Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky

Conservatize Me How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon Sean Hannity Toby Keith and Beef Jerky We always hear how everyone in America is firmly planted in red or blue They re permanently conservative or irreversibly liberal But are we all really that locked in to the left or the right Is Americ

  • Title: Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky
  • Author: John Moe
  • ISBN: 9780060854010
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We always hear how everyone in America is firmly planted in red or blue They re permanently conservative or irreversibly liberal But are we all really that locked in to the left or the right Is America still a place where it s possible to change someone s mind and get them to cross over to the other side of the ideological fence Is it possible to do that to yourself FoWe always hear how everyone in America is firmly planted in red or blue They re permanently conservative or irreversibly liberal But are we all really that locked in to the left or the right Is America still a place where it s possible to change someone s mind and get them to cross over to the other side of the ideological fence Is it possible to do that to yourself For John Moe, it simply wasn t enough to just read the Wall Street Journal editorial page a little often or buy a framed picture of Barry Goldwater He went in all the way, drinking deep from all aspects of the conservative universe to see if he could become that which he encountered.Raised in a family of proud left wingers except for his late father, whose fondness for Nixon he is forced to confront and living in deeply liberal Seattle most of his life, Moe set out to determine if what we believe is based on environment or actual conviction Was there actually a conservative trapped inside him all along, just yearning to be set free Moe puts himself on a strict conservative regimen He resets his radio dials from NPR to Rush Limbaugh, goes head to head with some of today s most influential conservative thinkers for a series of conversion sessions, makes pilgrimages to the Ronald Reagan and Richard M Nixon museums, spends the Fourth of July in the most Bush friendly county in the country, attempts to set his inner Charlton Heston loose at a gun range, flies cross country to be nearer to Toby Keith, and test drives the type of massive gas guzzling SUV so feared and loathed by liberals and becomes uncomfortably fond of it Through it all he tries to maintain positive standing with his lefty wife and young but already liberal kids, including their four year old son, who joins the Sierra Club These are but a few of the adventures chronicled in Moe s hilarious and timely first book.Conservatize Me will strike a powerful chord with millions of disgruntled Americans ready for a fresh, humorous, and highly entertaining look at our country s political landscape Moe s sharply observed prose will have enormous appeal for anyone interested in a new perspective on debates that have, for years, preoccupied our country and dominated our bestseller lists Will Moe end up getting a Dick Cheney tattoo and swearing loyalty to the Christian Coalition Will he get a Dennis Kucinich tattoo and dedicate his life to cooking vegan food at protest rallies Read Conservatize Me and find out.

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    1. The idea of becoming a conservative for 30 days is sowellberal! You would never see a conservative become a liberal for 30 days. Conservatives know they are right. Liberals always have those little doubts. We liberals have to see both sides of the issues. We worship open-mindedness as long as that open-mindedness doesn't mean we have to like Bush, harm prairie dogs and redwoods, or listen to country-western music.John Moe immersed himself into all things conservative for 30 days. He wore conserv [...]

    2. Inspired bySuper Size Me, liberal Seattleite John Moe endeavors to discover if a month of nothing but conservative books, movies, music, TV, and radio—along with trips to places like a college Young Republicans conference—can make him “become a Righty.” Fairly obviously, this doesn’t work—at best (okay, in my mind, worst), Moe contemplates Libertarianism (and ends up with a strange little man-crush on Richard Nixon—in light of the last seven years, I do have to say, the man is look [...]

    3. Very funny book of one man's monthlong experiment with conservatism. He pokes a lot of fun at the traditional left (especially his fellow Seattleites)while investigating the lure of the right and he finds some great small-town folks in Idaho who represent the best of small-town conservative values. But he also points out plenty of the unattractive traits of the righties: The emptiness of Reaganism, the bad music of the Charlie Daniels Band, and the inexplicable hatred of "The Gay."

    4. As expected, my hubby and I enjoyed this audiobook. A few times, we laughed right out loud. A reflective, humorous, tongue and cheek examination at the conservative side of the fence without cheap shots. I think folks on both sides of the political fence would enjoy John Moe's experiment and findings. I know of at least two conservatives that do. Definitely worth a read/listen. Note: This was a book that I received from a member at Bookcrossing

    5. This book is hilarious! The basic premise is that a Seattle liberal looks at conservative life in the US to see if it holds any appeal for him. He talks to many conservatives and does things like shooting guns, driving an SUV and singing country songs at karaoke bars to try to get a feel for cultural conservatism. I think he is fair and meets conservatives throughout the book that he has very high regard for. I don't want to give the whole thing away but he also finds much in conservative philos [...]

