"We are an empire now…we create our own reality"
That was said by a senior Bush advisor, but I am thinking that both parties now follow that policy of creating their own reality. Neither party now seems very concerned about the “reality” as seen by others. In fact the media lately doesn’t seem to have their own reality at all….they wait to be told what is truth according to the hawkish in both parties.
Turning on the TV is an experience in figuring out whose reality is being touted at a given moment…the Reality of the Establishment Democrats or the Reality of Trump.
Oddly enough those realities seemed to blend into one this week when Trump attacked Syria. The media proclaimed him the President now, and the Democrats tripped over their own feet with praise.
What we as the People of either party think doesn’t really matter that much. Our realities are our own, unrecognized by either Party.
Those words about empire and reality were said to Ron Suskind in 2002 during a visit to the White House. They were said by a senior advisor to George Bush. That senior advisor was later said to be Karl Rove.
In a famous exchange between a high official at the court of George W. Bush and journalist Ron Susskind, the official – later acknowledged to have been Karl Rove – takes the journalist to task for working in “the reality-based community.” He defined that as believing “that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” Rove then asserted that this was no longer the way in which the world worked.
“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” (Ron Suskind, NYTimes Magazine, Oct. 17, 2004).
Here is the original article by Suskind and the paragraphs that refer to this comment.
In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.
The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
There were some more words from the first link that really stuck with me. It’s why we are not hearing underlying truth about the world’s “real” reality, why our politicians keep silent when they should be speaking out with rage.
…..the details of the official reality are filled in and smoothed out all the time by crafty campaigns produced in the PR world, with assistance from think tanks and academia. But the question does reappear in one’s thoughts: do the politically prominent and the well-positioned editors, especially those known for having once possessed skeptical minds, actually believe it all? Do those members of the cabinet or parliament, who can get hot under their collar as they decry the latest revelation about one or other outrage committed by Putin, take seriously what they’re saying?
Not all of them are believers. I know this from off the record conversations. But there appears to be a marked difference between the elite in government, in the media, in prominent social positions, and ordinary people who in these recent times of anguish about populism are sometimes referred to as uneducated. Quite a few among the latter appear to think that something fishy is going on. This could be because in my experience the alert ones have educated themselves, something that is not generally understood by commentators who have made their way through the bureaucracy of standard higher education. A disadvantage of being part of the elite is that you must stick to the accepted story. If you deviate from it, and have your thoughts run rather far away from it, which is quite inevitable once you begin with your deviation, you can no longer be trusted by those around you.
If you are a journalist and depend for your income on a mainstream newspaper or are hired by a TV company, you run the risk of losing your job if you do not engage in self-censorship. Consequently, publications that used to be rightly known as quality newspapers have turned into unreadable rags. The newspaper that was my employer for a couple of decades used to be edited on the premise that its correspondents rather than authorities were always correct in what they were saying. Today greater loyalty to the reality created in Washington and Langley cannot be imagined. For much of northern Europe the official story that originates in the United States is amplified by the BBC and other once reliable purveyors of news and opinion like the Guardian, the Financial Times and the (always less reliable) Economist.
…….The triumph of political untruth has brought into being a vast system of political intimidation. Remember then that the intimidator does not really care what you believe or not, but impresses you with the fact that you have no choice. That is the essence of the exercise of brute power.
I think both parties and the complicit media create the reality they want, and amazingly they seem more and more to be forming an empire that will continue to spread democracy at gunpoint.20score, Major Hogwash, OzoneTom and 30 othersSegami, 99thMonkey, Baba OhReally, nenagh, winter is coming, Tuesday, KauaiK, snot, mother earth, shanti, Ohio Barbarian, Hydra, jwirr, ctsnowman, MrMickeysMom, Octafish, iggy, canoeist52, Paper Roses, FloriTexan, Art from Ark, Enthusiast, Ichingcarpenter, DesertRat2015, Haikugal, Silver Witch, bbgrunt, zeemike, Marym625, FanBoy like thisIf a person is required to be loyal to a political party and not question their stands on issues, then any semblance of real truth is lost. https://twitter.com/madfloridian
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