We often hear the lament, �How is it possible that as many
as 30 percent of the American public still approve of George Bush?� I�ve often
asked myself the same question.
Is it just possible that we are looking at the wrong half of
Might it not make more sense to ask, �How is it possible
that as few as 30 percent of the public supports The Shrub? Why not more?�
Those of us who pose the first question most likely get our
news and information from the Internet and from the independent and foreign
press, having acquired a well-justified contempt for the mainstream media
(MSM). From that perspective, it is hard to believe that even 10 percent would
still support Bush.
But most of the American people are not like us. If they are
at all interested in politics, they get most of their news and opinion from
right-wing talk radio and the mainstream media.
The Bush/Right-wing �noise machine� is formidable, and it
has been effective. For example, a poll by the
Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA), released in April 2004,
reported that 57 percent of Americans believed that Saddam�s Iraq was
supporting al Qaeda, and 60 percent believed that either Iraq had WMD or WMD
programs. And in
October of that year, shortly before the presidential election, 75 percent
of Bush voters believed that Saddam was supporting al Qaeda.
Where did these U. S. citizens get this demonstrably false
information, if not from the mainstream media?
At least as important as misinformation, are the mainstream
news blackouts. As of March 3, none of the network
evening newscasts reported the political interference and firing of the U.
S. attorneys -- three months after the firings took place. And as May 17, ABC and CBS had not
reported on James Comey�s testimony about the �drama� centered around John
Ashcroft�s hospital bed.
Similarly, the mainstream media have had little or nothing
to say about �The Downing Street Memos,� which clearly revealed that the Bush
administration was �fixing� the intelligence reports to support the decision to
invade Iraq. And the MSM have to this date totally ignored any and all evidence
that indicates that the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections were stolen.
Finally, the MSM has at best failed to debunk and, worst
still, has participated in the smearing and ridicule of Democratic candidates,
while giving a free pass to the GOP candidates. Who can forget the bogus �inventing
the Internet� and �serial liar� smears of Al Gore, and the sabotaging of the
2000 presidential debates? Then followed the �French-look,� �flip-flopping�
and, worst of all, the �swift-boating� of John Kerry. And it continues today
with John Edwards� $400 haircut. And by the way, we are told that Dennis
Kucinich can�t win because he�s too ugly, and Edward can�t win because he is
too good-looking. What�s a Democrat to do?
In the meantime, investigation of Bush�s abbreviated �service�
in the Texas Air National Guard and his shady investments continue to be verboten
in the MSM.
And yet, in spite of all this, the truth seems to be getting
through and the public is beginning to wise up. For example, despite the total
embargo on news and investigation into election fraud, by September 2006, less than half of the
public believed that Bush had won the 2004 election �fair and square.� Just
last month, 69
percent of the public believed that the Iraq war was �going badly.� The
poll reported that only 25 percent say that things are going well in the
U.S. All the while, Bush�s approval ratings continue to fall, and today, at 28
percent, are the lowest of his Presidency.
And to top it all off, in January, the Democrats took
control of both houses of Congress.
How is this possible?
Because, propaganda is a sprinter, while truth is a
long-distance runner. And, at long last, the GOP/Bushevik/media propaganda
machine has shot its bolt.
Too many lies. Too many unfulfilled promises. Too much spin.
Too much contradiction and backtracking. Too much whistle-blowing. Too many
ordinary citizens with memories of the lies. Too many other citizens reminded
of the lies:
�There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of
mass destruction.� (Dick Cheney, August 26, 2002).
There is a �sinister nexus between Iraq and the Al Qaeda
terrorist network.� (Colin Powell, UN Security Council, February 5, 2003)
�We will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.� (Dick
Cheney, March 16, 2003).
�We know where [the WMDs] are. They are in the area
around Tikrit and Baghdad.� (Donald Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003)
�Major combat operations are over.� (George Bush, USS
Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003)
�I think they�re in the last throes, if you will, of the
insurgency.� (Dick Cheney, June 20, 2005)
Iraq has 26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of
botulinum toxin, 1,000,000 pounds of sarin, mustard and VX gas, 30,000
munitions to deliver these agents. (�Disarm Saddam Hussein,� whitehouse.gov)
Aluminum tubes. African uranium.
Jessica Lynch. Pat Tilman.
This is an egg that can not be unscrambled. Credibility,
once lost, cannot be regained.
�Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me . . . you can�t get
fooled again.� (George W. Bush).
Meanwhile, the facts persists and at last the truth is
beginning to break through the media smokescreen.
The Busheviks are learning, to their sorrow, that if you
embark upon a campaign of lies, better to grab the prize early and then dig in.
As every successful confidence man knows, once you�ve conned the rubes, it�s
time to get of town, fast. Time is the enemy of both the lying
politician and the confidence man.
So now, at last, as the Bush/Cheney ship of state stalls and
sinks, the crew begins to abandon ship. There are resignations from within the
administration and insider testimony before congressional committees. As
circulation and ratings plummet, a few members of the mainstream media are,
ever so slowly, beginning to behave like journalists again.
Time, at last, is on the side of the opposition -- and of the
Constitution and the rule of law.
This is no time to pause or to diminish the attack. This is
no time for compromise -- and this means you, Congress!
But we must also be mindful that the wounded and trapped
beast is the most dangerous. The Congress has meekly handed the tools of
oppression to the Busheviks: the USAPATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act
-- torture, abolition of habeas corpus, arbitrary arrest and
imprisonment solely on the president�s order, suspension of posse comitatus
allowing the administration to turn the military against its fellow citizens.
Even so, against all this a united and aroused citizenry can
prevail. And for the first time in six years, it appears that this just might
Copyright � 2007 Ernest Partridge
Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of
Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He has taught Philosophy
at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He
publishes the website, The Online Gadfly
and co-edits the progressive website, The