Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Coming to Terms with Bush: Time to Drop the Conspiracy Theories

I was cleaning up my room yesterday evening – don’t gasp Mom, it’s true – when I came across this article about 9/11 conspiracizing that I had put aside from the New York Times last week. Here’s the bit I wanted to post:
A Zogby poll of New Yorkers' opinions about the 9/11 investigation, released last month, indicated that 49 percent of New York City residents and 41 percent of New York state residents believed that some federal officials "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act."
Okay, now the reason I put this stat aside was I wanted you, the reader, to compare and contrast it with a statistic that I heard repeated ad nauseum in the run-up to the election: “72% of Bush supporters continued to hold to the view that Iraq had actual WMD (47%) or a major program for developing them (25%).”
And then, for good measure, I wanted to throw this statistic at you, too: 11% of Americans think that the American moon landing was faked.
Do you see what I’m getting at here? Americans of all political stripes – like people of all political stripes in all other nations – are misinformed, unsure about facts, believe in the tooth fairy, etc. And this especially seems to come out when they are quizzed by pollsters.
If the Democrats or the Left or the Anybody But Bushies want to win power in the States, they need to look at their supporters’ delusions, not just mock those on the other side. Conspiracy theories that are currently sapping energy and credibility from this side include: The War in Iraq is All About Oil, and The Republicans Stole the Election with the Help of Diebold.
And then there’s the idea that “moral values” was the deciding factor in Bush’s election, the Jesusland Theory. While subsequent analysis has proven that this had little or nothing to do with Bush’s win – see previous post in my CTTWB series – folks are clinging to this argument and it’s being repeated as fact all over the place by people who should know better.
For those of us concerned with some semblance of the truth -- rather than simply wanting to make ourselves feel superior -– the perpetuation of this myth is a problem. It’s also a liability. If the Democrats want to get elected to the Presidency again, they’re going to have to study the real reasons why they lost instead of simply calling the other side stupid and misinformed…

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