"I saw the Mayor of New York said today, 'We're tough. We can do it.' Well, Mayor, how are you going to feel when it's your daughter that's kidnapped at school by a terrorist? How are you going to feel when it's some clerk -- some innocent clerk of the court -- whose daughter or son is kidnapped? Or the judge's wife? Or the jailer's little brother or little sister?" Rep. John Shadegg R Arizona
"I think the President will find, upon reflection, that to bring the worst of the terrorists inside the United States would be cause for great danger and regret in the years to come.” Former Vice President Dick Cheney
"...who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.” Former Alaska Governor. Sarah Palin
"I believe that the greatest fear that we all should have ... to our freedom comes from this room, this very room, and what may happen later this week in terms of a tax increase bill masquerading as a health care bill. I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country." Rep. Virginia Foxx R North Carolina
Have Republicans gone insane? Have they lost their confidence and love for their country just because a black man beat the crap out of them in the polls last November? Has the strain of multiple wars they started, a colossal deficit to China they caused and a near depression from reckless management of the economic system to the benefit of the richest 1% of the population only, brought them all to the brink of lunacy? Or is it that they are now so convinced the only way to gather their base to the polls is to terrify grandma and grandpa and the uneducated masses to the point of abject fear?
Below is a list of definitions gathered from four different dictionaries for the word terrorist.
ter·ror·ist n (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon
Collins English Dictionary– Complete and Unabridged 6th Edition 2003
b. An individual who uses violence, terror, and intimidation to achieve a result.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005
c. a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities
WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
d. A person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism; a person who terrorizes or frightens others.
Dictionary.com Unabridged; Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.
That pretty much covers every definition of the word minus a few redundant additions. Do you notice a common thread among them? It would seem that the requirement in these definitions is that a terrorist is not necessarily defined by the act itself. There is no definition that lists the acts of death and destruction as necessary to define what actually a terrorist is. Rather the definition of terrorist relates to the effect, a desire to inspire fear through any action destructive or otherwise for the sake of political influence. Doesn't, by these definitions, most of the leaders of the Republican Party in fact qualify as terrorists?
Why have they become such fear mongers? To be honest I used to consider myself Independent and actually probably would have seriously considered voting for McCain against Al Gore. But that is certainly not the case anymore. I find myself voting strictly Democrat not so much because I feel they are such great leaders but rather to do whatever I can to ensure that their lunatic opponents have as little political power as possible. Apparently the GOP and its very own TV channel Faux News have decided that the only method that their political agenda can be espoused is through intimidating and scaring the hell out of their constituency. No wonder these people are slowly going a little nuts manifesting themselves into a group of imbeciles obliviously insulting themselves calling themselves "tea baggers" led by their "fear monger in chief" the biggest head case ever to have a platform to rant from, second only to Adolf Hitler, Glenn Beck. Clearly eight years of being terrified on a regular basis is having an effect on the stability of that population willing to watch this sensationalism designed to keep them glued to the screen and nothing more.
Ask any news editor, a story about murder, rape, robbery or destruction is much better for selling papers or airtime than one about something good happening. That said most editors recognize a responsibility to their public, which requires a certain amount of balance between the less interesting positivity stories to the sensational negative ones. They realize that if the public hears nothing but bad news all the time a countrywide depression will develop as people begin to believe the world is nothing but a bad place to live. Most news broadcasts will consider this when programming their shows and will usually end with a feel good story to bring their viewers back up again after the primetime stories scare them or depress them a little for the sake of drawing them to the show in the first place. This has not been the methodology of Faux News, however, as it is clear their only real agenda is to polarize and rile up their audience in order to keep them from turning to other more rational opinions for the sake of gaining the whole story.
Perhaps because Rupert Murdock is an Aussie he has no sense of patriotism to America and he doesn't care the damage his networks and the ratings prostitutes he hires to blather nonsense are doing to this once resilient and steely resolved nation of the strongest and brightest folks in the world. That is the real problem with these methods of attention getting. If you continuously threaten and scare the crap out of someone, no matter how strong and intelligent they once were, you eventually will turn them into a drooling coward. Look at the military. Do you think if we actually told the GI's that charged head first into Normandy that there was a good chance when they charged into thousands of machine guns and artillery boxes they were going to be torn to pieces along with 70% percent of their unit. If we had we never would have stood a chance against defeating fascism? Boot camp is designed to bolster the troop’s confidence as much as it is to teach them how to kill stuff. Most military guys carry this sense of confidence with them for the rest of their life, which is why they often find themselves in roles of management and leadership when they return to civilian society.
