By Michael Wolraich
HAS the USA misplaced ITS MARBLES?
Television sensation Glenn Beck warns of White condominium plots to institute fascism, communism, and different terrifying “isms.” Radio titan Rush Limbaugh fees racist Obama regime encourages black schoolchildren to overcome up white young ones. Evangelical luminary James Dobson frets that Christians might be arrested for concept crimes and folks might be allowed to marry donkeys. Protesters in knickers and colonial-style hats march on Washington with indicators that order Hitler-like caricatures of President Obama to come back to Kenya. As insanity reigns, pundits, politicians, and cab drivers debate the resource of the hysteria. a few blame lack of know-how; a few blame racism; a few blame the economy.
After poring over mountains of political screeds and heedlessly subjecting himself to numerous hours of Fox information, writer Michael Wolraich chanced on the key formulation that turns usual women and men into fire-breathing, smoke-blowing, correct wing maniacs. It’s “persecution politics” . . again.
In Blowing Smoke, Wolraich files, dissects, and deconstructs the myths that underlie the right’s starting to be reliance at the politics of persecution, from Joe McCarthy to the Tea occasion flow. within the technique, he grants an unique and compelling speculation with penetrating perception and blistering wit.
At turns hilarious, worrying, and edifying, Blowing Smoke is a must-read account of contemporary American politics.
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