Friday, June 24, 2005


American Political Ploys

The other day I wrote about a clever ruse used in US politics to discredit opponents or make them fall into line. Here’s another. This one’s a nationalistic ploy that developed out of Bush’s phony 9/11 terrorist attack. Claim that your opponent is “soft on terrorism” and make him look as if he’s coddling bad guys, or is perhaps even a traitor. Just like the “friend of Israel” device, the opponent must immediately respond by emphatically denying the attacker’s accusation, or face political death.

It’s a cheap trick, but it works.

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