Prior to the reacquisition of the Presidency by the Idiot and his taskmasters, I was writing quite a bit about politics and things that were meaningful to me. I couldn't believe that people would support our current regime and the rampant cronyism, secrecy and disdain for international cooperation, but "Amerika Über Alles" appears to have won the day. Our daily two-minute hate comes in the form of reading the latest Ann Coulter drivel. The level of disgust and fear the rest of the world frequently has for us confuses many Americans who are gullible enough to believe that "terrorists hate freedom" is an adequate explanation of the problems we are facing. It is appropriate and fair to hate and despise those behind 9/11. They should be brought to justice and rightly reviled for their butchery. However, in the midst of this, we forget to ask ourselves "why". Why would those men be willing to kill themselves and thousands of innocents? To seriously explore this question is viewed by many as treasonous. It's un-Amerikan to wonder if your enemies are more than just mindless beasts.
So I've gone silent. Sure, I let loose with the occasional rant, but my heart isn't in it right now. I've burned out. Those who feel that killing those who oppose us is better than considering the underlying issues have won the day. What does it matter that we helped Saddam Hussein stay in power? I'm a silly boy who fails to understand that decency has no place on the international stage.
This doesn't mean I'm a pacifist, though. This confuses some of my friends. I feel our assault on Afghanistan was justified. They willingly harbored bin Laden. I feel both World Wars were justified despite plenty of morally questionable behaviors in them. Violence is not wrong, but it should the last resort. "Plan B" should not involve killing the man who loves his wife and children as much as you do.
The current political climate in the US, though, has me horrified. I love what my country was supposed to stand for. I love the idea of the US. Today's bigotry, xenophobia, isolationism, corporate controlled media and government by the business, of the business and for the business fills me with disgust. Mindless automatons support our government and have no appreciation for propaganda. Goebbels, widely considered a master of said topic, had a concrete plan behind it. Some of the more effective points he raised are widely evident today.
Propaganda may be facilitated by leaders with prestige.
Bush has little prestige outside of our country, but plenty within it. It's tarnished, but still there.Propaganda must label events and people with distinctive phrases or slogans.
- They must evoke desired responses which the audience previously possesses
- They must be capable of being easily learned
- They must be utilized again and again, but only in appropriate situations
Er, let's see: "liberals, "liberal media", "activist judges", "partial-birth abortions". Yeah, they got that down.
Propaganda to the home front must prevent the raising of false hopes which can be blasted by future events.
Bush and co. really blew this in regards to the Iraq war, but they also knew they would lose even more domestic support for our invasion if we hinted at a quagmire. As a result, they've made it clear that our "War on Terrorism" is a war without a foreseeable end. The Homeland is at war with terrorists. We have always been at war with terrorists.
Propaganda to the home front must create an optimum anxiety level.
We have that in spades.
Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.
Do I even need to say it?
Propaganda cannot immediately affect strong counter-tendencies; instead it must offer some form of action or diversion, or both.
I think they've dropped the ball on this one. Unfortunately, those who have bought into their simple minded "terrorists hate freedom" propaganda are now turning against other Americans, just as we turn against them. Instead of successfully directing our anger at external threats, they have managed to divide us.
They lie. You decide.
I wonder when I'll get over this and my "fire" back.