Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Chris

Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Chris

by Michael Wolraich

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Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Chris by Michael Wolraich

HAS AMERICA LOST ITS MARBLES?

  • Television sensation Glenn Beck warns of White House plots to institute fascism, communism, and other terrifying “isms.”
  • Radio titan Rush Limbaugh charges that a racist Obama regime encourages black schoolchildren to beat up white kids.
  • Evangelical luminary James Dobson frets that Christians will be arrested for thought crimes and people will be allowed to marry donkeys.
  • Protesters in knickers and colonial-style hats march on Washington with signs that order Hitler-like caricatures of President Obama to return to Kenya.

As madness reigns, pundits, politicians, and cab drivers debate the source of the hysteria. Some blame ignorance; some blame racism; some blame the economy.

 

After poring over mountains of political screeds and heedlessly subjecting himself to countless hours of Fox News, author Michael Wolraich discovered the secret formula that turns ordinary men and women into fire-breathing, smoke-blowing, right wing maniacs. It’s “persecution politics” . . again.

 

In Blowing Smoke, Wolraich documents, dissects, and deconstructs the myths that underlie the right’s growing reliance on the politics of persecution, from Joe McCarthy to the Tea Party movement. In the process, he delivers an original and compelling hypothesis with penetrating insight and blistering wit.

 

At turns hilarious, disturbing, and edifying, Blowing Smoke is a must-read account of modern American politics.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306819377
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 823 KB

About the Author

Michael Wolraich is a former contributor to the popular blog Talking Points Memo Café. In 2008, Wolraich founded dagblog.com, which offers a mix of political commentary and vigorous repartee. He lives in New York City.

 

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 How Bill O'Reilly Saved Christmas 1

2 Weep for Your Children 24

3 More or Less Normal People 49

4 Attack of the Gay Fascists 58

5 Mad as Hell? 74

6 Obama's America 87

7 The Sweetest of Drugs 129

8 Return of the International Jew 146

9 A Goat for Azazel 170

10 The Progressive Hunter 175

11 An Appealing Wondrous Story 203

12 Second Amendment Remedies 213

13 The Tent of Freedom 233

14 Wake Up, America 259

Notes 287

Selected Bibliography 325

Acknowledgments 329

Index 331

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