Sound Destruction: SAY NO TO ROSY GLASSES

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

SAY NO TO ROSY GLASSES

Familiar with the Orweillian style of leading by instilling fear? It's certainly been adopted by this administration. And why shouldn't they? It obviously worked for them, right? It netted support for a long duration after 9/11. It netted support for the Iraqi war. It netted re-election.

But they didn't bank on natural distasters upsetting the apple cart. They had and exercised no control over the recent hurricanes. They couldn't spin the hurricanes into terrorists, so they looked for other ways to take advantage of the situation (aside: check out Mike's post today for more on that). Suddenly folks started sliding down their rosy glasses, and started seeing with clarity the whole of the debacle that has come as a result of Bush's poor choices. And guess what else continued sliding down? Bush's approval rating. Coincidence? I think not.

So what to do? Be humble and attempt to unite the country in our time of distress as any good parent, teach, or leader would, or look for the next Orweillian tactic? Sadly, it seems they opted for the latter. Call me crazy, but I think the sudden interest in a potential bird flu pandemic hitting the US is not a coincidence either. I watched Bush mumble and fumble his way through his news conference last week. But when he was asked about this topic, he was annimated and insistent.

The question I now have is how will this affect the slide of rosy glasses?

31 Comments:

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11:41 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Wow, free online dating! BRB!

11:44 AM  
Blogger Ev said...

Anonymous sucks.

The thing is, Sar, Americans are stupid fat cows. We'll continue to eat the grass put in front of use because we're either too stupid or lazy to know that we could just move to a better grassy area.

This is our heritage, this is what we give our children.

This country hasn't been great for a long fucking time. We're on a decline and will continue to be until the large mass of Americans decide to make a true change and vote depending on actual issues and not whether or not marriage is exclusive or inclusive to homosexuals.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Where was I? Oh right, the whole tragedy is classic. I think Avian flu is probably a real threat. At least foreign publications were out front on it so if it's bogus someone else is making it up.

The problem is, what does Bush want to do about it? Natch, expand federal power, specifically allowing the Posse Comitatus law to be relaxed in the case of contagion so U.S. soldiers can enforce quarantines when they're not overseas. How oblibious would you have to be to expect that if a pandemic breaks out, the soldiers would be herding you according to a solid plan? Is it '08 yet?

11:48 AM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

if ever there was a group of assholes that seem to have things dropped in their lap that gives them reason to fuck us over again and again, it's this administration..
man, we're screwed.
again.

12:22 PM  
Blogger nedhead said...

Mike, take heart, anonymous above is giving you the chance to go screw someone else.

Kidding aside, try optimism. Maybe in the short term we are in trouble (short term meaning a decade or so). But the pendulum always swings, and it might get worse before it gets better. the good thing about our system is that it is dynamic. In any government, as long as life is good for the majority, the leaders get carte blanche. Our lifestyles are going to get cramped soon enough, if not already. Economically - personal rights. People will allow this only for a certain amount of time. Remember, most of us enjoyed a good ride during the Clinton administration,(remember the horrors of getting a blowjob from a fat chick?) thanks to the dotcom bubble and that was five years ago, not 80. We've had Prohibition. We've had Civil War. I am in no way saying that what is happening is remotely acceptable, nor that all that is happening is a result of just the current administration's major inability to do it's job responsibly, but as our friend Isaac Newton said, "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."

Intelligent design will get us where we need to go, have no fear!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Anonymous - thanks for being such a source of entertainment. Now bite me.

Doug - I am the hostess with the mostess, even providing spam connections. :) Seriously though, make no mistake, I'm not diminishing the reality of the threat. I'm merely pointing out that it would not be inconceivable or beneath this administration of corrupt crooks to use it to their contorted perception of advantage.

Ev - I see no need to move. Why should we? It's our country too. But you're right about the issues. Did you see the Kaine/Kilgore debate? (VA Governor candidates) (R) - Kilgore came right out and said he flat out does not support gay marriage or civil unions. Fucking small-minded biggot. Don't get me started.

Mike - I think it's the brazen defiance that bothers me the most. The fact that he'd nominate Harriet Miers in the middle of being criticized for his croonie appointments shows he does not give a shit about anything beyond padding the Supreme Court for his own benefit. Who holds judgement over the President? More croonies. And you wonder why I rant.

Nedhead - It's about damn time we got a Nedhead diatribe comment, you're way overdue. Excellent last sentence, btw! We are definately in trouble for the short term. The question is, how much trouble? It's only getting worse. And the worse it gets, the longer the road to recovery.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Maine said...

Its true that the pendulum swings, but there are some things that cannot be undone.

Damage to the environment is permanent and lethal. Ask the global warming people. And ask the people in hurricane zones who will never have a peaceful fall season again.

Death is permanent. Think of the thousands of people killed either by this administration's ignorance or arrogance. The pendulum can't swing far enough to bring somebody's baby back to life.

