While I think this relatively new blog may be a bit overzealous at times, it’s definitely a very interesting read. Most of his points are well taken and the book reviews are great.
My main problem with it: the writer points out all the sins and hypocrisies of the Bush Kingdom, and concludes that they are so serious and ugly they will end up rising to destroy Bush in the future.
I think this is wrong. From what I am reading, no matter how much we whine about Bush, the fact remains that in Middle America and among the far right he has taken on the aura of a true demi-god (see the previous post for proof). For some inexplicable reason, the more rational the arguments against him, the more they fall on deaf ears. The more articles that pour forth on Niger uranium and outing CIA agents and limiting citizens’ rights, the louder these groups laugh at us and ignore the evidence. Since I am so far away, I can’t say what effect this phenomenon is having in America, but I see it certainly as a potentially dangerous recipe.
For now, I see Bush as virtually unbeatable. There would need to be a true catastrophe that affects the average voter to reverse this. Maybe Iraq will ultimately provide this, but I don’t think so. Right now, the right has near total command of the media, from the blogs to the newspapers to TV. No, I am not saying the media are necessarily conservative. I am saying that the Republicans have figured out how to use them to transmit and reinfore their messages — even many of the “liberal” media. When it comes to blogs, it’s the libertarian/conservative bloggers whose voices dominate. These super-bloggers are tending to minimize if not totally ignore recent evidence of Republican foul play; often they just laugh at it and say, “Who cares? Look at how successful we’ve been in Iraq!” And I worry that this is an extremely powerful message. A little bloodshed or unfairness are acceptable; these crimes are merely ancillary — we are at war and we’ve got to be “tough.” The complainers are weak-kneed, whiny Democrats — imagine if they had been in office when 911 occurred!
I didn’t mean to veer off like that; the way the Republicans have mastered the art of communication is a whole other post, soon to follow.
[Thanks to David for leading me to this blog.]
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.