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By James Bovard

ISBN-10: 1403971080

ISBN-13: 9781403971081

Does the people+s have to think within the president trump their responsibility to imagine severely and to call for fact? Have americans been conditioned to disregard political frauds and think the lies perpetuated through presidents and crusade advertisements? James Bovard, writer of the vintage misplaced Rights, diagnoses a countrywide illness: -Attention Deficit Democracy,+ characterised via a citizenry that's paying much less cognizance to proof, and is much less in a position to judging while their rights and liberties are lower than assault. Bovard+s cautious study and routinely caustic type will provide upload a complete new which means that pundits, politicians, and we the folks will locate tough to disregard.

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Apparently, as long as a politician verbally rejects “Big Government,” voters approve of him promising them new benefits and more protection. ”95 Rather than reducing the size of government, this “reform” only makes it easier and faster for uncreditworthy people to bankrupt themselves after receiving government subsidized loans. 96 A slight variation on this charade is for presidents to claim that they are merely increasing opportunity, thus making rising federal power irrelevant. ”97 During the 2004 presidential campaign, Bush continually declared that “my opponent is running to expand Government.

S. troops, and many citizens believed him. Each Kerry criticism of a specific debacle became further proof of Kerry’s lack of patriotism. S. troops. Bush erupted: “Sen. Kerry is again attacking the actions of our military in Iraq, with complete disregard for the facts. Sen. ”89 Bush spokesmen condemned Kerry for criticizing before all the facts were out—at the same time the administration continued withholding facts. The Bush team wanted Americans to believe that anyone who criticized the Iraq war was opposed to defending America.

His use of terms like ‘a policy of weakness,’ ‘giving up the fight’ FEARMONGERING AND THE BATTERED CITIZEN SYNDROME 45 and ‘a strategy of retreat’ appeared intended to paint Mr. ”82 Bush was appealing to the notion—cherished by some diehards—that the United States lost the Vietnam war because of the protests on the streets in America, rather than because of liars in the White House and the Pentagon (see chapter 5). CRITICISM AS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION Since the 2004 election largely turned on who would be the best protector, the Bush campaign sought to make Americans view criticism of the president as if it were a weapon of mass destruction.

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