For the past couple of months, on my Virginia radio appearances, with a very conservative audience I've stayed away from our political divisions. Besides its being bruising to deal with them, I also wanted to wait a bit after the elections to see how the political forces were playing out. And someone I respect had counseled me that it was perhaps a good time to let the Bushite supporters "go to sleep." So I've done programs that explore questions that bring us together in our common humanity.
But now I'm ready to go back into the bruising business of trying to talk across polarized America's Great Divide. One big reason for this is that the ways in which the old Bushite practice of truth-obscuring continues to operate have become more visible, and not just to operate but to have their familiar destructive impact. It is clear that the Republicans in Congress are still willing, in large measure, to stay in line behind their Bushite overlords, saying whatever falsehoods will serve the their masters' power. And it is clear that the Democrats in Congress remain afraid of the power of Rovian propaganda to injure and defeat them.
The place where the evidence of The Lie's persistent power is recently most evident is, of course, the ongoing wrangling over the war in Iraq. And, accordingly, it is regarding this war-related crop of lies that I am going to go into battle when I do my next radio show in Virginia, two and a half weeks from now.
Here is my current thinking of how I am going to frame that show. I would be glad for any help in strengthening my command of the facts, and the structuring of my arguments.
Please recall that the target audience for these arguments consists of those in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia who support the Bushites, who are the ones most likely to call in to take me on, with my concern directed especially toward those in the middle who are hovering between accepting and rejecting this president and his policies.
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