By Glenn Greenwald
What's going to be the legacy of President George Walker Bush? during this interesting, well timed ebook, Glenn Greenwald examines the Bush presidency and its long term impact at the country. What begun on shaky, doubtful flooring and used to be strengthened and propelled through tragedy, has eventually faltered and failed at the again of the dichotomous worldview—good as opposed to evil—that as soon as served it so good. In a sad Legacy, Greenwald charts the increase and steep fall of the present management, dissecting the rhetoric and revealing the defective beliefs upon which George W. Bush outfitted his policies.
On September 12, 2001, President Bush addressed the country and offered a truly transparent view of what was once to come—a view that may be acknowledged to outline his whole presidency: “This can be a enormous fight of fine as opposed to evil.” in response to his personal Christian religion and subsidized by way of biblical allusions, Bush’s worldview was once uncomplicated and binary—and everybody was once pressured to decide on an aspect. using excessive on public help, Bush sailed during the early “War on Terror,” simply defining our enemies and obviously atmosphere an time table for defeating them.
But as soon as the battle turned murkier—its goal doubtful, its warring parties not visible in black-and-white—support for Bush and his guidelines dropped precipitously. Glenn Greenwald brilliantly unearths the explanations in the back of the cave in of Bush’s strength and approval, and argues that his maximum weak spot is identical rhetoric that when propelled him to this point ahead. dealing with concerns that may no longer be become basic solid as opposed to evil choices—the catastrophe of storm Katrina, his plans for Social safeguard “reform,” and, such a lot ironic, the failed Dubai ports deal—Bush faltered and fell. Now, Greenwald argues, Bush is trapped by way of his personal offerings, not able to wreck out of the mould that after served him so good, and detached to the consequences.
A Tragic Legacy is the 1st real personality research of 1 of the main arguable males ever to carry the workplace of president. Enlightening, strong, and eye-opening, this is often an in-depth examine the fellow whose lack of ability and cowboy common sense have left the United States in danger.
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The Gay Students’ Union was founded in November 1970; in February 1972 it successfully won official university recognition as a Voluntary Student Organization and changed its name to the Gay People’s Union. In 1974, GPU activists organized the first of what would become annual gay pride weeks on campus. Activists, one of whom was dressed as the Statue of Liberty, posed for publicity shots outside the organization’s Old Firehouse headquarters carrying a “Gay Freedom” banner and a large American flag.
16 This was a sign of things to come: during the mid-1960s the Mattachine Societies in Washington and New York, together with the DOB and Philadelphia’s Janus Society, staged a series of public demonstrations protesting discrimination against homosexuals. The influence of the civil rights movement on the homophile movement’s embrace of direct action is clear. ”17 Meanwhile a report written by Dick Leitsch and Warren D. 21 Partly because of this emphasis on projecting a public image of 30 Chapter 2 respectability, the homophile protests of the mid-1960s have often been viewed as conservative by those writing from a post-Stonewall perspective.
Like the BPP, the BSU also quoted extensively from the Declaration of Independence, albeit with one or two minor amendments: We hold these truths as being self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 73 At Michigan State University the campus vehicle for Black Power was the Black Liberation Front. 74 The BLF also worked with pupils at Lansing’s Sexton High and Everett High, who sought to distribute Black Power literature and organize their fellow students.
A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency by Glenn Greenwald