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Book Review: Democrats are Dumb: A Children’s Guide by Mark W. Stephens

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Talk about dumb! I actually thought this was a children’s book, and imagined that it was part of a series that would explain to kids what politics is about, and how politics works… Democrats Are Dumb… Republicans Are Rude… Independents are Ignorant… Socialists Are Sophomoric, and so on. In my little fantasy world, the books would look at stereotypes and prejudice based on political affiliations. Boy, am I dumb!

Reviewing Democrats are Dumb  is like issuing an open invitation to be attacked — “Hey, y’all, yer mother wears army boots!” The reviewer who agrees Democrats are dumb will be branded a right-wing extremist; the reviewer who disagrees will be labeled a left-wing commie sympathizer. I’m not a Republican or a Democrat, a Communist or a Socialist; I’m a Methodist. That means I vote for people, not parties, and I vote for whomever I believe is most qualified. That doesn’t mean I’m always right. Or left.

Democrats are Dumb is comprised of seven chapters: “Democrats in General”  (“If you see a Democrat run away, Just don’t listen to what they say.”), “Democrats on Religion” (“America is a Christian nation. It needs no further explanation.”), “President Obama”  (“The election Barack Obama won, but the job of President still goes undone.”), “Democrats on Terrorism” (“Barack Obama likes to say, if we’re nice to terrorists… they’ll just go away.”),”The Politicians” (“Nancy Pelosi has had her fun. Now, stick in the fork. Democrats are done.”), “Democrats on the Environment” (“’Global Warming’… not based on facts. It’s just a way to raise your tax.”), and “In Conclusion” (“They’ll call me names for writing this book, but in the mirror they should look.”) Represented here are the first couplets of each chapter; the further you read, the nastier it gets.

Every page of Democrats are Dumb bears the same illustration, a blindfolded donkey. Without judging the politics of the book, one is prompted to ask “What’s the point?” Essentially, it’s just invective. If it were accompanied with illustrations of each couplet — as would be expected in a storybook of a nursery rhyme — it might be entertaining. Instead, it’s like an e-mail  being circulated by the far right to entertain themselves.

What Democrats are Dumb fails at doing is making the Democrats look dumb; instead it makes non-Democrats (i.e., Republicans) look silly. Mark W. Stephens is obviously unhappy with the Democrats, and some of the issues he includes in his book are valid, although trivialized, and many people — including some Democrats — would agree with his displeasure at events in the United States. However, outside of the Kool-Aid Party, no political group is comprised of people who all think alike.

Stephens has written a book that parodies what Democrats allegedly believe. Although described as “tongue in cheek — but not too firmly,” much of Democrats are Dumb seems malicious. As such, it’s not fun. If it were, indeed, a tongue-in-cheek lampoon, it might have been humorous, but it’s more political rant than anything else.

I would have enjoyed reviewing Democrats are Dumb if it was a children’s book, and I would have enjoyed it if it was thoughtful political satire. Immature finger-pointing, stereotyping, and name-calling have no appeal (and, yes, I have looked in the mirror and agree that I also am immature. So what?).

Bottom Line: Would I buy Democrats are Dumb? I’d have to veto that.

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  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Miss Bob,
    it makes non-Democrats (i.e., Republicans) look silly.

    No, it just makes the author(Mark Stephens) look like an idiot. This guy was looking to make a quick profit.

    Catchy title though, I raced over here to read it and give you a piece of my mind! Now, that I’ve read it, I say,

    :D “Thanks for the warning!”

  • http://www.suelangetheauthor.com Sue Lange

    Yeah, I’m with Jeannie on this. I was hoping for something I could really lose a spleen on. I hope you didn’t have to pay for this book. Doesn’t even sound worth getting mad at.

    Nice cover art, though.

  • Ms. L

    I thought as a book critic, your job was supposed to give an “unbiased” review. Sounds like “Miss Bob” read this book and got her feelings hurt.

    “…it’s like an e-mail being circulated by the far right to entertain themselves.”

    Sure. That’s REAL unbiased critique. If that’s not enough, she has to throw in “redneck” references as if the readers of this book all say “y’all” and spell the word “your” as “yer.” Nice sterotyping there Miss Bob.

    She provided 7 examples from the book itself, then said it gets “nastier.” But, the examples provided were not “nasty” at all, so I’m a bit confused. In fact, some were humorous, some were more straight to the point, but ALL were honest.

    She went on to use words like “malicious” and “invective” to criticize this book and even its artwork. Wow, did she even read the same book I read?

    I thought the book was great, and I’m buying more to hand out to my friends and family as Christmas presents.

    Its says exactly what people are thinking, but sometimes are just too politically correct to say out loud.

    Excellent book. Horrible book review.

  • the real bob

    Ms. L: Are you calling me a redneck because I say “y’all” and “yer” and live in the South? Sounds like stereotyping to me.

    I am not a critic; as a reviewer, I give my views and reactions to what I read. Since my job is to report whether I like something or not, it’s difficult to do that without revealing bias.

    As for my feelings, perhaps they would be hurt if I were a Democrat, but I doubt it. This book does not carry that much weight.

    You may not enjoy this book as much as you claim, if you read it as well as you read this review. Nowhere did I call the illustrations “malicious” or “invective.” I did not say the seven examples were nasty, I said the book gets nastier than what I excerpted. Did you read the same review I wrote?

    I’m glad you enjoyed the book, many people will. It may say what MANY people are thinking, but not all.

    Thank you for you input.

  • John Wilson

    Ms. L.:

    It is supremely Politically Correct to complain about someone being politically correct.

  • reader

    Dear author: Can you imagine having to write a follow up book after this one? The only people who will bother to buy your next book?

    People who like to read rhyme?
    The crusty old tea party bags who make us all look bad?
    It’s not witty enough to be funny.
    It’s not intelligent enough to be pointed.

    If you want to write funny, write funny. If you want to make a political statement, then make it, but if you can’t be funny and make a political statement, then for the love of your party, stop writing! You’re making our whole platform look ridiculous.