Remember the good ole days when terrorist threats didn’t make the news till after any imminent threat had passed? We could just go on with our days productively, then sleep soundly knowing those on the receiving end of our tax dollars were doing their jobs -- keeping the homeland secure, keeping the people safe. And hey, if the threat was real; you best believe, you would be the last person to know about it. A calm country is a stable country.
Inciting fear has always been a powerful political tool, and why wouldn’t it be? People love to feel like they’re being protected. And while it’s good to know that measures are being taken to plan for, even preempt attacks, protection is not just physical -- it’s psychological. It’s the job of our leaders to protect us from not only the physical, but the psychological threat. But the increasing political trend is destabilization and fear; exemplified here in a letter to the editor, on Marc Perkel Rantz…
The Bush administration is moving to steal the election again by postponing the election in case of an attack around election day. If this passes and Bush is behind in the polls - there will be an attack to delay the election.
A president who is crooked enough to go to war with Iraq based on lies is crooked enough to fake a terrorist attack to usurp the election process. Bush has already stolen one election when he got the Supreme Court to halt the vote count and appoint him president. This time the people should choose our own president.
Keeping us safe from terrorism is a test of the presidency and if Bush can't figure out how to keep America safe then he doesn't deserve to be president. The Constitution is clear on the subject and it doesn't provide an exception to move the election if Bush decides to create a fake attack. We need to resist tempering with the election process and prevent Bush from stealing the election again. Bush can not be trusted with any process to delay the election for any reason. And we sure don't need to give Bush a reason to blow up buildings if he's behind in the polls.
These may seem like words of lunacy, but it represents the ideology of a growing constituency, completely fed up wth this administration and it’s fear tactics. And lets face it, with headlines like “Officials discuss how to delay Election Day” [CNN, 07/11/04], who can blame them for being paranoid.
This administration is depressing in every way. Between the endless job losses, the economy, the war, and the ever-increasing terror rhetoric -- isn’t it ironic, the new GOP slogan should be, “It’s a time for optimism”? Well Mr. President, it isn’t a time for optimism, it’s time for you and the powers that be to get back to protecting America. You see Mr. President – when you continually pass on these terrorist threats, in your own words, “the terrorists have won”. You are proliferating a system of fear – when you raise the level of threat or report some vague terrorist chatter, Mr. President, you might as well hand the terrorists a megaphone and a scaffold, sell tickets and have a powwow.
Dick Gephardt said, “this President is a miserable failure” and I have to agree, but perhaps it would be equally true to say, “this President is just plain miserable”.