HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
START BY NOT LYING TO THEM
Especially About Killing Them
The Bushies can't figure out why nobody likes them. In fact, the whole world hates us, even after all the sympathy cards after 9/11. Bush has squandered 228 years of American integrity in only four years. His administration's endless, endlessly tangled web of lies has deceived no one into believing that our intentions in the Middle East are honourable.
Only fools believe that the draconian curtailment of human rights at home and abroad serves any good, as opposed to evil purpose. Now even our financial credibility is suffering, as the dollar falls to new lows, and the deficit hits new highs, which no one abroad wants to finance any more. Our bloody credit is no longer good here, on Earth.
Backed by a "mandate" of sixty million U.S. Kool-Aid drinkers, Dubya is still trying to witlessly bullshit the world into doing his bidding. And liking it. But they won't. And they don't. Even those clods at the Pentagon are beginning to worry. Seems people don't like being subject to campaigns of disinformation. Something the rest of us learned on the playground, subject to the dictum: "LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!!!"
And what is the point of all these lies, exactly? To make the Arabs think we are justified in invading their countries and slaughtering their women and children, without any pretext subject to rationality? To make our former European allies think that our will is an expression of the Divine, and cannot be denied? To make Americans think they are in good hands, at the worst moment in our history? Not, not and not.
Actions, Dubya, speak louder than words. Unfortunately for you, Dubya, America and it's allies have succeeded in passing along the values of a free and open society. Even the wretched Arabs have something like a free press now, and it's available on cable or satellite TV, all over the world.
Far from being an Al Qaida's propaganda medium, as FoxNews is for Bushco, Al Jazeera is a lone small voice in the desert, crying out at what it sees as very real injustices committed by Bush on their own soil. Anyone who's checked out their website knows they are more reliable than any US conservative media outlet. Bush hates that, but he can't stop it. So, the Iron Curtain isn't sound-proof: Some truth gets out.
Kind of an embarrassment, when a cheeky little shoe-string operation in the Third World shows up the mighty US media. Kind of a shame when everything they say about the US is not only bad, but true. Kind of an indictment when the rest of the world is more likely to believe them than us. Kind of a real horror when you realize to what extent the rest of the world now sees us as the bad guys. And, worse yet, to what extent they are right.
Here's a clue, Bushters: If you want to be thought well of, do good in the world. At the very least, do no harm. No amount of lying will cover that up. Didn't you learn anything from your master, Nixon? Besides suppressing Congress, the courts and all of the prosecutors? Hey, if you're going to be evil, at least be honest about it. You're not fooling anyone, you schmucks.
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