By Glenn Greenwald
A takedown of the GOP's deceitful propaganda desktop from the highly well known blogger of Salon.com's Unclaimed Territory and the writer of the hot York occasions bestsellers How may a Patriot Act? and a sad Legacy
Long for the reason that american citizens have been wooed by way of pictures of Ronald Reagan astride a horse, entire with cowboy hat and rugged attractiveness, the Republican get together has used a John Wayne mythology to accumulate its applicants and win elections. Their advertising scheme of evoking courageous, brave, heroic warriors has been so persuasive and moves the sort of patriotic nerve, that many voters have voted in line with this manipulative imagery even if they've flat out disagreed with the GOP's positions on key issues.
Glenn Greenwald places this bogus GOP mythology below microscopic critique and effectively argues that none of those males is, actually, a courageous, robust ethical warrior--far from it. relatively, so much have dodged army responsibility, have strings of damaged marriages and affairs, and stay decadent, elitist lives, which they so ruthlessly condemn Democrats for doing. Such fake archetypes--that GOP leaders are completely t to command the army, characterize conventional kinfolk values, and are fiscally confined and in charge simply because they're simply common folks like us--are so firmly entrenched in our tradition as to permit the GOP to chill and enable their time-tested advertising ploy spin itself foolish whereas warding off debate on actual concerns. once they really do voice reviews, it's not anything greater than a smear crusade of the meant weak spot and elitism of the Democrats.
To hinder this drained advertising scheme from succeeding back, Greenwald takes to the air the gloves and knocks down the hoaxes and myths, exposing the strategies the right-wing laptop makes use of to drown out either truth and attention of actual matters. yet he additionally calls on Democrats to shake off the protecting posture ("We love the USA too," "We help the troops too," "We additionally think in God") and begin attacking the Republican applicants for the hypocrites they, truthfully, are.
The rst publication to dissect the Republican Cult of character and go away it overtly uncovered in its unabashed, shameful depravity, nice American Hypocrites is a deeply valuable call-out to Democrats to assault the GOP with their competitor's own weapons.
Ever because the cowboy photograph of Ronald Reagan used to be bought to american citizens, the Republican occasion has used an analogous John Wayne imagery to aid its applicants and take elections. we know how they govern, but
the right-wing propaganda desktop is especially adept at hijacking debate
and advertising their applicants as successfully because the Marlboro Man.
Myth: The Republican nominee is an upstanding, ordinary man who stocks the values of the typical man.
Reality: He divorced his first spouse on the way to marry a tender multimillionaire heiress whose relatives then funded his political career.
Myth: Republicans are courageous and courageous.
Reality: It's a celebration choked with bird hawks and draft dodgers.
Myth: Republicans are robust on protection and may retain us safe.
Reality: They prey on fears, and their unending wars make the United States some distance much less secure.
Myth: The Republicans are the social gathering of monetary restraint and small, limited
Reality: hovering deficits, unchecked presidential strength, and an more and more invasive surveillance nation are par for his or her course.
GLENN GREENWALD is a former constitutional legislation lawyer and now a contributing author at Salon. His political reporting and research have seemed within the long island occasions, the Washington put up, the yank Conservative, a number of congressional experiences, and numerous different guides.
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