I can testify that the uncomfortable truth that convinced Bush supporters of the flaws of Bush was the fact that he oversaw a massive expansion in the size of the government. Why, among all the outrages committed under his administration, was this particular one so significant? Well, I'll suggest my opinion as to why.
As there are two distinct camps in American establishment politics, the Republicans/conservatives and the Democrats/liberals, there are two halves of the mainstream media that represent these camps, which contrary to popular opinion are not entirely opposed to each other, rather they compliment each other, they feed into one another.
The only difference is that one side (depending on whether the leader of the country is a 'liberal' or a 'conservative' supposedly) is defending the authoritarianism of "their" President while the other is NOT trying to bring down the administration; rather their job is to function as a controlled opposition, to tell their flock which issues are fair play to discuss and which are not.
During the Bush years, IF the 'liberal' media REALLY wanted to bring down Bush at any cost, they could have exposed Bush's attendance at Bohemian Grove, a venue known for homosexual orgies and weird Satanic/Pagan rituals. (see here) Now imagine what THAT would have done to his 'religious right' support!
But they didn't do that. Instead they filtered criticisms of Bush to only 'acceptable' issues like war, torture, and supposed 'free market' policies that contributed to the ruining of the economy. Not saying these (the first two at least) aren't heinous crimes, just that they aren't the ONLY crimes.
Now, take a right winger who supported Bush. They hear these arguments against "their" President coming from the left wing media organs, and they hear the right wing media organs defending Bush against these criticisms. (eg 'torture is illegal' -- 'it is needed to keep America safe' would be one such pair)
So, that right winger has been programmed by their media that anyone who says "Bush supports torture, that's wrong" is a left wing enemy and they don't really care about the torture, they just want rid of President Bush. So they kick into automatic high defensive gear. "You lefties. Why do you hate America?" The pre-prepared response prevents the right winger from even considering that torture is bad, they just want to defend their leader.
I watched this over and over again between 2005 and 2008, by which time I had figured out that this kind of media programming is almost impossible to breach. Why? Because attacking Bush from the left was a failure to all except those already convinced that Bush was bad. The way to expose Bush's flaws to Bush supporters was to show his lack of allegiance to THEIR core values, values trumpeted by THEIR media talking heads. To attack from the right.
1. Bush sold out US sovereignty via NAFTA
2. Bush oversaw a massive increase in the size of the government
3. He ran (2000) with promises of "No nation building" (thanks to Ron Paul for that point) then attempted to do nation building in two countries at once
These arguments were much more effective because they bypassed the Bush supporters' media-induced programming; their brains were no longer following pre-scripted arguments spoonfed to them by Fox News, they were thinking for themselves.
By 2008 Bush's approval ratings were under a third; the people were, to paraphrase The Obama Deception, 'on the brink of revolution - and then the elites threw up a black man.'
Lord Obama Cometh
So time passes, a new bankster puppet is (s)elected as (P)resident, and here we go again. Thankfully I didn't get sucked too far into the vortex that is Obama worship (he is supposed to be the world's President, after all!) before Ron Paul and Alex Jones' message caught up with me and I ditched the whole left-right game for good.
Obama worshippers are, of course, driven by different perspectives than Bush fanatics, even though the direction and actions of the government have remained quite consistent - in fact it may be said that if you liked George Bush, you should love Barack Obama - he's Bush on steroids!
Nevertheless, Obama supporters must be brought out from their slumber as much as possible. We have many options that may be used against Barack Obama to his fanbase, let's see how they measure up...
- Birther issue. I suspect there is substance to this. But how are Obama fans trained to react to this by the media? "Racist", basically.
- We could call him a socialist. Based on some of his actions, this might be true, though to a left winger this says "I supported Bush". Besides, Bush was almost as much a socialist as Obama is.
- You could attack his supposedly 'soft' stance on foreign relations. I certainly don't want to. This is a standard neocon, militarist talking point straight from Rupert Murdoch, and this screams "pro-war Bush supporter" to me, never mind to Obama supporters.
- You could attack his deficit spending and increasing the size of government. This is much better, as long as you are prepared for the standard response which is "Where were you when Bush did that?" You must respond in a way that doesn't make you seem like you're just against Obama - you're against all these puppet politicians and the banksters who own them.
Now for the real secret weapons: How to attack from the left
Obama said he wouldn't hire lobbyists. The left, overall, hates lobbyists, as do most people generally. Obama lied about not hiring lobbyists, call him on it.
Expose Obama's donors. The same big corporations and banks that backed McCain, also showered money on Obama (notably the Goldman Sachs mafia involved with the bailout theft). Nothing disgusts the real left more than big money corruption - and here the corruption is shown to be bi-partisan.
Obama said he would get the troops out from Iraq. Well, 50,000 'non-combat' troops are staying for years. The whole 'leaving' thing hasn't happened.
Obama is escalating the war in Afghanistan and going into Pakistan. To be fair he did promise this; BUT right now the hardcore Obama supporters are using the same jingoisms about "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" just like pro-war Bush supporters used for years. Expose their hypocrisy - maybe they only want peace when "their" party is out of power?
Obama was complicit in the bailout. Nothing like the bailout exposes the "bipartisan" tyranny: Obama, McCain and Bush all working to support the banksters as they steal over twenty trillion dollars in a move that surely will mark the death of the dollar and the USA as we know it. Just remember, NOT the stimulus, the bailout. The latter was a much more heinous crime, focus on the things they associate with Bush. Bailout = Bush = Evil (but we can get Obama in there so they now realise Obama = Bailout = Bush = Evil)
Obama supports another term for Ben Bernanke, and therefore he is in support of the banksters of the Federal Reserve. You could use this to support the above 'bailout' connection. (Of course, if you can convince someone about monetary policy, then they will quickly shake off any support they have for any pro-Fed politician anyway)
It's Fascism. I firmly believe that left-wingers use the word fascism in the same places that right-wingers would use the word socialism...though techincally, the term fascism is more often correct, as it refers to 'the merger of corporate and state power'. In the left-wing psyche, 'socialism' doesn't have an effect, while 'fascism' has a very strong effect.
(Click here if you haven't seen The Obama Deception!)
The most technically correct term, encompassing both the establishment fake left and right wings, is Statism or Authoritarianism - useful words to describe any policy which is not libertarian in nature.
I hope this serves as a useful guide to the mindset of people who support Obama, and maybe it will influence the way you interact with his minions whether it's real world or internets. Really, speaking 'left wing' and 'right wing' are close to being entirely different languages - breaching that communication gap is difficult. Men are from Mars and all that.
Oh, and if you're a fake Rupert Murdoch bootlicking right winger who is going to worship the next fake conservative (Rick Perry?) the establishment throws into the game and all of a sudden you'll start liking authoritarian government again because you think you're on the winning team, don't even bother trying to argue with hardcore Obama supporters. I suppose for you it must be like looking in the mirror, right? So enjoy looking in the mirror, then wait for your turn to pretend to be part of the establishment again.
On the other hand, if you're a decent human being, you will see what is happening and that really, Obama = Bush; if anything he's worse because a lot of people have fallen for his personality cult and they are convinced that if you don't think Obama can save the world, it's because you're secretly a racist.
Thanks for reading. Now expose the Long Legged Mack Daddy and the bankers behind him!
Here's hoping for something like Ron Paul/Dennis Kucinich 2012, a real revolution, so all this madness can come to an end.