Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Deliberately obtuse

Found amongst the various definitions(via Dictionary.com) for the word obtuse:
lacking in insight or discernment; "too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior.

slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "
The last quote in the definition of obtuse fits President George W. Bush like a glove. Today's example of Bush saying something so stupid that he has to know he sounds like an imbecile, but deciding to say it anyway is this gem (via TPM Muckracker):
Last November the American people said they were frustrated and wanted change in our strategy in Iraq. I listened. Today General David Petraeus is carrying out a strategy that is dramatically different from our previous course. But the American people did not vote for failure, and that is precisely what the Democratic leadership’s bill would guarantee.
So the President is actually blaming the Democrats being victorious in the election for forcing him to do the surge. If only the American people had voted for Republicans instead, the surge would not have been the answer! Some statements are so obviously idiotic that trying to point out the fallacy is to give the statement more credit than it deserves. This is one of those cases.

The President seems to think that using sophomoric logic to push his agenda is a winning strategy. I'm certain he has been given this impression by the unqualified success these points always seem to be with his base of koolaid drinking drones. Right now the 30% who support the President are busily putting out the new talking point pearl of wisdom passed from on high. Let the word be spread from Fox to the right wing blogosphere: The American people elected Democrats in order to signify support for a surge. Oh yeah, also mention that Senator Reid is a traitor, and we have to fight them over there or they will fight us here, for the idiotic right wing talking point trifecta.

Americans by a wide margin see through these lies. How it is that the red meat Republicans have come to the point of supporting a President who is so obviously dishonest after THEY brought the nation the impeachment of President Clinton based upon lying about an extramarital affair? George Bush capitalized on that in the 2000 campaign:
Campaigning in 2000, Texas Gov. George W. Bush would repeatedly raise his right hand as if taking an oath and vow to “restore honor and integrity” to the White House. He pledged to usher in a new era of bipartisanship.

The dual themes of honesty and bipartisanship struck a chord with many voters and helped propel Bush to the White House in one of the nation's closest-ever elections.
George Bush has proven very effective at uniting the nation, against the war in Iraq, and his leadership in general. And now the same right wing stalwarts who brought us the impeachment of a President because he wouldn't spill his guts about an affair find themselves figuratively manning the barricades as the last line of defense for one of the most corrupt, dishonest, deadly, divisive, costly and unconstitutional administrations in this nations history. Irony, thy name is Republican.

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