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Cold Breezes and Idiot Winds: Patriotic Correctness and the by Valerie Scatamburlo-D’ Annibale (auth.), Valerie

By Valerie Scatamburlo-D’ Annibale (auth.), Valerie Scatamburlo-D’ Annibale (eds.)

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And so it went. The hymn of freedom-hating miscreants who hate “our way of life” became a chorus refrain that Bush repeated in his September 20th speech to a joint session of Congress: Americans are asking, why do they hate us? 89 Of course, that the Bush regime was ever “democratically elected” in the first place was still a matter of considerable debate at the time. 90 As for religious freedom, one could clearly see from the vitriol spouted by the likes of Falwell and Coulter that many on Bush’s rightist evangelical flank did not share the enthusiasm for that principle.

Foreign or domestic policy. 122 September 11, 2001 enabled free market neoconservatives to unleash Friedmanomics on the American population with unprecedented vigor. e. 124 The assault on the governing order established by twentieth-century liberalism was pursued in three successive waves—first by Reagan’s ascent to the presidency in 1980, sparked, no doubt, by the massive and well-funded mobilization of conservatives after Barry Goldwater’s resounding defeat in 1964. The second took hold in the mid-1990s as Newt Gingrich led the Republican revolution in 1994 and secured his party’s control of Congress for the first time in two generations.

It was evident in the scores of workers and ordinary citizens who flocked to the site where the Twin Towers once stood to sift through the wreckage in search of victims and to offer medical aid to those who were bloodied and battered. The light of humanism glimmered in the candles that burned along the sidewalks of Manhattan illuminating notes of thanks to the heroic firefighters, Port Authority workers, emergency personnel, and other public employees—many of whom sacrificed their own lives trying to save others.

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