Politicians who say anything and do nothing . . . People lamenting Constitutional rights they don’t have . . . Protesters equating everyone to Hitler . . . Teeth-gritting partisans! Tax-evading congressmen! Fact-evading Americans! If you’re incredibly disenchanted, if you feel that this great country of ours is suffering from chronic bullsh*t at the federal, state, and local levels, good news: Not only are you in good company, but here’s a book to make you feel a little bit better—
THE B. S. OF A.!
Whether you voted for “hope” in 2008, or “change” in 2010, odds are you’re feeling a tad despondent. Here at last is a straight-talking, partisan-busting look at politics from humorist Brian Sack, who mercilessly pokes fun at The B.S. of A. with a double helping of objectivity and wit, pulling no punches and giving partisans, politicians, and their politics a well-deserved shellacking.
The B.S. of A. takes full advantage of our poorly understood First Amendment to fearlessly cut through the bull on both sides of the aisle and ask serious questions: Why does this enormous country have only two real parties? How does a bad idea become a terrible law with a misleading name? How can you identify the Seven Habits of Highly Partisan People? What’s the deal with this Constitution thing people keep citing? Can we stop comparing people we don’t like to Hitler?
You’ll find a handy glossary to thoroughly expand your political vocabulary. And, perhaps most important, you’re guaranteed to finish this book with a complete understanding of how to solve America’s biggest issues—including gun control and abortion!*
The B.S. of A.: You’re in it, so get to know it.
*Actually, these issues can’t be solved. Their complexity was misunderestimated.
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Table of Contents
Preface: Wherein "it" is defined ix
Part the First These Ailing States
Wherein we take a quick look at "It" and consider how "It" has influenced the current condition of affairs in this country
1 The Declaration of Introduction 3
2 Miserable and Lied To 8
3 Partisan and Misinformed 17
Part the Second Background Check
Wherein we take a look at the history of this country so as to better understand "It"
4 The U.S. Constitution 31
5 The U.S. Government 71
6 The Parties 90
Part the Third Washington, B.S.
Wherein we enter the bowels of the nation's capital looking for "It" and investigate how "It" permeates everything
7 Think You've Got Issues? 109
8 Making the Rules 129
9 How a Bad Idea Becomes a Regrettable Law 145
10 Our Politicians 154
11 The Campaign Trail 177
12 I've Prepared a Few Words 191
Part the Fourth Knee Deep and Shovel Ready:
Wherein, finding ourselves standing in "It," we explore ways to get out of "It"
13 The Seven Habits of Highly Partisan People 199
14 Partisans Anonymous 213
15 Know "It" When You See "It" 228