Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Fri Jul 18 00:42:16 MDT 2003

There's a real paradox about someone like Kucinich, as there used to be
about Jesse Jackson.  I don't think any significant ruling class forces
favor Kucinich, but the minute he goes from being a protest vote to a
genuine candidate, the Democratic leadership will attach so many strings
that Kucinich would suddenly resemble Howdy Doody.

The bulk of the population seems quite content to focus on the everyday
grind.  In their politics, they cherish their sense of
self-righteousness in every sense that does not place demands on
themselves by challenging their own deferential instincts.  They blame
down and give the benefit of every doubt up. After 9-11, they felt
powerless and threatened and willing to support anyone who would make
those feelings go away.  That doesn't mean that they actually cared to
understand what needed to be done, but they wanted to trust the
authorities to make them feel protected and secure.  Bush and his people
did that. At a certain point, of course, a sense of betrayal by one's
own president can feed the self-righteousness just as well as anything

The media in all this has been fascinating.  A friend of mine trained in
journalism used to laugh at how irritated I'd get over its handling of
the buildup and the war: "It's in their interest not to ask questions at
this point.  What Bush is saying makes for a very dramatic story that
people want to follow.  They're just selling papers and building
viewership.  Wait until the war's over and this story starts to get old.
THAT is when they'll 'discover' the president's lying."

Sure enough.

Mark L.

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