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Attention Deficit Democracy by James Bovard

By James Bovard

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 by way of a citizenry that's paying much less recognition to proof, and is much less in a position to judging whilst their rights and liberties are below assault. Bovard+s cautious study and frequently caustic sort will provide upload a complete new which means that pundits, politicians, and we the folks will locate tough to disregard.

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The first type of law will spread fear, and the second type will breed servility. Abuses of government power have become largely non-events, of interest only to the victims and immediate bystanders. Many people have apparently concluded that government poses no threat to them or their families, regardless of how large and intrusive it becomes. As long as the government is only punishing “bad guys,” then there is no problem, because they know they are good Americans. 99 But there has probably been little or no increase in the number of Americans who recognize that government decrees can wreck their lives.

This 1964 Lyndon Johnson campaign spot showed a young girl “picking the petals off a daisy before the screen was overwhelmed by a nuclear explosion and then a mushroom cloud and Mr. ’”62 The ad did not specifically claim that Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee, would annihilate the human race, but the subtle hint wafted through. Though this ad only aired once, it instantly became a legend. During the 2004 campaign, residents of swing states were under constant bombardment by throat-grabbing political ads.

Cheney . . ”77 Cheney warned supporters: “Today, we face an enemy every bit as bent on destroying us as were the Axis powers in World War II. . This is not an enemy we can reason with, or negotiate with, or appease. ” The Post noted: “The crowds cheered, pumping their fists in the air. ”79 This was not Cheney’s first tactical nuclear invocation. S. ”80 In the final weeks of the campaign, Bush himself hit the terrorism button harder than ever. On October 18, Bush traveled to New Jersey and draped himself in 9/11.

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