    6. What seems to start out as a fairly tongue-in-cheek examination of the "right" side of U.S. politics is actually a remarkably thoughtful examination of culture and policy in contemporary America. Moe keeps the humor rolling right along, making this a breezy read. The laugh-out-loud moments are balanced by thoughtful reflection on the "liberal" aspects of Richard Nixon's presidency (signed the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, etc.) as well as an apparently undiscovered lust for beef j [...]

    7. I expected this book to be hilarious, and it was. I didn't expect it to be moving, but it was that too. Moe's approach to his project, and the book he wrote about it, was serious but not solemn, and nearly all the laughter is at himself rather than at the people he's showing us. In the end he shares some insight that is important, valuable, and contrary to what the talking heads whether red or blue want us to believe. Can't recommend this one too strongly.

    8. OK, so he rips off Morgan Spurlock. Doesn't matter. He stereotypes a bit, but only a bit--turns out not a few "Yee Haw's" in the south vote Bush no matter how many countries he bombs. And pay particular attention to what he says about the Gipper's daily schedule, on display in his museum. It's no small wonder we survived the Cold War.

    9. I liked this book. It's entertaining, well written, and sort of funny. What would you expect from a very liberal writer who is looking into right wing conservatism? Well, this is, and at the same time, isn't it what you'd expect. The writer spends some time working conservative stereotypes. Funny if you are honest. At first he is a bit of a Dick, and then at one point, a bit of an ass. No matter how much he pretends to understand conservatives there is always an air of condescension. It's a good [...]

    10. Entertaining, but it sometimes felt as though the author was trying to force himself into stereotypical or superficial situations for "The Experiment" rather than making an honest attempt to gain insight into the conservative viewpoints. For example, what do eating beef jerky or listening to Kid Rock for 30 days have to do with one's political ideology? Why did the author choose not to explore in any detail the influence of fundamentalist Christian beliefs on politics (and vice versa)? That said [...]

    11. 3.5 starsIf I had rated this book at the halfway point, it would easily have been 4 stars, maybe 5. I had more than one coworker poke their head in the break room at lunch and ask why I was laughing out loud, and I was constantly reading "just one more part" to unsuspecting friends.Unfortunately, the humor can only get you so far - at least on a book that purports to be something more than a humor book. It's hard to take Moe's attempts at a true social conservative seriously when he often seems [...]

    12. Its actually almost a three star book.I think there was some decent humor and I understand what the author was going for but the conclusion was sort of weak and spent more time soul searching than anything. The author explains his quest for meaning in conservatism but rather than accept that much of it is just misguided he attempts to overly rationalize it all. And rather than deeper analysis he goes to a concert towards the end and gets high on chewing tobacco.Hunter S Thompson it is not.The bo [...]

    13. I listened to this book in my car and enjoyed it. It's definitely dated -- written before President Obama was in office -- and you know that the author isn't ever genuinely tempted away from his liberal mindset. It's very funny at times and starts off well but is more uneven after that. Moe likes to keep it light but the book might have had more weight if he had done a better job at presenting the viewpoints of conservatism's smarter people. He doesn't go too deeply into the question of how peop [...]

    14. A great "Super Size Me!" premise, with a bit of a let down ending. While it's certainly a funny book, he didn't go into the experiment with the intent of mocking conservatives. He checks out the Intelligent Design museum, he listens to Fox News non-stop, and he learns, as some of us in the country could probably afford to, that political beliefs don't make the person. (apparently there are friendly, decent people who are conservatives. who knew?) It's a biased book, certainly, but it's less insu [...]

    15. I almost finished this book, but I got engrossed in other things. This book inspired me inspired me to add a shelf entitled 'meh'. It was mildly amusing, easy enough to read but really pointless. I suppose one might realize by reading this that smart people on both 'sides' often have similar beliefs, but I think smart people already know this, and if you're not smart, you're not going to notice that small part of the book. In fact, if you're one to believe a lot of stereotypes, you might miss th [...]

