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The Real WMD™:  Willful Mass Denial

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The Real WMD ™:  Willful Mass Denial

by Allen Snyder


May 28, 2004


If you 're like me, you 're perpetually blown out, not so much by the endless parade of whistleblowers and political scandals from Washington (who didn 't know BushCo is crooked?), but rather what little effect they 've had on Bush 's poll numbers.  It doesn 't matter what happens, who lies, or who dies, or how many, there 's always a hard-core 35% - 40% who suck it up and support him, war crimes, record budget deficits, hideous Patriot Act, and all.

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O 'Neill wrote that Bush 's Cabinet meetings were like watching 'a blind man in a room full of deaf people '.  Ex-terror czar Richard Clarke wrote that invading Iraq was Job #1 with BushCo long the before the 9/11 attacks.  Reporter Bob Woodward 's book confirmed our worst fears about both Bush 's incurious disengagement and his cabal 's fanatical global designs.  Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson chronicles BushCo 's petty vindictiveness, culminating in their illegally revealing his undercover-CIA-agent wife 's identity.  And finally, Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker describes in great detail the deep moral depravity of the Bush war effort in Iraq , personified by the Abu Ghraib prison photos and videos of sexual humiliation, degrading sadism, and brutal torture.

Indications are that Bush, Rummy, and Ashcroft personally authorized the Abu Ghraib torture, are yet again stonewalling the 9/11 Commission (this time about who approved the convenient exodus of bin-Laden family members in the days following the attacks), and that Dick Cheney 's really in control while Bush is actually a hologram.

All this and Dubya 's poll numbers barely move.  You 'd think his ratings would 've tanked to the 30s or 20s by now, but he 's lost only minor ground.  Kerry has a 5 or 6 point lead, but the November election is still very much up for grabs.  It 's amazing that Bush stays so clean with so much sh*t falling so thick around him.  And to think Bill Clinton was impeached for having his dick sucked!?

BushCo 's deep disconnect with reality is understandable.  Any Administration as incompetent and dangerous as this one, screwing millions of Americans by day and killing dozens of Iraqis by night, can 't afford to take off its ultra-rosy glasses.  Only by maintaining their pie-eyed optimism in the face of all the hatred, misery, suffering, death, and brand-new terrorists they 've created can they continue rationalizing the monstrous expenditures in cash and lives for what 's now a lost and ignoble cause.

It 's the Bush supporters ' disconnect I don 't get.  Well, didn 't used to get, that is.  I may have finally figured it out.  It 's a function of the ultimate WMD ™ - one that BushCo couldn 't exist without:  Willful Mass Denial.

Remaining a BushCo loyalist at this juncture, when they 've royally botched everything in sight to the detriment of people not just in distant places like Iraq , but also here in America , makes no sense.  As liberal comic and commentator Janeane Garofalo rightly put it, supporting Bush now is more than just a serious error in judgment, it 's a fundamental character flaw.  What could cause such deep denial?

Certainly, the glut of misinformation and outright lies propagated and perpetuated by faux news outlets like FOX and others shoulder some of the responsibility.  But even these viewers have the option of becoming truly informed by patronizing some other outlet one that 's actually fair and balanced. The fact they don 't may mean that, in some perverse way, they 're happy in their vast ignorance.  Bush 's over-simplistic two-dimensional view of everything naturally appeals to the mentally lazy and intellectually stunted, for whom liberalism involves way too much thinking and conceptual hair-splitting.  As J.S. Mill correctly opined, 'not all conservatives are stupid people, but all stupid people are conservatives. '

Also at fault are high-ranking members of the Republican party.  There was a time in the not-so-distant past when partisanship lost out to the public good and the perceived integrity of the American Presidency.  We don 't have to look past the Democrats who crossed the aisle to take it to Clinton or the Republicans who helped bring down Nixon for proof.  With the likes of Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum, and Bill Frist (scumbags all) running around Washington , any similar defection on principle remains doubtful.

Shame is probably another culprit.  How must it feel for a sincere BushCo supporter, especially one snowed from the beginning by phony compassionate conservatism and bogus rationales for war, to see now what their cheerleading hath wrought and to know that no matter what a elitist f*ck-up Al Gore may have been, we 'd all be in much better shape had all the votes been counted?

Some people need to be cracked upside the head with a brick more than once before they clue in they 're on a sinking ship.  If the Kerry campaign, the Democratic party, and the media all do their jobs properly, it should be raining bricks till November.

Allen Snyder is an instructor of Philosophy and Ethics. He can be reached at asnyder111@hotmail.com. This article is copyright by Allen Snyder and  originally published by opednews.com but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media so long as this credit is attached.


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