Is one that is very ironic: they are playing to the same concept of fear that the Bush Administration is.
After 9/11, The Daily Show tells us with their “scared shitless, the country rallied (around the President)” that people were afraid.
I talked to a lot of people shortly after 9/11, and did not sense much fear. I DID sense considerable bewilderment and anger. The people wanted retribution, they wanted blood. They wanted revenge.
They were not afraid. They supported the president since he seemed to share their goals for revenge.
Now… maybe half of the people I talked to were from Michigan or Indiana, many from the West Coast, more from scattered locations around the US and some from outside the US. I did not, as the Daily Show perhaps did, focus my efforts on New York City itself. If I had I perhaps would have seen a different story, perhaps would have seen more fear.
But the Daily Show purported to speak for “the country”, and in this they are wrong. The country was not scared shitless at ANY time after 9/11… the country is *much* more afraid now in light of the actions of the Bush Administration than they’ve ever been from any actions of Al Qaeda.
Besides perhaps a NYC bias, what other reasons could The Daily Show have for their statement? I’ve watched a great deal of this program, and they bring fear up again and again. They believe that the Bush Administration promotes and exploits a culture of fear in the United States.
I agree with them, but disagree with the initial basis for that fear. The Daily Show says its 9/11 that created the initial fear. I say its the culture of extremism, of empty rhetoric, of the demagogues and defeatists, of mindless banter disguised as debate… ultimately of LIES and DECEPTION and the resulting breaking down of truth, that created the initial fear. The Bush Administration merely exploited the uncertainty and fear that has been growing in America.
When your nation’s leader is more damaging to your country that anyone else in the world (including Bin Laden), THAT’S scary. THAT’S when a nation becomes truly afraid.
And then the schizophrenia hits… he’s an elected official of a democracy! We voted in the person most damaging to ourselves, EVEN AFTER we knew better! The mind boggles.
I bring this up, and noone wants to discuss it. Noone wants to discuss the *motivation* for a people to elect a force that will bring great suffering to themselves. Noone wants to discuss my theory of the “Rocky Syndrome” (or the V for Vendetta syndrome) where Bush was voted in in order for the American people to rise up, dethrone him, and bask in the misguided glory and self-strength resulting thereafter.
What’s the most sickening thing in America today? I say its Self-Loathing ITSELF that’s the worst disease America has to offer. What travesties that has brought upon us. Bush?… Bush is just the RESULT.
Destroy the demagogues and defeatists, the talk shows of suffering, falsity in all its guises, rhetoric, and emptiness. Once you do so you may realize that you have benefitted us all… that Republicans and Democrats, black and white, Jon Stewart, Al Franken, and Ann Coulter, will be set free, will be happier than they’ve ever been before.
And I will finally love America, the love I’ve always wanted to give it but was never given the chance.