Thursday, February 14, 2008

You're frightening the children

It's a bit of a walk through the fun house with our president. If he doesn't get his way, he invokes the monster around the corner, the specter in the old chest, the beast beneath the bed.

When the House of Representatives refused to his demand to immediately pass legislation which broadens the power of the government to spy on its citizens, and protects, retroactively, telecom companies which broke the law at his behest, he conjures up the scariest image he can imagine:

“At this moment,” he said, “somewhere in the world terrorists are planning new attacks on our country. Their goal is to bring destruction to our shores that will make Sept. 11 pale by comparison.”

Oh, mommy.

Bush has usually reserved these scare tactics as misdirections for the various feeble attacks the press has made on his lawless administration. Or he's pulled a boogeyman out of his hat when he needed to bolster votes to support his futile and endless war in Iraq.

Remember the planned attack on the tallest building on the West Coast (he mentioned it again this year in the State of the Union address)? Bogus.

The plot to attack Fort Dix. Ridiculous.

The cheese bombs? Ludicrous.

The gas line hit at JFK? Idiotic.

And now he expects us to buy this. And undoubtably, some of us will.

But remember, the boy who cried wolf was inevitably devoured by one.

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