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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The Election of Fear

Vote for George W. Bush, or the terrorists will strike again!

Fear can be a great motivator. It's very much a part of corporate America; since no one, for the most part, works for the same company until they retire, a worker, depending on the corporation, is always in a position that they could lose their job, whether it be through a corporate reorganization, massive layoffs, or the outsourcing of jobs to India, China, Malaysia, and other countries. I used to work in high tech for a huge corporation, the company that produces the computer processor that is likely powering your PC. We knew that, depending on the market, we could lose our jobs. So most people work long hours, hoping that if job cuts are announced, they will be safe.

George W. Bush knows the power of fear. His campaign knows it. They know that Bush's record, both foreign and domestic, is piss-poor. The war in Iraq is claiming lives nearly every day. Bush's domestic policy accomplishments boil down to several tax cuts. It's not a great record to run on.

Ah, but add fear into the mix -- fear that terrorists will attack the United States again -- and suddenly George W. Bush is a viable candidate.

At a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa on Sept. 8, Vice President Dick Cheney warned against a possible terrorist attack -- if John Kerry is elected. Not that he mentioned Kerry by name, but the implication was clear: “It’s absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we’ll get hit again and we’ll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States," Cheney said.

The Bush administration has been creating a climate of fear since the attacks of September 11. In March of 2002, the Department of Homeland Security unveiled the color-coded terror alert advisory. And, every few months, some vague threat would be announced, and the terror alert would be raised for a while, then lowered, and then raised again, causing a near-constant state of anxiety for some people.

The Bush campaign is now counting on that anxiety to win a second term. Vote for Bush/Cheney, and you'll be protected from terrorists. Vote for Kerry/Edwards, and watch your ass.

There is no indication at all that a President Kerry would deal with this issue in a way that would cause another attack on America. George W. Bush wants you to believe Kerry will let down our guard and be attacked again.

Terrorism has been quite the boon for Bush. His war on terror can last indefinitely, and Bush knows that many Americans are worried we'll be attacked again. Bush has no problem with exploiting that fear for his own gain. There's no way our terror alert will ever drop down to green (low) while Bush is president. Keeping a nation in a perpetual state of anxiety is Bush's goal. And it looks like it's working.

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