Special 2004 Election Collectors' Issue
IN THE MAFIA
The latest poll numbers show that of likely voters George W. Bush has 49% of the vote, John Kerry has 49% of the vote, and Ralph Nader has 1% of the vote. Many of us are wondering how it is possible that such a large percentage could continue to support Mr. Bush. The thought that he could conceivably be elected for another four years as president is just beyond belief. After all, this is a man who has failed miserably in every possible area of his job performance.
his most crucial task of protecting the American people from attack,
he ignored critical intelligence warnings, choosing instead to remain
on vacation for the entire month of August, and thereby failed to prevent
the attacks on 9/11/01. He then tried to block the creation of the 9/11
Commission, initially opposed the creation of The Department of Homeland
Security, and has done next to nothing to fortify our boarders and secure
our nuclear and chemical plants. Then, instead of focusing his attention
on Al Qaeda, the real terrorist threat, he misled the American people
about alleged danger in Iraq and started an unnecessary war, which has
clearly led to catastrophic results. Despite Bush’s fantastical
declarations to the contrary, there are very few reasonable people that
would say that the war is anything but a devastating failure. In addition,
Mr. Bush has taken the largest surplus in American history and turned
it into the largest deficit in US history. He is the first president
since Herbert Hoover to lose more jobs during his presidency than were
gained. He has turned back environmental protections and has virtually
ignored the escalating alarm bells of global warming. (Even Republican
John McCain called this “disgraceful.”) Five million Americans
have lost their healthcare during the last three and a half years, and
four million more Americans have fallen below the poverty line during
1. Ignorance of the issues. The fact that there are 41% of Americans (down from a shocking 69% in September ’03) that still believe Saddam was involved in the 9/11 attacks speaks loudly to this point. OR
2. A psychological defense of denial that protects one from recognizing any bad/negative information about one’s authority figures.
it has been my experience that there are many Bush supporters that are
very intelligent, as well as informed on the issues, it is to point
#2 that I want to focus my attention on.
In order to maintain the false belief that they are safe, they will direct anger and blame away from the abusive parent/caretaker, thereby freeing themselves to seek love and protection from that same parent/caretaker.
As adults, abused children generally continue to perceive their parents as “good,” and continue to protect their own internal image of their parents. They will often claim that what was clearly abusive, was necessary for their own good.
children raised in criminal or mafia families will adapt to their surroundings
by either denying their reality, (i.e.- “there is no mafia, Daddy’s
in waste management”) or rationalizing their parent’s behavior
as necessary to keep them safe, seemingly preferring not to know the
details of what the parent actually does.
the beginning of this devastating war, the following facts have become
widely available to the public:
2- The Bush Administration refused to allow the UN weapons inspectors the time they requested to complete their inspections.
3- There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
4- There was no “reconstituted” nuclear program, as stated by VP Dick Cheney.
5- There was no link between Iraq and 9/11, and no collaborative relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda (as stated by the 9/11 Commission).
6- To fight this unnecessary war in Iraq, the Bush Administration diverted troops and vital resources away from Afghanistan, which allowed Osama bin Laden to escape.
7- Where there was no Al Qaeda threat in Iraq prior to the invasion, Iraq has now become a haven for terrorists.
8- We are not being greeted as “liberators.” Instead the Arab world generally perceives us as conquerors set out to dominate the region’s oil wealth.
9- As indicated by world opinion polls, the reputation of the US has been severely damaged by the Bush presidency. A Time magazine poll in Europe indicated that 86.9% of people surveyed perceive the US as the greatest danger to world peace.
Thus far, as of 10/5/04, 1,066 American soldiers have been killed, over
7,500 soldiers have been wounded, and in excess of 13,000 Iraqi civilians
have been killed. In addition, an estimated $200 billion has been diverted
from vital resources here in the U.S. to spend on this war.
Lee Turner is a psychotherapist in private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn.