Why Do Some People Support George W. Bush?

For those keeping score at home, G.W. bush’s approval ratings as president of the USA have been running pretty consistent at approximately 33% according to Pollingreport.com for the past two years. Conversely, 60% to 67% of Americans have been disapproving of his job during the same time era. That’s a pretty long time period to consistently be disapproved by two-thirds of your constituents!

But the one-third that continuously and consistently has stood by the president is a mystery to many of the rest of us. A friend decided to make an attempt at defining whom these people are and why they still support G.W. Bush in the face of so much opposition, logic, data, fact, and common sense. Let’s call him Charlie. Charlie writes:

“If, like me, you have tried to discuss the tragic policies of this administration with a Bush supporter then you know the frustration that it entails. Denial of facts, made-up facts, excuses and rationalizations, all followed with nasty cracks and attacks on one’s patriotism and sanity, are the usual responses.

“At this point, the evidence is clear. The Iraq war was sold to us under false pretexts about WMDs and supposed links between Iraq and the terrorists that attacked us on 9/11. Thousands have died as a result, while the bill for this war is being shifted to future generations, thus robbing our children of their rightful inheritance. Much is made of the few successes (of this war) while ignoring the fact that the fundamental differences between the Sunnis and Shiites remain and in the end, the government we support will most likely ally itself with itself with fellow Shiites in Iran. This was the big fear of George Bush, Sr., and the reason he left Saddam Hussein in power.

“Yet in spite of the obvious, the G. W. Bush supporters stand firm, and any attempt to engage in frank discussion is more than likely to fail. I have often wondered how someone can remain loyal to a man whose policies cannot be defended.

“Finally, after much consideration, I believe the answer is clear. Fundamentally, the supporters of this administration and this current Republican Party are fearful and resentful of the changes in society. And, under the radar in stealth mode, the Republican Party encourages these resentments. Sometimes it’s against Blacks, sometimes against women, often against gays and Muslims and, of course, the always useful, ill-defined, catch-all group known as “liberals”.

“Followers see themselves as warriors doing battle with “evil-doers” at home and abroad. Significantly, in this struggle there are no laws. The unspoken understanding is that the president has no need to be truthful. He has no need to abide by laws. He is engaged in a life and death struggle between good and evil on their behalf and so he is above the law and can do as he pleases both home and abroad. The end justifies the means. Thus, Bush’s followers close their eyes to Bush’s lies and deceptions, refusing to even consider them because they sense that if he falls then they lose as well.

“This explains why you cannot reason or discuss these matters with these Bush supporters. All logical arguments about the war or the actions of George W. Bush in undermining this nation and the damage he has wrought fall on deaf ears because the fundamental unspoken reasons, the hidden agenda for their support, are a varying mixture of fear, resentment and prejudice. And that mixture is not something they are willing to discuss or admit even to themselves.”

So, what do you think, blog fans? Is Charlie right? Why do fully a third of the citizens of this great nation consistently continue to support this president? The rest of us are clearly at a lose to understand this.

Oh yeah, and today marks 390 days left in GWBs presidency.

Cause for sadness…or celebration?

5 thoughts on “Why Do Some People Support George W. Bush?

  1. “Fundamentally, the supporters of this administration and this current Republican Party are fearful and resentful of the changes in society. And, under the radar in stealth mode, the Republican Party encourages these resentments.”

    Actually, I AM FEARFUL AND RESENTFUL of the changes in American society – so that doesn’t fully explain these people. Nor are their “mis-beliefs” a product of something that’s flying below the radar in stealth mode.

    The feelings of anger and resentment that you properly identified are purposely fanned 24 hours a day via every communication tool known to mankind. In short, there’s an full-spectrum, well-orchestrated propaganda campaign that these people are comfortable living with. It sustains them!

    That’s why they seem like zombies. They are literally programmed into what to think. And that makes them feel comfortable and confident, regardless of all and any available evidence to the contrary.

