2012 elections, FUD and “Devil Wind”

As many of you know, one of the themes in the novel “Devil Wind” by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid is how a rogue CIA operative (Albert Miller) plots to influence the 2000 presidential elections. We had just passed through the Clinton years feeling good about the country – especially the economy. Corporations were making lots of money. It was OK to be outwardly materialistic. “Greed is good” was not just Gordon Gekko mantra. People were willing to vote for someone like Bush who was characterized in the press as “fun”, “a party-boy”, “someone who didn’t make us look at anything too seriously”, “someone you’d like to have a beer with”.

I (Sammy Greene) had lost my CNN job in Washington after trying to expose Congressional corruption (the Senator I targeted was a fishing buddy of the station’s CEO). It took months of sending out resumes (hundreds), going for interviews (very few) and not getting callbacks before I landed the job at a tiny progressive radio station in Los Angeles. Ever the activist, I still wasn’t willing to go after easy “feel good” stories, I wanted to stir up the issues of corruption in local Southern California politics. Little did I know that by uncovering the shenanigans of an Orange County congressman (Neil Prescott), I’d stir up a hornet’s nest of trouble- for me, my estranged father, my boyfriend Reed and in fact, the whole country.

I don’t want to give away too much more of the plot, because I hope you’ll read the book. But let’s just say that there are parallels to the current election in that there are those who want to keep us afraid of everything. I don’t know who made up the term FUD, but it stands for fear, uncertainty and doubt– a tactic (according to Wikipedia) used in sales, marketing, public relations, politics and propaganda. As applied to the 2012 elections, FUD is great fodder for those who would like to steer us away from the real issues of our time (e.g. the basis for the economic mess, how we moved from capitalism to crony capitalism and real solutions, the continuing loss of privacy, the extension of the patriot act, need for election reform, need for true healthcare delivery reform, and on and on)

Now that my radio station was sold, I don’t have the platform I had to sound the alarm. So you all need to pay attention. This is another important election year.

Good luck!

Happy reading!!








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