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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Fear

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.

That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

Hermann Goering (Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe and senior Nazi)

Manipulation is a bitch and it comes in many forms: guilt, fear, etc.. Equally varied is who or what is doing the manipulation: spouse, family, friends, employer, or government.

Regardless we are all susceptible to it's hold. Nowhere is this more clear then in the USA's current political environment where fear is being used to manipulate the public. I argue that the politics of fear pose more of a threat to our country than Al Qaeda.

Fear is why we are fighting in Iraq. Fear is why we might be in Iran. People who don't support the Iraq war and/or question President Bush's actions are traitors who hate this country.

As a person who loves this country, who wants to see Osama bin Laden's head on a platter, who never wanted a war in Iraq, I'm disgusted.

It's not like I don't know that the game isn't fixed. The rich get richer at the poor's expense. This has always been the case in this country. But to question my patriotism for calling "bull shit" on the president's policies is against the ideals this government is based on.

Ideals? Granted we no longer abide by those. Not with secret prisons and a president bullish about torture. Simulated drowning (Waterboarding) is torture and it does not produce useful intelligence.

Waterboarding is all over the media these days with the Michael Mukasey Attorney General confirmation hearing. OK. That was a stretch. People don't care whether or not Attorney General classifies waterboarding as torture. People don't care about Iraq, Iran, or Bush's recent directive (Dictator for life).

Hell, people don't care about much in this country as long as stars dance, and Paris Hilton does something stupid. Thankfully that stuff is in ample supply and it is always newsworthy.

It is hard to believe that a president who lies us into a war is still our president, while one who lies about a blow job almost gets impeached. It makes you question our national priorities.

Perhaps that's the brilliance of the Republican manipulation machine. Proclaim to be the true protectors of the stars and stripes and claim or imply all your political enemies are terrorists.

I see a Rudy speeches and I get chills. Is he really a presidential candidate based on what he did on 9/11? His supporters think so. Does anyone else find this scary? The government does more than national security. Rudy's response on issues such as health care, immigration, out-sourcing, education, and so forth can't be 9/11.

The good guys versus the bad guys mentality is wearing thin. The world and political matters are not that black and white. Simply addressing them as such demonstrates intellectual laziness. There is no correct, moral, or right response. There is however an educated response based on research and planning, which is something this administration refuses to do.

As much as I didn't agree with the reasons for going to war in Iraq, there is absolutely no excuse for why it is so mismanaged. If the president is asking Americans to die for this cause, he is 100% responsible for managing it well. In my opinion neglecting this duty is an act of treason. The troops are not pawns in a real life version of Risk. There are repercussions whenever a soldier is injured or dies.

The Bush administration, however labels those who criticize him as terrorist lovers who want to see us fail in Iraq. Huh? I don't think any of our citizen wants us to fail in Iraq. We do want the war to be over, a stable government to be installed, and the violence to end.

This involves talking to the leaders in Iraq and forging a workable solution for them. The solution might be dividing Iraq into several independent states based on ethnic tribe. The central government would have equal representation of the ethnic tribes.

The problem with this solution is that this is not what Bush envisioned. Well, f*ck-head the citizens of Iraq don't care about what you envisioned. They just want to walk down the street without getting blown up. Having more than an hour of electricity every day would be nice too.

The Iraq war will end when the citizens are satisfied with the government chosen and our troops are gone. Anything less will be seen as occupation. It's unfortunate that our president fails to understand this concept just like he fails to understand that there is a backlash to using the politics of fear.

The American people do not like to be manipulated and they will punish the Republicans in 2008 just like they did in 2006. As far as history goes, Bush will be regarded as one of the worst presidents we ever had.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Tom G said...

Good post Mike.

The American people in general have woken up. How sad is it that our elected leaders, esp Democrats, and media are so slow to learn. The only thing giving me hope is the people power I see going on in our country across so many levels. The only hope is for there to be enough power grabbed outside the normal shareholders to affect change before it's too late.

11/07/2007 10:32:00 PM  

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