September 14, 2009
-- by Dave Johnson
Watching a discussion the polarization in our politics on PBS today the "villagers" (DC beltway insiders and media) were saying how people said bad, terrible things about George Bush, and there were demonstrations, etc., and this shows how the anti-Obama stuff you see now is really just the same thing from "the other side."
Here is the difference. People rallied behind Bush as our President after the 9/11 attacks. The Republicans cynically used that to force a right-wing corporate agenda on the country. And then they lied and manipulated the country into a war, for reasons that have not yet been fully explored.
They told the public that Iraq was responsible for 9/11 and was preparing to attack us with nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Do you remember the scares about smallpox?
But there were no "weapons of mass destruction" and they knew there weren't. Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, and they knew that.
They tortured people. They wiretapped US citizens -- all US citizens. They enabled corporate corruption. They massively concentrated wealth at the top. They destroyed the country's budget. They destroyed the economy.
It is a fact: Bush lied and people died. People became angry at Bush because of the things he did.
Contrast all of that with the claims that Obama is going to bring old people before "death panels" that will decide whether they are allowed to live or die! A poll released today shows that 41% of the public has been convinced that this is true.
Posted by Dave Johnson at September 14, 2009 8:13 PM
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