By Dowling Campbell
During this choice of essays the authors, professors of background and political technological know-how at US schools and universities, research George W. Bush's list on household matters starting from women's rights to the surroundings, energy, transportation, taxes, abortion, schooling, welfare, healthcare, fatherland protection, and employment. the necessity for such an exam used to be sparked via what many knowledgeable and liable americans have obvious as critical error devoted by means of President George W. Bush, even in the course of his first time period of workplace. specially complex used to be the 2005 Inaugural tackle. That tackle 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 aid. either the advent and the lead article current a framework of Republican actions protecting a variety of conservative pondering attaining again to the Nixon period. the rest articles exhibit how numerous extra person regulations have failed. it really is this conservative considering that has undermined the roadbed and allowed for Bush II s distortion of the kingdom s avowed stand for freedom and democracy. the point of view of Republican actions additionally is helping express why quite a few Bush II regulations that many see as errors were capable of cross unchallenged. confidently, this e-book 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 USA earrings as proper this day because it did while it mentioned the matter of media depth 4 many years 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 e-book, FSTR: quicker, the Acceleration of almost every little thing. Books themselves, with their extra planned and expectantly extra cognitive and in-depth study functions, are not any panacea, both. specified pursuits, own prejudices, spiritual leanings, and outright dishonesty can slant books simply as simply as they do different media courses and displays. additionally, books are only as at risk of logical fallacies and propaganda units as different media kinds are. The writers represented in A chicken within the Bush: Failed household rules of the George W. Bush management have tried accuracy and honesty, exceptionally else. i'm such a lot thankful to the entire students who've contributed so generously in their time, expertise, and yeoman attempt, to assert not anything in their love for and commitment to their kingdom, in getting ready those articles. They subscribe to me in a single of the main patriotic efforts that you can think of dependable, positive, and being concerned feedback of our govt. while vp Dick Cheney and lawyer common John Ashcroft intimate that critics of the Bush II management are committing treason (the similar argument was once made through the Nixon and Reagan presidencies), they should bear in mind a press release from the boldness of strength, written by way of one in all the USA s and the realm s such a lot unique thinkers, the past due Sen. J. William Fulbright. Fulbright not just licensed such dissent yet referred to as it an obligation. regrettably, this responsibility promotes anger from the objectives of that feedback, which may end result threats from them and create worry one of the public. the release of the obligation of dissent is handicapped in the US by means of an unworthy tendency to worry severe feedback of our executive. This possibility and worry procedure used to be back illustrated by way of Bush while he contended that these politicians who antagonistic his social protection laws will be sorry.
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Laurence Kotlikoff and Scott Burns show that the economic outlook for the United States is worse now than for both Brazil and Argentina. ” If sabotaging the economy in the name of war can be considered a measure of immorality — then Leon Panetta’s opinion is also relevant. ” Bush’s treatment of the economy, the loss of jobs, his refusal to even comment on the fact that No Child Left Behind has not been funded, his threat to the social security system, his plunging the country into what many experts see as disastrous debt — all this is not moral but immoral.
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.
Fulbright once again best describes the political character of the extreme religious right: Once in power, the extremists tend to abandon or betray whatever previous interest they had in liberties and legalities as they proceed to carry out their programs, or try to, in an authoritarian manner…. The extremists also tend to be ascetic and puritanical. When the Bolsheviks first came to power in Russia, people in the West predicted the reign of license and debauchery, but just like the Chinese today, the Bolsheviks turned out to be as prudish and aggressively virtuous as seventeenth-century Calvinists.
A Bird in the Bush: Failed Domestic Policies of the George W. Bush Administration by Dowling Campbell