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Rob Kall: It's the Occupation, Stupid; Dem Language Lesson Desperately Needed

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Thom Hartmann really gets it right in his article, Reclaim the Issues - "Occupation, Not War" . There's no war in Iraq. It's an ugly, failing, incompetently planned occupation. The war went great. Our technology and soldiers did great. Then the real challenge-- dealing with the occupation-- began, and Bush and the Republicans have failed miserably at it. They went in without a plan, except, perhaps to give loads of pork to companies that supported Republicans and they have continued to incompetently manage the occupation.

Every Democratic legislator should be, if necessary, electro-shock trained to never use the term "war" to describe the disaster in Iraq. It's an occupation, a horror story, a testimony to vast incompetence and failed leadership.

When Harry Reid says it is time we get out, he should be saying it is time to end the occupation, to phase out the occupation. We need to get the press to start talking about occupation. We need to challenge the press to stop mislabeling their coverage as war coverage. We need to contact the networks that "brand" the "war" with coverage graphics, music and special names that include the word "war."

And let's dump the "war on terrorism" language too. This language, invented by right wing language gurus, is misleading and only causes us to pursue useless efforts.

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It's one thing to misuse the word war to talk about a war on drugs or a war on cancer. Wars are fought between nations. You don't declare war on a person or an organization. Al Qaeda has not declared war on the Rotary or the Southern Baptist convention, or the Catholic Church. That's because you can't.

You can fight terrorism. You can fight drug abuse. You can put together resources to fight cancer. But when it comes to groups spread across the the planet, in many countries, you can't declare war. You might have skirmishes. But you need to think of different kinds of strategies, more like the ones used to take on organized crime-- the Mafia, Columbian drug smugglers.

The stupid, politically motivated mislabelling of the problem as a war has caused us to waste thousands of US lives tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. Bush and his rubber-stamp republican liars and fools (one, the other or both) have idiotically taken us down a path that has no hope of resolving the problem of terrorism.

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Democrats who gullibly continue to use the languaging that the Republican spinmeisters crafted to frame things to meet their political needs are being duped and helping the Republicans. The Democrats must take control of the language "war." They must refuse to respond to journalist questions that use that framing.

It will probably take some training sessions for them to get the hang of it. Thom Hartmann could do a great job. The Democratic party should have Hartmann do a training session for the Democrats in the house and senate. (Sorry, but Lakoff is too much of an ivory tower academic. The members of congress need and deserve a language expert who is also a brilliant speaker and historian.)

Let the media attend. Let them learn and understand how the right wing language experts have been using them, so they can tell the difference between being real reporters and media dupes of the right wing. Some media people will continue to use the right wing "language" since they're part of the right wing echo chamber team. Some will see what's really going on and start functioning as real, independent journalists. It will be interesting to see which "journalists" actually "get it."
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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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