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  Part Two - How The Bush Administration Uses Propaganda


Remember how I said that propaganda, used in the derogatory sense (see What is Propaganda?) often includes deception, misleading statements and remarks made, from the speaker's point of view that sound like things you want to hear, but actually don't mean what you think at all.

For example, when someone says something like "We want Congress to pass a package to address Corporate Fraud"  it actually means "Pass the legislation I want as quickly as possible, so fast you don't have time to consider the ramifications or loopholes I've built in,  or I'll blame the Democrats in the upcoming elections and my friends won't be able to get corporate amnesty due to ex-post facto limitations."

Or, "I know we already have laws that deal with it, but let's pretend they don't exist, and we'll enforce them on the smaller companies we're trying to edge out of the market, just as soon as you pass this new legislation, which will only apply to them." 


Or, "We have addressed all of the issues of the 2000 election and have decided there were no violations, but have hired 3 additional Creole speaking interpreters to assist people from Haiti."  That would be the public version of    "What, are you nuts?  Do you really think we'd do something that would risk exposing our crimes?"

Or, how about this?  The Bush Administration has set aside $35 million dollars to address the issue of chronic homelessness.  Sounds really good, doesn't it? 

Given that there are 3-6 million chronically homeless people in this country, well, you do the math.  Will that amount of money even make a dent in it?  It sounds good, and can be rationalized, because after all, it will address the issue for, oh, say, 30 seconds.  It might buy them all a hamburger at McDonald's. But it makes it sound like something is being done.  And Republicans will claim this is a sign of their compassion for their fellow citizens.

Or, try this one on.  How about a welfare to work program?  How many thousands and thousands of people are out of work because of corporate fraud?

Not to mention that everybody boasts about reducing the welfare roles, which sounds good, but, hey, wouldn't that add to the problem of chronic homelessness.  Doesn't that make that 35 million a welfare supplement?  Have we been deceived?  After all, we wouldn't want anyone to think that George put any more money into the welfare system, would we?

Even worse, the government long ago issued a report stating there were certain factors that would or would not qualify you for welfare of any sort...sounds appropriate.    Except that the government only funds less than 10% of the programs to assist the people who qualify anyway.... think about that. 

Would a business try to build a million dollar building for 100 dollars?     Okay, so let's put it another way.  If they needed to pay 1 billion dollars to get a vitally needed service in order to get a result they were committed to, and that was the price tag, would they do without it, or pay the price for the sake of getting the job done.  After all, they would be better off  if the service was provided.

And the people who worked in the building would feel empowered, they would feel a great deal of self-esteem and feel good about themselves, and it would motivate them to be more productive.

But instead, the government's attitude seems to be more like the building is more important than the people.  After all, they can own the building, and determine how it looks, how it's cared for and who gets to enter it's hallowed halls.  But people, they'll come and go.  It's the building that's important. And they can always imprison the people who steal and sell drugs out of desperation and hunger, in other, less expensive properties we call prisons.  It's all very convenient.  A truly workable plan. And they say, it will make a better people.

I guess that's one I'll just have to blindly accept, because it doesn't really sound like it's the right thing to do.  But my government says it is. 

How about this? Whenever Donald Rumsfeld publicly states a policy, and then retracts that policy a couple of days later, do you think it's because he's being responsive to the citizens? Heck no. 

He told us they were starting a department of disinformation. Then said they decided not to.  Now, what that should tell you is that they created an office of disinformation, and then disinformed you about deciding not to disinform you.

It's such a tricky business.  But not at all what you would consider honest, trustworthy, or working in the public interest. It sounds like covering up ulterior motives.

We laugh about the idea of "wagging the dog", but if we knew how many times the dog's been wagged, we'd probably get tired... of it.

But part of the job of propaganda is to keep you off balance.  For example, when we complained about not being warned about the attacks the government knew were coming on 911,  we were subjected to a flurry of vague, uncorroborated reports of possible terrorist attacks.

Do you actually think they'd tell you about the real threats?  The ones they take seriously? No.  Because that actually WOULD be exposing intelligence information.    By issuing those reports to scare you, it caused you to wonder who you could believe. I could have made those threats up myself while brushing my teeth before going to work in the morning.

