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Mark Levin: Author and Syndicated Radio Host

History and human experience prove that every generation produces special, unique people—people that will never be forgotten and that make an impact on society. New York Times best-selling author and syndicated radio host Mark Levin is one of these people to the conservative movement.

Levin’s discourse is unmatched because of his impassioned style. His knack for arguing about conservative ideals with an opponent is like watching a machine gunner mow down a hapless enemy. Levin is a self-admitted hermit who calls his lair “The Bunker.” To most liberals, he’s a tin hat right-winger draped in the American flag, but his wit, coupled with his strong resume, cannot be ignored and is an ingredient in his success and credibility.

A Young Turk in the Reagan campaign, Levin graduated from high school at 17 and earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1977 at the age of 19 (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa).

Levin is a true “Reaganite.” Many in the political arena claim to be “Reagan Conservatives,” which used to be, but, unfortunately, is no longer, synonymous with real Reagan political beliefs, but most are not. Very few of these GOP establishment surrogates, who call themselves special pleaders for “the cause of Conservatism,” bear the fruit of a real Reagan Conservative.

Levin is like an American version of Winston Churchill with his gruff and artful conciseness. Never bragging about self, he shows love and respect to his audience: “Why don’t I talk about my personal life on the radio?”—a rhetorical question Levin asked one night, “It’s because I’m a square, basically. I read, I write, I research; my dining room table has books and papers scattered across its entire length. No one would give damn about my personal life.”

Some of Levin’s critics like the fact that he holds no quarter with Republicans. There’s no turtle neck sweater with a big red “R” in his closet. His passion is the Constitution and Americanism. Anyone that crosses that line, or attacks those institutions comes under heavy fire. Levin is known to spend more time attacking the Republican establishment than he does Obama at times.

In fact, interestingly enough, he blames the Republicans for Obama’s failures more than he does Obama. “These damn Republicans have the power of the purse. The Congress has the authority to defund what Obama does through executive fiat.” Levin is no fan of Obama’s lawlessness.

Levin had no intention of writing a series of books; however, that’s what he’s done. His first book in his series of political books was Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America (Regnery Publishing, 2006). This book explained the Founders’ Constitutional intent for the Supreme Court regarding its power and role as the third branch of government. Levin posits a strong case of the court’s usurpation of power particularly with decisions like Korematsu vs. United States where Japanese citizens were sent to internment camps during WWII.

Also, he examines and explains Plessy v. Ferguson, which was the horrible case in which the Supreme Court upheld racial segregation in public places and government facilities. Levin leaves his audience and readers with no doubt that human beings with centralized power are dangerous.

Levin’s books meet the criteria of scholarly works. Some are used as textbooks in political science classes. His 2009 book, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, next in his series, was a New York Times Best Seller and remained in the top 10 for over six months. Levin says that he wrote this book as a reintroduction of true conservatism, and the title was intended to be in-your-face to the progressive movement and Marx and Engels.

His next two books, Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America (Threshold Editions, 2012) and The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic (Threshold Editions, 2014), were geared toward explicating the cumulative results of decades of progressive policies in America, and how to use Article V of the U.S. Constitution to reverse course.

He often gives away books to callers just to make sure he gets his message out. His latest book, Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and Their Future (Threshold Editions, 2015), is targeted at the youth of this nation. He says, “If you’re under fifty years of age, you’ve never had the chance to vote for or see a real conservative president in America.” Levin argues that Socialism and Americanism cannot co-exist, and that Socialism is actually unconstitutional.

In spite of his enormous success, Levin’s Achilles heel is his temperament. He is often described as “ranting and raving” on his radio show; however, Levin calls it a display of passion. He is also known for a quick trigger when it comes to throwing people off of the air on his radio show.

Levin, unlike some of his contemporaries—Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, etc.—is not well liked or welcome at most of the national GOP events because of his full-throated criticisms of the Republican National Committee and Reince Priebus, the RNC Chairman.

Levin shrugs off his exile from the RNC and GOP establishment. He says that the GOP left him, not the other way around. And, in spite of his negatives in some so-called mainstream political arenas, his message resonates with those who agree that both political parties ignore the Constitution and its boundaries.

With the advancement of technology and society as a whole, there are certainly some areas of government that, with proper legislation and Congressional oversite, might need to regulate certain aspects of society. The Founders would not have foreseen some of these modern issues; however, the boundaries set by the Constitution and The Bill of Rights, Mark argues, protect citizens from the government becoming more centralized, authoritarian, and tyrannical. In this election cycle, it seems that many Americans are focused on these traditional American ideas as well.

Numerous people call themselves conservative, but few match the achievements, integrity, and willingness to back up words with action as does Mark Levin. No matter what his critics say—and they are many—his positive impact on the modern conservative movement, through radio, the written word, and now his T.V. show, is inarguable.




Works Cited

Deace, Steve. “STEVE DEACE: Mark Levin Book: Conservative Rosetta Stone for Winning the Next Generation – Washington Times.” The Washington Times. N.p., 5 Aug. 2015. Web. 12 Mar. 2016.

Howell, Kellan. “Mark Levin Tells CPAC Crowd GOP Has ‘no Guts’: ‘It’s Time for a New Republican Party’ – Washington Times.” The Washington Times. N.p., 28 Feb. 2015. Web. 12 Mar. 2016.

Mulch, Evan. “Mark Levin Wants To Play Russian Roulette With The Constitution.” Ben Swann’s Truth In Media. N.p., 30 Dec. 2013. Web. 12 Mar. 2016.

“Plessy V. Ferguson – Case Brief Summary.” Lawnix – Law Resources and Legal Information. N.p., 2015. Web. 12 Mar. 2016.

“The Supreme Court . Law, Power & Personality . Famous Dissents . Korematsu V. United States (1944) | PBS.” PBS: Public Broadcasting Service. Georgia Public Broadcasting, 2006. Web. 12 Mar. 2016.



  1. A remarkable person- even though whether he is good or bad can be left to the individual who reads about Mark Levin and his work.
    And I am a great fan of the way Scott writes, and perhaps this will make some positive impact on what I write.

  2. Good morning, Scott; an excellent example of how to write a profile piece. The accomplishments, the pros and cons of his personality or his position on politics, and his written works all added insight into Mark Levin, and that’s what a profile piece should do – let me, the reader, know more about an individual. Your references then allow me to find additional resources if I’m interested in further exploring your subject.

    Thanks for this piece and for giving our readers a working example of a particular genre. Good job, Scott.

  3. Scott, This is a great example of building a profile, no matter how well you know the subject of the profile there should always be something more to find, thank you.

    • Thank you very much Peter, I really hope that it will help writers searching for examples of a profile, and I intend to continue to build this category on our site. Have a great day my friend.

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