Friday, September 26, 2008

Cognitive dissonance or just plain ignorance?

August 11, 2008. Bob Costas interviews President George W. Bush live in studio during NBC's primetime coverage from the Beijing Olympics.

Costas: "This past week you restated America's fundamental differences with China but given China's growing strength and America's own problems, realistically, how much leverage and influence does the U.S. have here?"

Bush: "First of all, I don't see America having problems. I see America as a nation that is a world leader that has got great values and leverage, I don't think you should look at the relationship as one of leverage, I think you should look at the relationship as one of constructive engagement, where you can find common areas like North Korea and Iran. But also be in a position where they can respect you enough to listen to your views on religious freedom and political liberty."

September 24, 2008. President George W. Bush addresses the nation on the state of our economy.

Bush: "Good evening. This is an extraordinary period for America's economy.
Over the past few weeks, many Americans have felt anxiety about their finances and their future. I understand their worry and their frustration. We've seen triple-digit swings in the stock market. Major financial institutions have teetered on the edge of collapse, and some have failed. As uncertainty has grown, many banks have restricted lending, credit markets have frozen, and families and businesses have found it harder to borrow money. We're in the midst of a serious financial crisis, and the federal government is responding with decisive action.

In forty three days we went from "I don't see America having problems" to "We're in the midst of a serious financial crisis". Forty three days. This means one of two things. Either a) on August 11 President Bush truly believed America was in good shape overall even though he knew full well that we were in the midst of financial ruins, or b) on August 11 President Bush was completely unaware of any financial problems with America, and at some point between August 11 and September 24 somebody smart filled him in on the situation.

cognitive dissonance:
–noun Psychology. anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or otherwise incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like, as when one likes a person but disapproves strongly of one of his or her habits.

–noun the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.

So we have a sitting President that is either a) completely in denial about how bad things really are, or b) just plain stupid. I'm starting to lean towards the latter. Either way we're pretty much fxxxed.

I have been a registered Republican since I was old enough to vote, I have never voted for a non-Republican in any election, and I am very much in favor of the government staying out of our lives. That being said things cannot go on as they are. I do not know who the right candidate is to lead our country for the next four years. But I do know that it is time to stop voting blindly for a party, to get informed on the issues most relevant to America's vitality, and to begin effecting change in Washington. Apathy will no longer cut it.

And I never wanted this blog to be political in any way. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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