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Being George Washington by Glenn Beck
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Mar 13, 2012

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Read in March, 2012

The content of this book references a better history book, "The Real George Washington." While some of the material in Glenn Beck's book is interesting and not well known to the American public, about a third of the text is given to name-calling and too much emotional manipulation. The book encourages everyone to follow the example of George Washington, which is an admirable thing to do, but the President was not a name-caller. The story also leaves out the facts that Martha Washington (Patsy) came to stay with the Washington at Valley Forge and that he made much more money than some other military officers, because he used an accounts book (of which I have a copy) and was reimbursed higher actual expenses, rather than accepting a commission or salary. I think Washington had integrity and was also smart. I think that emotional manipulation for political gain or for prodding The People into protesting and into voting in certain ways to cut taxes for authors and television info-tainers as they think they are doing it for themselves, is something to train the public to ignore. Washington sought advise but thought for himself. So should we all and then we will "be George Washington."
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message 1: by LeAnne (new) - added it

LeAnne I have a problem with your phrase " something to train the public to ignore", specifically the use of the words "train" and "ignore:. This gets too close to "brainwash" for me. Better to say "to encourage the public look in other directions" maybe? To think for themselves just as George Washington did.

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