Dr. Dean was absolutely correct. We are no safer now than we were
last February. Wanna know why? Well, it's because we have made
some newer bigger enemies and we seem to be adding to the list almost
every day. Yes, apparently Saddam is in custody, but I wasn't afraid
of him when he was running lose so why would I feel more secure now that
he's in jail. His neighbors may feel better, but I don't remember
hearing them say that. To tell you the truth, I believe that there are a
lot more dangerous people in this world than Saddam. Some maybe not
even that far away. If you recall, bush even offered Saddam a free
pass before the war. (see: http://www.opednews.com/patricia1203_saddambush.htm)
Most of the world thinks bush sucks, and who can blame them? Bush is forever saying that democracies do not invade other countries and start wars and yada, yada, yada. Well, he did just that. He invaded Iraq, started a war, and killed people. It's all there in black and white and blood red. Okay, then either we aren't a democracy or he's telling another bush lie. Either way, it's not good. Not good at all.
Is it our God-given right to kill people in order to install our fashion of government? I'm not sure too many Americans are all that keen on our form of government, especially the way it has evolved over the past three years. What do you think? Is killing thousands of innocent civilians okay when you are doing a little government makeover?
Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. How does that work in a democracy again? How does being more threatening make us more likeable? Isn't the country with the most weapons the biggest threat to the rest of the world? When one country is the biggest threat to the rest of the world, isn't that likely to be the most hated country? Why has bush turned our country from a country of hope and prosperity to a country of belligerence and fear. What is he doing to us, and what is he doing to the world? It's not good!
What happened to us? When did we become such lemmings? First of all, the attack of 9-11 came during bush's reign. He's a Republican. He and the Republicans were not protecting us on 9-11, and we aren't a lot safer now. Some things have changed, but too many have not. We may be more afraid due to george bush, but are we safer? Being fearful does not necessarily make one safer. Fear can cause people to hide and cower. Fear weakens human beings. Fearful people will blindly follow anyone they believe stronger than themselves. Is that what has happened to us? Has fear caused Americas to become so blind and so weak that they cannot see where they are going, or who they are following? Are they being herded to safety or are they just being herded?
So what if we haven't been attacked again, yet? If we are worried about people carrying almanacs, I would suggest we are in deep do do. We have gone from fearing box cutters to being told to wrap ourselves in plastic sheeting and duct tape to fearing folks bearing almanacs. You call that progress? I call it dumbing down. Yes, we have color codes, decks of cards with "bad guys" photos, pretend carrier landings, pretend rescues, pretend turkeys, duct tape, plastic sheeting, and now the deadly almanacs. Can't Americans see how infantile they are being treated? It's as though the administration has proclaimed Americans to be so simple minded that they need childlike gauges to know what's going on. No one would understand what high alert means, so we'll give it a color. There you simpletons, you don't even have to think for yourselves. Just tune in to FOX news and they'll show you the color du jour. See the color, feel the fear, and then go shopping and defeat the enemy. If you can't remember all the names of the members of Saddam's army, don't worry. Just tune in to FOX news and they'll show you the playing cards. It's like Go Fish, except if the other player doesn't have the requested card, that means that person on the card is in custody or dead or something. See the card, remember the fear, glorify bush's quest and then go shopping and defeat the enemy. That's the assigned task of the American public as they wage their eternal war on the emotion of terror armed with fear. Just go shopping and show those SOB's that we are Americans, even at the mall. Oh yeah, don't forget to take your fear with you.
It's easy for lazy Americans to just hand over the reins to bush and forget about self responsibility. Many Americans will tell you that bush is a much finer man than President Clinton, and they will base that on the fact that no terrorists have attacked us since 9-11, and bush has not had a sexual dalliance and lied about it. I mean think about that for a minute...... does that seem insane to anyone else? If bush engaged in some sort of sexual activity today and lied about it tomorrow, would he be voted out of office by his lemmings? Would they see him as a liar or a holy protector? Which way would they go. Would they forgo their so called safe and secure feeling in order to punish him for his indiscretions?
Are we safer today than we were before? I think we are more careful today than we were before. Whether that carefulness will result in safety forever, who knows? A fair comparison would be if your house caught fire and burned because of a faulty electrical connection. Of course you would repair your house and have an electrician update your electrical system. You would take precautions to prevent another fire due to a faulty connection. You would be more careful, but just because you were being more careful, that would not mean that there was no other way your house could catch fire. Would you live in paralyzing fear of another house fire, or just be more careful?
We have been told that we cannot know the intelligence the administration had before 9-11 because it would expose who, when, why, where and how we obtain all our secret info. But, now each time we get a scare, we are told that it's due to increased chatter and what words and names are picked up over the wires etc. Why can't we be told about some of that stuff that happened before 9-11? Why was that info more exposing and more secret than what we hear today? I think I know why and I think you do too.
If the administration had really, really thought that there would be a horrible tragedy at Times Square on New Year's Eve, do you truly think they would have gone on with the festivities? If they had it on good authority that something tragic was even a possibility, would they have put all those celebrators at that kind of risk just to watch a crystal ball be lowered. I hope not. I surely do hope not.
Didn't you feel all cozy and safe over the holidays knowing that your keeper was watching over you with armed snipers and escort fighter jets? Which would make more sense, to try to come to some understanding with the world so that life could hopefully one day return to at least semi-normal, or to continue to piss off as many other countries as possible so we have to live under more and more armed snipers and escort fighter jets? Bush says they hate us because of our freedom. Which freedom would that be? Freedom to give up our rights to this administration? Freedom to be watched by big brother? Freedom to what? What is this mighty freedom that they envy so much? The terrorists can't take our freedoms from us, we allowed bush to do that already. Perhaps in years past, bush's statement about our freedoms might have had some validity, but today I think they hate us because we hate them. We spew venom in the name of supremacy and democracy, but that venom is still venom no matter what you call it. As long as we are eager to wage invasive wars based on lies, there will be people in those invaded countries who will fight back. That's just the nature of the so called game. If we truly want peace, we will stop manufacturing wars.
I remember someone once saying, "if you put bars over your windows, are you fencing the criminals out or fencing yourself in?" Is that what is happening to our country? Are we fencing our enemies out or are we being fenced in? I suggest the latter to be true. We are the ones experiencing the shake downs at the airports and government establishments. We are the ones subject to invasive wiretaps. We are the ones losing rights. We are the ones who are supposed to live in fear. Sure there are a lot of people in prison with no charges against them, but they are just there because there is safety in numbers. The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren't living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.
Our country is in debt until forever, we don't have jobs, and we live in fear. We have invaded a country and been responsible for thousands of deaths. We have thumbed our noses at lots of allies. We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!
If ever there was ever a time in our nation's history that called for a change, this is it! All the red flags have popped up, the warning light is flashing and we better pay attention. We must make a change in November, The most truly fearful thought of all is that, if we don't make a change in November, we may never have another opportunity. The vote is the most powerful weapon we have. Lets use it! Lets defeat bush and this war of fear that he has waged against the world and against us!
Patricia Ernest, email@example.com gives us this bio:
I live in the wonderful state of Florida.
I am a mom to Murphy (my precious pup) and Fred (my occasionally precious cat).
I share my life, my laughter, my world and all of my love with my husband and have for 16 years.
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