The Brainwashing of America: Special Comment by my 72-year-old friend


By GottaLaff

My very caring, impassioned 72-year-old Twitter pal, who goes by the name 42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about the propaganda and lies being spread about BushCo v. the Obama administration as it pertains to the so-called "War on Terrorism". I am more than happy to oblige.

But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “ 72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:

The Brainwashing of America

For the last year or so we have been bombarded by the likes of Peggy Noonan, Dick Cheney, Ron Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Ari Fleischer and many other prominent Republicans saying “ Bush kept us safe”.

Hearing that statement being made so many times I began to believe, the Bush/Cheney administration began on September 12, 2001 and the country had no President for the first eight months of the year. I guess subsequent events like the anthrax attack and the shoe bomber attempt to blow up an airplane aren’t dates you will find in a Republicans calendar.

But now the Republicans have started a more insidious program.

In the past couple of weeks we have read, heard and/or seen Republican strategist Mary Matalin, former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, and again Rudy Giuliani say that 9/11 didn’t happen under President Bush’s watch.

--Mary Matalin on CNN said “I was there, we inherited a recession from President Clinton, and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation’s history”

--Dana Perino FOX News analyst said "we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term”

--Congressman McCarthy on Hardball said “the 9/11 attack, I think it was a built up problem that you saw didn’t have the intelligence. And I think, to build an intelligence, you have to go much further back to find it was a lack thereof.”

In effect Congressman McCarthy is blaming the Clinton Administration for the 9/11 attack. He seems to forget the August 6, 2001 President’s Daily Briefing, that Bin Laden was determined to strike the U.S., or the warning given by counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke about an al-Qaeda threat.

--Rudy Giuliani on Good Morning America said “we had no domestic attacks under Bush. We had one under Obama.”

In some cases, the person making these inaccurate statements was challenged by the interviewer about their remarks, while others just let it slip by.

I don’t think it's any coincidence that well-known Republicans are making these outlandish statements. I believe this is a concerted effort by Republicans to brainwash the American people, and so far the main stream media (MSM) has yet to connect the dots as to what is going on.

The Republican Party is trying its best to rewrite history and have the American people believe the 9/11 terrorist attack was a non-existent event during the Bush Administration. Are we living in an Alice in Wonderland world?

It is the responsibility of the MSM to rebuke any Republican or political commentator who makes either remark, and if they don’t, then it's our responsibility as citizens to make the MSM own up to their responsibilities.

The reason I say we and the media have this responsibility is because we don’t want the propaganda theory of ‘if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually become to believe it‘ (Joseph Goebbels) to become a reality.

Many thanks again for another interesting, relevant piece, 42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.

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  • PhillyBella

    As I was reading your post I was thinking the GOP is using the same tactics Hitler used. Just keep repeating something and eventually people will forget it isn't true, since they are so used to hearing it. Then of course you referenced The Third Reich's Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, perhaps the most horrifying of a horrifying bunch.

    Thanks for putting it out their so plain and clear. I always enjoy your posts. BTW I'm PhillyBella on Twitter.

  • mjf

    Yep, they are rewriting the damned history books in Texas now.....or trying to, not sure which......but you and I BOTH know they will succeed, at least to some degree; and then MORE children will grow up in ignorance, ready to make the same slimy claims their parents make now.....and there iwll be even more people who will believe those inaccurate claims.....we've already let this go WAYYYY too far folks. It has to stop, NOW.

    We need to target the journalists/media and FORCE THEM to stop giving the same weight to both the lies and the truth - that they do this at all [give each the same weight] is ASTOUNDING to me.....what good are journalists if they lie or are too damned lazy to do their job properly??

    After all, ANY of us can just make shit up ~ it's not hard....

    FORCE media to do it's job. Boycott those who won't [take a note from the right]......get their asses fired. Can you say CNN/ABC/CBS? Forget Faux unless all the rest have been fixed. IF on every channel EXCEPT FAUX people saw the truth, then faux would eventually cease to can't carry on a lie unless you have others who will back that lie.

    Don't let other networks continue the lies of Faux....

  • hippie_cyndi

    wow...I'm always learning more here.

  • betsmeier

    42bkdodgr, I too am 72 and I'm so glad you wrote this because so many people forget how much the Republicans have harmed the US. My husband was a one term Republican County Commissioner in Colorado. He was one term because he was more concerned about the average voter than the developers and their croonies. When he was running for his second term I went to a Republican campaign school. And guess what, they used the same scenario as you presented in your next to last paragraph. But they said "if you throw enough s**t on the wall some will stick".
    I have changed my party affiliation because I can no longer defend the Republicans. I guess you could say I was an Eisenhower republican.
    After being on the inside and seeing how the republicans really work I haven't voted republican for the past 22 years.
    The MSM must confront any republican on their show that tries to misconstrue the truth. Hardball has been doing that alot lately.
    Kudos to you for writing this.

  • snoopy4eva2

    You know, Charlie, I'm glad you're part of the TPC Team...Thanks.

    And, you're right, we, esp. MSM, have to stand up/counter against all GOP 'meme/lying' rhetoric..."call out," challenge, question, etc...

    Matter of fact, during 9/11, where was MSM? At times, they act like they weren't there... We know, where Fox "News" was/doin'...Coverin' up 4 Bush/Rumfeld/Cheney!

    Whatever happened to real, true journalism?!

    And, although there are some who are easily influenced, persuaded..."brainwashed"...I can tell you this much ...Ain't nobody gonna "brainwash" this woman...Me, I look at/listen to 'em like they've "lost their minds"...I know the truth...nothing but the truth...

  • wuggaslady

    42bkdodgr nailed it, Only thing I've got to add is thanks.

  • Anonymous

    2 thumbs up

  • southerntalker

    the wonderful patriotism & wisdom
    of 42bkdodgr is a special gift to all of us. His wisom knowshas no boundary between age or race.He is a true American, who at 72 still fights the good fight in a very extraordinary way, without malice! We love him