In his latest book, Who’s Looking Out for You? Bill O’Reilly asks a provocative question: Are the government, the legal and public school systems-and perhaps even your family and friends-looking out for your best interests?
O’Reilly argues that many of the key institutions of society are in fact failing to serve ordinary Americans. Most government programs, trial lawyers and public schools have hidden agendas that are antithetical to the improvement of society. Rather, in a Machiavellian manner, many of these institutions undermine the values they were created to promote and safeguard.
In line with his two previous bestsellers, The O’Reilly Factor and The No Spin Zone, O’Reilly continues to call a spade a spade. The book is classic O’Reilly. Like an Irish brawler, O’Reilly isn’t afraid to call out those who have abused the system, and in the process, victimized countless innocent Americans.
First on O’Reilly’s list of people who are not looking out for you is the United Way. After September 11, this charity, which raised millions of dollars for the victims of the terrorist attacks, sat on its laurels before the money was actually donated to those in need. It was only once O’Reilly exposed the incompetent bureaucracy, which was needlessly delaying the delivery of the necessary funds to the victims that the United Way lived up to its mission.
More shocking still, instead of supporting O’Reilly who helped uncover this scandal, the media remained silent until many months later when overwhelming evidence proved that the United Way had been negligent.
Also, when O’Reilly asked the Hollywood celebrities who helped the United Way raise its funds for the victims of September 11 to speak out against the charity and its inability to expedite the money to the victims, only a handful were willing to publicly put pressure on the United Way to fulfill its task.
This is one of many examples of institutions that are supposed to be looking out for you, but instead, end up looking out for themselves.
O’Reilly goes on to discuss the negligence of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and how it has been responsible for many of the terrorists illegally entering the United States.
According to O’Reilly, although ten million illegal immigrants are currently roaming the United States, the Bush Administration is doing very little to curb this surge. He states that the major reason is the exorbitant cost it takes to deport illegal immigrants. Surprisingly, even after the September 11 attacks, “many INS officials are under pressure from Washington to keep the deportation of illegal aliens to a minimum because they are expensive.”
O’Reilly has long been a champion of immigration reform, demanding that the porous U.S.-Mexican border be beefed up to prevent the influx of drugs, illegal aliens and potential terrorists. Unfortunately, many Republicans “want the Hispanic vote and fear any tough action on the Mexican border will put that vote in jeopardy.”
O’Reilly also does a fine job of chronicling the abysmal legacy of Bill Clinton. The Clinton Administration was lax in responding to previous terrorist attacks on the United States such as the USS Cole and the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa. This only emboldened the supporters of Osama bin Laden to launch more massive strikes against Americans.
The book also focuses on how the legal system throughout the years has launched an extensive assault on the values that America was founded on. Two recent examples are the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California, which ruled that the word “God” is unconstitutional in the Pledge of Allegiance and the ordering of the Ten Commandments monument be removed from an Alabama court.
For many loyal viewers of O’Reilly’s hard-hitting TV show on the FOX News Channel, “The O’Reilly O’Factor,” Who’s looking out for you? does not offer any new insights or stories, nor does it uncover any new political territory. Rather, it compiles some of the controversial issues he has covered on his show during the past year or so and turns them into easy-to-read stories filled with personal anecdotes and pithy insights.
Although O’Reilly’s prose can be turgid at times, his crisp analysis and biting diction prove yet again, that this brash journalist from Long Island really cares if the system is trying to swindle you. Whether you love him or hate him, the advice in O’Reilly’s latest book is worth reading.
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