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What is ACTUALLY going on here

Via tafkar. This is gut wrenching and hard to read, but I absolutely insist that you do so. Please. This is so important. This is the only way to understand why Bush won, and would have won even if he'd screwed us 10 times worse.

Yes, there are other factors. There's a big media machine to drive home the talking points and perpetuate the memes. But without the mind-set described in this post, his Presidency would not be possible.

And the next time someone from the International community asks you how this could have happened, show them this.


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Nov. 5th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about it, though, and I don't think that 52% of the country shares those beliefs. (I can name five people off the top of my head who voted for Bush - one of them is a Baptist, but one's an athiest and three are conservative or reformed Jews.) But I think that's the base, right there.
Nov. 6th, 2004 12:12 am (UTC)
I don't think that 52% of the country shares those beliefs

Right. I don't think so either. But I think a sizable portion of the base does, and that those people are the driving force behind the movement. The only person I directly associate with who supported Bush is a Catholic. But part of his decision making process was informed by the family values marketing campaign devised by the cultish, fundamentalist followers we're talking about.
Nov. 5th, 2004 09:27 pm (UTC)
Man what an amazing read. Thanks for the link.
My uncle and all his eight children are just what he's talking about. They are wonderful, loving, adorable, delightful people right up to the moment they start talking about religion or politics, and then it just turns scary.
Nov. 6th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
Yeah. It helps to answer the question of how people who have good hearts and aren't stupid can vote that way. It gnaws at me. I know a guy with a good heart who's really smart who supported Bush. He's Catholic, but even so, the "godly" factor influenced him.

Hey, sorry for the radio silence. How goes NaNoWriMo? Using any of the ideas you mentioned to me? Or something entirely different? You're a fabulous writer, and I'll be excited to read your novel if you want to share.
Nov. 6th, 2004 01:23 am (UTC)
Wow, interesting. I can't say that I'm surprised by it, but it is quite daunting to try and figure out a way to compete with that. I mean, I am a part of the World, therefore, I would never be believed. So, why say anything? Kinda fatalistic. Thank god not everyone reacts to information in this way (although, I possibly have had my moments. Of course, I'm believing the actual truths and not the real lies. I know the difference. heh, heh).

Thanks for sharing!
Nov. 6th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
I don't think there is anything we can say to that. All we can do is try to convince as many Christians as possible that we are not (for crying out loud!) trying to undermine their way of life. Most of them won't believe us at all. I think a big part of the strategy is to leave it to genuine Left Christians such as cereselle to try to get the message to them. (No pressure, Elle, sweetie! :)

Then we've got a lot of surgery to do on the way we present our message. But I've written a frelling dissertation on this topic in various LJ comment this week, so I think I'll quit while I'm ahead.
Nov. 6th, 2004 02:05 am (UTC)
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