Want to make a difference? Inform people of the meaning of DemagoguerySubmitted by dwalters on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 16:18
One issue that has surprised me in recent years is that citizens from other countries to which I have spoken know precisely what demagoguery is while the word seems to have been stricken from mainstream vocabulary in the United States.
Demagogue - (noun) a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.
to demagogue - (verb) to treat or manipulate (a political issue) in the manner of a demagogue; obscure or distort with emotionalism, prejudice, etc.
If you want to make a difference, tell someone about this vital - yet seemingly forgotten - concept. Let's get this word the attention and level of use that it rightfully deserves in Our society.
Demagogues have long known that people are easier to manipulate (against their better judgement) when under emotional strain. 9/11 meet Iraq War, Afghanistan War, the Patriot Act, the DHS, & the TSA. Analogously, Sandy Hook meet gun control.
Demagoguery is an age old ruse. Awareness of its existence will be the only effective tool to combat it. Please do your part to help this definition go viral.