Saturday, June 2, 2007

Power Has Made Reality Its Bitch

This succinct statement by Mark Danner is the best description I've found of the Bush Administration/Neocon distortion and molding of reality to suit their nefarious needs.

It is from Mr. Danner's commencement address to the Department of Rhetoric at Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley, on May 10, 2007. (I read it in a Truthdig article and it was originally posted on It is worth reading in its entirety.

Danner arrived at this conclusion from a quote, purportedly by Karl Rove, in Ron Suskind's New York Times Magazine October 17, 2004 article entitled Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush:

"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'

I think the term arrogant bastard also applies.

Read more about the reality-based community on Wikipedia and also on Mark Kleiman's Reality-Based Community blog.

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