A Culture of Distortion, Fear and Attack
The Bush Administration has engaged in a pattern of distortion, fear and attack, that is so pervasive, they probably don’t even realize how much they do it. Sadly, the media seldom challenges their distortions.
The most obvious is the 237 misleading statements made by this
Administration prior to invading
A lengthy NY Times article dated
as its source.
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trying to say the
about the 9-11 commission, that found no
Then there is the domestic agenda. A “Clear Skies” initiative that allows polluters to pollute more, or a “Secure Forests” plan that gives loggers free run on previously protected forests.
Then there are plenty of cuts in domestic programs, that benefit the middle class and the vulnerable, to help pay for tax cuts that benefit the wealthiest more than anyone else. This is sold to us as giving us more of our own money. But we are losing more than we gain, with increased health care costs, taking on a greater percent of the tax burden from the wealthy, while they get wealthier, and we get squeezed financially, while many of us are losing jobs. What about the growing deficit, and us approaching our legal debt ceiling.
Then there is the fear factor, like how we will be attacked if Bush isn’t elected for 4 more years. This is an underlying theme, woven into the distortions and attacks.
How about, the attacks against opponents and dissenters?
We all know about the attacks against Dukakis, Ann Richards, John McCain, Max Cleland and others. The only way the Bush family seems to be able to win an election is to vilify their opponents. All they have to do is cause enough doubt about a decent opponent who campaigns clean and fairly, and they can win by default, no matter how flawed their record, decisions or plans. They are doing it again with Kerry, but we will not allow them to get away with it.
Then there are former members of his Administration, that are raked over the coals on Fox News and other media, once they courageously exercise their right to be a whistle blower on this Administration. Remember former Treasurer Paul O’Neil, and Counter –terrorist specialist, Richard Clarke for several Presidents (the only one to officially apologize to those who lost loved ones on 9-11), both were subject to an attack campaign by this Administration and its friends in the media.
But when people likes Rudy Guliani,
When the chair of the Republican National Committee is a former Enron lobbyist, a company that told its employees to hang onto their company stock, while the company executives sold theirs, before the company fell, you have to wonder, what has happened to the once Grand Old Party?
When associates of the House Majority Leader, Tom Delay, are indicted
for illegally spending corporate money
They seem to be pushing for a one party system, with a friendly media,
similar to what Putin has orchestrated in
We know there are many decent Republicans, but the GOP leadership has been coopted by corporate wealthy special interests, neo-conservatives and religious right fanatics. Their 2004 platform largely praises Bush, but manages some policy statements, including a pro-life amendment, restricting a woman’s right to choose, even when there is rape or incest. There is another proposed amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions for same sex relationships. Since when are our constitutional amendments, which normally define our rights (like the first 10 known as the bill of rights), meant to restrict the rights of Americans.
The Bush Administration has acquiesced to the end of the ban on assault weapons, and now has presided over end of the community cops program, at a time when we are concerned about terrorists attacking within our borders. Bush agrees to more guns and less police on our streets during a war on terrorism. That doesn’t make any sense. They are so confident in winning the election, that they are not even being careful about what they are supporting. Is it arrogance?
These issues transcend party loyalty, partisan preference or religious affiliation. These issues are about the well-being of a country, that we all love, regardless of our differences.
When speaking of the
Shawn Hannity wrote two books, one titled “Let Freedom Ring” and “Deliver Us from Evil”. Of course, He favors Bush, and blames liberals. But those labels like conservative and liberal seem less important now. Ralph Nader says this President has brought liberals and conservatives together, against his radical agenda. Conservatives and liberals have voiced protest against the Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage, perhaps, for different reasons. I even saw Dick Cheney quoted in a full page ad to our Congressman, against this amendment.
Bush is fundamentally misguided, and once misguided, he can’t help but mislead. A majority believe we are going in the wrong direction. A majority of those supporting Bush hope he will be different In a second term. They will be sadly disappointed.
The decision making process for this Administration is fundamentally flawed. We have no choice but to vote for John Kerry and John Edwards, and a Democratic majority in Congress.
The corporate co-opted media tends to feature Republican talking points as balanced reporting. What is happening to our freedom? Don’t be demoralized or fooled by their rhetoric. We have truth on our side, and we can win.