Fear-Mongering Is Alive and Well in 2008!

@anniepa (27240)
United States
June 23, 2008 6:33pm CST
In case you thought you were going to have to go without hearing the fear-inducing kinds of statements like "Vote for us or you'll probably die" or "You'll see mushroom clouds over New York or Miami", you can think again. Fear-mongering is alive and well in this campaign just as it was in 2004 and right before we invaded Iraq. http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/ Here's an excerpt from "Things that Make You Go, Hmm" From Fortune: “On national security McCain wins. We saw how that might play out early in the campaign, when one good scare, one timely reminder of the chaos lurking in the world, probably saved McCain in New Hampshire, a state he had to win to save his candidacy - this according to McCain's chief strategist, Charlie Black. The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December was an ‘unfortunate event,’ says Black. ‘But his knowledge and ability to talk about it reemphasized that this is the guy who's ready to be Commander-in-Chief. And it helped us.’ As would, Black concedes with startling candor after we raise the issue, another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. ‘Certainly it would be a big advantage to him,’ says Black.” That's right, McBush's chief campaign strategist Charlie Black didn't mind saying McCain had benefited from the assassination of Benazir Bhutto or that another terror attack on U.S. soil would also benefit him! HMM, is right... Annie
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@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
23 Jun 08
Wow. I hadn't heard this. It's almost unbelieveable. But then again it is McCain we are talking about.
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@anniepa (27240)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Of course he wasn't aware of the comments, he said today, and he doesn't know its context but he disagrees. Sounds to me like Charlie Black is telling the terrorists that they can influence our elections so go ahead and hit us, or it certainly can be taken that way. I've heard al Qaeda credits Bush with helping them recruit more than anything else so it stands to reason they'd be happy with a McCain Administration to follow. Another thing this comment does is raise a lot of doubts should there be terror "threats" in the time leading up to the election, just as they seemed to happen a lot in 2004. Shades of the boy who cried wolf! Annie
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@anniepa (27240)
• United States
24 Jun 08
They've totally lost their credibility on this, in my opinion. Annie
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• United States
24 Jun 08
I'm not surprised. Bush loves fear mongering. It's how he's able to keep people blissfully unaware, not to mention try and justify everything that he's doing. McCain will just do it himself because he wants to secure the vote.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
24 Jun 08
It is a shame that Presidential candidates will stoop to this level to gain votes! Unfortunately with our warped election process and political processes, it comes as no surprise. What happened to morals and ethics?
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@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
24 Jun 08
So terrorist attacks are not a legitimate reason to vote for a candidate that is more staunch on homeland security? If you ask me, thats a perfect reason to vote for a candidate with more interest in security or the War on Terror.
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@anniepa (27240)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Thank you, Moonlight, there's really nothing I could add to that. Annie
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@anniepa (27240)
• United States
25 Jun 08
What does JFK have to do with it? Also, I don't think voting for the man who would continue the policies of the man who was in office the one and only time we were attacked on our own soil in such a way just because someone chooses to use scare-tactics to make some people think they're safer. Bush and his twin McBush have forgotten about the real "War on Terror" for quite some time, or haven't you noticed Bin Laden is still at large? Annie
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@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
25 Jun 08
My mistake, I meant FDR, not JFK. And 9/11 wasn't the only time we were attacked by Islamic terrorists at all.... Beltway snipers were Muslims that were religiously inspired, the WTC was bombed in 1993 as well, the USS Cole, etc, etc. Not to mention foreign attacks done my Islamic militants that just weren't happening at the time.
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