That's one of the biggest uses of propaganda.  To make a country's citizens feel vulnerable, scared, and dependent on the government for safety and protection, so you'll do whatever they want you to do.  So you'll dutifully follow their orders. Because, after all, you're in danger, and you depend on your leader to save you.

But don't take MY word for it. Hitler's people were masters at this sort of thing, getting people to do horrendous things after being scared and forced to go bankrupt by government and corporations... They called it hyper-inflation.

The technique called hyper-inflation is not a natural occurrence in financial/free markets. It is a technique used to drive up the price of things, make it seem that the value of the investment is growing, and just about the time you think you're going to be a millionaire, something catastrophic happens that damages the economy, and all of your savings and plans for the future go up in smoke, and you're left to the mercy of the government and corporations to save you.  Gotcha. And, got your money.

In this country, we spin it as being the corruption of a few rogue corporate managers and a sacrificial accounting company that was beginning to lose its effectiveness long ago.

This is a headline you probably didn't catch. The government says we had 0% inflation last month.  And, they say exports of  manufactured goods are up.  Why is that important?

What they don't tell you is that what I call back-door inflation is occurring by the devaluation of the dollar caused by the decline of the stock market. Now get ready for the magical observations.

What happens when you follow the money? Who benefits from the proceeds of our misfortune?

George Bush says that the foundation for a strong economy is still there.  That the probability of growth is high.  But for who.  Let's review.  The dollar is week, we've lost our investments and pensions, and the export of manufactured goods is up because other countries can now afford to buy our discounted products. So, it's true.    That strong foundation is there. But not for you and I.  For the corporations.  

And since they are selling the product for less money to the global market... after having manufactured their products at the cost and value of the dollar in a stronger market... well, it goes like this.

Let's say you make a product.  It costs you 5 dollars to make it.  You sell it to the world for 3 dollars because the dollar isn't worth as much anymore.  That's a 2 dollar loss per product.  Even though the 3 dollars they charged is equivalent to 20 dollars in our national economy.

Read that again.

What that means is that we've been set up to lose our money to make it easier for the corporations to sell their products, end up with a higher relative value, but avoid having to pay taxes on their profits because, on the books, it looks like they've lost money.    Watch the stock market fall next year.

This ought to shock the heck out of you.

Today, they announced that the price of homes is quickly on the rise. This is just the stock market scheme applied to houses, just like in the Carter years. Then, you couldn't trust investing in the stock market, but real estate was considered a wise investment. Something else to get people to spend their money on, to distract them from their distrust of the corporations. Something you can trust so you will give up on social security in the next legislative session.

Then, just like in the Carter years, the wealthy will, or already have, purchased large quantities of houses at today's prices. Inflation and the interest rates will rise rapidly. And they will sell the houses to people like you and me, and all of a sudden, the bottom will fall out of the market

You'll be stuck with a house worth half the price you paid for it, your devalued dollar will not be able to maintain the payments, and if you sell the house, you will sell it at a loss, go bankrupt, and the bank gets to keep all your money, sell the house again, and wait 30 more years for their turn to take all your savings away.  Because they'll think you have forgotten.

But don't take my word for it.  Ask someone over 40 who got caught in this nightmare.  There are millions of them.

When the government begins advising you that real estate is a good investment, ask yourself, is it the truth, or is it propaganda to cause you to participate in back-door hyper-inflation? And ask yourself, who would benefit from your misfortune?

But I think the propaganda  I abhor the most is the one where they say "The Islamists hate our way of life, the freedom that we love. They want to destroy us"

Let's see... they may in fact want to destroy us. And, we must not allow them to do so. I'll agree with that. Regardless of the reasons. But...

As normal Americans, we wonder why they would hate us.  After all, we're good Christian people with high morals and standards. It doesn't make sense.

It does when you remember that we, the individual citizens of the United States, are not the ones who go to foreign countries and use the power of the government to force other countries to comply with our need for greed, power and wealth.  We citizens do not strip them of their natural resources, make speeches that pit them against us or cause them to become dependent on us so that we can control them.

Someone else does that.

And it's curious that the Declaration of Independence includes some of these complaints,  issued by our founding fathers to declare their rejection of the tyranny of King George.

