“Using access to confidential documents and firsthand accounts, Franken weaves the true story of the Making of the President 2004, staring the Three Horsemen of the Republican Apocalypse: Fear, Smears, and Queers.”
The above is taken from the Foreword of Al Franken’s “The Truth (with jokes).”
This is a good informational follow-up to Franken’s “Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.” The documented and undeniable deceit, corruption, and manipulation by the Bush administration is truly mind-boggling!
This particular book is filled with play by play accounts of the post 9/11 America, and how those in power used fear, among other things, to dupe a nation into unnecessary war, and torture. It was not about right and wrong. It was not about morals. It was not about justice. It was, to be sure, about power and money.
Also discussed is the Terri Schiavo case: an example of how a family’s suffering was exploited for political purposes.
Then there’s the examination of a little island by the name of Saipan. Saipan is a place where, basically, things like slave labor, forced abortion, and other horrible atrocities are committed in order for us to get the designer clothing we need for our survival. Here’s the thing: Saipan is actually owned by the United States. So, all these goods produced under these despicable conditions can still be labeled with “Made In The USA.”
For entertainment value, “Lies…” was a much more enjoyable book. It still had lots of “expose” type material. It was, though, more broad-based. But, if you really want to know what levers the “wizard” was pulling behind the curtains, this book will chronicle that for you.
We all have the right to support whomever we wish, but we also have a responsibility to investigate the truth about those whom we support. As for myself, I have truly had to repent before God for my right-wing, conservative, evangelical mindset. What is often promoted as a “Christian worldview,” is nothing more than a perverted political position wrapped in manipulative religion. These charlatans use a few “hot-button” issues, like abortion and gay rights, to stir up the conservatives and attempt to claim some kind of moral high ground, all while committing some of the most immoral activities imaginable. People like Tom DeLay, “who reportedly spends hours a week in church praying to his pro-life God,” while perpetrating crimes against humanity that make me want to vomit.
So, if you can handle “The Truth” and the “Jokes,” pick up a copy and prepare to be educated.