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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:23 PM
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Let's Play Pretend
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 08:28 PM by NanceGreggs
You have to give George W. Bush credit for one thing and one thing only.

Never before has an allegedly adult male been able to continue playing pretend with the fervor and commitment of an unknowing child well into his adult life, a game traditionally abandoned by those entering what should be their more mature years.

The signs of this ability to ignore reality and steadfastly adhere to the world of the phantasmagoric were apparent from the outset of the Bush administration, starting with the obvious: Lets pretend an ignorant, ill-spoken idiot was legitimately elected to the presidency of the United States.

Once begun, the Oval Office version of lets pretend quickly evolved into puppet theatre, as Cheney and the neocons dangled their front-man from strings before the public who, of course, were meant to play along with them, starting with lets pretend this neer-do-well failure is actually running the show.

And so it began:

Lets give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, along with the wealthiest corporations and lets pretend that every American is getting an equal break.

Lets tell the Fundies that were going to amend the Constitution to quash any hopes of ever recognizing same-sex marriages and lets pretend we are actually going to do it.

Lets set a course for lining the pockets of Big Oil, Big Business, Big Pharma and lets pretend it is for the benefit of average Americans.

Of course, the events of 9/11 (as any GOPer will tell you) changed everything except for the game of lets pretend, which would now be played with more abandon than usual, and with much higher stakes than were on the table before.

Lets insist that we were attacked by Al Qeada in Afghanistan but lets pretend it was Iraq, and act accordingly.

Lets say there was a connection between the attacks and Saddam Hussein and then lets pretend we never said it.

Lets tell the citizenry that the Patriot Act is for their own protection and then lets pretend that their rights arent being dismantled by its passage.

Lets stonewall any investigation into 9/11 and when there is no way of avoiding such investigation, lets pretend were telling the whole truth and nothing but, even as we refuse to produce the relevant documentation without redaction, and refuse to testify under oath.

Lets launch Shock n Awe and invade a sovereign nation that poses no threat and lets pretend that we had legitimate national security reasons for doing so.

Lets declare to American citizens that this unnecessary war of choice will protect our shores from alleged terrorists and lets pretend it will be over in a matter of weeks, and will pay for itself.

Lets state without qualification that we relied on solid intelligence to prove this war necessary and lets pretend we didnt fabricate the proof.

Lets disallow the publication of any photographs of the caskets of dead soldiers and lets pretend those deaths never happened.

Lets act totally dismayed when the scandals of Abu Ghraib and Gitmo are exposed and lets pretend torture was instigated by a few bad apples, who acted without our knowledge.

Lets act patriotic when the incidents of rendition and torture can no longer be ignored and then lets pretend it was legal and necessary all along.

Lets suppress any information about the tens of thousands of Iraqi deaths, and the total destruction of their country and lets pretend everything is going swimmingly.

Lets put billions of dollars into the pockets of war-profiteers like Halliburton and lets pretend that the people making obscene profits arent related to White House occupants and their families and friends.

Lets feign dismay and surprise when a covert CIA agent is outted and lets pretend it wasnt meant as a warning to anyone who publicly disagrees with our agenda, and lets pretend were going to get to the bottom of such a traitorous act.

Lets go on (yet another) vacation as the experts tell us that Katrina is imminent, and her destruction of NOLA may well be catastrophic and lets pretend we were never warned.

Lets appoint our political cronies to positions that may require life-and-death decisions and lets pretend, after-the-fact, that we had no idea how incompetent they were.

Lets arrange yet another series of photo-ops where we pose for the cameras and act like we intend to do something and lets pretend it wasnt just that, another series of photo-ops in place of actual leadership.

In the current state of our nation, the game of lets pretend continues unabated.

Lets watch the stock market and the devaluing of the US dollar and lets pretend the economy is doing well.

Lets stand by as the American middle-class drowns in credit card debt, as they lose their jobs to outsourcing and plant shut-downs, as they struggle to retain homes mortgaged by unscrupulous lenders and lets pretend that the bottom isnt falling out beneath us.

Lets do nothing as our infra-structure, our system of education, and our economy crumbles, and as our national debt rises to unprecedented heights and lets pretend that we represent fiscal responsibility, and that these seemingly detrimental warning signs are actually beneficial to the American way of life.

