Ellen brings up this kind of interesting thing:
A co-worker today told me she use to like [Bush]. Now she thinks he's sneaky. I felt pretty good about that. She's very "deep South" and very opinionated.
And I say it’s interesting because I had a conversation with a guy today and it was about what Americans really think about the lousy Bush administration.
And, like Ellen, I know a ton of Republicans who no longer like Bush. I know a ton of Republicans who not only didn’t think he would beat Kerry, but more than a few of them voted for Kerry.
They just thought Bush was a total disaster.
And I live in one of the most conservative towns in the entire country--Bush actually came to my town twice during the election year.
And today, I got online and I saw this CNN poll, and the overwhelming response was that people thought Bush’s speech blew:
And there was another one on MSNBC with nearly the exact same results, but I can’t find it now, and it’s too much trouble to keep looking for it.
And so I remarked to this guy I was having lunch with about this poll, and he said when he signed onto America Online this morning there was the exact same poll with nearly the exact same numbers.
Over seventy percent of Americans are appalled at Bush.
Now I know these are just online polls. And they’re subject to all kinds of hanky panky—people voting again and again, web sites linking to the polls to encourage mass voting, whatever.
But, then again, they’re exposed to this kind of hanky panky from both parties. And unless anyone has any kind of evidence that one party has more internet access than the other, or one party is more adept at manipulating online polls than the other, frankly, even if there is foul play, I figure it’s a wash—Republicans cheat, Democrats cheat.
The polls end up pretty close to the truth in the end.
And this reminded me of a lot of the internet polls during the election year that showed Kerry whipping Bush. And the exit polls which showed Kerry beating Bush.
And I just got this terrible paranoia.
I mean, everytime Americans get to voluntarily offer their opinions with no middle man--no Republican dominated middle man--like seventy percent of them disapprove of Bush and whatever he’s doing.
Everytime our corporately controlled media reports on how we Americans feel about Bush, we hear numbers like just over half of us disapprove. Nearly fifty percent of us approve.
And I just wonder: why the discrepancy?
You study statistics, you understand the margins of error, and there’s no reason that these online polls should be so different than what Gallup, a corporation whose CEO is a Republican, tells us.
Or what ABC, owned by Disney, or CBS, owned by Viacom, or NBC, owned by General Electric tell us their poll results show.
Statisticly, they should be the same.
And, yet, these direct internet polls are so different than what our conservative, corporately controlled media keeps telling us their polls reflect.
The guy I was having lunch with is not a Che Guevera, beret wearing, bandoleir wrapped, pinko, subversive like me. He’s a guy who showed up in a Mercedes E 55, AMG model--with 500 horsepower, and lumbar massaging seats. Shit, he’s got paintings hanging in his living room that are worth more than my whole house.
And not only did he agree with me, but he was the one who said it, “I feel like we’re being lied to. I really feel like we’re being manipulated on a grand scale.”
I feel that way, too. I feel like not only are we not being told the truth about what we’re doing, but we’re not even being told the truth about how we feel.
We’re not even being told the truth about ourselves.