dem·a·gogue /ˈdɛməˌgɒg, -ˌgɔg/ [dem-uh-gog, -gawg] noun, verb, -gogued, -gogu·ing. –noun
1. a person, esp. an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.—
This is important!
Keep your DVR,VCR, or at least a pad of paper and pencil/pen/crayon ready to go, and be prepared to use them for the next two years, at minimum. It will be vital to the political persuasiveness of these people in current control of the U.S. Congress that you quickly forget what they said and did, so they can switch over to whatever position or opinion gets them the most plusses to their power base at the time. Don’t forget—your welfare and that of the nation will depend on your ability to remember what they said and did by next week, next month, or next year.
For example, a couple of weeks ago, leading Democrats—now a majority in the U.S. Congress— were all for an increase in troops to Iraq. Some virtually demanded an increase, which startled some news/political commentators at the time as a complete reversal of pre-election positions:
Now that Bush has been goaded into a “new strategy” in Iraq involving some kind of brief “surge” in troop levels—whatever that means—and the left-leaning power base has to be soothed back into a supporting position:
“But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in a Senate speech earlier in the day declared: “In choosing to escalate the war, the president virtually stands alone.””
Remember, don’t forget! There will be a test in two years!