“Demagoguery is a discourse that promises stability, certainty, and escape from the responsibilities of rhetoric through framing public policy in terms of the degree to which and means by which (not whether) the outgroup should be punished for the current problems of the ingroup.”
Before you shut out the Syrian refugees and support right wing politicians’ efforts to legislate safety with impossible-to-implement bills, read this.
Before we run around with our hair on fire worrying about international terrorism, let’s look at the leading causes of death in the U.S. on an annual basis.
The below information comes from medicalnewstoday.com and is from the year 2013, which was the most recent year data was available. The number is deaths on an annual basis from 2013.
- Heart disease: 611,105 deaths per year.
- Cancer (malignant neoplasms): 584,881 deaths.
- Chronic lower respiratory disease. This includes such diseases as emphysema, bronchitis, and asthma: 149,205 deaths.
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557 deaths.
- Stroke cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978 deaths.
- Alzheimer’s disease: 84,767 deaths.
- Diabetes (diabetes mellitus): 75,578 deaths.
- Influenza and pneumonia: 56,979 deaths.
- Kidney disease (nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis): 47,112 deaths.
- Suicide (intentional self-harm): 41,149 deaths.
Terrorism didn’t make the top 10. According to the website medhealth.com, terrorism doesn’t make the top 25 causes of death in the U.S., and the top 25 includes things like…
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