Public sentiment shifts against American Self-Defeatism propaganda by Hollywood Left and so-called "mainstream" media and in favor of support for troops and mission in Iraq. Our troops' successes and, finally, the willingness of Bush and his supporters to agressively counter the defeatist message against the mission appear to be changing public opinion.
It's too early to say so for certain, but at least at the present, it appears that public sentiment is shifting away from the American Self-Defeatism being promoted relentlessly by the Hollywood and Entertainment Left, the so-called "mainstream" media, all but a few "Liebermans" in the Democratic Party, and a few white-flag Republicans.
Because too few Americans are sufficiently self-motivated for continuing self-education on issues such as Iraq, the sands of public-sentiment are easily shifted and shaped by media activism. Therefore, all of those identified above -- and especially President Bush-- need to effectively and unrelentingly wage a perpetual public-education campaign against the perpetual campaign of defeatism. In the past, Bush has let his desire not to base his decisions "on polls" blind him to the disastrous consequences of ignoring "the polls." He must perpetually engage in a media campaign to influence the polls in favor of his policies in order to avoid having to deal with poll-worshiping politicians being influenced against supporting them by the self-defeatist media campaign being waged unrelentingly by the Hollywood Left and the so-called "mainstream" media on the minds of "independents" and "middle-roaders." The rest of us must likewise continue to engage in public-education actions to reach the minds of those "independents" and "middle-roaders" rather than merely reaching the minds of those of us who are already sufficiently motivated for continuing self-education.
In the legal profession, we call it "Continuing Legal Education" ("CLE") The legal profession makes it mandatory for all lawyers to maintain their qualifications annually through CLE. The Constitution does not, cannot, and should not, make "Continuing Citizen Education" ("CCE") mandatory for exercising the rights of citizenship, but we who favor CCE it must find ways to capture the attention of our less-interested fellow citizens in order to motivate them into participating in the civic responsibility of self-education-- i.e., CCE.
In an effort to "practice" what I "preach," I've created a number of videos intended to attract the attention of people who aren't "news-junkies," "political junkies," or Bush-haters but who may have heretofore been "persuaded" by the Left's unrelenting campaign of American Self-Defeatism. Here's one of my own videos, which is designed to attract the attention of "sports" junkies. It focuses on "endgame" issues concerning Iraq:
Here's one designed to attract the attention of non-Bush-haters who may nevertheless have been duped by the Left into believing there to be something sinister to be "exposed" about Bush and his strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan in particular and in the war against fanaticism in general-- it's titled, "Exposing Bush on Iraq":
* I wish I could take credit for this description of Bush, but I must attribute it to one of my good friends, Paul McTamaney. It's not intended to disparage Bush but rather to point out the flaw in his strategy (heretofore) of not aggressively, explicitly and unrelentingly counter-attacking the unrelenting propaganda campaign the Left has waged against him, against the mission in Iraq and even against the mission in Afghanistan ever since 9-11.
--Jim Wrenn, Editor at WrennCom.Com; (Also Editor at PoliSat.Com, where the satire is always commentary, but the commentary isn't always satire).The permanent link to this commentary is here.
Jim is a proud descendant of 18th Century criminal exiles from England who swam to the Outer Banks when the British ship taking them to a Georgia penal colony sank in a storm near Cape Hatteras. Having the prescience to prevent their descendants from becoming "TarHeels," they immediately migrated to Virginia, where, within just a few generations they worked their way up into poverty. Jim's grandfather was the first in the family tree to see the distant horizons, but his career was cut short by severe injuries he sustained when a cousin cut down the tree.
After a brief stint in the Amry (ours) following graduation from law school, he began his legal career in the state bureaucracy but was never able to break into the federal bureaucracy. Several years later, he entered the private practice of law and co-founded a small law publishing company. Later, finding the publishing of small laws unstimulating and finding his private practice too private to be lucrative, he began writing political satire/commentary. His greatest vice is taking himself too seriously.
Although he regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to lawyers, he's too-often available through he Rubber Chicken Speakers Bureau to speak on politics, satire, etc., at luncheons, dinners, root canals, funerals, etc. His speaking fees are so outrageously high they border on criminal price-gouging, but as a free-market advocate, he defends his fees on the higher moral ground of charging whatever the traffic will bear. For more information (surely more than one would want or need), go to www.PoliSat.Com.