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By Dowling Campbell

During this selection of essays the authors, professors of heritage and political technology at US faculties and universities, learn George W. Bush's checklist on family concerns starting from women's rights to the surroundings, strength, transportation, taxes, abortion, schooling, welfare, healthcare, place of origin safety, and employment. the necessity for such an exam was once sparked via what many proficient and accountable american citizens have noticeable as critical errors devoted through President George W. Bush, even in the course of his first time period of place of work. particularly frustrating used to be the 2005 Inaugural handle. That deal with illustrates how Bush II is derailing the aim of the USA as a kingdom. Bush II couldn't practice this derailing all on his personal. He had support. either the creation and the lead article current a framework of Republican actions protecting a variety of conservative considering achieving again to the Nixon period. the rest articles convey how a variety of extra person guidelines have failed. it truly is this conservative pondering that has undermined the roadbed and allowed for Bush II s distortion of the kingdom s avowed stand for freedom and democracy. the viewpoint of Republican actions additionally is helping express why a variety of Bush II regulations that many see as mistakes were in a position to cross unchallenged. with a bit of luck, this publication will achieve informing electorate the place different media have failed. different books have tried to explain those informational boundaries. Neil Postman s Language in the US earrings as appropriate this present day because it did whilst it mentioned the matter of media depth 4 a long time in the past. 3 many years in the past, Alvin Toffler defined the matter of time crunching in destiny surprise. James Gleick has reiterated either media depth and time crunch dilemmas in his publication, FSTR: swifter, the Acceleration of virtually every little thing. Books themselves, with their extra planned and expectantly extra cognitive and in-depth learn services, aren't any panacea, both. specific pursuits, own prejudices, non secular leanings, and outright dishonesty can slant books simply as simply as they do different media courses and displays. additionally, books are only as prone to logical fallacies and propaganda units as different media kinds are. The writers represented in A chook within the Bush: Failed family guidelines of the George W. Bush management have tried accuracy and honesty, notably else. i'm such a lot thankful to all of the students who've contributed so generously in their time, expertise, and yeoman attempt, to claim not anything in their love for and commitment to their kingdom, in getting ready those articles. They sign up for me in a single of the main patriotic efforts possible accountable, confident, and worrying feedback of our govt. whilst vice chairman Dick Cheney and legal professional common John Ashcroft intimate that critics of the Bush II management are committing treason (the comparable argument used to be made through the Nixon and Reagan presidencies), they should remember a press release from the boldness of energy, written via certainly one of the USA s and the area s so much distinctive thinkers, the past due Sen. J. William Fulbright. Fulbright not just authorized such dissent yet referred to as it an obligation. regrettably, this responsibility promotes anger from the pursuits of that feedback, which may consequence threats from them and create worry one of the public. the release of the obligation of dissent is handicapped in the US through an unworthy tendency to worry critical feedback of our executive. This probability and worry technique was back illustrated by way of Bush whilst he contended that these politicians who adversarial his social safety laws will be sorry.

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There are seven “follies” distinct enough to warrant separate definitions and discussion, although some overlap is inevitable. These are 1) the folly of the first presidential debate, 2) the folly of fear, 3) the folly of pretense, 4) the folly of 19 A Bird in the Bush the “religious right” with its fundamentalist halo, 5) the folly of pride, 6) the folly of No Child Left Behind, and 7) the folly of neglect. The “war” against Iraq surpasses any category of its own. This military action pervades all the other follies, and every aspect of life.

Neither Vietnam nor Iraq declared war on the United States. Nor did Iraq have any connection with the terrorists who attacked the United States. Why, then, did Bush declare war on Iraq? Fulbright suggests that: “The causes and consequences of war may have more to do with pathology than with politics, more to do with irrational pressures of pride and pain than with rational calculations of advantage and profit” (p. 7). Since clear causes or provocations 37 A Bird in the Bush for declaring war against Iraq have never been produced, it is hard to avoid thinking that pride, or false pride, played a part: Bush’s need to show himself as a “strong” leader, and a fear that the world sees him otherwise.

When Edelen pointed this out to a fundamentalist preacher he was debating on television, the preacher hit him in the face with his Bible. One of Edelen’s points is that fundamentalists can’t take the truth. They have to clothe their beliefs in myth and reinforce each other constantly by the type of spectacle and occasional hysteria shown on so-called “Christian” television programs and entire networks. In any event, it is inappropriate for a candidate for the Presidency to align himself with any particular “religious” movement, and use their votes to win an office in which he is supposed to represent the entire nation.

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