God Willing?: Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the
'War on Terror' and the Echoing Press
A most appropriate BuzzFlash premium for Bush's second coronation. This is, after all, a man who believes God chose him to be president. Elections are just a distraction to Bush, because he believes that he is implementing divine leadership.
In "God Willing," Domke, an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington, documents how the Bush Administration has merged religious fundamentalism, public policy options and media coverage into a simplistic filter through which most Americans receive their perceptions of national and international political news.
What distinguishes Domke is how he backs up his thesis with supporting evidence. When you are done with this book, the case is closed: guilty as charged.
There is an old expression, "There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who believe that there are two kinds of people in the world, and those who don't." The Bush Administration, as this cogent book proves, has shifted political discourse and media coverage into the "two kinds of people" standard of judgment. It is based on religious fundamentalism and a belief in a divine order that breaks down to the "saved" and the "fallen." You are on the side of the angels (where Bush perceives he is) or you are on the side of evil. Simple, isn't it?
Well, simple is as simple does.
Bush has created the extremist Christian version of Al-Qaeda, where religion, ideology, politics and propaganda merge into one interactive and synergistic entity.
We normally don't do this, but we found a reader review on that online big bookseller (which shall remain nameless) and felt it so captured this book that we would repost it in this recommendation:
That's from a James Caswell of Bakersfield, California.
He said it better than we did.
This book will convince you that we have already crossed over the line into a theocracy. Most Americans just don't realize it yet.