Fear tactics still grab votes or American conservatives would stop using them.
Since America’s 2010 midterm elections are being held in November, the Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) ran a political video designed to exploit fear of China.
Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool most of the people some of the time and some of the people most of the time…”
Evidently, the CAGW decided they could fool some of those people in time to make sure they vote against Democrats.
New York Magazine ran a piece, Is this Really the Best Political Ad This Year, which proves why it is dangerous to be a democracy instead of a republic.
Ben Smith of POLITICO writes, “This slickly-produced new ad from Citizens Against Government Waste … attacks spending in the Mandarin-speaking voice of a gloating, future Chinese professor.”
The sad thing is that millions of Americans believe these distortions.
According to the PEW Global Attitudes Project, 36% of Americans view China with an unfavorable view.
It is no secret that Rush Limbaugh is a Sinophobe and has between 14 and 30 million listeners (depending on who you read). Glenn Beck has about two to three million.
In fact, the people that Rush and Beck appeal to must be some of the voters the CAGW is hoping to influence.
The National Center for Educational Statistics shows us that forty-three percent of Americans read at or below basic, which means 93 million votes could be influenced through fear of China.
After all, the illiterate and semiliterate are the easiest voters to fool and that’s why they shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
Learn more at Democracy, Deceit and Mob Rule
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