book.


I do want to mention a tangental issue of huge importance. Mark Levin “The Great One” pushed me off the fan base when he defended his buddy, Bill Barr. Yeah, yeah... there are many issues, HOWEVER, Bill Barr betrayed the nation, the president, and paved the way for the next phenomenally corrupt AG/DoInjustice/FBI. Yes, Billy “Treasonous Barr”.


Ever since that betrayal, I can see Levin’s lips moving but, I can’t hear any sound.

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Paul Yarbrough
Paul Yarbrough
Sep 26, 2023
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If there was ever a wolf in sheep's clothing, it is Marl Levin. "Conservative"? Ha! Levin is a silli-storian. A weak scribe of political history and thought. He seems to not understand Hamilton or Jefferson because he knows not the faith of either. DEO VINDICE

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