“That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act we create our own reality.”
The famous quote from a Bush aide in the early days of the administration. A quote that despite the best efforts of the bloggers and reality, has unfortunately come true to an uncomfortable and dangerous degree. Yes, reality has a liberal bias, but when the real reality has come up against the Bushco reality, all to often the Bushco reality has won the battle of hearts and minds. Especially amongst the Corporate Media and The Village of opinion makers in the centers of power. The PTB have been comforted by the false but powerful reality that Bushco has at least partially succeeded in inflicting on the world.
George Bush’s Presidency has been successful. But only in that one area, creating a completely delusional version of reality that our nation and the world has been forced to react to due to the power of a bad president and his accomplices in creating that smokescreen. The Republicans….and many Democrats… in Congress and the media. When Bush and Cheney lied to take us into their war of choice not necessity, when they authorized torture, when they turned America into a form of police state that spies on its own citizens, the reality that they clubbed us into was so horrific that every person in the world was forced to choose between two realities and to support one or the other.
“You are either for us or against us.”
In other words, you either choose our reality…or we will destroy you. Whether militarily, or by smearing your reputation or by labeling you a traitor…or in the most extreme case, outting your identity as a CIA agent because you oppose us….we WILL destroy you. And in perhaps the most devastating and morally reprehensible act of reality creation….we will plunge you into a reality ruled by fear. “Terror alert” after terror alert, all timed for political purposes, all designed to keep us docile in fear of “the Enemy,” when in the real reality, designed to keep us in fear of ….them. Designed to quash opposition to them. This use of primal fear, both of “terrorists” and of being called unpatriotic, to manipulate reality, to manipulate our collective emotions….worked.
And continues to work.
He has fooled all of the people all of the time, whether it was fooling them through intimidation into believing his false reality, or fooling the rest of us into having to react in opposition to his reality, and thus reinforcing it through our reactions. Even the most fearless and clearheaded of us have been forced to descend to his level to fight his reality, his lies. His reality became so powerful that we were forced to oppose it, thus forcing us to acknowledge it. Thus forcing us to fight on his turf, to react to his reality, and thus to become part of it. And we have.
Nowhere can the evidence of George Bush’s “reality” be seen more starkly and clearly than in his farewell address last night. Listening to him describe what HE thinks happened over the last eight years is a descent into a fictional world that is shared only by the truly delusional. That bears very little resemblance to the world in which the rest of the world lives. It is, in a word, pathetic.
That is the world he thinks we live in, that is the world he tried and succeeded to force the rest of us to believe in, or to react to. And now we have to stop. Now we have to find our way back to a reality that has NOT been framed through the lens of reaction. Through the lens of imposed fear. That does not cede ground to his fear and lies, but instead thoroughly repudiates them, and repudiates his private reality.
The time for defining ourselves in reaction to George Bush is over. The time for fear is over. It is time for us to examine, both publicly by insisting on investigations to clear the record, and privately to root out the effects of his false reality within ourselves, is here.
George Bush “created reality” through the power of the presidency. That power is now over. A new reality IS here. In this time between Bush’s delusional farewell and Obama’s inauguration, we have a chance to reflect, to clear our minds of our fear and delusion….to pull our heads out of Gerorge Bush’s ass and in to the fresh air of a new reality.
I wish us all, but especially our media, politicians, and The Villagers, good luck and success in this effort.