My jaw is left agape daily at what comes out of the current U.S. administration. If you don’t agree with the war in Iraq or believe that the intelligence that they followed was flawed you are a “endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party“. This statement immediately belittles and dismisses the valid views of people that are opposed to the war.
This administration had gotten extremely adept at packaging information into small marketable tid bits that are easy for the public to absorb. They are using our TV oriented, short attention span culture against us. By reducing complicated concepts to overly simplified ideas the administration connects with people, unfortunately. For example John Kerry’s opinions on the Iraq war. John Kerry voted for the war based on the intelligence that the administration provided to the Senate. This stated that Iraq had hidden weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), mobile chemical weapons depots and they were on a search for uranium in Africa. Once the war began and we slowly found that none of these assertions were true Kerry changed his stance on the war. He made a mistake and was willing to admit it, unlike the administration. This complicated thought process of Kerry’s was reduced to “Flip Flopping”. So Kerry was labeled a “Flip Flopper”. This idea sunk into the minds of Americans and essentially turned them off. Kerry no longer had to be considered as a threat he was a “Flip Flopper” and that’s all the people needed to know, no need to look further.
The administration continues to do this. They say something over and over and over again and whether true or not the majority of Americans start to believe it because it wiggles in to our lexicon. Our media latches onto these same catch phrases and further propagates the use of them. One thing has become clear, the Bush administration thinks we are idiots. I strongly urge people to look past the jargon of the administration and find the truth.