"I don't know what you mean by 'glory,'"Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't --till I tell you. I meant that
'there's a nice knockdown argument for you.'" "But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knockdown argument,'" Alice objected. "When I use a
word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." (unknown author) - But,
point well taken.
Ever since I found the article I mentioned several times in this thread, I have been noticing more and more, just how stupid the president must think
we are! How obvious it is that he is maniputating the language to serve his own interests, and how easily the public seems to buy the euphamisms, and
more than sometimes, the flat out lies.
I could try to give examples of what I've heard here and there in order for me to come to this conclusion, but I have found a website, authored by
Colby Glass, who is the teacher of a course called, "Information Evaluation". The program was founded by the library faculty at Palo Alto College
in San Antonio.
The site explains what I would like to point out much better, I think than I could. I would like to quote a few exerpts from it, because I am truly
worried about what is happening, and happening quickly to us, the American people, and all the other people who have been, are now, or will be
affected by accepting what the Bush Administration is saying at face value, rather than at least questioning it.
Mr. Glass points out a few very real situations in which all citizens should for their own good, and for the good of others, evaluate what they hear,
before simply accepting it:
A Cardinal Rule of the Information Age is Never Accept Anything Uncritically.
Bad information is worse than useless--it's harmful. (example of buying a used car --- salesman tells you a little old lady owned it; you buy it and
what do you find out?)
Any time you're exposed to new ideas or data, ask yourself the following questions. They will help you spot the bad stuff (BS) 90 percent of the
Are There Undefined Terms or Ambiguous Language?
Genuine information is always presented in concrete words and figures.
Words that should be red flags:
Many people say…
The majority is for…
For instance, "Most Americans want freedom." What does that mean? What Americans exactly; how many? And how do they define freedom?
These are excellent examples of what I have been noticing more and more easily lately, both on the television news, the mainstream newpapers, and on
some websites. I have found that by listening to what words are being thrown at me, then going back over them, in a lot of cases, I have found them
to mean not at all what the words actually mean. They tend to mean instead what we are "supposesd" to hear. I have even gone to my dictionary or
thesaurous several times, to verify that what I heard is what is what I was supposed to hear, or if what I heard were in fact words with no basis in
fact, or in the English language.
I have also found that another popular way that polititians use in order to manipulate the public (the masses), is to simply lie. To just flat out
lie! And the more the lie is repeated, the more the people actually tend to believe it! Assuming that the election really was not rigged (and on
that subject, I have my own opinion, but nothing to back it up, so I will leave it out, as I am trying to make an example of the current subject.)
Assuming that Bush really did win the election "fair and square", that alone shows just how easy it was for him to manipulate the majority of the
voters, mainly by simply lying, and repeating the lies over and over again.
Here's one that perhaps the people should have questioned some, just by the fact of the very notion that they were considering postponing the
Part of the problem with the way Bush has been waging the war on terror is that his rhetoric makes it appear as though America has never been
so threatened. But that is not the case. Our country was much more in peril during the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War II, and the Cold War than
it is now. And we still had elections during these conflicts.
("Election Terrors." The Progressive, Sep. 2004: 10).
And here is another good example of how lies have been used to manipulate, and frighten the public:
Alan Greenspan has recently been frightening Americans again, as he did in April, by threatening that Congress will have to cut Social Security
benefits to fund retirement for "aging Boomers." In fact, the trust fund is solvent until 2042 and sloshing with surpluses. Manufacturing a crisis
helps Congressional conservatives spill our precious contributions into the
unquenchable stock market.
(Margaret Morganroth Gullette. "Playing the Age Card." The Nation, Nov. 1, 2004: 8, 29).
Couldn't resist giving you just one more quote on the subject of lying. This, imho is really too much:
"No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." - George W. Bush
This from a man who, as Governor of Texas, oversaw more executions of prisoners than any other state, a man who, as President, was ultimately
responsible for the torturing of prisoners in Iraq.
Although I could go on and on with examples I have found where the people are being deliberately manipulated, for the good of the Administration, I
will show you only one more example. I don't want to bore you, however, I just wish that more people would be more in tune with their own instincts,
or at least learn to be, before this roller coaster flies right off it's tracks. There is another way that polititians use to mislead the public,
that I have also been noticing more and more, is simply to use silence.
One example of this is, for instance, the Bush Administration's refusal to let the media broadcast pictures of the coffins of servicemen coming back
from Iraq. The level of violence is also escalating in Iraq, but the government does not allow the media to report the constant examples of violence:
downed helicopters, murdered military, crimes in the streets.
If you think about the inconsistancies between what we hear on the news from day to day, it is pretty obvious that there are plenty of unreported
Well, I hope that some of this will make someone, at least one person think twice about exactly what it is that they hear on television, or read in
the newspapers, and even better, to encourage even one non-ATS friend or relative to do the same. That would be a great start in an attempt to take
back our nation.