“Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists”

In Lugo’s Chapter 1 entitled, “GW Bush Administration Narratives of Threat and Containment,” he sites a quote from Bush stating that, “either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.” Not only does Bush’s statement reinvigorate the popular Cold War rhetoric of “us vs. them,” but it also emphasizes this idea that there are those around us who we can’t trust. The quote essentially encourages homogeneity within our society and invites people to solidify and contain the “American identity.” I found this quote to be incredibly important because what Bush said 15 years ago still has incredible relevance today. While American society has always been patriotic, when the rhetoric of “us vs. them” becomes popularized you see a resurgence of an extreme form of national pride. Nowadays people are very quick to categorize people unAmerican if they critique problematic parts of American society because of this idea that if you don’t whole heartedly love America you must be with “them.”


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