May 26, 2004
Branding Irons and Branding Bush
BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
A week or so ago you had a perceptive piece on how Bush has become a "brand." All of marketing's tricks are used to present us with images and opinions favoring Bush. At the same time, they "brand" all opponents with something "bad." The point of the article, to me, was that we had to find a way to brand Bush that is glaringly obvious and irrefutable. (Not everyone, I gather, sees the "666" on his forehead.)
Tonight -- and thank you again BuzzFlash -- you posted 2 white-hot branding irons and we are fools if we don't take these up as our talking points:
The first is BushCo's retroactively-classifying documents already in the hands of Congress, given to them by whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds. [New York Times]
This is a blatant attempt by the Executive to subvert the due and lawful function of Congress. Now, BushCo has openly initiated "The War on Congress."
BushCo must have calculated that they HAVE TO keep the American People from getting to the bottom of 9/11's massive failures. They can have no other reason for doing this.
I assume their "protection of sources" claim, like most of the others they've made, is "less than complete and honest." Anyway, they can let the general outline be revealed and still hide any sources. Any competent person should be able to do that.
Their action combined with this silly excuse isn't enough to turn out the lights on these documents. In fact, it's as if they've put up a flashing neon sign with bells saying "Look Here for What We're Hiding" with arrows pointing. There is undeniably something foul afoot with this action!
Well, Sen Kerry, Ralph Nader, Colin Powell, Democrats, Congressional Members of all Parties, the Print Press, the Cable News anchors and writers, the Bloggers, the letter-writers, in fact all who love this country whatever their politics -- are you just going to let this slide by, without finding out EVERYTHING we need to know about how 9/11 happened? Where are the 100,000 telegrams, and a thousand Editorials demanding the truth be out on the Sibel Edmonds claims? We cannot let them get away with this assault on America.
The second white-hot branding iron is suggested by: "Chalabi as Iranian agent." [Christian Science Monitor]
This is the perfect time to point out "Chalabi as Bushco's Darling" "Chalabi as Chief Deceiver on WMD," "Chalabi as Yet Another Con-man Friend of Bush," " Chalabi as Shaper of Bush Policy," "Chalabi as Proof of Just How Horrendous Bush's Judgment Is," and other like topics.
It would be a great time to bring out that Enron video of Bush thanking Skilling for making him Governor of Texas, and the various other things, like lying about being exonerated on the Harken insider-trading.
Here is the name for this brand: "Bush, Putting the 'Con' In 'Conservative'." I never understood why the Democrats didn't run with Kerry's honest statement about BushCo being a "crooked and lying bunch." Chalabi makes it screamingly obvious that Bush in fact depends on crooks and liars to make his decisions.
As for Ms Edmonds, the Secret Energy Papers, the Secret Medicare Budget, the Secret War Plans..., here is a series that needs to be hammered on: "The Edmonds Papers: What Else is Bush Hiding?" "Still Unreleased Military Records: What Else is Bush Hiding?" "The Insider Trading Investigation: What Else is Bush Hiding?" and so on in almost infinite variety.
Remember Bush's statement about Iraq at his recent Press Conference? "A country that hides something is a country that is afraid of getting caught." Yeah, well George, What Are You Hiding?
We must constantly return to the topic of these people's corruption, incompetence, and disdain for basic American values.
P.S.: You know, back when they were getting, "Well, did Kerry REALLY throw his medals?" our stock response should have been, "At the very moment Kerry was throwing his honors, Bush was sprawled out trying to decide if he should throw away his empty whiskey bottle or his coke spoon." You can say this for any given day for a period of over 20 years. Kerry is not the one with a past that needs defending. We need to get some James Carville in a bottle and get the Democratic leadership to drink that.
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