Thursday, October 1, 2009

Out of the mouths of Americans ...

The following two quotes are taken from today's Glenn Greenwald article Georgia/Russia: how our political discourse works
Sarah Palin, ABC News interview, September 10, 2008:

PALIN: For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable and we have to keep...

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there.


John McCain, presidential debate, October 7, 2008:

[Putin] has exhibited most aggressive behavior, obviously, in Georgia. . . .We have to make the Russians understand that there are penalties for these this kind of behavior, this kind of naked aggression into Georgia, a tiny country and a tiny democracy.

Not only do our high visibility politicians and media 'luminaries' make the facts up but they have no apparent hesitation in excitedly encouraging the US to actions that they state as absolutely wrong, unChristian, evil, contemptible (pick most any negative adjective you like) when others engage in such actions. How do McCain and Palin reconcile the above words with US actions in Iraq and the current build up of excitement over Iran that is eerily similar to that that preceded the invasion of Iraq? The answer is that they don't bother nor attempt to reconcile the incomprehensible position. They do not have to justify nor explain. All they have to do is speak the same lies over and over.

The only ones who have to explain or justify their words are those who buck the current Political/Media fantasy. And then the words that they are asked to justify have nothing to do with their position, with the facts nor the logic of their argument but, rather, with a few specially selected adjectives. For example:

Notice that Alan Grayson is trying to talk about the need Americans have for health care while the 'panelists' are concerned about the adjectives he uses to describe the Republicans in the House and similar diversions. It's really great the way Grayson keeps to his points about health care and refuses to be misdirected by the silliness of the kind that the media regularly dishes out to anyone who doesn't regurgitate what the corporate media deems acceptable.

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