    So that probably explains about 1/3 of Bush’s 33%. The remainder, about 20%, are the permanent core – committed right-wingers, fans of authoritarianism, royalists, social-Darwinists, the simply selfish, etc…

    So the moral of the story is the danger of the right-wing propaganda network. Excepting the collapse of western civilization, today’s circumstances with costly wars efforts, a slowing economy and liars at the top of government – are pretty grim. Yet they can STILL maintain 1/3 of the votes, minimum.

    The point being, as long as that propaganda apparatus is active, these people always have a shot at winning elections.

    Democrats need to focus on reframing issues in their proper perspective. drawing clear distinctions and working double-time to get that word out.

  2. There’s also a faction of W supporters who just don’t keep up with what’s going on. They don’t read blogs, don’t watch the tube news, may not even read newspapers. They catch their news at the gym or at the bank or their local coffee shop, five minutes of CNN or FOX. They’re uninformed. They’re politically illiterate. They’ve also bought the propaganda they hear from friends. Unfortunately, these people usually vote.

    I’m at the gym. My neighbor is on the treadmill next to me and nudges me, points at the TV, where an Iraqui child has been badly burned. “Look at that, Trish. Is this sad or what?”
    “We did that,” I reply.
    “What?” she balks, and looks @ me as if I’m an alien who has dropped into her midst.
    “We invaded a sovereign country. We’re the Iraqi’s terrorists.”
    “We’re the good guys,” she snaps, and gets off the treadmill and marches off to work on her abs.

    She votes.
    I find that really scary.

  3. So here’s something to chew on, Trish: Your uninformed voting neighbor drives to and from the gym. She can, because she passed a driving test and earned a drivers license. Soooo…why doesn’t she have to pass a voting test and earn a voting license. You know…like answering questions such as “How many branches of government exist in the US government?” or “The US congress consists of how many chambers?” or “which has more power: the executive, legislative, or judicial branch?”, or Who is your your present Congressperson?”, or “Washington, D.C. is in what state?”

    How many can the average American citizen get right? Because you shouldn’t be voting if you get any score less than 100% accuracy.

    But in America, no such testing exists. Any moron can vote based upon who wined and dined him or her best last night.

  4. All fine points on this subject so far. All the reasons pointed out here ring true..

    To ad somewhat, I’ll point out that these people are Deer in the head lights.. They find it very difficult to admit that they have made a huge mistake and they also can’t seem to get with the fact that we desperately need them back!! We need them to come home to the sane end of the pool.. After all, they were hoodwinked by this jerk.. They were lied to over and over again..

    I try very hard to give them an “Out” when I discuss these issues with them.. They need to understand that they can start right now and help rebuild the country.. We can forgive them if they do this NOW.. What they should NOT be allowed to do however, is continue to spew lie after lie that their intellectual laziness has allowed them to swallow year after year.. This should not go on unchallenged in my view. They have questioned our Patriotism. Questioned our Moral Judgment, and accused US of being Lazy minded and weak. I simply tell them;

    ” You simply have no idea what you are talking about and a huge number of Americans know this by now.. When will you finally be embarrassed into giving up these impossibly ridiculous ideas? before you try to debate these subjects, perhaps you should do some reading.”

    I know, this isn’t very nice of me and I’ve got some {friends?} who don’t call anymore but it’s impossible to over estimate the seriousness of the problems we now face thanks to this Dolt in the White House and his band of Criminals. I can’t be dishonest with these people. I just can’t..

    As long as “A.M. Hate Radio” is their only source of “News”, I’m thinking they wont wake up until the Democratic party is Running Washington again. Even then, some, perhaps even most of these Bush supporters will go to their graves having talked themselves into being “RIGHT”..

    I find it all to be quite fantastic and hard to believe. But, here it is, never the less.. Scary stuff.. Indeed.


  5. The sheep I know can be characterized much in the same way as Charlie describes. When one tries to engage them on matters of the Presidency, they are met with misleading “facts” and diversionary tatics that take attention away from the real issue. My favorite has got to be when they resort to blaming Clinton for the woes of the nation. It’s a denial tatic so they can live in their own little secure world of increasing stock prices homogeneous society.

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