Once again, a million thanks to Keith Olbermann, for saying what needed to be said, out loud, for all the world to hear. The Republican Party is blatantly using terrorism to persuade voters to elect them this November. It is vile. It is disgusting. It is morally reprehensible. They promised us they wouldn't politicize 9/11 right after it happened. Then they sold pictures of Bush on AF-1 on 9/11 to raise money, not for the victims' families, not for the first responders who put their lives on the line every time they respond to a call, and not even for a public memorial to honor those who died that world-changing day, but for their own political party. Whenever greed, corruption and scandal reared their ugly heads to show them in a bad light, they suddenly announced that we were in danger, that the terrorists are threatening to kill us again! And quite often, it either wasn't nearly as bad as they said it was, or it was ridiculously outdated, or it was a total lie all along. (Olbermann's excellent rundown of such lies can be found here.) Now they see that the country is about to vote them out of office in two weeks. So to keep their phoney-baloney jobs, they resort to the one thing that has always worked for despotic governments seeking to remain in power, they pick an enemy and then tell you that this enemy wants to destroy your way of life (irrespective, ironically, of just how good or bad one's way of life might currently be.) They've been running around this year trying to convince people that if the Democratic Party gains control of even one House of Congress, that you might as well pick out your coffins and pay for your funerals in advance, because you will die. They are deliberately trying to scare you, to frighten you, to put you into a perpetual state of fear, and then they are telling you that only they can save your life. They, the Republican Party, are terrorizing you. They, the Republican Party are, by definition, terrorists. As much as I despise the political agenda of the Republican Party on so many issues, I do not make this claim lightly, and I do not use the word carelessly. The Republicans are terrorists.
terror n. 1. intense, sharp, overmastering fear: to be frantic with terror. 2. a feeling, instance, or cause of intense fear: to be a terror to evildoers.
-Syn. 1. alarm, dismay, consternation. TERROR, HORROR, PANIC, FRIGHT all imply extreme fear in the presence of danger or evil. TERROR implies an intense fear that is somewhat prolonged and may refer to imagined or future dangers: frozen with terror HORROR implies a sense of shock at a danger that is also evil: to recoil in horror. PANIC and FRIGHT both imply a sudden shock of fear. PANIC is uncontrolled and unreasonable fear, often groundless, that may be prolonged: The mob was in a panic. FRIGHT is usually of short duration: a spasm of fright -Ant. 1. calm.
terrorism n. 1. the use of terrorizing methods. 2. the state of fear and submission so produced. 3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
terrorist n. 1. a person who uses or favors terrorizing methods. 2. (formerly) a member of a political group in Russia aiming at the demoralization of the government by terror. 3. an agent or partisan of the revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror in France.
terrorize v.t. 1. to fill or overcome with terror. 2. to dominate or coerce by intimidation.
To get you to vote for them, they are trying to put you into some state of alarm, dismay or consternation, that's for sure. They are certainly not trying to put you in a state of calm, or else you might start paying closer attention, and that's the last thing the Bush Administration wants. So they are trying to keep you edgy, nervous, worried, alarmed. But what kind of alarm? Are they just trying to cause you spasms of fright with their message? No. Panic? Hell, no. They certainly don't want to be causing panic now, two weeks before Election Day. Wait two more weeks for that. Is it horror they wish to instill? No. The attacks themselves were horrific, but not what the republicans are doing. But terror fits the bill quite nicely.
They're telling you about potential attacks on the nation's important financial institutions (many in heavily Democratic-leaning areas) only to finally admit to us that the plans were about three years old at the time and were found early on in the war someplace in Afghanistan. There was no danger to the public, and they had to know that. They had to, because to not understand at the time they announced it that there was no danger to the public, when it was obvious to all of us the moment we heard how old the plans were, would have to mean that they are incredibly incompetent. And just this past week our highly-touted, poorly-run Department of "Homeland Security" tried to spook us all with a non-existent multiple-football-stadium attack. Again, once little bits of information about the threat started leaking out (one would presume long after this information was already known to them) it became clear to the public that it couldn't possibly be for real. So why the terror alert? What purpose did an obviously unnecessary terror alert serve if not to put you in a state of fear from some non-existent, imaginary enemy? This is terrorism, and it is being practiced on you, and it is being committed by the very people who run your government. The President of the United States of America George W. Bush, Vice President of the United States of America Richard Cheney, and the Republican National Party are terrorists.
There, I said it and I'm glad.