Today’s Liberals Have Lost Sight of Their Legacy Says Author of Liberalstein

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An old story...a new monster. In Liberalstein, C. D. Jewell's new satire, a scientist clones a seemingly perfect liberal candidate, but because the clone lacks traditional liberal values, he becomes a political monster after being elected president in 2008.

In Liberalstein, C. D. Jewell's new satire, a scientist clones a seemingly perfect liberal candidate, but because the clone lacks traditional liberal values, he becomes a political monster after being elected president in 2008.

"Everybody knows the plot of the old Mary Shelley Frankenstein story," says Jewell, a former college professor and administrator. "I use the story as a device to show how contemporary liberals reject much of what their predecessors stood for." He says that Harry Truman and John Kennedy, for example, were proud to be Americans and were openly hawkish about defending our nation.

"Today," says Jewell, "most liberals appear to be embarrassed to wave the flag or say something patriotic, and it sends them into a panic if a military action is being considered. It's partly a long term consequence of their anti-war stance during the Vietnam years. But in today's world, with its almost daily reports of terrorism, their 'no war and no flag' philosophy is an albatross around their necks. An August CBS poll, for example, showed that the Republicans still have an 8-point lead over Democrats on the question of who do you trust in the war on terror, and an even more recent USA/Gallup poll shows the gap has widened to 15 points."

In Jewell's book, this theme of rejecting old liberalism for the extreme modern version plays out in the character of Liberalstein who is cloned from the genetic material of contemporary liberal leaders and celebrities. To provide balance, the scientist who creates him wants to use some of the more traditional genes of HST and JFK, but project benefactors, California Senator Polly Poxer and party chair Dr. Howard Steam, nix this request. As the scientist predicts, Liberalstein becomes a monster after he's elected president. He opens the borders, dismantles the military, fires the supreme court, appoints Michael S'Moore Secretary of State, and legalizes drugs. His absurd, cowardly reaction to terrorists who attack Miami leads to chaos and dark comedy.

Liberalstein ($16.95, paperback, 262 pages) is published by iUniverse, one of the U. S.'s largest publishing companies. iUniverse publishing programs are endorsed by industry leading author organizations, including the Authors Guild, ASJA and Small Publishers Association of North America. The company's major investors include Warburg Pincus and Barnes & Noble.

The book is available for purchase online through BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com, and Booksamillion.com, and may also be ordered at thousands of other bookstores worldwide. For more information on the book and related merchandise, see liberalstein.com.

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