July 14, 2003

Verbal Rein of Terror

This really struck a chord with me. Renana Brooks of "The Nation" writes

People do not support Bush for the power of his ideas, but out of the despair and desperation in their hearts.
The article is called A Nation of Victims and, aside from the above observation, it talks about the language that Bush uses to dominate and urge people into a kind of submissive despair, in which people are content to let him handle things because there is nothing they can do about the situation:
"Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen.... I ask you to live your lives, and hug your children. I know many citizens have fears tonight.... Be calm and resolute, even in the face of a continuing threat."
(Link thanks to Tread Lightly)

Is it any wonder why so many people have such a strong contra-Bush reaction? This verbal onslaught fills our bellies with a bilious soup which refuses to stay down, yet we watch others lap it up readily, and even see whole television networks devoted to serving it 24 hours a day. With fries.

Honest administrations are all alike, but each dishonest administration is dishonest in its own way. observes Michael Kinsey of Slate. He gives some analysis of Bush's brand of lying. It's a brand where whole alternate realities are formed, parallel to the one you and I know. When differences are noted between the two, these differences are seen and treated as inconveniences... esoteric and nit-picky details. But we know them better as lies.

The DNC also has a good streaming video about Bush lies.

Posted by James at July 14, 2003 12:35 PM
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Nit-picky details and "fuzzy math."

Posted by: julie at July 14, 2003 7:20 PM

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