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DELIVER US FROM EVIL: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism
by Sean Hannity
Reviewed by Sandra Alexander
30 April 2004

This book is about the differences between the liberal way of thinking versus the conservative way of thinking. Generally, liberals cannot see evil for what it is, because for them, everything is morally relative. Hannity criticizes the damage Carter did in his four years as president, particularly in Iran, and points out how John Kerry criticized President Reagan for taking on Libyan dictator Qaddafi.

The title for Mr. Hannity’s book is taken from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 7, verse 13, part of the prayer that Jesus instructed His disciples to pray.

Sean Hannity believes that evil exists and, as Americans “it is our responsibility (individually and collectively) to recognize and confront evil in the world.” (p. 2) He also believes that by not confronting evil “the evil itself only grows and festers.” (p. 3)
Mr. Hannity states that “the primary evil we face today is terrorism” and he lauds President Bush’s recognition of that and the President’s courage and singleness of purpose in combating terrorists using the full power of our military when necessary.
He contrasts the President’s determined stand with that of the liberals who own the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, stating that, “the greatest threat to our resolve today in the War on Terror is the political liberalism – and selfish opportunism – of the Democrats
.” He believes that the Democratic Party is “ideologically inclined toward appeasement – toward dismissing or understanding the terrorist threat, and toward containing, rather than confronting, the despotic regimes that aid and abet the terrorists.”
(p. 5)

Throughout his book Mr. Hannity contrasts conservatives and liberals, arguing that the conservative world-view is the Christian world-view. Conservatives believe that “our culture was founded on a recognition of our God-given natural rights – the ‘unalienable rights’ referred to in the Declaration of Independence.” (p. 11) By contrast, “liberals tend to see government as the grantor of our rights.” (p. 10)

As Mr. Hannity points out, our founding fathers had a clear understanding of the ‘nature of man’ and “arranged the structure of government under the Constitution to protect against its ill effects.” (p. 10) They also understood, as John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (p. 11) Liberals, by contrast, are ‘moral relativists.’“They mock President Bush for seeing the world in such starkly black and white terms and impugn his Christian faith for inspiring the thought.” (p. 9)

Mr. Hannity praises Churchill, Reagan, and Bush for their “knack for perceiving and seizing pivotal moments in history.” (p. 113) He contrasts the moral clarity of these three great leaders with the “obliviousness of Carter and Clinton, decrying “Carter’s worthless dithering over Russian and Iran (and) Clinton’s arm’s-length approach to terrorism, naming them “ardent appeasers.” (p. 113)

Mr. Hannity develops his theme throughout the book with many interesting accounts, including that of President Reagan’s approach to defending America and its interests, contrasting that with President Jimmy Carter’s policies. In his 1980 Republican convention speech, President Reagan argued that his rival’s (Carter) aimless administration was governing its foreign affairs on a day-to-day basis, with no grasp of the long-term implications of the U.S.-Soviet standoff. “We know only too well that war comes not when the forces of freedom are strong,” he reminded his listeners, “but when they are weak. It is then that tyrants are tempted. And while we should work in ‘good faith’ with other nations to reduce international tensions, America has an obligation not to let those who would destroy freedom dictate the future course of human life on this planet.” (p. 68)

Commenting on President Carter, Mr. Hannity says “I’m continually astonished at just how much damage Jimmy Carter managed to do in his single four-year term. Tolerating the Soviet arms buildup, endorsing Senator Frank Church’s gutting of the CIA, giving away the Panama Canal-his administration undermined American interests at every turn. But it’s hard to think of a blunder that had longer and more disastrous repercussions than his betrayal of Iran.” (p. 89). Mr. Hannity discusses the Iran debacle in Chapter 4, contrasting it with President Reagan’s masterful handling of Muammar Qaddafi in 1981 when he forced the Libyan dictator to back down. (Chapter 5)

Mr. Hannity recounts the opposition that President Reagan had as he took on Qaddafi. “And leading the charge was none other than John Kerry. I have to thank one of my listeners for calling my attention to a letter Kerry wrote at the time, criticizing Reasgan’s confrontations with Qaddafi. It was a typical Kerry performance-full of hedging and conditions, with one foot planted firmly on each side of the fence.” (p. 120) Mr. Hannity also documents Senator Kerry’s push to force America to go before the World Court.
(p. 121)

Mr. Hannity’s book is chock-full of information. You will find revealing information on the most recent Democratic Party candidates (Chapter 9) as well as a chapter devoted to the real powers behind the Democratic Party, Hillary and Bill Clinton. (Chapter 7.) There is also documentation of what Dr. David Kay, the chief coalition arms investigator in Iraq, really found as evidence of Hussein’s plans to manufacture WMD. (p.159-162) As
news reports have indicated, the most recent thwarting of a terrorist bombing in Jordan revealed WMD which probably came from Iraq via Syria.

Mr. Hannity writes with passion, conviction and moral clarity. His book is easy to read and fascinating. You must read this one before you cast your vote in November. You can order it through this web site by clicking on the link below.

Mr. Sean Hannity is a popular radio talk show host and co-host of “Hannity and Colmes” which is broadcast nightly on FOX News NETWORK. He is also the author of Let Freedom Ring.

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