Moral Contradictions

Friday, May 20, 2005

Bush and his propaganda

You think President Bush's town hall meetings feature a random assortment of people who look to honestly debate issues, such as Social Security? The LA Times reports otherwise.

Before President Bush went to Rochester, NY to speak on Social Security, the White House sent out a memo to local organizations to solicit

several types of people "who he would like to visit with" — including a young worker who "knows that [Social Security] could run out before they retire," a young couple with children who like "the idea of leaving something behind to the family" and a single parent who believes Bush's proposal for individual investment accounts "would provide more retirement options and security" than the current system.

I don't mind the use of the "bully pulpit", yet I equate carefully orchestrated choreography as disingenuous at least and pure propaganda at its worst. Honest debate and careful consideration of alternative plans are left out.

I don't believe the word "partisanship" is found in the Constitution.


  • We live in an age of deck stacking and both Democrats and Republicans do it whenever they can.

    By Anonymous Paul, at Friday, May 20, 2005 9:22:00 AM  

  • I agree... its rampant on both sides of the aisle. I'm in Virginia and have been impressed with the Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine holding 'no-holds' barred town-hall meetings.

    I have the utmost respect for politicians of any stripe willing to honestly face voters.

    Any public figure willing to listen to the needs of citizens instead of telling them what they should worry about is okay in my book.

    By Blogger Nathan, at Friday, May 20, 2005 10:39:00 AM  

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