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  •  Al Franken's analysis of 9/11 and fear (2+ / 0-)
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    I believe it appeared in "Truth (With Jokes)". Franken argued that the 9/11 attacks made Americans more conscious of their mortality, and that Republican strategists exploited this aspect of human lizard-brainness.

    What astonishes me is that, six and a half years after the attack, there are tens of millions of Americans who still cannot think rationally about issues of terrorism and national security. The average American is more likely to be killed in a car-deer collision or by a bolt of lightning than by terrorists.

    Replete with "misstatements" and elisions and retracted and redacted and revoked assertions.--Carl Bernstein on HRC's record.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 08:12:23 AM PDT

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    •  Yup. (1+ / 0-)
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      The right keeps hauling out the "Islamo-fascist" BS and some Americans still lap it up. Terrorism is the new "witch hunt." All you have to do is point to someone and brand them a terrorist and they can be hauled away without benefit of facing their accuser or a fair trial. How long before it happens to average Americans who are simply against the policies of the country. in some ways it already has, in small degree (the detentions in the '04 convention in NYC).
      Frankly, those who cannot be rational and fight the fight that needs fighting (the destruction of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, privacy, etc.) are the weak ones. I prefer leaders who tell us that "We have nothing to fear but FEAR itself." Or who remind us that "Those who would give up a little Liberty for a little security, deserve neither."
      Those are the lessons we need to remember.

      "The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off!" - Gloria Steinem

      by MA Liberal on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 08:17:00 AM PDT

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      •  Imagine another attack of 9/11 proportions (1+ / 0-)
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        You can pretty much say bye-bye to the system of government the Founders created. It will mutate into an elected emperorship, and if the elected emperor is ambitious enough (pretty much a given), eventually a dictatorship.

        Even without another attack, the expansion of Executive Branch power is an invitation to future presidents to crowd Congress and the courts out of the structure of government. Just say the magic phrase "national security" and they disappear.

        Replete with "misstatements" and elisions and retracted and redacted and revoked assertions.--Carl Bernstein on HRC's record.

        by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 08:22:44 AM PDT

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        •  It's one of the reasons I think Jim Webb (0+ / 0-)

          should be Obama's VP choice. Obama has no military experience, while Webb's is impeccable. Plus, he has a son who served in Iraq and yet he (Jim) was against the Iraq war from the beginning.
          With Webb on the ticket, we could focus on just how much the BushCo "national security" BS has hurt us. McCain will be more of the same. Webb could trump McCain's military background, makes it a moot point in a way.
          National security will once again be the focus of the next election because the right will make sure it is - it's all they've got.

          "The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off!" - Gloria Steinem

          by MA Liberal on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 08:50:47 AM PDT

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