Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Open-Mind Challenge

Blame my friend, Tony. It's his fault that I am embarking on a new challenge. I'm reading Glenn Beck's book, "Arguing With Idiots."

I say it's his fault because he is directly responsible. He appealed to my vanity and said that, as he was reading and agreeing with things in the book, he kept thinking, "that sounds like something Hulsey would say."

What could I do? I promised him I would read it and share my opinion with him. And then, me being me, I decided that sharing my opinion with everybody via my blog and Facebook was much more my style.

So, I'm starting to read it tonight. I'm going to keep an open mind and give an honest assessment of the book. And if I like it, I may even film a clip of myself tearing up a little as a tribute to Glenn.

Okay, I tease. I tease. But I really will keep an open mind and give it a fair chance. Wish me luck.


  1. Good luck. I took a similar challenge with a friend a few years ago and tried to read Al Franken. I have to admit I failed. I couldn't get past the 3rd chapter. I just couldn't. But I do think it's a good idea to try to read the other side.

  2. John, I'm confident you'll give it a fair shake.

  3. I'm waiting for the day you call yourself a Republican. ;)

  4. No chance of that happening, Sandra. The GOP has not been worth anything since the Religious Right took control in the early 80's.

  5. I have to say, I'm surprised at the response to this from my friends on the Left. Not just here, but on Facebook, too. As a liberal, I encourage people to be open-minded. I respect others who seek out information first-hand rather than regurgitate the opinions of others. And for the most part, I think my liberal friends share the same mindset. So why the shock and derision at my reading this book? How is more information a bad thing?

    And further, when I do weigh in on the content of the book itself, I will back up my criticism and/or support with empirical data (when possible). Isn't that the best we can ask ourselves and others to do when evaluating something?