Saturday, September 16, 2006


Be Not Afraid Of Being Afraid

I'm getting some decidedly mixed messages here:

It's a dangerous world. I wish it wasn't that way. I wish I could tell the American people, don't worry about it, they're not coming again. But they are coming again.

So, in other words, he'd like to tell us not to be afraid of the terrorists... but we should be afraid of the terrorists, because they're coming. Shakes already beats the shit out of this argument, but if I may use the arguments of the esteemed John Rogers to deliver the argumentative double tap:

During WWII, Churchill and FDR encouraged the people not to be afraid. Yes, FDR gave in to paranoia and rounded up every Asian-American on the West Coast, but when the American public were told, "Remember Pearl Harbor," it was not with the undertone of, "...because it can happen again." Our current administration, on the other hand, bends laws, ignores freedoms, and puts up a color-coded chart of fear while constantly stating that we live in Dangerous Times, and that Desperate Measures must be undertaken.

In short, I would trust the president more when he says these things if he actually did anything to prove he means it.

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