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Sunday, November 23, 2003  

You Can't Be Too (s)Careful These Days

The only thing we really have to fear is fearmongering itself.

So writes Maureen Dowd in this Sunday's NYTimes OpEd titled "Scaring Up Votes", regarding the Smirksters' RNC presidential campaign ad to be aired today in Iowa; Dowd expounds on the scare tactics the ad utilizes, citing the following exerpt from the ad as a prima facie illustration:

"It would take one vial, one canister, one crate slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known," Mr. Bush says, in a State of the Union clip.....Flashing the words "terrorists" and "self-defense" in crimson, the Republican National Committee spot urges Americans "to support the president's policy of pre-emptive self-defense" — a policy Colin Powell claimed was overblown by the press.

With this ad, Republicans have announced their intention: to scare us stupid, hoping we won't remember that this was the same State of the Union in which Mr. Bush made a misleading statement about the Iraq-Niger uranium connection, or remark that the imperial idyll in Iraq has created more terrorists.

GW Bush's invocation of the fearful troika of "one vial, one canister, one crate" in this years State of the Union Speech shows nothing but contempt for the American people and for the hopes and declarations made by another American president over sixty years in his address to Congress;

FDR's "Four Freedoms" speech given on January 6, 1941 also came at a dark time in America's history, with WWII already under way for 2 years; yet that speech served to not only inspire a nation which was only a little more than a year away from sending their young men overseas to enter the war, but to also remind them of what they came to understand to be universal:

"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want. . . everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear... anywhere in the world."

The DNC needs to gear up and respond to the Bush Admin's scare tactics by reminding the American people what Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt understood about a civilized nation and the nature of the American people. It surely rings as true today, as it did back in 1941 when the nation faced the realities of a world war as well as economic uncertainty and the potential threat on their personal safety and security, with the shock of the bombing of Pearl Harbour on American soil only a month earlier fresh on their minds:

A good society is able to face schemes of world domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear.
FDR address to U.S. Congress, January 6, 1941

posted by voxpopgirl | 11/23/2003