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:


So, that's why I'm fascinated with another observation - that just before our nation drops a bomb on another, someone says "We don't have any issue with (say) the Iraqi people,  They love us, and they know that we are doing it for them as much as for our own national interests.  It's that government - they're evil".

And we all get scared and rally around the President, for the good of  humankind.

But, all you have to do is listen and read a little and find out that they say the same thing about us.

Personally, I think George and Sons should arrange to go to a neutral country like... I don't know if there is one anymore... anyway.. and just have it out with Saddam. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of Hussein.  I was trying to market a product called the "Saddam Hussein Pull Apart Doll" last time around.  Didn't mean to do that project, I  was just sort of there when it began. (Another story, another time)

It's just that when I consider that there doesn't appear to be any real threat at this time... Saddam wasn't making any speeches about us, George made a speech about him. Given the administration's line of thinking of striking first... or as most of us would say - first-strike - why don't we attack China?  Is it because we're only willing to attack smaller countries without the capability to defend themselves?  Such honorable, righteous victories.

Even Scott Ritter, former weapons inspector to Iraq says there's no evidence to suggest that they have the means to do the harm our government claims and scares us with... I mean, I'm willing to go to war if it's really necessary, but I need the proof.  And claiming Al Qaeda connections...  someone could say that about anyone, and probably will.

But when I remember the Viet Nam War... see, originally, I supported the use of    troops and our president... I always respect the soldiers.  They honor us with their patriotism and courage. Regardless of whether our leaders are just in their cause that endangers our soldiers' lives.

I understood the domino theory and the danger of communism, even assisting a country in a civil war with an enemy that wished to install an oppressive and inhumane government.

The problem was, they said it  would take a small amount of troops... and then it became more and more..  True, it was a different kind of war. They said it would take a short time, not ten years, even though it did. But, there was no true will to win.    It was more about feeding what we called the military industrial  complex.  The mic.

And part of what that is, is this economic theory that actually uses war as a means of artificially stimulating an economy.


[Editor's note: Read this from the book and series Commanding Heights, which was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw . This will teach you all the fundamental principles you need to know about the global economic strategies being employed by this government... not just recently, but since 1897... with the collaboration of a number of other (say) G-8 and G-7 Governments,  the strategies that bring us to this very day in corporate fraud history... Yergin was a financial advisor to Clinton.    The first time I watched it on PBS, I was shocked.  The 6th time, I was angered to the point of starting this web site, just to analyze world events. Really.    A New Patriot would read this. :} See the Economics section for more info.]

A truly brilliant genius economist in India perfected the equation.  He really did turn it into an equation.

A single equation that included every possible contingent economic factor based on supply-side economic theory that would accurately project and balance a budget... and there was one factor that was never specified... one that could be any amount required... and that was the factor of the cost of war.  That factor was the original purpose for the creation of the ability to accumulate a national debt.  To finance war.     In a perverse way, it makes sense, so long as you do not value human life.

And that factor was unspecified because it was difficult to project when the consumers might stop spending their money or need their products... or, heaven forbid, just decide to put some in a savings account for retirement, instead of keeping it active in the master cash flow scheme that is so important to the facade of our financial security.    It's a very intricate pyramid scheme.

So, to make up the difference in the economy,  some other genius decided the thing to do was to cause the people to think they were under imminent threat to scare them and cause them to rally around their leader.  To think it was a good idea to take a gun and kill someone, just because your government convinced you they were the enemy.

They realized they could control the information being supplied to the citizens in newspapers and magazines and radio stations and television stations... to cause them to think things that usually weren't true, so that people would be willing to support the government in waging war.

Through the media, they could shape the public opinion so that if anyone voiced another opinion or questioned the government's policies, the citizens were shamed, called unpatriotic.  The citizens had been whipped into a fervor the likes of a lynch mob, ready to attack anyone or anything that dared to challenge the validity of the claims of the government.

These were  the very people who understood the truth and dared to inform their fellow citizens to try to save the world from a global conflagration based on classism, greed and the want of absolute power.

And they enlisted their fellow citizens to spy on each other, and report dissenters and caused even the truest of patriots to hide in their cellars for fear of imprisonment or death.  It was happening all around them.  Why would anything be different for them?

