Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Be Afraid, America. Be Very Afraid!

It's Halloween and there's plenty to be scared of. Here's a quick recap:

• Let's start easy. We're heading into winter and gas prices are still over $2.00/gallon. The Republicans have been making a big deal over the fact that they've dropped in recent weeks, but today they went up. And we're on the cusp of winter. I wonder what they'll do in the weeks ahead?

• We are still at war in Iraq and are rapidly approaching 3,000 dead American troops. When President Bush was re-elected in 2004, the mark was hovering around 1,000. So for a war that was proclaimed, "Mission Accomplished" six weeks after it began, we're still losing U.S. troops at the rate of about 1,000 per year.

• Meanwhile, Osama bin Ladin the man behind the September 11 terrorist attacks, is still at large. On September 17, the President said, ""I want justice. And there's an old poster out West… I recall, that said, 'Wanted, Dead or Alive.'" Yet a year later when asked about bin Ladin he had this to say, "So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly (reporter), to be honest with you." Four years later, not much has changed. He still isn't concerned.

• In his 2002 State of the Union address to Congress, President Bush spoke of three nations that comprise an "axis of evil"; North Korean, Iran and Iraq. 6 years into his presidency, Iraq is on the verge of a civil war (if not already engaged in one) while both North Korea and Iran are on the verge of achieving nuclear capability. So bad is the situation that Mr. Bush has had to rely on Communist China to get North Korea back to the negotiating table. These all occurred at a time when the President claimed to have his eye on the ball. I suppose the world would already be engulfed in a nuclear fireball if he didn't!

• Then there's Afghanistan. The one country in the world that probably was complicit with the September 11 attacks. Follow the chain of events here. The President launches a prudent attack on their radical Taliban government, topples said government, has them on the run, then, in what has to be the greatest case of attention deficit disorder ever recorded, plunges our military full steam into Iraq. Four years later, the Taliban is making a resurgence, and our own military openly questions whether we can win the war.

• Finally, there is the shameful degradation of our civil liberties at home: Warrant-less wire-tapping, prisoners held in secret prisons abroad without trial or access to counsel, and a Vice President who has openly condoned the use of torture in interrogations.

Yes boys and girls, it's Halloween in America and the calls are coming from inside the country!

You cannot run. You cannot hide. You have but one recourse available to you. In seven days you can vote. And when you do, you must vote for candidates who firmly stand against these failed policies. We must elect a Congress that will challenge the President at every turn and investigate every misdeed.

For if we don't, every day will be Halloween in America.


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