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It took almost the entire presidency of George W. Bush for people to understand that The Regime was lying about why it sent people to die in Iraq. There, indeed, were comparisons to Hitler by those who saw Bush, Cheney and others promoting and actually carrying out overreaches of the executive branch. For the greater part of the so called "Bush Administration", those who opposed The Regime were marginalized and dismissed by the mainstream media.

Immediately following 9/11, it would have been very difficult to find an American who did not stand firmly behind his/her president. That loyalty, although misdirected, was carried into the invasion of Iraq.

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The real "attacks" on The Regime happened not only after it was selected in 2000, but after it began leaking the fact that it intended to invade Iraq. This was in 2002, almost two years after the 2000 election. Furthermore, the opposition was based upon policy and only policy. It was based upon policy that it took The Regime almost two years to formulate.

Before Barack Obama was even inaugurated in January of 2008, there was already one well organized web site dedicated to impeaching the then president-elect. That's how long it took people to realize that Barack Obama's "presidency was a failure and based upon a lie".

Yesterday, September 12, 2008, 8 months after that inauguration, Glen Beck and the corporate sponsored FreedomWorks Foundation led what was described as tens of thousands of people in a march on Washington, DC. Naturally, the sponsors of the event claimed that there were a million or so people in attendance. If there were truly 400 or 500 people in attendance, one could dismiss the event as being overhyped by its organizers. However, MSNBC claimed that "tens of thousands" of so called "fiscal conservatives" showed up to "protest government spending".

As proven when the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Paradise Square in Bagdad, the positioning of the camera taking the picture can veil the truth about the actual number of people in attendance at any event.

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However, MSNBC is not likely to give the sort of crowd that showed up yesterday in Washington an inch more credit than it deserves. Several camera shots reinforced the numbers of people claimed to be in attendance by MSNBC and other news outlets. There are a lot of people in the US who may not like what Barack Obama has proposed for the nation during his 8 months as president. More importantly, however, since what Obama has proposed has mostly been for the benefit of the kind of people who are in the financial class as most of those attending yesterday's rally, it should be difficult to understand why in such a short time so many would express such deep rooted hate of Obama's policies so early into his administration.

An email made its way around cyberspace earlier this summer. It was a copy of a letter which was supposedly written by an executive of The Proctor & Gamble corporation. As you will see, the letter doesn't deal much with policy, but it is, nonetheless, a letter attacking President Barack Obama. It is also an insight into what drove so many people to Washington DC on September 12, 2008.

The letter is an example of the kind of unsubstantiated trash that those who are for the most part uninformed send out. Those who originally sent the letter out felt that everyone should read it and find out the "truth" about our president.

I partially agree with these people. I believe all should get a chance to read the letter, not to find out the "truth" about our president, but to find out the truth about those who write such letters and those who showed up yesterday in Washington DC.

Well known writer/author Ron Suskind wrote an article for The New York Times in October of 2004. The title of the article is "Without A Doubt". The article dealt with the then potential consequences of the results of the 2004 presidential election. The following is an excerpt from Suskind's article:

"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

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"The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.""

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Michael Bonanno is an associate editor for OpEdNews.

He is also a published poet, essayist and musician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bonanno is a political progressive, not a Democratic Party apologist. He believes it's (more...)

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