But they needed an enemy, someone to make the citizens hate and be willing, no, anxious to destroy. So they focused on the members of a particular people and religion that they thought less worthy. They demonized them as evil and deceptive and war-like, and willing to attack us at any moment  It gave people a symbol upon which to focus their hate, and an enemy to conquer...  a reason to commit the genocide they had in mind.

And they recruited other countries to join them in this plan of global domination. Countries that had become dependent on this aggressor for oil and food, communications and defense. Countries which would have most certainly been conquered as well had they not agreed to participate.

And they attacked the world, killed millions of soldiers and civilians, terrorized and brutalized the people of the planet with an arrogance and righteousness that is frequently attributed to the character of a self-serving gangster.

And some of you left-wing hippie anti-globalizationists like me are probably sitting there thinking I'm making some kind of  comment about how George Bush uses propaganda.

But what I'm really describing are the events that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler as he took control and created Nazi Germany, and launched an attempt at global domination and to implement the genocide we call the Holocaust They killed millions of  decent, innocent people because he wanted to purify the planet. To have the entire world acquiesce to his own beliefs and mores.  And yes, one other thing.  To be the ruler of the world.

And now, back to the Vietnam War.  I think about it when I recall how, slowly but surely, there were more and more people from my home town, from my neighborhood, from the world I took for granted, who were not allowed to live and  enjoy the benefits for which they died. And I missed them.

I saw the pain in the faces of their brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts and grandparents. I saw the pain in the faces of the children who could not comprehend the finality of death, the loss of a father, the loss of a family.  It was the pain in the hearts of America, as we learned of the deception and corruption that led us into war. 

And I joined in the dissent. I took to the streets.  I demanded that the government respond to the will of the people.  It took vigilance and faith and often wasn't easy, but I knew that the people who stood beside me would support me and share in my hopes and dreams of a planet where the death of thousands if not millions of people were not required to balance the books for people who either could not or would not manage the country in a way that benefited the people.

But instead, instituted policy that could only provide wealth to the corporations and moguls who financed their campaigns and elections in order to attain and retain power.    All at the expense of the people.  I considered that treason.

Remember, the name of this report is, How the Bush Administration Uses Propaganda.

Consider the case of  Worldcom, the FCC announced that there will be no abrupt interruptions of  internet services... which means... when we take Worldcom off line to the consumers so the Department of Defense can install the rest of the censorship machine, and hook in the network of cameras and surveillance devices so they can recognize your face wherever you go and read everything on your computer and monitor all of your phone calls.... 

We'll also find a way to take AOL offline so that the bulk of internet traffic ends up going through Microsoft's network because they want no true competition for the entertainment services they want to put online and make a few billion more dollars from... And everybody knows what Microsoft does to its competitors... of course, they will feed you even more government generated propaganda....

And, oh, by the way,  you'll then want to notice that they snookered Ted Turner out of CNN and now AOL wants to sell its cable division, AKA CNN to resolve it's financial problems, meaning there will be very little intellectually honest reporting on tv... cause they'll likely be sold to another member of the propaganda machine...  leaving us to the propaganda of NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Faux and all the others who are accomplices in suppressing the truth... (deep breath)

Doesn't it seem a little too convenient that AOL AND Worldcom would simultaneously have problems that would cause a possible disruption of all the little emails and websites of us malcontents that might actually inform the people and make them understand the truth... they wouldn't want that to happen during the election season., now would they?

And the system will come back on line, just in time for the election, making Americans very happy and Republican. And filtered to the hilt.  You won't see sites like this one.  Unless, of course, they realize their plan has been revealed and that they might be exposed for the schemers they are...  again.

Remember, they said, no immediate disruptions of service.... that did not preclude an abrupt disruption, say, in 3 or 4 weeks, or just as critical mass has been achieved through the education and anger of the American people...

See, that's how it's done.  They actually tell you their truth, but you have to listen to the words they actually use, not the impression of  action they want you to perceive. Because what you think they said isn't what they actually said.    And that's no accident. It's a strategy,  It's  propaganda. And it deceives you all the way to the bank. At least, to their bank.

But don't take my word for it.  Call your investment counselor.  Take 2 aspirin and call me someone who feels just as disgusted and violated as you do.


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