Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Great American Hero Revealed

Currently reading Glenn Greenwald's Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics. I'm only up to chapter three and am finding my thoughts absolutely reflected in Glenn's writings.

Chapter one zings the myth of John Wayne as the archetype of American masculinity, instead revealing him the archetype Republican chicken hawk - a draft dodging, drug addicted, valueless husband and father his personal life revealed. This "cowboy" (whose son confessed preferred suits and tuxedos to chaps and boots) set the hypocritical standard that all Republican conservatives look up to today both in his public persona and his personal hypocrisy.

I highly recommend this read. Glenn can be a little heavy handed in his rhetoric and I'd prefer him to focus more on deconstructing the myth of public personas versus private values (on both sides of the aisle actually). All in all though, you learn much about how both the game of politics and the American people are played daily by political mythmaking.

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