What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
I came across this post today that posed 15 questions to liberals. I’m not a liberal, but I’d like to offer my 2Â¢.
1) How and why do you believe that America is not under threat of another terrorist attack?
Terrorism is a tactic used to keep its subjects in fear. Like fearmongering, its main purpose is to scare the people into submission. Those who hold the view that the “Islamic fascists” are the only proponents of this methodology are, in my mind, naive. The constant threat of terrorist activity is frequently used by politicians to further their own goals and expand their powers.
Referring to the desire to globalize governmental powers, a September 2000 document issued by the Project for a New American Century titled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century” said:
“The process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor.”
One year later, we had 9/11. How fortunate for these think thanks that such an event occurred, allowing them to cite such an event for years to come as a justification for an assault on the liberties and privacy of American citizens.
It should be alarming to us all that the loose term of “terrorist” is now expanded to be “enemy combatant”, a vague descriptor easily applied to anybody the government wishes. One need only to read the Military Commissions Act to ascertain who the real terrorists that threaten our peace are.
In late November 2002, appearing on the “Washington Journal” program, retired U.S. Army Gen. William Odom told C-SPAN viewers: “Terrorism is not an enemy. It cannot be defeated. It’s a tactic. It’s about as sensible to say we declare war on night attacks and expect we’re going to win that war.”
Continuing his comment, Odom said: “We’re not going to win the war on terrorism. And it does whip up fear. Acts of terror have never brought down liberal democracies. Acts of parliament have closed a few.”
It’s just as Josef Stalin said:
The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The Public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened.
But Bejamin Franklin warned us:
They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
2) Why do you believe that it’s our fault for being attacked on September 11, 2001?
Our fault? It’s the fault of those who perpetrated such an event. But don’t jump to the media-coddled analysis that it’s Islamic Fascists. Whether or not 9/11 was a hoax, one must (with open eyes) analyze what has come of it since it occurred, and whether we are better off.
I laugh at President Bush’s analysis that “america is safer than it has been, but it’s not yet safe”. It never will be safe. And using such a scapegoat to justify increased military action with no declaration of war and exit strategy, both at home and abroad, is upsetting.
3) Why do you believe that the government should take care of you and your families through government entitlement programs… and 3a) why should my tax dollars pay for this when I don’t avail myself of these same programs because I believe we are responsible for taking care of ourselves and families?
Social Security sucks, as does Medicare and all other welfare programs. America is increasingly becoming a welfare state. Such a practice and ideology is contrary to the proper role of government. The government should not take care of me and my family. However, they should lighten up on the taxes a tad so that we can do a better job at it ourselves.
4) Why do you believe that President Bush is evil when his actions have kept you alive for the last five years?
Oh please, put down the Bush Kool-Aid. Attributing the fact that we’re still alive largely to Bush’s policies and actions is naive and presumptuous. He’s already being considered the worst president! He has continuously thrown in our face alleged quotes and intentions of these terrorists in an attempt to rally the troops around his botched “war” which may soon require a draft. It’s a mess. He’s done a horrible job, and simply saying we’re alive and protected because of his actions shows, in my opinion, the ignorance of he who holds this view.
Wisely did Plato say: “This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs: when he first appears he is a protector.”
5) Why do you love Bill Clinton and look past his mockery of the presidency?
I stand with the many others who think that President Clinton did a piss-poor job at leading our nation. And no, I do not hold this view simply because of his Lewinsky affair. He was fiscally irresponsible and right up there with Bush on foreign policy and military action. I’m not his biggest fan.
6) Why do you have a double standard for Republicans and your own party? We know we have a higher ethical and moral standard than you and most of us try to live accordingly. Your attempting to hold us to that same ethical and moral standard is laughable.
7) Why are you so afraid of Donald Rumsfeld?
Many people want him to get the boot. Jeez, anybody who says this:
Learn to say ‘I don’t know.’ If used when appropriate, it will be often. (via)
needs to step down from the position of this nation’s defense secretary.
8) Did you really like Al Gore or did you vote for him just because he was the Dem on the ticket?
This question would be more applicable with Jon Kerry as the subject, though they hold equal weight. After the 2004 elections I spoke with several liberals and democrats to inquire as to who got their vote. When they responded that they had voted for Kerry, I asked why. Not one of them wanted Kerry as their president–they simply didn’t want Bush. For them, it was the lesser of two evils.
I didn’t vote for either of them. Kerry would have probably done a worse job than Bush is doing, but those are some big shoes to fill.
9) Global warming… c’mon.
10) Do you really admire Michael Moore, Al Franken, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon and Alec Baldwin or just want to hang out with the popular kids?
11) Why was Hurricane Katrina President Bush’s fault? Do you know that most people refer to hurricanes as an act of God?
It wasn’t his fault, but oddly enough it showed how well the government does at protecting us. For whatever reason (read: due to the government’s involvement) FEMA was in New York City the day before 9/11. And they went to action to play clean up once the towers fell.
But when a natural disaster occurs that is out of the government’s control? We all know what a crappy job FEMA did at responding to that.
12) What’s the love affair with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong Il, Mahmood Ahmadinejad, Idi Amin, Pol Pot and Stalin? Okay, current dictators only.
Just like Republicans praise Bush for repeatedly chanting what they like to hear, so do Democrats praise those who are like-minded. When you have these men telling the U.N. that Bush is the devil, there’s certain to be a few Democrats cheering along to the music.
13) Does anyone really watch Keith Olbermann?
14) Why do you support illegal aliens? They just want your union job.
Illegal Immigration is the catch 22 of our modern capitalistic society. Illegal immigrants are the leeches on our economy, yet they propel it forward by assuming the more menial of employment opportunities. There’s no perfect solution to this conundrum as I see it. However, we are required to, as it were, carry them in our arms and on our shoulders. How that is specifically implemented and legislated best, I am not sure.
15) How many polls have you participated in?
What does this have to do with anything?