Sinking The Ship Of State


With wit and wisdom, award-winning journalist Walter M. Brasch digs deep into the Bush-Cheney Administration and extracts the truth of the past seven years.
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With wit and wisdom, award-winning journalist Walter M. Brasch digs deep into the Bush-Cheney Administration and extracts the truth of the past seven years.
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Alice Cherbonnier
"A journalist himself, Walter Brasch does not spare the media in his well-informed and well-written account of the real-time history of this benighted era. It should serve as a call to action in behalf of our imperiled democracy."--(Alice Cherbonnier, editor, Baltimore Chronicle)
Jeffrey St. Clair
"Like a political spelunker, veteran journalist Walter Brasch descends into the grimier chambers of American life under the Bush administration. From the brittle pieties of fundamentalist preachers to domestic snooping by governmental voyeurs, Brasch shines a merciless light on the moral hypocrites and constitutional villains who act as the self-appointed protectors of the nation. In a climate of public panic and official paranoia, Brasch keeps his cool while interpreting the political crime scene, offering rationality as a signpost through the perilous labyrinth of the post-9/11 world. While the story here is unsettling, Brasch's writing is propelled by a lively sense of humor and an acute sensitivity to the darker ironies of our times."--(Jeffrey St. Clair, co-editor, CounterPunch; and author of Grand Theft Pentagon)
Jim Hightower
"When most Americans and the mainstream media were accepting whatever they were told by the Bush Administration, Walter Brasch was meticulously peeling away the incompetence, deceit, corruption and, most of all, their cavalier attitude to the Constitution. Sinking the Ship of State reveals the heavy price that our country has paid for their arrogance, autocracy, and avarice."--(Jim Hightower, syndicated columnist; author of There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos and Thieves in High Places)
Rob Kall
"A powerful, compelling and accurate indictment of the Bush administration. Walter Brasch is a journalist who for more than four decades has not been afraid to question authority-to ask the tough questions and speak the truth, no matter what the rest of the media say. During a time when the mainstream media were either inept or afraid to challenge a sitting president, Brasch has constantly pointed out constitutional and civil rights violations. This book pulls the story together into a whole so the sum of the parts add up to a fascinating big picture that is far worse than any of the mainstream media portrayed."--(Rob Kall, editor, OpEd News)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942991505
  • Publisher: Spectrum Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 1.23 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    A well written and entertaining book

    Humorously and incisively, Walter M. Brasch¿s Sinking the Ship of State (2nd ed.) chronicles the eight painful years of George Bush¿s presidency. Beginning in early 2000, the author brings us on the campaign trail to witness the democratic process in all its glory. A dose of Pepto-Bismol may serve the reader well as the seamy underbelly of presidential politics is exposed. From the lies and innuendos that won Bush the South Carolina primary¿thus resurrecting a failing run for office (and in the process trashing the reputation of John McCain) ¿to the corporate sponsorship of the GOP and Democratic conventions, the details are disturbing.<BR/><BR/>The fun really begins after the election, when King George storms the Oval Office and begins to reinterpret the U.S. Constitution for a post 9/11 era. Using some tongue-in-cheek anecdotes, Brasch leads the reader on a journey of low expectations for an administration that uses the fear of al-Qaeda and terrorism rather than intelligence and common sense to govern. Along the way there are many casualties, including our educational system, FEMA, the U.S. worker, and habeas corpus. Nothing is safe from the Bush-Cheney juggernaut.<BR/><BR/>Brasch, however, saves his most biting criticisms for the Patriot Act and the curtailment of so many of our civil liberties. As is pointed out early in the book, the Act violates no fewer than six constitutional amendments, and Benjamin Franklin is no doubt turning over in his grave. No one escapes culpability here, neither the U.S. public paranoid and on the lookout for turbaned interlopers, nor the mainstream media that seems to have forgotten that the Fourth Estate is supposed to be a government watchdog for the huddled masses. In the end, the enablers are taken to task to the same degree as the miscreants and we all share some of the blame.<BR/><BR/>Quill says: A well written and entertaining look into the reign of George W. Bush¿very scary!

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