No Host Informs, Enlightens, Crystallizes Thinking and Still Entertains Like Mark Levin

Mark Levin, one of the most brilliant conservative commentators, spoke recently on the Sean Hannity program about his new bestselling book, “The Liberty Amendments.

“The second way that is never actually been tried in an effective manner, it’s never actually been done. But it has as much legitimacy and authority as the other method. And it bypasses Congress,” Levin said, explaining how to pass a series of constitutional amendments.

“Essentially, you need two-thirds of the states to inform Congress that they’re going to hold a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments just as if Congress has a meeting and propose amendments,” Levin continued. “And at that convention, amendments can be debated and discussed and so forth. But they don’t become part of the constitution unless three-fourths of the states, when presented with them, adopt the amendments.”

Levin’s talk radio career is chronicled in The Right Frequency.

He began with WABC in New York before going national a few years later. His book, Liberty & Tyranny was a huge success. Just before the release of The Right Frequency, Levin wrote, ““Fred Lucas not only delineates the roots of talk radio as a venue for communicating conservative political thought in the 1930s and 40s, he explains how it has become, in the 21st century, the life force for the conservative movement and the voice for conservative ideals on the current political landscape. Anyone who loves talk radio will love this book.”

Below is an excerpt from The Right Frequency about Levin’s career.

Perhaps no other radio host can speak words that inform,
enlighten, crystallize thinking and still be entertaining the way Mark
Levin does. While critics have described the program as “anger theater,”
it is more passion than anger. Levin goes through rants, and
throw out terms like “New York Slimes” referring to The New York
Times and “Hillary Rotten Clinton,” referring to the former first
lady and secretary of state, and telling know-nothing callers, “get off
the phone you big dope.” But he also delivers monologues that are
quite professorial.
Levin can be most accurately described as a very passionate conservative
with a great sense of humor and even greater intellect. His
show with 8.5 million listeners became prominent during the Bush
years, the program and Levin became a true political force during
the Obama administration thanks largely to Levin’s book “Liberty
and Tyranny,” that became a cultural phenomenon and proved that
ideas matter. Levin was not a trained broadcaster, or aspiring media
star from the beginning. Rather, he was a whiz kid who leaped into
the Reagan movement in 1976 and stayed on board through the revolution
in the 1980s.
Levin skipped his senior year of high school to go to Temple
University, where at the age of 19 graduated Phi Beta Kappa and
magna cum laude. Shortly thereafter, he was elected to the local
school board, making him the youngest school board member in the
state of Pennsylvania at the time. He graduated from Temple Law
School at 22, and then became active in politics.
He was a foot soldier for Reagan’s effort at the state level in
Pennsylvania to rest to the Republican nomination away from
incumbent President Gerald Ford in 1976, a losing battle that still
saw Reagan come extraordinarily close.
He was then part of the Reagan revolution in 1980, when Reagan
won the nomination and trounced Jimmy Carter to become president
Levin was deputy assistant Secretary for Elementary and
Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, and
Deputy Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior before he
moved up to the Associate Director of Presidential Personnel and
eventually became the Chief of Staff to Attorney General Edwin
Meese.
After his career in government, Levin went into private practice
and later became the president of the non-profit Landmark Legal
Foundation, based in Leesburg, Virginia, where he lives and broadcasts
his radio show from. As president of Landmark Legal, he
became an enemy of the National Education Association, the
nation’s largest teachers union, over their questionable funding of political campaigns. He also brought legal action against the
Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service and other federal
agencies regarding federal grants. While many public interest
non-profits tend to be press release factories, Landmark Legal was
never a publicity hound, working quietly and taking press calls as
they came, but hardly ever calling a press conference.
“Landmark Legal Foundation is a great passion of mine because
it is a relatively small legal group which has done truly amazing
things both before I came here and now that I am here,” Levin said.
“And we have enormous challenges. Our opponents are much more
heavily funded and more numerous.”
A fan of talk radio for 30 years, he became a frequent legal analyst,
penning op-eds for National Review and other publications,
and appearing as a guest on the Rush Limbaugh radio show.
Limbaugh gave him the name “F. Lee Levin,” jokingly after the
famous defense attorney F. Lee Bailey. In 2001, the American
Conservative Union honored him with the Ronald Reagan Award.912
After Hannity reached national syndication, Levin became a frequent
guest and occasional guest host. Hannity gave him the name
“The Great One,” a phrase callers to the show continue to use.
Levin took to radio well enough that in 2002, WABC gave him a
Sunday afternoon program.
WABC had brought on the increasingly popular Savage Nation
for the Monday through Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. slot. But in 2003,
Michael Savage had a contract dispute with WABC’s sister station
KSFO in San Francisco. So WABC dropped Savage from his valued
slot as well. It was Levin’s gain, who went to five times per week in
starting September 2, 2003. Savage’s show was quickly picked up
by rival WOR, but Savage was not the fit for the New York City
market that Levin was. Levin shot to number one in his timeslot in
the first 18 months on the air. Still, Levin was only heard by
northeastern states in and around the big apple despite broadcasting
from his “bunker” in a “non-descript building,” which was his
Northern Virginia home.
His first book “Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is
Destroying America,” was released on February 7, 2005, and hit the number three spot on The New York Times best-seller list.
His second book was “Rescuing Sprite,” a completely non-political
book about Levin’s family and the shelter dog they rescued, who
they named Sprite, as a companion for their dog Pepsi. Sprite’s previous
owner treated him very poorly and the Levin family nurtured,
and became very attached. It turned out that the dog they believed
was six or seven years old was actually closer to 11. After about two
years, Sprite became sick and was suffering, and had to be put to
sleep. The anguish that commonly hits so many families hit the
hard-edged Levin very hard. Levin explained that he first began
writing an essay about Sprite to deal with the loss. But later, added
background to fill in the blanks and it became a book. “I can’t
describe the depression I felt,” Levin said. “I was in agony. I thought
maybe if I wrote the story, I could explain to myself what I was going
through.”
By 2006, his show was nationally syndicated by Citadel Media
Networks, breaking into 50 cities, including 17 of the top 25 markets.
918 “We’re about to enter a golden age,” Levin said. “The 2006
elections leading to 2008, with Hillary Clinton. We’ll be bigger than
ever, and I can’t wait.” Like virtually everyone else at the time,
Levin believed Hillary Clinton was destined to be the Democratic
candidate for president.

Click here to order a copy of The Right Frequency.

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