1984 Coming To Pass

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”

  — Bertrand Russell

“What opinions the masses hold, or do not hold, is looked upon as a matter of indifference. They can be granted intellectual liberty because they have no intellect.”

George Orwell — from 1984

“You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature.  Men are infinitely malleable.”

George Orwell — 1984

And a link to visit:

Bush Supporters are badly misinformed.

Karl Rove’s Orwellian tactics work all too well.

Taken from this page, taken from The Nation:

The following excerpts from The Nation’s   100 Facts and 1 Opinion are all things that Bush supporters have had to ignore, no matter how finely tuned their BS detectors might be in other areas.  Assuming logic isn’t going to work, how do you approach someone trapped in Rove’s snare?  Consult George Lakoff’s 2004 book,  Don’t Think of an Elephant.

One Hundred Facts

Siamang mother with infant. The “Lesser Apes” are from what used to be called “French Indochina.” This one has mastered the French disdainful look.4. Vice President Cheney said Americans “will, in fact, be greeted as liberators” in Iraq.

6. In May 2003, President Bush landed on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit, stood under a banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished,” and triumphantly announced that major combat operations were over in Iraq. Asked if he had any regrets about the stunt, Bush said he would do it all over again.

12. After receiving a memo from the CIA in August 2001 titled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack America,” President Bush continued his month-long vacation.

16. The Bush Administration has assigned five times as many agents to investigate Cuban embargo violations as it has to track Osama bin Laden’s and Saddam Hussein’s money.

21. Despite repeated calls for reinforcements, there are fewer experienced CIA agents assigned to the unit dealing with Osama bin Laden now than there were before 9/11.

22. Before 9/11, John Ashcroft proposed slashing counter-terrorism funding by 23 percent.Gorilla

23. Between January 20, 2001, and September 10, 2001, the Bush Administration publicly mentioned Al Qaeda one time.

29. The Bush Administration underfunded the needs of the nation’s first responders by $98 billion, according to a Council on Foreign Relations study.

43. President Bush is the first President since Herbert Hoover to have a net loss of jobs–around 800,000–over a four-year term.

49. In 2000, candidate George W. Bush promised to protect the Social Security surplus. As President, he spent all of it.

54. The Bush Administration’s Secretary of Education, Rod Paige, called the National Education Association–a union of teachers–a “terrorist organization.”

74. President Bush broke his promise to place limits on carbon dioxide emissions, an essential step in combating global warming.

89. President Bush said gay marriage was a state issue before he supported a constitutional amendment banning it.

90. President Bush said he was committed to capturing Osama bin Laden “dead or alive” before he said, “I truly am not that concerned about him.”

91. President Bush said we had found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, before he admitted we hadn’t found them.

95. When asked at an April 2004 press conference to name a mistake he made during his presidency, Bush couldn’t think of one.

The one OPINION after the 100 FACTs

If the past informs the future, four more years of the Bush Administration will be a tragic period in the history of the United States and the world. –The NATION

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