are getting hit with so much crap from the outlaw
right ruling America that they literally are incapable
of responding to input in any sort of sensible
manner any more. They cling ineffectually to positions
that they know contradict information they have,
and squeeze their eyes shut and hope it will all
Republican Rapture Right has created a nation
that is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome,
and they couldn't be happier.
in point: how people feel about 9/11. A recent
poll asked people the question, "When it comes
to what they knew prior to September 11th, 2001,
about possible terrorist attacks against the United
States, do you think members of the Bush Administration
are telling the truth, are mostly telling the
truth but hiding something, or are they mostly
in mind that over 60% of the general population
approve of how Putsch is handling followups on
9/11, it would be reasonable to assume that at
least that many believe the administration is
telling the truth about those events.
fact, only 24% of the public thinks the admin
is being straightforward. Most (56%) think they
are hiding something, and one in six flat out
say they are lying.
cognitive dissonance comes mostly from the administration's
favorite victims, rank-and-file Republicans. There,
less than half believe the admin is telling the
truth about 9/11, even though over 90% of them
support how the admin is handling 9/11.
to imagine that. At least 40% of Republicans admit
they don't trust the story the admin has fed them
about the greatest crime committed against Americans
in the 20th century, but what the hey? It's only
a few thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
Supporting the president so he can lie to us is
much more important.
as that seems, we have a situation where nearly
50% of voters - including 80% of Republicans -
approve of how Putsch is handling Iraq. Even allowing
for the fact that a depressingly large number
of profoundly ignorant people still think the
two (Iraq and 9/11) have something to do with
each other, there have been a few little problems
in Iraq lately. I'm sure you heard about it; it's
been in all the papers.
this past week (admittedly, too recent to show
up in the polls so we don't know if these items
managed to shake the insufferable smug certainty
of the willfully ignorant) we've had the highest
casualties since Putsch declared an end to battle
operations a year ago. In Falluja the Marines
pulled out, while vehemently denying that was
what they were doing (they "advanced to the rear,"
no doubt), and leaving four of Saddam's generals
in charge of a tiny force (1,100 men) to control
the restive city of 300,000. They also tried denying
that they were using Saddam's people to try to
restore order, even though they a) left Saddam's
people b) to restore order. It wasn't a proud
the torture scandal broke. There had been reports
right along of American troops, and the mercenaries
the government hired to buttress the troops, mistreating
the local population. There was film of Americans
potshotting a man, wounded and down, to death.
There were widespread allegations of abusive behavior,
including torture and rape.
of course, there are pictures. The ones that CBS
broadcast were bad enough - the guy with the wires
attached standing on the box, assured that if
he stepped off the box, he would be electrocuted
(I'm told he lasted almost 28 hours. Have fun
imagining yourself or your spouse in that situation).
There were the shots of the naked prisoners made
to lie in a kind of pyramid.
ones out on the web are far worse, and explicitly
demonstrate exactly what the Army meant when they
talked about sodomy, rape, oral copulation and
Turks used similar tactics on the Iraqis in the
past, and hundreds of years later, Iraqis place
fingers alongside mouths and spit whenever Turkey's
name is mentioned. The hatred and anger never
will Republicans react to this? Well, here's an
early example, from a fellow calling himself "Billary"
on Usenet: "A brief note to all of the members
of our armed forces: God Bless you. But when you're
beating the shit out of those scum sucking, murderering
[sic], terrorist, camel jockeys towel head fuckers.
PLEASE make sure no one with a digital camera
(or other camera) is around!! Because the leftist
liberal whiners in America would prefer that we
coddle and nurture the fucking animals who try
to kill us. And all those pictures do is give
them more fuel for their warped anti-American
minds. Shame on you guys! Lose the dirtbag with
the camera. 'Billary Out'" He was quite proud
of this effort, and posted it several times. In
the name of God and America, of course.
course, the Usenet loonies are an extreme example.
Or so I keep telling myself, because if they aren't,
America is finished. But I'm remembering the outrage
over My Lai - not that American soldiers slaughtered
nearly an entire village, but that they were tried
for it. There are a lot of Republicans to whom
the term "Good Germans" - the Germans who accepted
everything Hitler did in the name of patriotism
see what many of them have accepted over the past
30 months: administration foot-dragging on a full
investigation into 9/11, with increasing questions
and doubts about what really happened that day,
and how it happened. Restrictions on civil liberties
in the name of a threat that is not quite as likely
to kill you or yours as a drunk driver. Not one,
but two military quagmires, and in case nobody's
noticed, we don't have personnel to deal with
Pakistan selling nuclear secrets to terrorists
and rogue nations, and Saudi Arabia has just taken
up the charming new middle east hobby of dragging
the naked bodies of Americans through the streets.
how is it Republicans stand for this? Think of
the Stockholm Syndrome. Or, failing that, consider
the behavioral patterns you see in abused spouses
and children. People tend to form dependent relationships
with those who are tormenting and abusing them.
is why the Republicans use fear and hate so much
in their campaign. They deliberately frighten
and threaten, knowing that no matter what, they
have about 30% of the population who will support
them. Nor do they even have to do anything for
these people: indeed, the more they lie to them,
cheat them, and conjure up things to frighten
them, the more desperately they will cling to
their Republican masters.
a Republican who blindly supports Putsch no matter
what why he's voting against John Kerry. He'll
tell you that Kerry will bust the budget, expose
America to terrorism, mishandle Iraq, screw the
working class people, and our allies won't respect
us. As an afterthought, he'll add that he has
serious doubts about Kerry's military record,
and suggest that someone with a record that weak
maybe isn't fit to run the country during times
anything on that list that doesn't apply to Putsch?
The thing is, these people at some level KNOW
this. And they support Putsch anyway.
don't need political analysts to reach these people;
they need psychotherapists.
it can happen here. Yes, it has happened here.
Posted: May 4, 2004