Originally Posted by Randy
It is the broad brush of painting one side as conducting a 'campaign of fear' that I take exception to. One man's awareness is another man's fear.
Fair enough. And maybe most of us need to wake up and have the [email protected]
scared out of us. Like I said, I don't necessarily disagree with the basis of the video, except when they use that broad brush to paint all Muslims as "the enemy." Sure, it's a basic human response to be wary of anyone different, but fueling this kind of blanket bigotry only leads to hatred and death on both sides. This whole mess is an epoch-defining religious war, and we're all being swept along like it or not.
Another sign of the ongoing campaign of fear is evident in the way they kept portraying McCain as a war hero, while Obama was at best inexperienced and unpatriotic and at worst a traitor who wants to take all your guns away. Some camps went so far as to call him a terrorist directly.
To paraphrase an old saying, if your business is making bullets, then sooner or later everything looks like a target. I believe the Military-Industrial Complex has gotten way out of hand, that the Government is complicit in this, and that we're all paying the price.
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
-- Eisenhower, Farewell Address
I also think the whole campaign of fear is playing out in the sudden rage of gun threads seen here. And in the frustrations felt by just under half of the voters, and it's pretty easy to see where it's all coming from. Note that I am not denying anyone their 2nd Amendment rights, but it is interesting that these discussions have spiked so closely after the elections. And I believe that we have to be just as vigilant regarding the 1st, 4th, and 6th, Amendments, and the rest of them as well.
And not to go way back, but I also believe that Bush et. al. have used 9/11 to throw in some unprecedented sweeping changes that threaten the very freedoms that they claim to be protecting.
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
-- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials
Again, I don't necessarily think everything done in the War Against Terror™ is automatically evil or unjustified. There are multiple reports coming out now about Bush, Rumsfeld, and the CIA chasing Al-Qaeda across the globe, even across borders without those other country's consent. Al-Qaeda attacked us, not Saddam, so go ahead and pursue every last one of them into whatever refuge they may seek.
Obama has said that he will review all the Executive Orders passed in the last 8 years. Not that he will automatically overturn them, but that he will review each one. That makes sense. He has also said that while he wants to reduce troop involvement in Iraq, he believes that we need to be more aggressive chasing the Taliban in Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda wherever they may hide. That also makes sense in a way that Iraq never did.
Someone here recently suggested that Obama has probably been having some fairly grave conversations about the current world situation over the last week or so. Maybe even to the point of having the [email protected]
scared out of him. I can believe that, but I have some hope that he'll respond in the best way that he knows how and that he'll search for a solution that doesn't lead to killing half the planet.
Either way, all we can really do now is wait and see. And that is the scariest part of all.