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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

George Bush, the puppet

I've heard that President George Bush is proud of the fact that he never watches tv or reads the papers, and all his news and information is given to him by his advisors.

I've also heard that there were at least 2 photo ops in or around New Orleans where aid facilities were set up before his arrival and then torn down after he left. They existed there only because of the opportunity to show Bush as being 'on the ground' and 'amongst the people', even though the people he interacted with were carefully screened by the Secret Service.

What is reality? It's the experiences that you have that determine how things are for you. This is why your reality is so much different to my reality, because we have different experiences that create different realities for us.

I've been wondering how George Bush can sleep at night, knowing of all the lies that he's told. But what if he's not lying? I mean, to us who seem to know better, he certainly seems to be lying. But what if he's being truthful?

What if President George Bush's reality is simply what his advisors and his minders make for him? He thinks he's at 'ground zero' helping people, when in fact he's in a prefabricated, staged environment that's been set up entirely for him to think that's the true nature of things.

How do you get someone to believe they're telling the truth? By convincing them that it IS the truth.

I'm beginning to believe that this very unintelligent President is being easily manipulated by the true people in power (potentially Karl Rove, his advisor, as well as PNAC) in order to bring about their own agenda.

The reality that he believes is occurring is the reality that is presented to him by those in power, which is simply what they want him to believe and to promote. An unintelligent man makes a great puppet.


Update:

It was Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La, who has been the source of one of those particularly juicy bits of information regarding a prefabricated environment for the President and the media. You can find official mention of it here, and here's the relevent quote from what she said:
"But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment..."



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Blogger Chancelucky said...

It might be a good time to re-release the Peter Sellers Movie based on Jerzy Kosinski's Being There.
Though, Chance the Gardener has nothing to do with Chancelucky.

9/08/2005 08:51:00 AM  
Blogger Asha X said...

This is my first visit so I thought I'd say hello from Halifax, Canada! Thank you for articulating what many of us in Canada think of our noisy neighbor's government. I'm not an expert on world politics and I'm relatively young (at least I think so!) but, G.W. Bush could quite possibly be the stupidest world leader of all time! How does a country with some of the best access to education in the world elect such an idiot?!?

9/08/2005 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

Hello Ahsa, welcome to this blog. I hope you come back every now and again.

Obviously I agree with you completely, regarding your thoughts on Bush. There's not much more that we can say that hasn't already been said, except for - I hope he is kicked out, and soon!

9/08/2005 02:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'd be nice if comments like these had some basis in reality other than animosity towards a world leader based on his political views. The "stupidest leader of all time" graduated from Yale, had higher grades than his 2004 rival for President, John Kerry, and flew fighter jets in the AF reserve, a white-knuckle, high-risk job that involves detailed knowledge of sophisticated flight and weapons systems, nerves of steel, and a sharp mind and reflexes.

Listen, you people can live in fantasyland all you want, but the whole "things were set up for Bush" hardly rings true, especially since there are media people travelling with him at every major stop of this kind.

You don't like his politics? Fine, let's see some logical retorts and ideas, instead of the usual knee-jerk "Bush is a dummy" rhetoric that a six-year-old could repeat on cue.

It doesn't make you look smart or reasonable at all. It's just the political version of self-gratification.

Cheerio.

9/08/2005 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

Considering that the media are travelling with him, as you say, they are subject to the same 'reality' that Bush is subjected to. It's also the media who are reporting that hours after Bush has gone, the facilities that were supposedly part of the aid effort were torn down. You just have to wonder what's going on, and blind faith in the infallibility of the President is, in light of the evidence that seems so prominent, just ludicrous.

9/08/2005 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, one more thing...the reality mantra.

Reality is *reality*. You don't have a different reality, just a different perception of reality. The real world doesn't change just because your experiences are different (or are colored by your judgement, prejudices, etc.)

The rest is subjectivist nonsense. The search for knowledge is a search for truth, not a better means to justify your perception or take on things.

The idea that Bush should be ridiculed because he prefers to have information presented by people responsible for identifying things of importance to the President is actually quite silly. What's he supposed to be watching? Survivor? Big Brother? Certainly not the mainstream media news, which can hardly be counted on to be fair, much less accurate these days. Would you watch CBS after Memogate if you were Bush? CNN after an Aaron Brown frothfest against Bush?

Bush is actually on to something here...get information filtered for importance and priorities. That's what the President's staff is hired to do, to maximize the time he can spend on issues and problems, and doing the job of the President (including the political bits.)

It's the same choice that viewers make when they choose Internet over TV or print, or one paper over another. Everyone filters their sources to some extent. That Bush knocks out the commercial media, at least at the personal level (you must realize he has staffers who report on key editorials, and news stories that affect the country or the White House) would been seen as a great trait by many, if they weren't so busy trying to make this Yale graduate look like a simpleton.

9/08/2005 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK -easy answer here - Name the media source. Put it in context too - was it an aid station or a station set up for people to meet with the President?

You're trying to have your cake and eat it here. The media sees what the President sees but also saw the aid station torn down? Which is it?

I'm not going to deny that certain political realities don't win out in situations like these...that's been the case with every President for the last 70 years (at least). It would be nice though to see a source, some basic journalistic background on such accusations. Without them, I see no reason to take the claim at face value just because someone on the Internet said it was so. If that were the standard then Bush would be a space alien, Kerry the anti-Christ, etc. etc.

9/08/2005 02:59:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

Check the Update above for information about the source of the material.

9/08/2005 03:46:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

Well, that shut you up, didn't it. *grin*

9/09/2005 07:50:00 AM  

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