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 Let's Play Pretend!

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PostSubject: Let's Play Pretend!   Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:48 pm

Let's Play Pretend

You have to give George W. Bush credit for one thing Ė and one thing only.

Never before has an allegedly adult male been able to continue playing pretend with the fervor and commitment of an unknowing child well into his adult life, a game traditionally abandoned by those entering what should be their more mature years.

The signs of this ability to ignore reality and steadfastly adhere to the world of the phantasmagoric were apparent from the outset of the Bush administration, starting with the obvious: Letís pretend an ignorant, ill-spoken idiot was legitimately elected to the presidency of the United States.

Once begun, the Oval Office version of letís pretend quickly evolved into puppet theatre, as Cheney and the neocons dangled their front-man from strings before the public Ė who, of course, were meant to play along with them, starting with letís pretend this neíer-do-well failure is actually running the show.

And so it began:

Letís give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, along with the wealthiest corporations Ė and letís pretend that every American is getting an equal break.

Letís tell the Fundies that weíre going to amend the Constitution to quash any hopes of ever recognizing same-sex marriages Ė and letís pretend we are actually going to do it.

Letís set a course for lining the pockets of Big Oil, Big Business, Big Pharma Ė and letís pretend it is for the benefit of average Americans.

Of course, the events of 9/11 (as any GOPer will tell you) changed everything Ė except for the game of letís pretend, which would now be played with more abandon than usual, and with much higher stakes than were on the table before.

Letís insist that we were attacked by Al Qeada in Afghanistan Ė but letís pretend it was Iraq, and act accordingly.

Letís say there was a connection between the attacks and Saddam Hussein Ė and then letís pretend we never said it.

Letís tell the citizenry that the Patriot Act is for their own protection Ė and then letís pretend that their rights arenít being dismantled by its passage.

Letís stonewall any investigation into 9/11 Ė and when there is no way of avoiding such investigation, letís pretend weíre telling the whole truth and nothing but, even as we refuse to produce the relevant documentation without redaction, and refuse to testify under oath.

Letís launch Shock Ďn Awe and invade a sovereign nation that poses no threat Ė and letís pretend that we had legitimate national security reasons for doing so.

Letís declare to American citizens that this unnecessary war of choice will protect our shores from alleged terrorists Ė and letís pretend it will be over in a matter of weeks, and will pay for itself.

Letís state without qualification that we relied on solid intelligence to prove this war necessary Ė and letís pretend we didnít fabricate ďthe proofĒ.

Letís disallow the publication of any photographs of the caskets of dead soldiers Ė and letís pretend those deaths never happened.

Letís act totally dismayed when the scandals of Abu Ghraib and Gitmo are exposed Ė and letís pretend torture was instigated by a few bad apples, who acted without our knowledge.

Letís act patriotic when the incidents of rendition and torture can no longer be ignored Ė and then letís pretend it was legal and necessary all along.

Letís suppress any information about the tens of thousands of Iraqi deaths, and the total destruction of their country Ė and letís pretend everything is going swimmingly.

Letís put billions of dollars into the pockets of war-profiteers like Halliburton Ė and letís pretend that the people making obscene profits arenít related to White House occupants and their families and friends.

Letís feign dismay and surprise when a covert CIA agent is outted Ė and letís pretend it wasnít meant as a warning to anyone who publicly disagrees with our agenda, and letís pretend weíre going to ďget to the bottomĒ of such a traitorous act.

Letís go on (yet another) vacation as the experts tell us that Katrina is imminent, and her destruction of NOLA may well be catastrophic Ė and letís pretend we were never warned.

Letís appoint our political cronies to positions that may require life-and-death decisions Ė and letís pretend, after-the-fact, that we had no idea how incompetent they were.

Letís arrange yet another series of photo-ops where we pose for the cameras and act like we intend to do something Ė and letís pretend it wasnít just that, another series of photo-ops in place of actual leadership.

In the current state of our nation, the game of letís pretend continues unabated.

Letís watch the stock market and the devaluing of the US dollar Ė and letís pretend the economy is doing well.

Letís stand by as the American middle-class drowns in credit card debt, as they lose their jobs to outsourcing and plant shut-downs, as they struggle to retain homes mortgaged by unscrupulous lenders Ė and letís pretend that the bottom isnít falling out beneath us.

Letís do nothing as our infra-structure, our system of education, and our economy crumbles, and as our national debt rises to unprecedented heights Ė and letís pretend that we represent ďfiscal responsibilityĒ, and that these seemingly detrimental warning signs are actually beneficial to the American way of life.

Letís ignore the plight of American soldiers returning State-side to face endless red-tape to get their due, lack of assistance with overcoming the wounds they suffered as a result of their service, and even homelessness or suicide Ė and letís pretend that we Support the Troops.

As we head into the 2008 elections, we are being asked yet again to ignore the realities of what has happened to our country and its citizenry, and what continues to happen on a daily basis.

The Republican candidates (who, while proud of their fearless leader, G.W. Bush, are still reluctant to mention him by name) want us to believe that the game of letís pretend can still be played.

Letís pretend it isnít all collapsing around us; letís pretend that despite everything we have seen, heard and experienced over the last seven-plus years, the course we are on isnít an unmitigated disaster.

Letís pretend that we still have the loyalty of our traditional allies, still have the respect of the world, still have a chance of surviving another four to eight years of sticking our heads in the sand and playing another round of Letís Petend.

Yeah, by all means, letís pretend we can do that.

Perhaps as we, as a nation, go down for the last time, we can just pretend that we actually survived.


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PostSubject: Re: Let's Play Pretend!   Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:57 pm

Bush's image is one of convenience. He means to ingratiate himself to middle america and to seem harmless, when he is anything but. If he adopted the more accurate public persona of an intense, elitist ideologue this administration would have gotten away with far less than it has.

Scary.

This essay presupposes that the administration has attempted to cover up these many failures. What's scarier is that they may measure these outcomes as successes.
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PostSubject: Re: Let's Play Pretend!   Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:54 pm

The truth of the matter is, is that they have measured these milestones as successes and that is the problem. Middle America has accepted these situations as matter of FACT. Because of this, we today are dealing with an administration that is running ruffshot over the constitution with idol abandament, which is the agenda of those truely in power!!!
If you wish to make a difference, talk to your neighbor, talk to your friend, talk to anybody that will listen and raise a voice, because that is what's going to make a difference in the long run. If you truelly want to make a difference, wake up and smell the coffee.....it aint yuban brewing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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