    16. OK, this book wasn't great or earth-shaking, but the dude is from Seattle (and talked about places I've been to) and it was more engaging than the other books I had on hand. The description says most of it. The born-and-bred Seattle-ite was surprised to learn that - gasp! - even conservatives aren't monolithic of thought. No matter what Fox News says. The one interesting bit for me was when he was talking to conservative intellectuals (Bill Kristol, Rich Lowry). I am a fairly avid political junk [...]

    17. The killer for me for the book was the fact that there are no citations whatsoever in this book. There are mentions of news outlets saying something and events in recent history, but no citations to back any claims up. It is a good read for entertainment purposes, but it is not a valid source for anything else. I did enjoy reading about Moe's side of The Experiment and his version of the thoughts of a liberal, but his humor wasn't always funny and it was acidic towards topics he strongly disagre [...]

    18. As someone whos views lean liberal, this book interested me a lot about what drives "the other half". Its a great blend of professional interviews and personal anecdotes from all over the spectrum of both political leanings and Mr. Moe does an fantastic job of narrating his feelings but explaining his confusions and decisions in a way that lets the reader form their own opinion. For a book with such a decisive and divisive topic, it would be easy to lean one way or another but Mr. Moe does and o [...]

    19. Holy crap--this book was hilarious. I saw it at a bookstore several years ago when I was in Seattle and just now got around to reading it. I'm pretty moderate, so I get so sick of people on the left and right being self-righteous about their views. I enjoyed all of the different methods he employed to 'try' to become conservative (even though I think he thought that he wasn't going to convert) and I appreciated his conclusion at the end. A quick, fun, easy read.

    20. John Moe's Conservatize Me is by far one of the best books about politics I've ever read. In fact, it is precisely the type of book I desperately wish for all political talk to emulate. Moe writes with skepticism, openness, honesty and kindly; he demonstrates that while rhetoric demands we all be 'either' and 'or' in our political thoughts, reality is just about infinitely more complex. Thank you John Moe, thank you.

    21. An older book aimed at bridging the divide between democrats and republicans with humor. While I appreciate the the goal immensely the issues at stake are simply too weighty to be treated so lightly. We should absolutely always try to listen to the opposition, and most people will bring something worth considering to the table if we take the time to work together without judgement or blame. However, I disagree that the neocon movement is harmless.

    22. Moe is a Northwest Liberal from Seattle who decided to spend one month completely immersed in “conservatism.” He would only wear “conservative” clothes, listen to “conservative” music, and he would talk to as many prominent conservatives as possible to try and better see the other side. It’s humorous, sure, but it also helps you take a closer look at our (essentially) bi-party political system and your place in it.

    23. a good book. not great, but it is good. i like how the author really listens to the people he meets, and continues to take with him, an openness and willingness to empathize with all people. he is willing to stand his ground, or when certain times have come, change his mind on a couple things. this book is easily classified as 'current events,' but i believe it fits rather well into modern sociology.i hate rodeos, so obviously that section got a snarl from me either way.

    24. fun! what is modern conservatism, anyway? and can we find it in our hearts to love them? perhaps even join them? moe doesn't get any closer to the answer, but he tells a good story. definitely an audio pick; reading this in print would be no more satisfying than reading david sedaris in print.

    25. Entertaining and fairly relevant even 8 years later it's strange to see the 2006 political landscape described and compare it to the present.Didn't grab me as much as similar experiments by A.J. Jacobs and Kevin Roose (The Unlikely Disciple), but still thoughtful and insightful.And Moe is funny -- I definitely remain a fan and admirer.

    26. So I thought this book was very funny and John Moe is a great writer, but I also felt vaguely and oddly offended much of the time and thought that this book was slightly more about unspoken class differences and judgements around these differences. I prefered "Don't think of an elephant" or "what's the matter with Kansas" content wise.

    27. I read this one just to get a taste of the other, liberal, side. As an unapologetic conservative, I found it somewhat patronizing. At least I accomplished my goal of trying to listen to, and understand, the other side of the political coin.

    28. I wanted to see what the typical liberal Seattle perception was of a conservative (about what I expected) and really try to understand too why so many people in Seattle are the way they are as well. It was funny in parts annoying in others but interesting nonetheless.

    29. If I could give this book 2 1/2 stars I would. There were definitely parts that made me laugh out loud; however, he takes his liberal weeny-ness a little too far. I know it was mostly in the name of humor, but there were times I though my eyes would roll out of my head.

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