Sunday, September 10, 2006

Instilling Fear and Divisiveness

August 10, 2006

"He betrayed this country! He played on our fears," so shouted former Vice President and failed Presidential candidate Al Gore in a 2004 speech before Tennessee Democrats, eliciting a roaring approval from his audience.

"This policy of fear will not win the war on terror," wrote Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on September 7, 2006. Reid also accused the Bush administration of using "fear, fear, fear and more fear as a national-security policy," adding, "We need to do more than frighten the American people."

"They exploit the politics of fear," Whined Senator Ted Kennedy (D.Ma.) in early 2005.

In the 2004 campaign, Senator John Kerry (D. Ma.) (you do realize he served in Viet Nam?) stated, "The Bush campaign and its allies have turned to the tactics of fear and smear."

In his September 10, 2006 speech “Real Security for America,” Kerry also says of the Bush administration, "they have nothing to offer but fear itself."He adds, "we need national leadership capable of raising hopes and inspiring trust, not raising fears." Closing this speech, he bemoans, "Let him play the politics of fear. As Democrats, we choose to offer a real plan to attack the terrorists and free Americans from fear."

(AUTHORS NOTE: I am still waiting to hear just what this plan is.)

The above are but a small sample of the times Democrats have invoked “fear” and accusations of “fear” into their campaign rhetoric while we are at war. Rolling out the ‘fear-card’ seems to be the number one campaign tactic for them since before the 2004 elections.

Every chance they get, it seems they are more than willing to accuse George W. Bush of instilling “fear” into the American public and scaring the population into keeping Republicans in office. In an article on the DNC homepage (dated August 14, 2006) we are greeted with the opening line of, “The failed policies of Washington Republicans continue to make America less safe.”

Another article on their website, dated March 31, 2006, the third paragraph of the article leads off with, "The failed policies of President Bush and the Republican-led Congress have undermined the safety and security of our country and left Americans less safe."

John Kerry, in a release on his website dated August 31, 2006, adds,”America is less safe and more divided because of President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld.” It would seem to me that that in it self is also “instilling fear into the population.”

They have been accusing President Bush and Republicans of “fear-mongering” for some time now, but it is they who keep screaming, “America is LESS safe.”

On the other hand, President Bush, on August 15, 2006 said, “America is Safer, But Not Yet Safe.” "They've got to be right one time and we've got to be right 100 percent of the time to protect the American people," Mr. Bush added. While the left may see these words as “fear-mongering” and “divisive,” I disagree.

As a Veteran, my mind wanders back to my time in Viet Nam. We that were there, whether we admit it or not, learned was fear really was. Any Veteran who has seen combat or the effects of combat knows real fear. We may have hidden it by bravado or youthful exuberance, but we felt it at one time or another.

I don’t see it as “fear-mongering” for the President to be reminding us all that we have an enemy that wants nothing more than us to be dead. Raising “awareness” to a ruthless enemy who might be walking amongst us isn’t “fear-mongering.” It is saving lives.

It doesn’t mean we attack all Muslims when he says the terrorists are “Islamofascists.” It identifies and separates a group from mainstream Islam that has been hijacking a religion.

Telling us this is a new and long war isn’t making us afraid, it is being honest and letting us know we aren’t in a video game, we are in a real war, unlike we have ever been in before.

Democrats, on the other hand, claim they have a “new direction” to take the country. What direction is that? The old plan of “surrender?” “Isolationalism?” “Cut and Run?” Instead of admitting that the fighting in Iraq is part of the War on Terror, which it is, they call it a side step of the WoT. A distraction. They cry Osama Bin Laden has not been captured and vow to devote maximum resources to hunting him down, as if his death or capture will stop terror. It won’t.

Devoting maximum resources to hunting one man, who is either dead or hiding in caves in the most remote area of the world, would be a distraction from fighting terrorists. It would be lessening our efforts against terror to possibly devote whole Army Divisions to seeking one elusive man who has become non-consequential in his flight and hiding, or death.

On this fifth anniversary of the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, Democrats are sparing no effort in bashing the efforts and gains of the Bush administration. At every turn today, they accuse him of “fear-mongering” and “dividing the nation.” They accuse him of pre-planning the invasion of Iraq before he was even elected President. Some even accuse him of fabricating the 9/11 attacks to justify forcing us into a senseless war.

In their efforts at dividing the nation and convincing us their hippieish approach to terror is better, they have once again used our troops in harms way as a means to grab power back. Rep. Jack Murtha (D. Pa) stated that U.S. Marines “had murdered innocent civilians in cold blood,” before any investigation had been completed into an accusation of wrongdoing on the part of a squad.

Sen. John Kerry claimed, in December of 2005 in an interview with Bob Schieffer, “And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs."

In Mid 2005, on the Senate floor, Sen. Dick Durbin (D. Il) in regards to those being held at Guantanamo, "you would most certainly believe this must have happened by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners."

This is the Democrats that want us to believe they will keep us safer than the Republicans have. Maybe they have missed there has not been another terrorist attack on our soils since 9/11? To me, it appears more as if they are willing to gamble with the lives of Americans to regain power. They have opposed and blocked nearly every effort the administration is using to discover and stop terrorists in their tracks.

As citizens, we must fight the urge to feel that everything is okay around us. We are at war, and it is a real war, a war for the very survival of our lifestyle.

President Bush is not fear-mongering when he reminds us of the dangers we face, he is acting as our parents did when we were little when they taught us to look both ways crossing a street or to not talk to strangers. He is making us aware of what we need to look out for to stay alive and protect our families and loved ones.

The Democrats, on the other hand, are using everything they can muster to oppose, divide and make us fearful of being aware of the very dangers we face. Sorry, Democrats, pulling the covers over our heads won’t make it go away. Waving a white flag will only enslave us.

Our only prayer is to fight these despots and destroy them wherever they are.


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