Bush, Inc. is pushing hard on the politics of fear to accomplish its goals. You have to give them credit–they are true masters at it, the best I’ve experienced in my lifetime.
They have shamelessly used the pain of 9/11 to push their agenda, played on the fear of additional terrorist attacks to justify what have proven to be flat-out lies on the danger posed by Iraq and the need for war, made every effort to portray George Bush to the American people as the only man who can possibly keep us from greater pain and destruction.
They have used the assumed power of a war-time president, along with almost complete control of the major media corporations, to persue policies that are devastating to the economy, the environment, education, our system of justice, our relations with other countries–virtually every area of our public life you can think of.
When I speak to people about what is going on in our country, the replies I hear are often accompanied by a sense of being overwhelmed, the horrible feeling of not knowing how we got to this point and how we can possibly stop this destruction of everything that is good about America.
I learned a long time ago that the only way out of that sense of being overwhelmed is to take a step. It is not possible to address everything all at once. It’s vital to take one step, then another, then another.
And that is what is happening right now.