James Bovard illustrates how Bush abandoned both his campaign promises and his oath to uphold the Constitution, presiding instead over a nation at war, in massive debt and in service to the special interests of big business. This is an indictment of a presidency far removed from the will of the people.
In January 2001, George W. Bush assumed the Presidency of the United States promising peace, prosperity, and a renewed sense of integrity. In the Bush Betrayal, James Bovard vividly illustrates how Bush abandoned both his campaign promises an his oath to uphold the Constitution, leaving instead a nation at war, in massive debt, and in service to the special interests of big business. The Bush Betrayal is a seething indictment of a presidency far removed from the will of the people and is destined to be another classic from Washington's most outspoken critic.
WINNER OF THE LYSANDER SPOONER AWARD FOR ADVANCING THE LITERATURE OF LIBERTY "Jim Bovard is a one-man policy think tank, or, rather, a one-man version of what a policy think tank ought to be. Instead of cozying up to the state, the Beltwayites ought to be trying to copy Bovard: doing meticulous and meticulously documented analysis of the crimes of government. Who ever looks, really looks, with the right attitude, at the budget and programs of a federal agency? Or records, with great wit, all the felonies against freedom of the Clinton and Bush administrations? Not that they could copy Bovard, but they ought to try. ["The Bush Betrayal"] is the handbook of our revolution."--Lew Rockwell, www.lewrockwell.com "Ahhh, life is so good lately. Happy times. Today, the Postmaster General delived to my door an early copy of "The Bush Betrayal," sent to me by Jim Bovard. It's not quite available yet for the masses, but will be soon. So quit wasting time and go order it. A quick glance at this book immediately indicates two things: this book is going to kick some Bush-loving a**, and, cracking open this irresistable cover is going to keep me up til 2am again tonight." --Karen De Coster, www.karendecoster.com "One American - a true patriot in my opinion - who has not been hoodwinked or bamboozled by Bush Administration propaganda is James Bovard.... "The Bush Betrayal" is the best book for an introductory course on what patriotism really means, and it will certainly help awake a comatose public before all its rights are trampled by future 'Bush's'." --Jim Grichar, www.lewrockwell.com "This book is bound to be banned. It obviously violates several federal statutes. It'srapid-fire, high-capacity, equipped with bayonet-sharp wit, and loaded with politician-piercing ammo. Never mind that the ammo is merely words. We already know how terrified the Bush administration is of opponents who fire verbs and nouns.... If you already believed the Bush administration was a bit scary, perhaps even a bit mad, you'll have more evidence than you ever imagined after finishing "The Bush Betrayal," If (like me) you believe you already know everything you need to know about the administration's ways, I can assure you that you'll learn more and - this is the kicker - enjoy the process of discovering the facts."--Claire Wolfe, www.clairewolfe.com "Right from the start, Bovard opens in rapid-fire succession on governmental failures surrounding 9/11.... Bovard also finds amazing anecdotes and details you can't find -- under one roof -- anywhere else.... Bovard brings back the bite to what has depressingly become a reticent and toothless American journalism."--Brigid O'Neil, Freedom Daily, February 2005
About James Bovard
JAMES BOVARD has written for The Wall Street Journal, American Spectator, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post and Newsweek. He is one of Washington's most controversial journalists.
Table of Contents
Introduction PART I: DOMESTIC DEBACLES AND DECEITS Education Alchemy: Federal Control for Local Freedom The Mechanics of Bush-Style Education Freedom Dumbing Down Standards The Texas Model Scam Abolishing Racial Test Gaps Hollow Promises, Real Dangers Political Profiteering From Pointless Punishment: The Drug War Freedom from Bongs Politically-Mandated Pain: The War on Doctors Drugs & Bush Family Values Foreign Debacles of the U.S. War on Drugs U.S.-Approved Mass Murder Bush's Farm Fiasco Bush's Generosity, Taxpayers' Disaster Milk Madness Cotton: Exporting Death and Misery Torpedoing Trade: Fishing for Votes by Closing the Borders Eternal Republican Hypocrisy on Trade Steel Shaft Trade Negotiations as Racketeering Faith-Based Flim Flams: Enrolling God in the Re-election Campaign AmeriCorps: Volunteering to Boondoggle Social Work with Messianic Delusions Losing Count: 20,000 'Volunteers' More or Less Compassionate Conservatism = Airport Cheerleaders for Bush Entitlement Explosion: Medicare, Housing, etc. Free Drugs: A $2 Trillion Contribution to Bush's Re-election Giving Free Home Down Payments to Worthy Voters Spreading the Culture of Dependency Government-by-Stealth: The New Iron Curtain Ashcroft Guts the Freedom of Information Act The Nullification of the Presidential Papers Act Cover-ups as Standard Operating Procedure PART 2: THE FLOUNDERING WAR ON TERRORISM The Continuing Cover-up of 9/11 Bush's Efforts to Stonewall the 9/11 Commission New Revelations about Federal Failures Before & on 9/11 The Changing Meaning of 9/11 A War on Dissent? 'Free Speech Zones' FBI Surveillance of Protestors A Master Plan to Recreate 'COINTELPRO'? Ashcroft: A Study in the Abuse of Power The Patriot Act Salvation Tour The Detroit Tainted Trial Debacle Beating Detainees For Fun and Profit Ashcroft as the Epitome of Antiterrorism Exploitation TSA: Pratfalls as Public Safety Seizing Fingernail Clippers, Missing Guns & Bombs Keystone Kops: Shutting Down Airports for No Good Reason CAPPS 2: 100 Million Dossiers on America Homeland Security Hoaxes Continuing Failure to Create a Unified Terrorism Watch List Still Missing the Tainted Dollars: Money Laundering Misfires Bureaucratic Amalgamation as False Deliverance Enemy Combatants: The President's Word as the Highest Law PART 3: FOREIGN FOLLIES Iraq: Bush's Greatest Debacle 'Close Enough for Government Work': Changing Rationales for War Winning Hearts and Minds with an Iron Fist The Coming Iraqi Civil War Neo-Conservatives & Bush's Crusading Mentality AFGHAN SPIRAL Premature Bragging: Bush's Boasts Return to Haunt U.S. Killings & Cover-ups The Survival of the War Lords, the Revival of the Taliban Delusions of Democracy, at Home and Abroad Inflicting Democracy with Bombs and Bayonets National Endowment of Democracy: A License to Meddle Democracy Without Criticism of Rulers: The Campaign Finance Reform Act Conclusion: The Bush Legacy: & the Survival of the Republic
The Bush Betrayal by James Bovard
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