SEPTEMBER 19, 2005
– The main stream media pretends they can’t see
any difference between the approach the Democrats propose and that
of the current ruling GOP.
It is a real tough issue for anyone who is not willing to or capable
of being honest to deal with. Because, on the surface, things can
seem sort of the same.
Both sides generally say we shouldn’t just leave now, that we have
to stay until we are victorious, that regardless of why we went
there, we are there now and can’t afford to fail.
So if both sides are saying this, the logic that is echoed again and
again in the media states, then there is no difference between the
Democrats and Republicans on the issue and electing Democrats would
not improve the situation at all.
This nonsense is a game, a game that echoes, as usual, the
Bush/Limbaugh right’s dishonest talking points.
The right – and the main stream media – again and again talk about
the “what” and the “what” and the “what” and use that to assert that
there is no difference between the two sides. This follows in their
destructive, constantly dishonest propaganda schpeel that says there
is merely a black and white in every situation, a yes or no. It
doesn’t matter how many times it is explained by the Democrats, the
media pretends they don’t get the simple reality: that it is the
It is said again and again and yet the entire non-Moderate
Independent media pretends it is not real and never has been said.
It didn’t matter how many times John Kerry explained it during the
last election, or how many times people like General Wesley Clark
spell it out, such as in
this recent editorial by Clark which ran on August 26th in the
Washington Post. No matter how many times it is clearly
delineated, the media echoes the GOP lie that the how doesn’t
matter; in fact, they pretend the how doesn’t even really exist.
So how is it that the “how” can make the entire difference between
success and failure when two sides have the same basic goal and the
same basic plan? Let’s use an example.
You have George W. Bush and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both
wanting a Pepsi but without any money on them. They spot someone
they know – a man who has helped them in the past in such
situations. Both make the same plan of trying to get $1 from the
man so they can achieve their ultimate goal of getting a Pepsi.
They each then do something that the main stream media might want to
pay attention to: they decide “how” to go about it.
George W. Bush and the GOP decide, based on their usual philosophy,
that they should walk up to the man, stand with a nasty, tough-guy
look on their faces, and say, “You have to give me a dollar right
damn now because I want a friggin’ Pepsi, stupid.” If he doesn’t
give them the money right away they decide they will smack him in
Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats think that approach not such a good
idea. They decide instead to walk up to the man and say, “Excuse
me, do have a dollar I can borrow – I really want a Pepsi but am out
of cash? I’ll pay you back later today.”
Both sides have the same goal – to get a Pepsi – and the same plan
as to how to accomplish that – to get a dollar from this man to buy
the Pepsi with.
So the ultimate goal is the same, and the plan of action is the
same. So why is it that one side can be successful while the other
side might not be?
It is the how, stupid. It is the how, stupid. It is the how,
The main stream media, so cowed to the right by a decade of
Bush/Limbaugh/Fox-bashing, and by the corporate conglomerates that
own and operate them, refuse to deal with such humanistic things as
the reality that how you do something is as important – often more
important – than what you do.
It’s the how, stupid. It’s the how, stupid. It’s the how, stupid.
General Wesley Clark’s write up from a few weeks ago. It is not
possible to both have a brain and not get the idea: it’s the how,
stupid, it’s the how, stupid, it’s… yes, the how, stupid.
The current Bush/Limbaugh-following GOP cannot be – I repeat, not
has not been, but cannot be – successful in Iraq, or in world
matters in general. And the simple reason is that even when they
have the right idea – which is not usual – they are incapable of
having success because HOW they go about things is self-defeating.
On the other hand, the Democrats WOULD DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY.
In case you can’t read bolded all-caps, this is a confirmation that
in fact it has been spelled out again and again and again by
Democrats like John Kerry and Wesley Clark that they would change
HOW – excuse me, how – things are done.
And yes, as you can grasp when we simplify it with the above Pepsi
example, changing HOW – how – you do something not only kind
of affects things, it usually makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE – all
of the difference – between whether an endeavor is successful or
We have lost the trust of the people of Iraq. We have allowed their
hopes to be crushed. We have abused them and lied to them and
killed them and bullied them. We have insulted and bullied nations
that were once our allies. It is transparent that the GOP and its
leaders don’t like democracy and will never accept the will of the
Iraqi people not being in line with their plans for the oil or the
This is HOW – how – the GOP has gone about things.
We can never be successful that way.
The Democrats signed on for the same plan – to use force to remove
Saddam. They are signed on for the same plan, to stick it out and
HOW – how – they would do this, daily, hourly, and minute by
minute would be different. Every conversation that would occur
between a US troop and an Iraqi citizen would be different. Every
news broadcast in Iraq that would be actual facts rather than FOX
News/Rush Limbaugh-like lying propaganda would earn back the trust
little by little. Each person we don’t torture, each time we don’t
lie, each father or uncle or cousin or mother we don’t harass or
kill will make a difference. Each relationship we restore with our
once fellow nations around the world will strengthen our hand. And,
perhaps most importantly, actually believing in democracy and
letting it operate will relieve the anger and fury that the forcing
of unwanted governance always brings.
Trust, honesty, and respect, and belief in democracy and American
values. These are the things the Bush/Limbaugh-led GOP don’t bring
to the table; these are the only things that can bring success;
these are all part of the approach the Democrats have proposed from
The Bush/Limbaugh approach of relying entirely on propaganda,
blaming, smearing, and lying to fool everyone everywhere hasn’t
worked in Iraq, and it is no longer working at home. A change in
HOW – how – America goes about things would change the results.
Putting the Democrats in charge of the Iraq endeavor would change