Lets ignore the plight of American soldiers returning State-side to face endless red-tape to get their due, lack of assistance with overcoming the wounds they suffered as a result of their service, and even homelessness or suicide and lets pretend that we Support the Troops.

As we head into the 2008 elections, we are being asked yet again to ignore the realities of what has happened to our country and its citizenry, and what continues to happen on a daily basis.

The Republican candidates (who, while proud of their fearless leader, G.W. Bush, are still reluctant to mention him by name) want us to believe that the game of lets pretend can still be played.

Lets pretend it isnt all collapsing around us; lets pretend that despite everything we have seen, heard and experienced over the last seven-plus years, the course we are on isnt an unmitigated disaster.

Lets pretend that we still have the loyalty of our traditional allies, still have the respect of the world, still have a chance of surviving another four to eight years of sticking our heads in the sand and playing another round of Lets Petend.

Yeah, by all means, lets pretend we can do that.

Perhaps as we, as a nation, go down for the last time, we can just pretend that we actually survived.


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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:26 PM
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1. My dear Nance!
Good god, woman!

I think every time I read your threads, I grow some new brain cells!

Thank god, you're on our side...

K&R, the first one for once!

:patriot:
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JohnnyLib2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:30 PM
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2. Peter Pan run amok!
Recommended. :thumbsup:
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:38 PM
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3. Peter Pan. I have nothing against Peter Pan. But Nance Greggs is REAL!
How cool is that?

Johnny, let me second that recommendation. This Greggs woman keeps putting up wildly intersting posts on DU and the rec button software is likely set ablaze every time she does.

As well it should be.

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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 07:15 AM
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18. And a kick for good measure
:kick:
I vaguely remember Michael Moore being labeled a traitor for expressing comments about fake elections and fake presidents and fake wars. With a large majority running from this Administration like rats from a doomed ship, has the time come to start worshiping flesh colored Christs that glow in the dark for those who suffer the cognitive dissonance associated with Bush/Davidians?
Do we reach out to those still adhering to Bush/Fox News propaganda, or do we shun them and move on?
For the most part, I have abandoned them as my time is more valuable with each passing day. How do I know which ones are willing to accept fact over myth? Maybe when the pain associated with Bush's failed policies takes food off their tables some will see the light. With pain comes awareness.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 10:52 AM
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21. Your description of departing Bush officials as being "like rats from a
doomed ship" works for me.

Both the 'rats' part and the 'doomed' part.

Yes. We'd all be a happier bunch is we turned off the local news, just for starters. I do like Jim Lehrer on PBS but don't catch him every evening. Still, it's loads better than the local news.

An hour of Yo Yo Ma or a visit to the Chicago Art Institute is worth a thousand Brian Williams broadcast and SEVERAL thousand Wolf Blitzer programs.

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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:28 AM
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12. No kidding! A Bizarro Peter Pan. Peter Pan meets Reverse Robin Hood.
As usual, a MOST excellent rant, Nance!

:toast:
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:48 PM
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4. Magnificent.
It belongs under the wiperblades of every car on the street. In the neighborhood, in the city, in the state .. coast to coast.
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:18 PM
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5. Maybe little Georgie
can come up with some way for our soldiers to pretend they aren't bleeding and dying for his lying greed.
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balantz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:23 PM
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6. May I have permission to send this to my Congressman
and pretend that he will read it?
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:37 PM
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7. Please feel free ... n/t
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balantz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:39 PM
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23. Done
Nice work, thanks!
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:43 PM
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8. Nicely done, Nance.
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:01 PM
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9. I've spent nigh on 7 years pretending Gore took the office
he was elected to.

It hasn't made anything easier to handle.

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Pachamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:28 AM
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10. Me too!
I pretend every day that everything is just fine and that George W. is not the President and that the Terminator is not the Governor of my state....

Lately I have been trying to pretend that the Loonie in Canada isn't worth more than the US Dollar and even if it was, that everything is A-Ok..... :eyes:

PS: Your right...it hasn't made it easier to handle all the garbage going on....
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avrdream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:46 AM
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11. "They" make no pretense about it, Nance.
They know exactly what they are doing. They have to know that we aren't in the sandbox anymore. You can't pretend away the tens of thousands of tragedies that have come out of their decisions.
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dougolat Donating Member (78 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:21 AM
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13. Kodos, well put and comprehensive!
..and let's elect some Cogressional representatives to do something about all that, and let's pretend they're on the job!
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jack alexander Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:31 AM
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14. No Pretending Here
Posted to reddit...Very well written.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:43 PM
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24. I see you've been here for a while ...
... welcome to the conversation!!!

