Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Terrorist Threat

Keith Olberman speaks for us.

Once again Keith says stuff I (and many others) have been saying for sometime now, Republicans say we are aiding the terrorist when they actually do a much better job of it themselves.
..the Republican National Committee(commercial) .. shows images of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. It offers quotes from them, all as a clock ticks ominously in the background...The dictionary definition of the word ‘terrorize' is simple and not open to misinterpretation: "To fill or overpower with terror; terrify; coerce by intimidation or fear." Note please that the words ‘violence' and ‘death' are missing from that definition. For the key to terrorism is not the act-but the fear of the act. That is why bin Laden and his deputies and his imitators are forever putting together videotape statements and releasing virtual infomercials with dire threats and heart-stopping warnings. But why is the Republican Party imitating them?...The Republicans are paying to have the messages of bin Laden and the others broadcast into your home! Only the Republicans have a bigger bankroll. When last week, the CNN network ran video of an insurgent in Iraq evidently stalking and killing an American soldier, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mr. Hunter, Republican of California, branded that channel quote "the publicist for an enemy propaganda film," and added that CNN used it to sell commercials. Another California Republican, Representative Brian Bilbray, called the video quote "nothing short of a terrorist snuff film." If so, Mr. Bilbray, then what in the hell is your party's new advertisement? And Mr. Hunter? CNN using the film to sell commercials? Commercials? You have adopted bin Laden and Zawahiri as spokesmen for the Republican National Committee. ‘To fill or overpower with terror; terrify. To coerce by intimidation or fear' By this definition, the people who put these videos together: first, the terrorists and then, the administration, whose shared goal is to scare you into panicking instead of thinking, they are the ones terrorizing you. By this definition, the leading terrorist group in this world right now is al Qaeda, but the leading terrorist group in this country right now is the Republican Party. Eleven presidents ago, the chief executive reassured us that ‘we have nothing to fear, but fear itself.' His distant successor has wasted his administration, insisting there is nothing we can have but fear itself.
The Republicans bely the land of the free and the home of the brave. The radical right comes up with no concrete proposals to fight terrorism, only more fear 300 billion and more power for the President to do whatever he wants in the name of fighting the “terrorists”. The constitution be damned! They say what good are our freedoms if we are dead!? I say what good is a country without those freedoms if we are to live? After this amount of time I would only be able to hope that the loyal opposition would be better at protecting us than the radical right. The right are miserable failures. We are not more secure at home or abroad and the world is a cauldron. That IS NOT keeping us safer. That is the antithesis of keep us safe. How could that not be plain to all. My biggest fear is that the dangerous, reckless, habeas corpus diluting radical right will continue their reign of terror.


Blogger Dedanna said...

I just went next door to Town & Country to order me a double cheeseburger.

What I got however, was grease, grease, grease.

Sounds like what we got when we voted in 2004.

12:44 PM, October 26, 2006  

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