No He Can’t: How Barack Obama is Dismantling Hope and Change

Far from uniting the nation, as many of us had sincerely hoped, President Obama seems to be presiding over an increasingly divided United States of America. Kevin McCullough is one of his vocal detractors and Mr. McCullough argues his case in his intentionally ironically-titled book.
The cases against this administrations policies and actions are ubiquitous. Tune in to most talk-radio and you’ll hear many of the same complaints voiced in this book. No surprise then, that Mr. McCullough is himself a radio talk show host.
The author makes a valid case for many of the points he argues. If you are a follower of politics his arguments make some contextual sense. Sadly, I found the book very difficult to read and extremely poorly annotated. The lack of objective annotation was probably the most disappointing aspect of this book. There are a plethora of opinions voiced in our media-saturated society. What we all need, in order to make informed choices in the voting booth, is FACTS. True, opinions can be legitimately derived. But without factual citations we are left “taking their word for it” when faced with arguments.
There are plenty of voices out there clamoring for us to see things “their way”. While I ultimately share many of Mr. McCullough’s opinions, it is not because he articulated them in a particularly compelling way. There is such a thing as truth, and it is up to us to try to discern and act on it. Failing that we are left following whomever has the most persuasive style. Come to think of it, maybe that’s what happened in the 2008 election. “He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” ~Alexander Hamilton

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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