Posted by Brian at 8:42 AM
Wendell Berry, 1968 from "Against the War in Vietnam"
Believe the automatic righteousness
of whoever holds an office. Believe
the officials who see without doubt
that peace is assured by war, freedom
by oppression. The truth preserved by lying
becomes a lie. Believe or die.
WASHINGTON - A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."
I taught the above poem to my poetry classes yesterday, and I can say this much--we have succeeded in raising the most politically cynical generation I could have possibly imagined. I used to think that the people who were just slightly older than I am were cynical, seeing as they'd cut their teeth on LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin and Nixon's Watergate, but no. The children of Bush-Cheney are far darker when it comes to politics. It's amazing that they're as engaged as they are.