Consumer confidence is the lowest it has been in mine and even my father's lifetimes. This lack of confidence brought us to the brink of economic collapse and is clearly bringing the value of the American ideal into the gutter. Don't you think there might be a reason for this? By and large people are very sheep-like when it comes to their day to day life and the effect that their mood has on the body politic is very real. That is what the terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda are banking on in this unbelievably insurmountable battle they have waged against the most powerful nation in the history of the world. They are merely a small group of wacked out religious fanatics with nothing more than horsebacks, a few assembled motley weapons and a bunch of caves to live in. Yet they have brought the world’s largest and most powerful superpower that has won both world wars and an even greater cold war against another hugely powerful nation, screaming and cowering to its knees. How? By challenging and very nearly defeating America's greatest strength; our can do, never say die, nothing is impossible attitude. This attitude allowed us to stand against the oppression of the British Empire in our very beginning. It wasn't until we Americans stood up to the oppressive fear and control that Monarchy held against its population that the concept of individual rights and freedom ever came about in the first place. We have carried that strength of character for over 200 years from generation to generation and have accomplished some of the greatest strides of human achievement in the history of human civilization.
So why exactly are we now turning into a nation of whiny cowards now that a bunch of whacked out boogey men are shaking a piece of wood made into a gun shouting "Alalalalalala" at us. If it wasn't for the fact that a major portion of the population is being terrified regularly by people with something to gain by doing so, do you really think these rag-tag lunatics would stand a chance against a nuclear juggernaut and the economic master of the world? Who the hell are Faux news and the GOP really working for? It isn't for the benefit of this country as far as I can see. Although I am reasonably certain that McCain and the rest of them genuinely thinks they are patriots and are not in fact working for the enemy. However, he and his Republican cronies have seemed to sacrifice the good of the nation for the sake of their own political agenda. There is a word for that activity which in times of war would normally earn one a bullet to the back of the head by your own commander as a demonstration of what happens to cowards in a combat situation. It’s called "desertion" and in cases in which you are inspiring such behavior in those around you it graduates to something even worse called "treason".
Confidence is the true strength in politics. That is how Obama came out of nowhere and defeated not only the most powerful Democrat at the time but the best the Republican Party could muster as well and became the first African American president something which in itself still takes some major cojones. His life story is literally the most unlikely American presidential story as could be imagined in Hollywood's most Liberal imagination. Say what you will about his policies but the moment he took office this country seemed as if to wake from a nightmare and start to take a little pride in itself once again. The man inspires confidence like no other politician in a long time. This confidence he brought allowed the Stock Market to jump back into the 10,000s, the economy to return from the brink of depression, and America started to look once again like a place worth being proud of when traveling or speaking to the rest of the world. People stopped telling other countries they were from Canada when they traveled and we literally went from being the most despised country in the world to the most beloved once again in less than eight months.
Well these traitorous demagogs have not gone away ladies and gentleman. They are still using these strategies they learned from the enemy to scare you into thinking reforming health care to actually benefit people over insurance company CEO's, reforming energy policy to keep that money out of Saudi and terrorist hands and in the hands of the American farmers, and I am sure when this Job's bill comes about, scare you into thinking benefiting the American worker is somehow going to kill and bankrupt your children's children. If you find yourself starting to believe this rhetoric ask yourself which is better living in fear and never taking a chance on anything or living in confidence and venturing strongly forward into the future. In either case you might in fact be right, but by which one do you actually lose?
Once upon a time, there was a President who healed the depression of our nation and brought us out of the last great loss of confidence in America. He happened to be a strong and confident Democrat as well and his name was Franklin D. Roosevelt. He said something that is perhaps the wisest quotation a leader has ever put to voice, "There is nothing to fear but fear itself" and this is in fact what the Republican Party has seemed to have forgotten in their tired desire to win political elections. There are two other things he said which are less quoted but nonetheless hold a great deal of weight when you consider who you want to listen to in this uncertain time, "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today" and "We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees". Personally I would much rather be wrong and listen to this thinking than be right and listen to Glenn Beck and as long as I do in fact I never will be wrong. Remember one of the most successful American businessmen in our history, Henry Ford once said, "Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you're right."
No matter what the Ultra-Conservative fear mongers throw at you telling you over and over “NOOOOOO!!!!” remember this great quote as well, "YES WE CAN!"