Monday, July 23, 2012

BC2012: Conservatize Me by John Moe

In this political version of Morgan Spurlock's Supersize Me, lifelong liberal Moe spends a month trying to embrace the concepts and culture of modern American conservatism. He interviews leading conservative voices such as William Kristol, Rich Lowry, and Jonah Goldberg, and he reads books by Dinesh D'Souza and Sean Hannity. He puts conservative favorites on his iPod (Daryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?", Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."), listens to conservative talk radio while shunning NPR, and attends a Toby Keith concert where he tries chewing tobacco. He changes his entire wardrobe, shoots guns, and shops for a big SUV. He spends a day in the studio with radio host Michael Medved. He celebrates Independence Day in the Idaho county that voted 92% for George W. Bush in 2004. He attends a College Republican National Convention, and he visits the presidential museums of Reagan and Nixon. Fortunately, he stops short of joining Operation Rescue or the Westboro Baptist Church.

Conservatize Me is a funny and thoughtful book. Moe explores the best and worst of conservatism with mixed but always humorous results. He is surprised to find value in some of the people and their ideas*, but on the other hand there's Lee Greenwood, who just plain sucks.

* This doesn't surprise me since liberals are generally better than conservatives at perceiving and accepting shades of gray. If the book's premise was the opposite, I doubt that a hardcore conservative would admit there's anything good about liberal ideas.

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