Anti Flag's Punkvoter comp. misinformation essay
Revealing the lies, inaccuracies, and ignorance of punkvoter.com
Justin Sane of Anti Flag has written an essay to be included in the next Punkvoter compilation liner notes. This is a great essay because it shows you exactly how screwed up he and the other bands involved with Punkvoter look at the world.
This needs to be repeated
Justin names the "alternative" news sources from which he gets his news. (Apparently the mainstream media isn't biased against Bush enough for these people. I don't think they have paid attention over the past few years to the excessive coverage of war protesters, Michael Moore, Richard Clarke, the Bush National Guard controversy, etc., while negative reporting on John Kerry happens only reluctantly.) The primary "news" sources that Justin recommends are democracynow.org and flashpoints.net. I don't know about you but I would rather trust a news source that is well funded and can investigate their own stories instead of relying on rogue conspiracy theorists for their sources. Also these web sites espouse conspiracy theories even zanier than Punkvoter could ever imagine and support such wrong headed policies as slave reparations and defending proven cop killers like Mumia Abu-Jamal.
When you realize that Anti Flag and the like get their news from bad sources then it is easier to understand how they can be so wrong on some issues. For example, Justin makes fun of President Bush for his Healthy Forests Initiative. He mocks Bush for being stupid enough to say that cutting down trees will prevent forest fires. Well who is the stupid one Justin? When you have wildfire problems then you should cut down certain trees to keep future fires from spreading and later burning down someone's home. Unfortunately a simple minded punk can only make sense of the issue by introducing a conspiracy theory. "Bush only signed the initiative to please his buddies in the lumber business!" Sorry, but that doesn't explain how the initiative passed Congress.
Justin also attacks the President's Clear Skies Initiative. On the surface it does appear sketchy because it relaxes some environmental regulations, but overally it is an effective approach to curb pollutants. It is based on regulations made during the 90s to curb acid rain. People complained then too but it worked. The idea is to let the free market drive the need for cleaner standards instead of command-and-control regulations. The Clear Skies Initiative is not perfect but it's a good step forward. You can read more about it here. (Or should we not trust the article because it's not from an "alternative" news source?)
There are more things to be pointed out in Justin Sane's essay but they follow the same premise: Attack Bush based on some policy he never bothered to research, back it up with uncredible sources, incite fear, and then claim that Bush is the one who exploits fear for political purposes.
What matters right now is defeating terrorism. How do you think we should defeat it, Justin? Do your "alternative" news sources tell you that the source of terrorism is in fundamental Islam funded by fascist Arab regimes, or do they tell you that America is to blame? Which one are you scared of most?
If Bush lied about invading Iraq -- if he is really as corrupt as Punkvoter and the Michael Moores of the world claim he is -- then WHY HASN'T HE BEEN IMPEACHED?
No Clear Channel-Bush conspiracy
Certainly there is enough evidence in Moore's movie Farenheit 9/11 to impeach him, right? That is, if the movie is at all accurate.
If Clinton could get impeached for lying about an affair then surely Bush should have been impeached by now, right??? Or are you going to come up with a new conspiracy theory to answer that?
The latest Punkvoter conspiracy theory is that President Bush got the FCC to loosen media ownership rules because he is connected to Clear Channel.
Bush justifies Iraq invasion
How is Bush connected to Clear Channel? Because in 1998 Tom Hicks bought the Texas Rangers baseball team from Bush. Tom Hicks became a Clear Channel vice president 3 YEARS LATER. Wow, the evidence is overwhelming!
So let me get this straight -- Bush and Hicks were involved in a business transaction. 3 years later Bush became president. He appointed Michael Powell to be the FCC chairman. Then Hicks is hired by Clear Channel. Then in 2003 Michael Powell (not Bush) votes to loosen media ownership rules.
Either Fat Mike is the latest Sherlock Holmes, or he is a goddamn idiot. So let me fill you in on something Fat Mike. Conservatives believe in loose media regulation. It's part of our philosophy. Not everything is a conspiracy theory!
From a campaign speech (sorry, I lost the link from where I got it):
"He was defying the world. He was firing weapons at American pilots enforcing the world's sanctions. He had pursued and used weapons of mass destruction against his own people. He'd harbored terrorists, invaded his neighbors. He subsidized the families of suicide bombers. He had murdered tens of thousands of his own citizens. He was a source of great instability in the world's most volatile region. I took those threats seriously. After September the 11th, we had to look at the threats in a new light. One of the lessons of September the 11th is we must deal with threats before they fully materialize.
I think this speaks for itself. It's unfortunate that such powerful words are too easily dismissed by paranoid punk conspiracy theorists.
We looked at the intelligence and we saw a threat. Members of the United States Congress from both political parties, including my opponent, looked at the intelligence and they saw a threat. (applause) We went to the United Nations which unanimously demanded a full accounting of Saddam Hussein's weapons programs or 'face serious consequences.' After twelve years of defiance, he refused to comply with the demands of the free world. When he continued to deceive the weapons inspectors, I had a decision to make -- to hope for the best and to trust the word of a madman and a tyrant, or remember the lessons of September the 11th and defend our country. Given that choice, I will defend America every time!"