The Ignorant Love War --by Dave Coennen
At the risk of being called an elitist, I have recently come to two conclusions:
This is not to say that the fault for this lies exclusively with average Americans. Though it is true that a great many of them are about as intellectually curious as Bush is, the corporate media (a.k.a. The Ministry of Propaganda) has made an enormous contribution to the dumbing down of America; practicing what the Nazis called Gleichshaltung ('coordination, streamlining, bringing into line') By this means 'the Fuehrer, representing the will of the people, directed the flow of policy through the institutions of state and party down to the people.'
Add to this the fact that we are working harder for longer for less so we can put food on our families or pick up another Hummer H2 so Mummy is able to traverse six feet of standing floodwater in order to make it in time for Timmy's soccer game. We just dont have the time or energy to be curious about much else, including what is being done in our name throughout the world.
Now before everyone gets defensive, here is a perfect example of what Im talking about.
On Hardball last night, (which I can only stand when Matthews has not loaded his panel up with party liners and right wing ideologues) while waiting to hear the always brilliant and eloquent Katrina vanden Heuvel, Chris was talking about Bushs poll numbers on Iraq with a couple of military types. And in one of Matthewss rational moments, he brought up this little slice:
The poll and article Matthews referred to states the following:
Bottom line, in order to counter the constant deluge of pro-war rhetoric from the administration and their media mouthpieces, we need to engage our fellow citizens that are, without questioning, lining up behind W and his war because he says they should. (Which, by the way, is nationalism not patriotism and why Hitler had a 90% approval rating in 1933 after the Reichstag fire)
We need to challenge them on their reasoning for supporting the war and not allow them to simply parrot what they hear from the mainstream media.
Critical thought and radical dissent against the authority created this nation. Conformity did not.
See you in San Francisco.