With the latest re-emergance of the Rove scandal, one can't help but wonder “Fool me once, shame on you; ... fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” So it appears that the Bush/Cheney/Rove/GOP propaganda machine, and its mainstream media (MSM) facilitators, are losing control. Or are they? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8561443/ “That’s a drop of nine percentage points since January,” and which can be seen over the time of the Bush administration at: http://www.pollingreport.com/bush.htm While the majority does not approve of Bush, there are still 46% who believe he’s doing a good job, and probably because of issues regarding the Supreme Court and of course the neocon belief as follows: “U.S. efforts to create democracies in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq might help transform the Middle East, but that will take time” …said Leigh Mitchell, a Republican from Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a 3-year-old daughter.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8614612/ But what is really difficult to understand is that 41% still view Bush as honest and trustworthy. Here’s a review of Bush to date: Background Summary: · George W. comes from families of wealth and privilege on both sides. He was born in Connecticut, and went to boarding school in Massachusetts, but presents himself as a ‘good old boy’ from Texas. · Education: George W. was able to attend prestigious schools due to family name/connections and wealth. Throughout prep school and college, George W. was a mediocre student whose grades apparently were not good enough for admission to the University of Texas law school. · Substance Abuse: Beginning in college, George W. followed the tradition of boozy fraternity parties and football weekends. And this is just in regard to alcohol abuse, which continued until the age of 40. · Military Record: Aside from controversy of how Bush was accepted in the National Guard with “the minimum passing score (25) on the pilot entrance aptitude test and listing no other qualifications” is the failure to serve the full six-year obligation required. Five months after the Globe first reported discrepancies [in Bush’s military service record], Bush’s biography on his presidential campaign Web site remains unchanged, stating that he served as a pilot in the Texas Guard from 1968 to 1973. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush_military_service_controversy#Service_obligation · Business Experience: "…as world oil prices plummeted in the winter of 1985-86, George W. Bush faced the most serious crisis of his 11-year career as a West Texas oilman. Bush's company owed more than $3 million in bank loans and other debts with no hope of paying them off in time. … A big Dallas-based firm, Harken Oil and Gas, was looking to buy up troubled oil companies… The buyout not only rescued Bush financially, but also gave him the collateral for an investment a few years later in the Texas Rangers baseball team. But the story of Bush's career in oil is mostly about his failure to succeed, and his personal life continued to be clouded by drinking." How could an individual with no merit or qualification become president of the United States? If not by way of dirty politics and cover-ups, the Bush administration certainly has been the most controversial—major events of question as follows: With only five years of political experience as Governor, Bush announced his candidacy for president in 1999… · 2000 Presidential Election – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._presidential_election,_2000 (Nothing suspicious about this in a state where Jeb Bush is Governor.) · August 6, 2001 "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US” PDB - Bush fought to keep the matter out of the public record.- http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB147/index.htm http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/04/10/bush.briefing/index.html · Flight 93 - http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/12/27/rumsfeld.flt93/index.html http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42112 · The Downing Street Memo – UPDATE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_invasion_of_Iraq · Illegal invasion of Iraq – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_invasion_of_Iraq#Opinion_and_legality WMD - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_invasion_of_Iraq , http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/21/AR2005052100474.html A few choice quotes: Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. Dick Cheney, Speech to VFW National Convention, August 26, 2002 Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons. George W. Bush, Speech to UN General Assembly, September 12, 2002 We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more. Colin Powell, Remarks to UN Security Council, February 5, 2003 Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. George W. Bush, Address to the Nation, March 17, 2003 We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. Donald Rumsfeld, ABC Interview, March 30, 2003 We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so. George W. Bush, Remarks to Reporters, May 3, 2003 I'm absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We're just getting it just now. Colin Powell, Remarks to Reporters, May 4, 2003 I'm not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein -- because he had a weapons program. George W. Bush, Remarks to Reporters, May 6, 2003 No link between 9-11 attacks/al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3816699.stm The impact of Bush linking 9/11 and Iraq http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0314/p02s01-woiq.html UPDATE: 2nd 2005 Fort Bragg Speech: The president mentioned September 11 five times in 30 minutes...AGAIN! · 2004 Presidential Election - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_U.S._Election_controversies_and_irregularities · Paid Pundits: Karen Ryan was the PR hack who posed as a reporter back in early 2004 to tout President Bush's Medicare reform plan in fake news spots paid for by taxpayer dollars. Armstrong Williams, was paid a sweet $240,000 (in taxpayer dollars), by the Department of Education to promote President Bush's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. Next came the news that syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher had $21,500 of our taxbucks stealthily slithered into her cupped hand for encouraging marriage. The Bush Bunch's Department of Health and Human Servicecrats paid syndicated columnist Michael McManus $10,000 to help train counselors about marriage. And of course the all time presstitute, James Dale Guckert worked under the pseudonym Jeff Gannon as a White House reporter between 2003 and 2005, representing Talon News. Aside from these major events, there are many other questionable activities associated with this administration, such as fines against Haliburton and so forth -- what’s with the 41% who still approve of Bush? Recent data regarding Rove: ABC News Poll. July 13-17, 2005. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by ICR. "As you may know, a federal prosecutor is investigating whether someone in the White House may have broken the law by identifying an undercover CIA agent to some news reporters. One reporter has gone to jail rather than reveal her source. How closely are you following this issue: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all?" Very Closely - 21% Somewhat Closely - 32% Not Too Closely - 18% Not Closely At All - 29% My only guess is that supporters are primarily fundamentalists who turn a blind eye for the sake of their pro-life agenda. They are the neocons that believe the end justifies the means. And the rest are either uninformed (do not watch the news) or are misinformed (watch FAUX News). The Ethics of Persuasion: Some Guidelines by Edward L. Bernays 1. Do Not Use False Evidence 2. Do Not Use Illogical, Unsupported Reasoning 3. Do Not Falsely Represent Yourself 4. Do Not Conceal Your Purpose or Interest 5. Do Not Cover Up Consequences 6. Do Not Use Baseless Emotional Appeals 7. Do Not Oversimplify Complex Situations 8. Do Not Pretend Certainty 9. Do Not Advocate What You Don't Believe Yourself So how well does Bush and Rove compare? Research on his life and political record clearly show a pattern of denial, either via: 1) Avoidance/Silence, e.g.: Doug Wead tapes: Bush worried that allegations of cocaine use would surface in the campaign. When Mr. Wead said that Mr. Bush had in the past publicly denied using cocaine, Mr. Bush replied, "I haven't denied anything." He refused to answer reporters' questions about his past behavior, he said, even though it might cost him the election. Defending his approach, Mr. Bush said: "I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried." 2) Suppression Of Information, e.g.: Bush will not give permission for his grades to be released. 3) Shift In Position, e.g.: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8605680/ 4) Complete Flip-flop In Position: Presidential Debate at Wake Forest University Oct 11, 2000 - http://www.issues2000.org/George_W__Bush_Defense.htm 5) Outright Lies: In State Of The Union Speech - Bush : "By the year 2042, the entire [social security] system would be exhausted and bankrupt." So who still supports Bush, and can you please tell me why?