This is such bullshit. Why am I even having a kid? Let's go '08!!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Sar, this site should be portal. I agree. I wouldn't put them above using a flu threat for political purposes either. I would put dealing competently with one above them.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Maine - All good points except for one (which I realize was sarcastic). Your daughter, like mine, like Nedhead's, like Strider's, like so many others, is the future. Why should she be denied her rightful place because things are in shambles now? Like Nedhead pointed out, they won't always be. That's why it's so important to demand accountability and vote out the crooks & liars.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Doug - we must have been posting comments at the same time. Yes, honesty and integrity is certainly above them. As for portal...to what? Cyber chicks? Um, sure. I'll get right on that. ;)

4:51 PM  
Blogger tlm said...

Let's see if I understand this... Bush conspiring with the Bird Flu whores at CNN to create another distraction?? Nah, I don't think so.

But if it does threaten us, I'm well-prepared... I still have the quarantine shelter that I didn't get to use during the Y2K thing. And I'm prepared to give up eating chicken.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

TLM - Aren't you clever. I'm not implying Bush is conspiring. I'm implying he's a negativity-driven Orwellian opportunist. And I'd have no problem giving up chicken either (just ask Strider), but not tonight. Sweet & Sour coming up right up!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Ev said...

Tim, I'm going to help you.

Go to nexuslexus and check out the terror alerts during the bush administration and see how every damned time the terror alert goes up, Bush's camp just happens to have done some new horrible thing.

5:49 PM  
Blogger tlm said...

ev- I'm sure I could look at the old news wires and find something offensive that Bush did at anytime... terror alert or not.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

TLM, are you really missing the point that much on our posts?

6:59 PM  
Blogger tlm said...

mike v.- i must be... my brain can't process all this liberal whining. what am i missing?

7:24 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

TLM - Liberal Whining? I prefer enlightened progressive ranting actually. As for the rest, I know you liek to stir the pot & can hold your own. So, Ev & Mike, et al, one lobster serving up - have it!

8:21 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Oh and just thought I'd point out, it's not tim, it's TLM.

T he
L obster
M essiah

8:28 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

It's a real threat which they have known about for some time and are now using as Sar stated. It is for u snot to know until they want us to know to distract us from other things.

I don't think anyone has the right...even children or potential children. It is up to their forbearers to pass on that right and if the forbearers f up , as it appears they have due to greed and sloth and getting lost on the land of designer purses and sit-coms, the children suffer.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Ev said...

My point is that there is NO conspiracy. They're blatantly doing wrong and don't care what anyone thinks about it.

Whining..indeed, and I bet the folks in La are just whining too.

I swear, this country treats Bush like he's constantly getting third place in the Special Olympics.

"You did a good job, buddy. No tears, no tears. You're a winner too."

Ugh.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

I'm sorry, TLM, if you think that I'm whining, but when I see people getting screwed DIRECTLY though the actions of the prez (as seen in my post) then it sort of pisses me off.

9:38 PM  
Blogger tlm said...

Jeez! I swear to you, I was never as negative as y'all are... even in those darker days when Clinton was in office.

mike v.- I totally understand you're pissed, and more power to you. To be perfectly honest, I don't really give a shit about the Davis-Bacon Act suspension. (I'm sure it wouldn't surprise you to know I'm not a fan of the Act to begin with.) If Bush does something legitimately wrong (like suspending Federal Minimum Wage laws, or laws preventing racial discrimination in hiring, for example) then I'll join in the outrage.

Did you think of possibly contacting your congressman to remove the "emergency" provision in the Davis-Bacon Act? That might be a good place to start!

(And, sar, I'm not really trying to stir the pot. Certain issues just tend to piss me off too. :))

10:32 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

yes, I contacted my congresswoman, and no, I'm not surprised that you wouldn't give a shit about the suspension of the davis bacon act.
that's the problem with this country in the first place.
people not caring about other people.
all for me, fuck everyone else.
and to top it off, Homeland sez that they are not going to apply sanctions to companies that hire people who cannot prove they have the right to work here legally.
thus providing the no-bid contractors in the gulf region a steady supply of slave labor.
what could have turned out to be a good thing, a place where people could turn to in the aftermath of this tragedy, our American brothers and sisters, a place they could go to get work for decent pay, they are slapped in the face.
in a way, I feel sorry for you for not "giving a shit", but on the other hand, the steady supply of people like you doesn't surprise me.
it's what driving this country straight back to the gilded age in the first place.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Alice - If I understand your comment correctly, I agree that the parents are the primary source of influence. But the government has simply been too intrusive and obstructing in the ability of parents. Parents must always stand up for and protect their children. Even when the bad guys are the government so the children won't have to suffer any more than the rest of us did when we were children.

Ev & Mike - I know TLM can hold his own so I won't carry his argument for him, but I feel obligated to point out he's not a mindless troll. Just an occassionally misguided regular.

TLM - I may not always agree with you, nor you me, but you're a trooper. :)

9:56 AM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

oh, I know that, Sar.
I've been reading your blog for a while and recognize the regulars.
but, that don't stop me from getting fired up.. :)

11:00 AM  
Blogger tlm said...

Only occasionally misguided? I'm flattered. :)

11:26 AM  
Blogger araider said...

I will never get the Evian flu.
I don't drink that shit

6:29 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Mike - it's all good. This is a rant-inspired zone, and TLM knows what he's diving into.

TLM - Must just be the tree-hugging liberal in me.

Ariader - NICE ONE!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

Yea, araider, I'm an Arrowhead or Calistoga man myself.
Usually goes on much better sales at Vons. :)

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