Joy (cithra) wrote,

[political crap] isolation

Is is just me, or is the US government doing everything it possibly can to isolate the country from international discourse? Last week's Science had an article on how new regulations limit government-funded agencies from sending more than 50 people to international conferences and events. This Thursday, the US-VISIT program gets expanded to 27 more countries, including a good chunk of the EU.

Not to mention, but I'm getting really irritated at the free campaign advertising the news media gives the Bush administration by reporting the content of every new advertising effort. Contrast the phrase "Bush ad suggests country under Kerry would be vulnerable" with "Kerry rips into Bush". Specific issue-related accusation vs. general insubstantive mention. I'm biased, maybe it works the other way too, but Googling for headlines containing "Kerry" doesn't produce many issue specific headlines. I saw one, I think - something about dairy policy. Not exactly the same level of emotional response being courted there, I don't think.

Oh, and here is an interesting gem - apparently the RNC has sponsored a set of websites aimed at different religions that talk about why Kerry is wrong for them. Oops, sorry, my mistake - aimed at Christian religious groups (for some value of Christian). There is Kerry Wrong for Mormons, Kerry Wrong for Catholics, and Kerry Wrong for Evangelicals, but no Kerry Wrong for Buddhists, or Kerry Wrong for Muslims, at least not linked to from these pages... how very lopsided. The RNC endorsement is in tiny print at the bottom, with the footnotes: Paid for by the Republican National Committee Not Authorized By Any Candidate Or Candidate Committee - They've managed to dig up thumbnail photos of Kerry for their banners that make him look positively demonic in his glower. Interesting the three target groups they chose - I've heard each of them described at times as "not really Christian" for some reason or another.

I'm not sure why I feel motivated to point this stuff out. Sharing my frustration? Who knows.

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