Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More Republican fear-mongering

This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that has been paying attention but the Republican presidential candidates are trotting out that old standby line, "there will be more terrorist attacks if a Democrat is elected president."

The reason I'm writing about this is not that it is particularly newsworthy but because, on occasion, I've heard some of my fellow liberals say they could see themselves voting for someone like Giuliani or McCain. I'll admit that I may have somewhat flipped out over that statement at the time but that had about 10% cause in the alcohol I'd been drinking and 90% because I'm a flaming liberal and the thought of voting for a Republican in any sort of national election makes me shiver in disgust. It's not that there aren't Republicans I can admire it's just that they've all been dead for at least 50 years or pushed to the sidelines while their party has been hijacked by theocrats and incompetant crypto-fascists.

But, I digress. I should probably realize that other people I respect might have somewhat less stringent political beliefs but as I'll explain here, that's going to be tough for me to do.

People like Giuliani and McCain enjoy a reputation in the media as "mavericks" or whatever and this reputation may have been deserved at one time and it's not like a disagree with everything they say but both of them have proven to be so driven by becoming president that they are willing to lick every boot in the party if it means gaining support. These guys can't jettison their supposed ironclad convictions fast enough. "Well, when I said it's wrong to discriminate against homosexuals what I actually meant was..." "Campaign finance reform? Doesn't ring a bell. So, how about those donor lists, George?"

They're just as bad as, if not worse than, W Bush groveling at the feet of his theocrat masters because at least you know he might actually believe some of the crap he spews. They have nothing else to run on besides digging even deeper into an unwinnable situation in Iraq and pretending that they are the only thing standing between us and a September 11th attack every week.

A few days ago Giuliani said this in New Hampshire:
MANCHESTER, N.H. - - Rudy Giuliani said if a Democrat is elected president in 2008, America will be at risk for another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001.

But if a Republican is elected, he said, especially if it is him, terrorist attacks can be anticipated and stopped. [...]

"I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of them gets elected, we are going on defense," Giuliani continued. "We will wave the white flag on Iraq. We will cut back on the Patriot Act, electronic surveillance, interrogation and we will be back to our pre-Sept. 11 attitude of defense."

Ignoring the fact that the Republicans were in charge during the REAL 9/11, they were warned about al Qaeda repeatedly, and actually received a memo entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S." this is still laughable.

How many times are they going to try to go to that well? Let's look at what Dick Cheney said in 2004.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) -- A November win by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry would put the United States at risk of another "devastating" terrorist attack, Vice President Dick Cheney told supporters Tuesday. [...]

Cheney told Republican supporters at a town hall meeting in Des Moines that they needed to make "the right choice" in the November 2 election.

"If we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again -- that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States," Cheney said.

"And then we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mindset, if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts and that we're not really at war. I think that would be a terrible mistake for us."

They basically could have switched the names out and run these stories word for word. The thing is, the public sees through this crap. It's like when you're playing Tecmo Super Bowl. Running the flea flicker once might fool the defense and you can score a touchdown (2004 election) but if you're calling it on every play then it's going to become obvious for what it is, a slow developing play that isn't going to work. I'm just going to crush your running back as he tosses the ball back and he's going to fumble and you're headed to a crushing defeat because there's no substance there (2006 and soon-to-be 2008 elections).

Everyone wants protection from terrorist attacks but the people realize that this war in Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and very little to do with the so-called "War on Terror." The reports have shown that it hasn't made us safer and has probably made us less safe at the cost of thousands of Americans lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives, and more money than we can even comprehend.

But these clowns want to double down on Bush's failures. "No, just a few more thousand troops. The enemy is on the run, they're in the last throes, we've turned a corner..." and all of that crap.

Amd THAT is why you're either a moron or mislead if you vote for these guys.

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