Ryan Anderson explores both sides of the propaganda during the this years Election.

   
 

“Make It Count: Untangling Propaganda From Truth",” by Ryan Anderson

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O'Ryan FactorAmerica is currently divided as we approach this next presidential election. You, I, and the folks are smack dab in the middle of an ongoing battle for office. Different kinds of “information” are being tossed around every which way.  That’s why I think many people are confused. I mean…who do we believe? Swift boat vets? Michael Moore? Sean Hannity? Al Franken? I can’t tell you that one. You’ll have to decide for yourself like many others who already have.

As I began to think about the election, as an independent, I was very intrigued as to what goes on inside the minds of other voters. All of the votes count, no matter how much we disagree with one’s opinions. So from the swing voters to the loons on the far left and right, I decided to try and get into their heads. I made it my mission. The results, while not surprising, do offer an interesting perspective of certain people.

So where to begin? Let’s see. I’m a hardcore, cool-aide liberal…where do I go? “Fahrenheit 911” was a large hit this summer, scoring big among liberals even after large portions were disproved by the 911 commission report. So off I went to the international movie database (IMDB).  Now despite futile attempts from conservatives to overturn the message board for this film…it’s dominantly liberal.

 
   

 

   
 

So Now I represent to you the thoughts of many Kerry Voters:

  • Bush screwed up.

This is quite simple: Bush did screw up the aftermath in Iraq. When I inquired about those who said this they couldn’t really tell me what John Kerry would do better. So they’ve got one thing against bush that I deem true. They still couldn’t say what their guy is going to do…what does this say to you?
  • Bush Lied.

Alright, due to the Michael Moore movie many people are accusing Bush of lying about weapons of mass destruction to get us into Iraq. This accusation is, however, a stupid one. First of all: Faulty intelligence is something completely different than a lie. Second of all (this is where I tend to get upset): After 9/11 the United States Declared war on terrorism, with me so far? Beautiful. We didn’t go in without reason. Saddam was a terrorist enabler. You can’t deny that. Lastly, put yourself in Bush’ position…you’re sitting on top of a mountain of intelligence from numerous sources. Then on top of it Saddam denies clearance of weapons inspectors…you just shrug and say ‘it doesn’t look…that incriminating…”
  • The economy is bad.

You don’t have to be the smartest person in the world to know the economy is bad. However, you do have to be a smart person to realize why. President Bush took office coming out of the bubble that lasted during the Clinton administration. Shortly after the bubble popped the nation was attacked. That attack was what crushed the economy. Alright, it wasn’t Bush’s fault.  That’s not going to fly. It’s just plain dumb.
  • He didn’t take action.

This is by far one of the dumbest arguments that’s against Bush…I can’t believe they’re still even discussing it. Again in the Moore film he brings up the point that after the president was informed of that attack he continued to read a book with the children he was in a classroom with. For seven minutes he reads the book then exits swiftly after the story. I’m sorry but what would John Kerry do in a position like that? Jump up and run away? Let the terrorists think they have us on the run? Excuse me but I think handling a situation calmly is the best way to handle it.

There are a lot more. I’d just like to close this section by expressing shock at how much many of these people absolutely hate President Bush. They hate him. They’re calling the guy vile names, mocking how he freely expresses his religion, and insulting him personally. That’s just bad form. This shouldn’t be done in any form.

Now I swung by the “fahrenhype 911” board as well. It’s the conservative counterpart. Many opposing views were being tossed around here too. Now as you may be able to tell I’m trying my best to keep this pithy and….spin free. If something is true I’ll admit it, if something is false I’ll admit it. It’s all part of my twisted way of commentating…that’s twisted in the eyes of the biased media, anyway.

 
   

 

   
 

So Now I represent to you the thoughts of many Kerry Voters:

  • Bush screwed up.

This is quite simple: Bush did screw up the aftermath in Iraq. When I inquired about those who said this they couldn’t really tell me what John Kerry would do better. So they’ve got one thing against bush that I deem true. They still couldn’t say what their guy is going to do…what does this say to you?
  • Bush Lied.

Alright, due to the Michael Moore movie many people are accusing Bush of lying about weapons of mass destruction to get us into Iraq. This accusation is, however, a stupid one. First of all: Faulty intelligence is something completely different than a lie. Second of all (this is where I tend to get upset): After 9/11 the United States Declared war on terrorism, with me so far? Beautiful. We didn’t go in without reason. Saddam was a terrorist enabler. You can’t deny that. Lastly, put yourself in Bush’ position…you’re sitting on top of a mountain of intelligence from numerous sources. Then on top of it Saddam denies clearance of weapons inspectors…you just shrug and say ‘it doesn’t look…that incriminating…”
  • The economy is bad.

You don’t have to be the smartest person in the world to know the economy is bad. However, you do have to be a smart person to realize why. President Bush took office coming out of the bubble that lasted during the Clinton administration. Shortly after the bubble popped the nation was attacked. That attack was what crushed the economy. Alright, it wasn’t Bush’s fault.  That’s not going to fly. It’s just plain dumb.
  • He didn’t take action.

This is by far one of the dumbest arguments that’s against Bush…I can’t believe they’re still even discussing it. Again in the Moore film he brings up the point that after the president was informed of that attack he continued to read a book with the children he was in a classroom with. For seven minutes he reads the book then exits swiftly after the story. I’m sorry but what would John Kerry do in a position like that? Jump up and run away? Let the terrorists think they have us on the run? Excuse me but I think handling a situation calmly is the best way to handle it.

There are a lot more. I’d just like to close this section by expressing shock at how much many of these people absolutely hate President Bush. They hate him. They’re calling the guy vile names, mocking how he freely expresses his religion, and insulting him personally. That’s just bad form. This shouldn’t be done in any form.

Now I swung by the “fahrenhype 911” board as well. It’s the conservative counterpart. Many opposing views were being tossed around here too. Now as you may be able to tell I’m trying my best to keep this pithy and….spin free. If something is true I’ll admit it, if something is false I’ll admit it. It’s all part of my twisted way of commentating…that’s twisted in the eyes of the biased media, anyway.

 
   

 

   
 
 

You now have the case from both sides. The truth is George Bush hasn’t been the greatest president. But he has held the nation together. I believe Bush’s tax cuts helped the economy a lot after the attacks.  He has been a strong leader and has launched a war on terror. It’s a war that takes a brave person to head. John Kerry is a brave man, no question about it. He fought for his country, gaining 3 purple hearts.  You have to respect that. They don’t give these things away.

So now you must decide. The crux of the matter is you need to clear your mind. Ignore the propaganda. That’s what this is for. It’s for you to sort out the truth from the fiction. If in the end you decide everything Michael Moore says is true and Bush is the devil, you go ahead and think that. If you want to side with Hannity and decide that Kerry’s the devil, more power to you. But this isn’t for those people. It’s for the thinkers. It’s for the people who will admit that both candidates have faults. You’re the people who really matter. In the end, every vote counts…But more importantly…you’re vote does.

 
   

 

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