Sunday, September 11, 2005

Fear Factor

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.”

-William J. Clinton-

Remember when presidents offered us hope instead of fear? Do you remember when we were encouraged to make things better instead of being chastised for disobedience, told to *”Go f*ck yourself” or given **“Quack-Quack” as an explanation?

Franklin Roosevelt once and famously told us that all we had to fear was fear itself, yet now for the last 4 years we have been told to be afraid – very afraid. Yesterday we were told that are things so fearful that we may have to use nuclear weapons preemptively. The idea that our administration will once again smell WMD’s in places where they are not is indeed very frightening, but one suspects that the same strategy that brought back the color-coded Terror Alerts on TV news crawls right after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast is at work.

The idea being sold is that we are in too much danger for us to be questioning them right now. Like most of us, the administration is falling back on things that have worked before. This time it’s starting to work on me. I’m getting very nervous about a President who covers up the fraud and incompetence of his first military endeavor by promoting another and larger one. There may come a point at which he needs to make good by nuking someone. At least, if he does, there will be no second guessing about whether there were or weren’t WMD’s as the place where they were supposed to have been won’t be there any more.

All we have to fear is Bush himself.

*Dick Cheney
**Anton Scalia

5 comments:

d.K. said...

I love the quote by Clinton above. It says so much about the different views of this country held by him and his successor.

Capt. Fogg said...

Whether or not the Man from Hope was a great President or not, presidents who tell us there's hope and we can make things better when we work together have more success in making us work together.

The ones who treat us like naughty, stupid children get us to act that way.

Of course he's a crook with no conscience and a lust for revenge also, but that's another story.

Petunia McGillicuddy said...

Bush needs to be preempted before he appropriates and corrupts... um, before he starts a war based on false... before he appoints... um, before he dismantles democracy and the nation's ability to respond to disaster...

well, shoot.

anyway, thanks for this. I saw the news article yesterday and had a sinking, ominous feeling, which is still there, but slightly less scary because I'm relieved to see that there are still sane people in the world who see and understand what is going on, even if unfortunately they aren't the ones running the country.

phinky said...

This is why we must hammer people over the head with "impeach Bush, impeach Bush, impeach Bush"
Say it again and again. We might get something started.

Capt. Fogg said...

IMPEACH BUSH!

Um, but then we get Cheney. . . .