1) MYTH: Iran Could Start a Crazy War at Any Minute!
TRUTH: Iran's military is a joke, their Nuclear program is basically nonexistent and their REAL leaders (the Guardian Council) hos no interest in doing so, despite whatever posturing that Monkey in a Suit that they have for a President says. (He has no real power.) And what's more... they recently hired a Mexican to kill a Saudi in America. I mean... If they wanted to kill a Saudi, wouldn't it have been a lot easier to send an Iranian to kill one in Saudi Arabia?! That pretty much proves that even when they WANT to, they basically have no fucking idea HOW to!
2) MYTH: China's Economy Is Going to Steamroll America's!
TRUTH: We're the customer. They need US a LOT more than we need them.
3) MYTH: America Relies on Its Enemies for Oil!
TRUTH: 36% of our oil is domestic, 22% comes from Canada and our third biggest supplier is Mexico. As for the rest? See myth #2. Even Venezuela has no interest in cutting us off or threatening us. (We send them MONEY, after all!)
4) Al-Qaida Is Still a Huge Threat!
TRUTH: You had a 0.3% chance of dying in a terrorist attack if you were IN NEW YORK, on 9/11! Big picture? They never really were. And I'll give Bush credit for doing a few things right, because after 9/11 things only went downhill for them. (If only he didn't get this stupid obsession with Iraq, he'd could have killed Bin Laden himself, back in 2003.) But yeah... When you have to resort to guys lighting their underpants on fire? You're no longer a threat.
5) North Korea's Military Is Dangerous and Insane!
TRUTH: See Iran. Kim Jong Il might be crazy, but he isn't stupid. He's got a pretty good gig going. A decent little lifestyle for himself. There's just NO WAY he fucks that all up by getting his ass handed to him in a War with the much richer, much more militarily capable South.
6) The World Hates America!
TRUTH: Most of the world has a better view of American than most Americans do, and hold us in higher esteem than we hold our own leaders. But let me come back to this in a moment.
So... what do I see as the trend here?
Well, (1 - Iran) is just xenophobic warmongering. The same bullshit that got us into Iraq. It's the mindless pro-Isreal lobby, and pro-Oil lobby, and pro-Christian lobby, etc... IOW? Real Liberals. Just kidding. That's lies from the Right, by the Right and for the Right. Yet it's pretty much the consensus view, isn't it? Why is that, I wonder? (Behold: You're Liberal Media!)
(2 - China) is one that can go both ways. The Right have no love for Communism, and the Left? Well, hey: far be it for a self-admitted Working Class Warrior to ignore where all of out manufacturing jobs have gone! But think about it for a moment... Who is it that is terrified of making any kind of tough trade sanctions against China? And who is it that BENEFITS from treating China like they're some kind of Leather-Clad Dominatrix to the us, the lowly Sub? Who is that REALLY benefits from stoking the FEAR that ANY kind of tough negotiation with China will somehow RUIN us? Ding! Ding! Ding! .That would be the OWNERSHIP CLASS! AKA: Our corporate overlords. AKA: The RIGHT! And yet, that's still pretty much a consensus view, isn't it? Why is that, I wonder? (Behold: You're Liberal Media!)
(3 - Oil) is another one that someone who's not really playing attention might try to pin on both sides. We all know the Right's contribution - we're still fighting a damned war in Iraq over it! But one MIGHT say that the Left uses this to bolster their environmental arguments. Except that, no, we really DON'T. OK, we might, to try and convince a Righty to eat some greens, by using what he already believes against him. But in reality, Environmentalists don't NEED peripheral reasons to try and reduce our dependence on OIL, in general, regardless of where it comes form. Saving the environment is reason enough for most of them! So, again, Thank You, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, and that no-good jackass who traded in all of his good reputation and credibility in support an illegal, immoral and completely unnecessary war: General Colin Fucking Powell. Thank you all for this one. (And... Behold: You're Liberal Media!)
(4 - Al Quaeda) *sigh* See #3. We spend twice as much on defense as Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France COMBINED. And what reason do they USUALLY feed us to justify this psychopathy? (Oh, yeah... and behold: You're Liberal Media!)
(5 - North Korea) *sigh* see #'s 3 and 4. (And behold: You're Liberal Media!)
So far, the trend for who is perpetuating these myths, and benefiting from them, is pretty clear. In his last comment, in my "Occupy Reality, Part 2" post, Classic Liberal said that "The American conservative elite has waged a relentless war on the notion that there is any such thing as an objective fact" and had gone on to say that their refusal to simply ACKNOWLEDGE reality (and their preference to try and shape or re-define it) is "a serious problem," one he's called "our most serious problem." And I'm inclined to agree with him. Our semantics may have differed, but my previous post, and my reason for posting this one are pretty much the same: It's not about Liberal-Conservative anymore, or even Progressive-Regressive. Those issues are secondary to the far greater problem of Reality vs. Whatever World the Conservatives Think they Live in or Exists. He is (as usual) SPOT ON. The year is 1984. And for the foreseeable future? On the Right? It will continue to be.
Now... as for #6...
Cracked brings up a very salientpoint that, at first blush, seems like a very valid "both sides do it" argument:
The right wing will tell you that everyone from France to Iraq hates our freedom, or our democracy, or our ability to get chili cheese fries added to any meal. The left will tell you with a grim fatalism that the developing world hates us because we've been occupying their countries, damaging their culture and our reputation for years.Now... Once we accept the reality that, in fact, most countries DON'T hate us, it might be easy to conclude that "both sides" us this for their own political agenda. But I think this serves as a pretty shrewd example of how both sides think, and explains why I am perfectly happy to demonize the Right and proudly wear whatever label they want to pin on me, "Progressive," "Liberal," "Commie," whatever...
THEY use this myth to JUSTIFY doing horrible things.
WE use to try and STOP US from doing horrible things!
Think about that! Let that sink in for a moment. It just ain't the same! Once we accept that both sides are wrong in this case? At worst? WE are still advocating for peace and diplomacy and a continuation of ALL THE GOOD that our country has done for the World! And at BEST? They end up with a self-fulfilling prophecy! I mean, fine: Maybe the World DOESN'T hate us. Great. But drop enough bombs? Invade enough countries for no good reason? Kill enough innocent civilians? Continue to act like the arrogant School-Yard Bully? And eventually?
Now... Can ANYONE tell me why ANYONE who not an integral part of the Right-Wing Power or Money Structure would call themselves "Conservative?"