We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.
- George Orwell, in a 1946 essay, "In Front of Your Nose"
Her post marked the first anniversary of Bush's Mission Accomplished show on the deck of an aircraft carrier. At that time, the US casualties were at 722. That's over four years ago. She commented,
This is not about what they are trying to sell us, it's about what we're buying. We don't have to go along with it. Americans' daily diet of "reality tv" doesn't seem to include actual reality. I'm long past hoping this administration will change, that someone will see the light and start telling the truth. But I'm still stuck at wondering what is going on the hearts and minds of Americans who continue to believe that all is well and that we should just "stay the course."
I've said it before and I'll say it again. True patriotism isn't repeating the government's line - true patriotism is seeing the truth, declaring it loudly and standing up for it in order to make this country stronger.
Well, that was then. Now, the resistance is broad and persistent - Iraqis don't want to be occupied. The occupation has caused a mass exodus of Iraqi's leaving their country, unlike the Middle East has seen since the Second World War - 2,000 every day. Iraqi deaths are massive - one million. US bodybags number in the 3000s, with tens of thousands wounded. Although more and more American citizens are becoming disgusted with staying the course, the Dems elected back in November strategise about 2008 (go:here). The Dick Cheney Dems and Repbus still think if we stay in Iraq, "we" will be successful; they refuse to listen or act decisively in getting us out of Iraq completly. And the Administration and Congress attempt to sell us the bullshit that it's all the Iraqis fault. Crikey! However, if Americans are looking ahead to 2008, they do have a choice with the true peace party. So do Vermonters (go:here), and so do Burlingtonians.
See also: Peace Action Committee (GPAX) of the Green Party of the United States
Bohemian Mama has this week closed up shop and now blogs as Chalkboard Insurgent. After perusing archived posts on her old blog, the new one looks like it will be prettydamngood. Check her out!