:hi:
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flordehinojos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:58 AM
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15. his dad also pretends ... his dada pretends that the idiot is a brave & courageous soldier/pResident
doing brave and courageous things and he sits on Fox News and tells a phlegmatic Chris Wallace that he, Dada, has ..."great respect for his positions for his guts, for his staying in there ...
AND HIS GOT ONE VERY PROUD FATHER SITTING RIGHT HERE ..."


This pretend thing ... is a bush generational family cancer that is eating up our whole country and the rest of the world!
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Perry Logan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 05:53 AM
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16. Another one for the Repubs: "Let's pretend we're not gay."
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 06:54 AM
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17. You rock, Nance.
k&r
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emanymton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 07:19 AM
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19. We Can Pretend That It Actually Matters. *******
.
We can pretend that when it is all over, the very people who did all the misdeeds and those who supported all the miscreants will not be the first ones _NOT_ to take any responsibility and cut and run!

We can pretend they will not blame everyone else but themselves. And get away with it.

We can pretend they will not get away with everything they did.

We can pretend they are not laughing at US and the extremely difficult efforts to fix the disasters they created and left behind.


_____

And I can pretend I am not crying over such great injustices carried out against "We The People."
.
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 10:49 AM
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20. Nancy it doesn't matter because Jesus is coming back next week
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 10:52 AM by Joe Bacon
My idiot family has been totally brainwashed by the Republic party preachers. They believe that the worsening world situation is a clear sign that JC and his Sonshine Band are gonna be making a visit any day now. Yep, they really are stupid enough to believe that JC and his Sonshine Band are currently taking a rest stop at the Howard Johnson's on Alpha Centauri. As soon as JC finishes his Tendersweet Clam roll and HoJo Cola, he's gonna get in his Ford Explorer and drive over to Earth where he will then rapture every rich white hri$tian Republic party member and suck them into his truck. Then JC is gonna head over to the Pearly Gates of his Galt's Gulch estate and release these spirits to float forever in his Ayn Randian Laissez Fairyland.

It breaks my heart to see my family totally mindless and in complete support of the Republic Party's desire to destruct America!
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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 11:23 AM
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22. I have one other thing to give George credit for
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 11:30 AM by Prophet 451
For sheer chutzpah, he takes some beating.
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:12 PM
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25. Let's all pretend.........
That Cheneybush will have left us something worth fighting for by the time they leave
(assuming they ever do of their own accord), and then surprise the hell out of them by
proving it to be true after all!!!

(Won't THAT come as a surprise to them!)
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:00 PM
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26. k&r
Perhaps that's one reason why Bush and Blair got on so well. They were both fond of let's-pretend games.
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LuckyLib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:37 PM
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27. Great rant. When I was a kid, after we played "let's pretend" Mom would call us in for dinner.
It's time for dinner. Set the table for impeachment, Pelosi.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:53 PM
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28. GOOD ONE!!!
Amazing how seven-plus years of playing pretend works up an appetite!
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BlueJac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 07:20 PM
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29. You always hit it out of the park!
Great post.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 07:36 PM
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30. And let's pretend that George Bush was elected....twice.
Excellent job, Nance.
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 07:44 PM
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31. K&R - Wonderful work! And now, let's close our eyes for just a second and pretend
it's Jan. 21, 2009, and even though all's not yet right with the world, at least there's the promise
that, in time, it *might* be...
*sigh*
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Oldenuff Donating Member (442 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 08:29 PM
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32. My favorite issue...

was included in your posting and I want to thank you for it.Of ALL the issues,the passage of the Patriot Act is by far the most grievous.(at least to my mind).While everyone is touting their favorite candidate's position on the issues,they forget to mention that all the frontrunners voted for it.Who then,can we trust to really safeguard our Constitution and Bill of Rights?It's a little late for those candidates "in the lead" to suddenly say that the Patriot Act should be repealed (if they even believe that it should).They should have had the backbone to "stand up" in the first place,otherise they can't be trusted to further the cause of Democracy.
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Apollo11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:17 AM
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33. Error: you can only recommend threads which were started in the past 24 hours
Bummer!

:kick:
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