To tell you the truth, I don't trust any talk show pundit. What annoys me about pundits in general (this can be of conservative or liberal persuasions) is they so mangle and misquote history, personages, science and philosophy. Unfortunately most of their viewers or listeners buy their drivel because it fits what they want to hear.
Want to understand the true history of this country? Read the Constitution yourself! Read the Federalist Papers! Read the Personal journals of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson! Read Locke, Hobbes, Paine, Darwin, Einstein, Mark Twain! Read clips of newspapers of the era. YOURSELF. Don't let pundits tell you what to think or feel.
Pundits in general just try to push emotional buttons. Don't believe what they say. Many times they are so dead off in their interpretations it makes me nauseous.
I ask that anyone who reads this, who is interested in the politics and history, take this to heart. Although such readings can be ponderous at times (learning is not always easy), every man, woman and child should strive to educate themselves in history, religion and philosophy, striving for primary and unabridged resources.
They should read not only evidence that supports their own political bias, but those thoughts most opposing to their own with as open a mind as they can muster, even if it pains them to do so. Strike that. Especially if it pains them to do so.
Such readings, without the benefit of a slavering pundit or 24 hour news service dedicated to ratings rather than true information will serve several ends:
1 - You may find you are incorrect in your assumptions. Although potentially embarrassing, the knowledge gained is worth it.
2 - If you are not outright wrong, you may understand why someone thinks the way they do, and why.
3 - If you feel you are correct, you are have passed through the ring of fire, and are forearmed and can sway others more easily to your mode of thought. Or at least be more comfortable with your own philosophy.
I maintain a citizen of the nation (and indeed the world at large), should strive for a deeper understanding of the subjects mentioned above. Listening without a critical and knowledgeable ear to base punditry is a disservice not only to the individual that listens, but is also a failure towards other human beings as such false and distorted ignorance is usually passed to others as fact.