Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, June 29, 2008

“George W. Bush Has Moral Values”

A voter in West Virginia actually said this. He was a lifelong Democrat until 2000, and then: “Bush was a good man and had good morals. I felt he was the better man.” This year — “I don't care for Obama.”

Words like “morals” and “values” have been thrown around so much, they’ve lost whatever specific meaning they ever had. They’ve become completely subjective.

It’s like what they say about pornography: “I can’t define it but I know it when I see it.”

Rightwing think tanks have been very busy over the last few decades. They’ve been manipulating the public consciousness, using the most sophisticated psychological and neurolinguistic techniques available. And it’s worked like a charm.

Thanks to these manipulative techniques, millions of Americans now have negative associations with the word “liberal.” “Liberal” means “soft,” “socialist,” “nanny state,” “well intentioned but fuzzy-headed.”

“Conservative” on the other hand equals “strong,” “upright,” “a pillar of the community.” Think of Ward Cleaver giving a kind but firm fatherly lecture to The Beav.

And the words “morals” and “values” now have a very strong mesmerizing hold on millions of voters. It doesn’t matter that they couldn’t define either of those words to save their lives. They’ve been hypnotized.

When a rightwing talking head utters either of those words, it’s like one of those scenes from The Manchurian Candidate where the subject hears a certain key word and flies into a hypnotic trance, ready to carry out his pre-programmed commands.

There have been numerous jokes and cartoons about Bush and “morals,” where a person admits Bush was wrong about invading a sovereign nation that wasn’t a threat to us, wrong about overturning several decades worth of environmental protections and wrong about waging economic war against the middle class. And at the end he says “but I like him because he has moral values.”

For millions of voters, this is no joke. For reasons they could probably never articulate, they really do think George W. Bush has “morals” and “values.”

Hey, he goes to church, he quotes the Bible from time to time, and he’s never had an affair with an intern (that we know of). So what if he’s killed thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. Pulling the rug out from under millions of working-class citizens? Taking a shit on the Constitution?

Whatever. At least he has Values.

cross-posted at Bring It On!


Blogger Lew Scannon said...

he’s never had an affair with an intern-but no one can explain what Jeff Gannon was doing at the WH, night after night.

June 30, 2008 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Mile High Pixie said...

Everytime I think my brain's not going to explode when I read your blog, Tom, there I am, moments later, wiping up my brain matter off the keyboard and monitor. MORAL VALUES!?!? You've got to be FREAKING kidding me!!!!! The coke-snorting, heavy-drinking, surplus-blowing, war-mongering, environment-raping, oil industry-pandering shaved monkey has MORALS?! Oh, I forgot: he hates queers and luuuvs Jeezus and never cheated on his wife. Ergo, "morals."

[continues wiping brain matter off of floor around computer]

June 30, 2008 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: Uh oh. Somebody needs to bring in Jeff Gannon's blue dress and have it analyzed.

MHP: Hope your keyboard didn't get too messy :)

Yup, that's a perfect example of something being funny and sick at the same time -- Bush having "moral values." I guess there really are enough retards out there who think that if somebody "hates queers and luuuvs Jeezus and never cheated on his wife," he can get away with anything and still have "values." [sigh]

June 30, 2008 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

I have been drinking, and the truth does set you free. The fucking life long democrat turned Repub. I am very sure got a nice check, and go figure the amount of press coverage???

Also, There are several books out. Call them quacky, but the Bushes haven't sued, and these books say that generationally they are pedophiles.............Why Haven't they sued over such serious accusations???

Peace and Freedom

June 30, 2008 at 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think in Many Cases, the terms morals and Values are going to be buzzwords for something else. Seems if a person just can't put his finger on it, Morals and Values are the handy standby. It's a shame there's rarely a follow up to that definition.

If were that simple then the Mark Foleys and the Larry Craigs and the Tom Delays would have shaken the entire Conservative world and the "moral" constituency they depend on to invoke to get their votes.

All of a sudden that bumper sticker "Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven" has a new meaning"


June 30, 2008 at 9:46 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Wayne Madsen reported (and it was picked up by a tabloid) that the moronic monkey and Lecondel Rice were doing a little stepping out, and I believe it.

Never forget that Lecondel called Chimpy her "husband" in an interview once. Those of you who have been married-AND those of you who haven't been-please, tell me even one occasion where you even got near making that kind of a slip-up. Just one. Lecondel was sending us a message, whether the ditz meant to or not.

June 30, 2008 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

AHB: You never know, maybe that West Virginian was bribed or "convinced" to say what he said. Stranger things have happened. And that's true about those tell-all books about Dumbya. The fact that the Bushes haven't sued for slander and libel must mean that either they're true, or that they're so far out that the Bush family doesn't care. I suspect the former.

Erik: True, "morals" and "values" are personal subjective terms. That's why it's so absurd that rightwing organizations have hijacked those words and are using them as code words. Like you say, it's too bad reporters and talking heads don't interrupt everybody who uses those words and say "now stop, tell me exactly what you mean by that."

JR: Yeah, I remember that, when Rice referred to Dumbya as her husband. Either Bush is more discreet than Clinton about his affairs, or his followers are so dumb and in such denial that if they saw Dumbya and Hillary fucking in the White House Rose Garden, they'd come up with excuses and rationalizations.

July 1, 2008 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I've heard this shit in extra-blue Cuyahoga county.

"I don't know why the buzzer went off, I wouldn't steal a book. I just went to church yesterday!"

The moral of the story is that there is apparently no better Get Out Of Jail Free card than some riff on morals and/or values.

July 1, 2008 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: That's exactly what it is, a Get Out Of Jail Free card. You can get away with anything as long as you're active in "the church" and you have "values."

July 1, 2008 at 10:14 AM  
OpenID virgomonkey said...

I hope you don't mind me putting you on my blogroll. Your blog is brilliant.

This whole Bush and moral thing makes me sick to my stomach. Bush and Cheney are the dirtiest crooks/criminals that have ever stepped on American land.

July 2, 2008 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Virgomonkey: Thanks. I'll link up to your site.

Good description of Bush and Cheney.

July 2, 2008 at 5:37 PM  

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