Using Images Of Bush To Manipulate The Minds Of Voters
Have you noticed the halos and orbs around the head of
President George W. Bush in recent press pictures?
You probably haven't because things like that are designed
to be seen by the subconscious mind. And genius Karl Rove, the guy whose job is to make our president look good all of the
time, knows just what buttons to push to keep his man in the White House.
Since the day he announced his candidacy for office, the
public relations campaign around Mr. Bush has done a brilliant job of portraying him as something almost superhuman. Since
9-11 and the launching of the Bush War on Terrorism, he has ruled his country under a strange cloak of secrecy and gotten
away with it.
Protesters who appear on the street everywhere Bush goes,
are denied close access. They are assigned areas for demonstration that are out of the sight and camera range of the media.
Thus you never see protest signs around President Bush.
Even though we have ongoing wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq, with foreign and American casualties
daily, we are not shown battle casualties, wounded soldiers and rarely military funerals, unless a local television news crew
does it. Body bags are starting to come home in nearly every part of the country.
And there are those carefully programmed stunts to create
photo opts for Mr. Bush. You remember them because they are always quite spectacular. The appearance at Ground Zero while
the smoke of the attack was swirling around his head, the landing on the aircraft carrier in a fighter jet to proclaim a victory
in the war in Iraq (when in fact the conflict was only just started), the Thanksgiving Day visit to troops under siege in
Baghdad, and now the John F. Kennedy style announcement that we are launching a new campaign to send men back to the Moon
Everything Mr. Bush is observed doing is carefully staged.
Everything he says is carefully programmed. It is all designed to portray him as a great leader of a nation under duress.
With all of the money being pumped into the Bush coffers
by big industry, it is easy to finance these spectacular shows. They are designed to swat off any Democratic presidential
contender like a mere insect that accidentally gets in the picture. They haven't got a chance against a machine as well oiled
as the one behind Mr. Bush.
One of the more sickening tricks, and most obvious, are
the pictures emanating from the president's public relations office. Some of them are portrayed on this page for the readers
to inspect. If you look at them closely, you realize that they are not accidental. They are staged and Mr. Bush is posing
The picture of Bush posing before a lighted cross, under
a crown and the word LORD is probably the most pretentious of the lot.
Why would someone as elevated in office as our president
stoop to such trickery? There is good reason.
As writers Renee T. Louise and Ruth M. Sprague explained
it: "Television and movies have made us a nation, nay, a world that substitutes pictures for fact. We make stars of actors
and heroes of those whose heroism exists only in their publicity releases.
"Every day we are shown pictures that the White House
Republicans uses to influence our vote. A carefully constructed news item is released to the media knowing full well the pictures
the TV outlets will run with it," Louise and Sprague said.