Broadcaster and political personality Laura Ingraham has written a new book with populist idealism at its core: “Power to the People,” published by Regnery Publishing Inc. In it, Miss Ingraham shares deeply personal stories from her life and career: her difficult tenure at CBS amid the network’s political correctness; her triumph over cancer and being grateful to God for the experience; and her successful on-air campaign earlier this year that saw telecommunications giant Verizon drop its tour sponsorship of rap artist Akon, whose on-stage antics she decries as assisting the “pornification” of America.
graham shares deeply personal stories from her life and career: her difficult tenure at CBS amid the network’s political correctness; her triumph over cancer and being grateful to God for the experience; and her successful on-air campaign earlier this year that saw telecommunications giant Verizon drop its tour sponsorship of rap artist Akon, whose on-stage antics she decries as assisting the “pornification” of America.
From immigration to education to judicial activism and family life, Miss Ingraham weaves humor with a huge dose of hope — using anecdotes that decry the dismantling of the culture. Throughout the pages, she also shows people how they can find their own voice and use their energy to bring about real societal change. We spoke with her about her vision for taking back the nation.
Question: Why did you write this book and why now?
Answer: I think it’s important that we recognize what has happened to our country, politically and culturally. Once we recognize the damage that has been done to the public confidence and trust, and our political leadership, and we talk a look at what used to be done in pride of the American culture, we can figure out what are we going to do about it.
This book sets us off on a pathway to change the dynamic. I think it’s a critical time for us. So much is happening with new technology that gets images and information to us 24-7. A lot of it is good, but a lot is dangerous and damaging. I think parents need some guardrails and are trying to figure out which way to turn.
This book gives them a series of practical steps that they can take. What is a country except the people in it? If people sit on the sidelines and complain about how “pornified” it is or out how the politics are so corrupt, and they don’t get in the game … if we don’t suit up and do battle ourselves, we can’t really be surprised when we don’t recognize this country any more. From liberals to conservatives or moderates, I don’t think anyone likes it the way this country is going. I think the average workaday people in this country are fed up. They want to put their righteous anger into a position of action for change.
Q: Who do you hope will read it?
A: I think it’s a rallying cry for common sense and good old-fashioned American ideals of patriotism, family, faith and country … for all of us who want to restore any sense of civic pride that can really make this country great — anyone and everyone. I think people who are not political are really at sea.
They are busy, they work two jobs, and they can’t buy their 12-year-old a decent outfit that doesn’t make them look like a stripper. They are going to Abercrombie & Fitch, and they can’t walk around the mall without seeing sexually provocative posters hanging in the mall, women in bras and panties at Victoria’s Secret. This book is just as much for those who aren’t political junkies who are looking for a lifeline in this culture of sewage. I don’t know how much lower we can go in this country.
Q: Your tone in the book is, not surprisingly, very patriotic. Do you believe that there is a groundswell in the country for standing up and taking back important values? Or have we let it go with the September 11 attacks so far in the rearview?
A: I think the moment of national unity was so brief. I was on the air in my radio show at the time. I said this is going to last about three months. By the end of December, sure enough, [then-South Dakota Democratic Sen.] Tom Daschle was already making outrageous comments about the Bush administration — back to the same old nasty political back and forth.
It’s not even that it’s six years after September 11, it’s just where we are, period. Look at the VMAs [MTV’s Video Music Awards]. You have this spectacle of narcissism, materialism, lack of talent and sheer stupidity all coalescing on one stage in one hideous Las Vegas venue and not one of these freak shows mentioned the military. None of these talentless bubblebrains mentioned the sacrifice of these men and women or referenced 9/11. You contrast the image of Britney [Spears] with the lieutenant from Newark with 80 pounds on his back with 120 degree heat walking the desert and that tells you how much we are disconnected from that notion of sacrificial consequences.
The fact that senators and elected officials would question the integrity of General Petraeus. He has more integrity in his pinkie than Ted Kennedy has in his ample waistline. Today, power is more important than national unity. It’s where you get your power and how long you can hold onto it and how much money are you going to make on it.
Q: Talk about the value of families and traditional homes. Why do you think we’ve gotten so far away from that?