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You're Not Stupid! Get the Truth: A Brief on the Bush Presidency Paperback – June, 2004

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Editorial Reviews


A brutally honest, well-researched book that sharply warns readers to be vigilant against being manipulated, and strongly recommended reading... -- Midwest Book Review, November 2004

Stands up to the Dean, Clarke and Wilson tomes... A careful and dedicated researcher, Cox covers it all. -- Small Press Review July-Aug. 2004

The case against Bush is a fairly damning one, well-made by public interest lawyer Cox in his compelling new book. -- Booksideas, July 2004

From the Publisher

Book Mission: compare the actual accomplishments of the Bush administration against their own claims, and the claims of America’s political and ethical heritage, to get a wake-up call to the undecided voter.

You’re Not Stupid! Get the Truth cuts through the rhetoric to get to the key facts about our current political situation.

This Brief on the Bush Presidency:
- Covers all the significant foreign and domestic issues.
- Makes an airtight case from the mainstream, patriotic viewpoint of American values that Bush & Co. seriously damage our interests as individuals and as a country.
- Carefully documented, very factual approach (883 references, 93-entry bibliography, index.)
- Value for money - attractively bound and priced.
- A good read, with meat on every page.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Progressive Press; First Edition edition (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093085232X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930852320
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,413,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For more than 45 years, William John Cox has written extensively on law, politics, philosophy, and the human condition. During that time, he vigorously pursued a career in law enforcement, public policy, and the law.

As a police officer, he was an early leader in the "New Breed" movement to professionalize law enforcement. Cox wrote the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department and the introductory chapters of the Police Task Force Report of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, which continues to define the role of the police in America.

As an attorney, Cox worked for the U.S. Department of Justice to implement national standards and goals, prosecuted cases for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and operated a public interest law practice primarily dedicated to the defense of young people.

He wrote notable law review articles and legal briefs in major cases, tried a number of jury trials and argued cases in the superior and appellate courts that made law.

Professionally, Cox volunteered pro bono services in several landmark legal cases. In 1979, he filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all citizens directly in the U.S. Supreme Court alleging that the government no longer represented the voters who elected it. As a remedy, Cox urged the Court to require national policy referendums to be held in conjunction with presidential elections.

In 1981, representing a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, Cox investigated and successfully sued a group of radical right-wing organizations which denied the Holocaust. The case was the subject of the Turner Network Television motion picture, Never Forget.

Cox later represented a secret client and arranged the publication of almost 1,800 photographs of ancient manuscripts that had been kept from the public for more than 40 years. A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls was published in November 1991. His role in that effort is described by historian Neil Asher Silberman in The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism, and the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Cox concluded his legal career as a Supervising Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California. There, he led a team of attorneys and investigators which prosecuted attorneys accused of serious misconduct and criminal gangs engaged in the illegal practice of law. He retired in 2007.

Continuing to concentrate on political and social issues since his retirement, Cox has lectured, taught classes at the university level, produced a series of articles and books, moderated several Internet websites and maintained an extensive worldwide correspondence. His primary initiative is the United States Voters' Rights Amendment (www.usvra.us & www.y4vra.org).

For more background see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_John_Cox.

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Sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover. The beauty of "You're Not Stupid! Get the Truth" is the affirmation of what is right about America. After the shameful images coming out of Iraq and Washington, it's easy to forget the humane ideals that America was loved for, which we have fought for.
Between the covers, "You're Not Stupid" pulls no punches on the political and media establishments. The brief documents all the main causes of grief with the "Commando-in-Chief", in chapters on topics from Bush's background to the Iraq fiasco, with Medicare, 9/11, and education in between. What it all boils down to is the best voter's guide I've seen for this year's elections.
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In this well researched book, William Cox has marshaled a wide variety of impressive and verifiable sources to build a strong case against the current occupant of the White House. In You're Not Stupid!, you can judge the record for yourself.

The book shows that George W. Bush has rewarded his wealthy supporters with irresponsible tax breaks, just as he has turned the largest national budget surplus in history into the biggest-ever deficit. His "No Child Left Behind" initiative has been a failure. He neglected clear warnings of the September 11 terrorist attacks. He spearheaded a shameful and vicious personal attack on triple amputee and Viet Nam war hero Max Cleland for political gain. He misled the American public into a war a majority feels was ill-advised and counter productive. He has incurred the enmity of the world at a time when the United States most needs international cooperation. He has abridged our civil liberties in such a way as to shock moderates of both political parties. These are not mere allegations. With a lawyer's attention to detail and proof, William Cox lays the record bare.

In the words of our embarrassingly inarticulate president, "Fool me once, shame on--shame on you; fool me--you can't get fooled twice." This easy-to-read book talks directly to you. Don't be fooled twice. You're not stupid. Get the truth from this important book.
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I liked this book for many reasons, but one of the reasons I appreciated "You're Not Stupid" is it provided me with so much information without making me feel overwhelmed. Although I think of myself as being well informed, I discovered new and important information reading this book. In fact, the book's description of Bush's education "reform" in Texas is fascinating . . . in a tragic train wreck sort of way.

Bottom line, this book is a fast easy read and by the time you finish, you will know more about our President than your neighbors, your co-workers or your friends
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...And Its People. That's W's latest (and greatest)"Bushism" stammered as he sighned a 400 billion plus military appropriation to further the neocon cause. Freudian slip? Could be. Just an idiot? That's a given. Not enough functioning synapses after years of alcohol and cocain abuse? All of the above? Thought the folks who acquited OJ Simpson were stupid? They ain't got nothin in terms of putting emotion ahead of reason over your average Bush supporter. Decent book. More ink must be spilled on the neocons, how they've come to power, and the damage they've caused to this country. I thinks this is the last one I'll buy that exposes this imbecile. One must conserve monetary resources in the Bush economy. One never knows when one will find themselves between jobs these days. Remember when we were a prosperous nation at peace back in 2000? Ahhh the good old days. Yeah, think that's it. No more pol books. I'm passed the point of being pissed off. Just go to the polls in November, and hope the independents see the light. Oh, yes, and cross your fingers that the electronic voting machine tallies your vote.
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Obviously, not enough people read You're Not Stupid before the 2004 election, otherwise Cox's Brief on the Bush Presidency might have helped overcome the rigged computerized voting in Ohio and minority voter intimidation in Florida to give the Supreme Court yet another chance to anoint a president over the will of the people.

The Downing Street Documents have now proven that Bush stole another election by lying to us about the origins of the Iraq War. He, and only he, is responsible for the resulting deaths and maiming of thousands of our finest young women and men. Moreover, every day we allow him to remain in office, we, all of us are responsible for the daily blood bath in Iraq and the harm Bush's War is inflicting on the Iraqi people.

Every day, American television and newspapers conclusively establish that Bush utterly failed to avoid the deaths of thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims before it struck and stupidly failed to care for its victims in its aftermath.

What more do the American voters need than the images of the president riding his new bicycle, strumming a guitar, playing golf, and, in the midst of a horrible tragedy, bragging about the good times he had in New Orleans during the days when he was "drinking and carousing and fumbling around?"

Those who have been fooled once or twice by the smirking chimp currently on display in the White House zoo should get a copy of You're Not Stupid. As a compilation of all other books in the genre at the time it was published, it will remain a valuable reference book in the future. It's a quality edition and is probably the best buy on the market.
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