Continuing with my 'mythology' piece, I saw this which I wish more righties would read-- but they won't--
I also watched the documentary Reagan last night on HBO. I hadn't known it was going to be on but found it checking out what HBO had on that evening. I wasn't sure how much I'd like it but I did and recommend it. They won't, but I really wish the righties, who are promoting him as though he had been the second coming, would see it. It puts Reagan's legacy in perspective. Some of which I mentioned in the last blog but they had a biggie that I had not mentioned-- Iran Contra.
The legacy, of the dishonesty, corruption, deceptiveness of the Reagan administration where it came to trading guns to Iran to get money to the Contras in Nicaragua and drugs for the US, was a forerunner to what the Bush administration did for its eight years. Lie to the people. Do whatever you want because you know best and lies are okay when they are for a good cause. Reagan set that in motion openly. Oh they did put a few sacrificial goats out there to take the legal fall; but the decisions always have to go to the top-- or at least what is supposed to be the top.
For those who might say that's in the past, let it go. Nothing like that is in the past when it is still impacting how certain people believe government should be run. How does our government find fault with the Mubarak regime? If you had thought Obama would be eager to see Bush prosecuted, you were kidding yourself. Governments protect themselves-- hence no prosecutions of the lies from the Bush administration, the torture, the willingness to do anything to protect their agenda. They don't want Mubarak forced out because who knows what all he will reveal if his way isn't eased. And only an extreme rightie would not know that.
Ex-leaders who torture and have abused their positions of power have been tried after they are forced from office. It should have happened in our country. What Bush did was way out there and he even admitted it in his book (proudly I might add); but too many hands were dirty with what went down is my guess why it didn't.
I have mentioned that I voted for Reagan his second term but not the first. I did so because I didn't like the alternative; but when Bush the first ran, I held my nose and voted for Dukakis based on my belief Bush the first was heavily involved in what happened with Iran-Contra. It's not like many Democrats wanted to vote for Dukakis that year. I was afraid Bush the first would continue what had gone on during the Reagan years. Well when his son got in, that's exactly what he did with bringing in the crew that had learned lying was beneficial when it serves their greater purpose.
The following article isn't in terms of ancient myths but the kind that are being spun out today.
I heard an interesting opinion on that last night from Rachel Maddow. It appears that Beck gets most of his ideas from the John Birch Society, who we found out with the last elections, is still quite active within the right wing. She said they will put out some theory and three or four days later, it's Beck's lead story.
No wonder America is so divided. If you listen to Fox exclusively you get one slant of the world. If you listen all the time to MSNBC, you'd get a different one. Neither one are the whole story.
When Farm Boss was driving home the other night, he said he had on Clear Channel with Fox News and their whole report was devoted to one disaster after another-- killings, abuse, whatever was scary and negative. He switched over to a different news update from the left wing side of the news and got what is happening in the community in terms of events to attend, warnings of highway problems, but none of the disaster upon disaster. No wonder those who watch only Fox type stuff think they need a lot of guns.
From what friends have told me, the same thing has been true of the coverage over Egypt. If you listened to the left, you got the possibility this could be good, looking at the actual people who might try to influence what happens next in Egypt. If you listened only to the right, it's all scary and going to create a huge Islamic empire to threaten the world (Glenn Beck's take). All they had to hear was the name-- Muslim Brotherhood and they were off.
Neither side has all the truth on anything (most especially not Egypt) but shouldn't we be careful we are at least getting a mix?