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Book Review: Reasons To Vote For Democrats by Michael J. Knowles

Posted: March 29, 2017 at 1:41 pm   /   by

I have to admit, at first I wasn’t sure what to make of this book.  I had first heard of it from the podcast of the incomparable Andrew Klavan.  It seems Michael J. Knowles is a member of his show’s staff, and has now decided to try his hand at writing.  The end result, of course, is Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide.  Mr. Klavan interviewed him at lengths, and even Ben Shapiro gave it an accolade, deeming it “thorough” in its detailed depiction of all the reasons why you should, as the title implies, vote Democrat.

“But wait,” you might say.  Why on earth would known Conservative giants such as Shapiro and Klavan speak and write so favorably of a book like that?  And for that matter, why would Mr. Klavan keep on his staff a man who would write such a book?  Has everyone been replaced by the inhabitants of Bizarro World?!”

No, dear readers…no, not at all.  I can assure you, they are all perfectly sane—all three of them.  For as The Bard tells us, “Though this be madness, yet there is a method to it.”  Frankly, it is necessary to be truly honest about all things, and indeed, to give the other side a fair shake and an even break.  As Glenn Beck puts it, “The truth has no agenda.”

Indeed, this book is filled with truth—truth that shines about as white as the ground upon a winter’s day.  An Amazon reviewer, mind you, claims that even the ghost of Benjamin Franklin himself was impressed.  Ghost stories aside, every single reason I can possibly think of for an honest, hardworking, clear-thinking American to vote for the party of Obama, Hillary, Sanders, Pelosi, and Warren—it’s all provided, here…in no uncertain terms.

Proving the old adage that “brevity is the soul of wit,” Mr. Knowles takes great care to ensure that each and every point is made in as clear and concise detail as humanly possible.  And as such, it is almost literally a breeze to read.  “A single sitting” may not even be brief enough, it’s so gripping and compelling to the very end.  In fact, if the reviews on Amazon are anything to go by, many a reader has read the book multiple times in that single sitting.  And still marvel at the brilliance and insight within its pages.  Insight, indeed, into exactly what is going on between the ears of the average activist of the other side.

(For those, of course, wishing a more intellectual approach to the arguments presented in this book…well, you are in luck, as well: Mr. Knowles has graciously added a detailed, extensive, and extensively detailed bibliography.  There, you will see the arguments behind the arguments.)

Allow me to add, dear readers, a memory: A few years back, you may recall, the face of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell graced an internet meme where the caption has him give a Sorkin Monologue™ on the legacy and advantage of being a “liberal”, proclaiming that he “will wear it like a badge of honor.”  With Mr. Knowles’s book, I can honestly see that we all now possess the means to truly understand and comprehend the intelligence behind that belief.

I should note, by the way, that also on Amazon are a host of cheap imitations and knock-offs…and even attempts at counterparts about Republicans.  None of these pretenders, alas, enjoy even a fraction of the favorability among readers returning to rate the original.  Apologies, dear wannabes, but Mr. Knowles beat you all to the punch—and everyone knows it.

And so, dear readers, the $1,000,000 question: Has this book convinced me, fervent and vehement Conservative that I am, to change my party affiliation and pull the level for the donkey?

My only answer is to pick up the book for yourself, open its pages, and behold its brilliance.  There, and only then, can you understand.

One last point: I, like many others, eagerly await the arrival of the audiobook.  Though I’m sure, as far as Mr. Knowles is concerned, the sheer numbers of requests for such have rendered him almost completely speechless.

See what the hype is about and buy it on Amazon here. 

Eric Blake

Eric Blake

Team Writer at Western Free Press
Eric M. Blake is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida, with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's in Film Studies.  As that implies, he is very passionate about political theory and filmmaking--and the connections between the two.  Inspired by Andrew Breitbart's axiom that "Politics is downstream from culture", he is deeply fascinated by the great influence that popular culture has on public opinion, and is a firm believer in the power of storytelling.  He proudly owns his second copy of Ben Shapiro's Primetime Propaganda...his first copy having been worn out though intense re-reading.

Eric was raised by Conservative Christian parents, but first became especially passionate about politics in high school, through reading up on economic theory.  He also first read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged around this time, for the ARI's essay contests.  He now owns a great deal of Ayn Rand's work.  Also included in his library are the collected works of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, etc.

Eric is no stranger to writing commentary, as the writer of the Conservative Considerations column on, and as a film critic and commentator on  He has also carried on the Conservative tradition of talk radio commentary, as the host of "Avengers of America" for the USF student radio station, Bulls Radio.  In the meantime, he is practicing what he preaches: Striving to enter the professional realm of Hollywood, he has already written and directed short films for the Campus MovieFest, which can be found on his YouTube channel, Hard Boiled Entertainment.
Eric Blake

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Book Review: Reasons To Vote For Democrats by Michael J. Knowles