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Unformatted text preview: e union and inaugural) to be reminded that regardless of their actual diversity, every American has some (maybe secret) similarities that need to be preserved in order to preserve the government/nation. Con: a) Calling for emotional fortitude, requires a detachment from one’s own worldly experiences. It can lead to people seeing this as justification for putting good faith over good actions (specifically certain religious denominations). b) Requiring emotional detachment may lead to disengagement from the political process. If we are divinely watched/guided why vote or allow ourselves to be emotionally persuaded by emotional pleas in political debates. c) It needs constant contrasts. We justify having this civil religion and associated attitudes by pointing out theineptitude of other foreign nations. We must always vilify another country to promote our civil religion ideals. d) Could stifle the possibility of good­faith discussions of diversity and create suspicion around people that do care about their cultural heritage. Future: A change occurred in the rhetoric of Presidents starting with Clinton. By the time Clinton was elected, he could no longer point to outside threats to America in order to instill these beliefs. The biggest threats to America at that time were internal. Clinton throughout his Presidency switched the rhetorically focus to embracing and celebrating our diversity in order to unite the nation under the ideals of equality and acceptance, specifically addressing the division between white and black. Hofstadter “The Paranoid style in American politics” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Paranoid_Style_in_American_Politics http://www.frumforum.com/the­paranoid­style­in­american­politics/ ● Definition of paranoid style­ “When I speak of the paranoid style, I use the term much as a historian of art might speak of the baroque or mannerist style. It is, above all, a way of seeing the world and of expressing oneself. … [T]he clinical paranoid sees the hostile and conspiratorial world in which he feels...
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