Really, the demonstrations and actions of August 21, 2003 in Portland establish an unprecedented moment in US history. Perhaps not since Herbert Hoover in the last millenium has there been a president more shamed. Only A21 sets a new standard for both the people's awareness of farce that the office of the president has become and the administration's response to that awareness. Put simply, we know that they are shameful, so we come out, they know they are shameful, so they spend a lot of time and money to hide themselves. If it didn't seem like a lot happened yesterday, in a sense, it is good thing. The standard is set. The pResident can't show his face in his own country. The administration and police state have accepted that situation as "business as usual".
It is true for most people that when they are really scared about their standing they become defensive and exagerate the spin on their defenses. When an argument is in its death throws this spin reaches a fevered pitch. The rediculousness and blatant lies of today's Spitune headline made me angry at first. But, I quickly started to giggle. It is one thing to have your head so far up your ass not to know the truth, but the Spitune folks probably know what the truth really is and fear telling it. There is probably at least one journalist or editor there that feels ashamed of dragging the press into the same shame as the administration and police force. So the circle is complete. Even the corporate media has accepted having to spin and lie whenever the pResident comes to town.
If you were frustrated yesterday by way some things went down, that's totally understandable. But, try to look at what has been accomplished so we continue to move pulling on both our hope and our frustration. If the Spitune's shameful deceit makes you even more frustrated and provokes you to further action in the future that's totally understandable. But have a little giggle.