Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Scary news for Bush: We're not afraid anymore

The polls keep bringing bad news for the Republicans, and the new USA
Today/CNN/Gallup poll may bring the worst news for the White House

Americans aren't afraid anymore.

The Bush administration has made fear its stock in trade. The White
House used fear -- of another 9/11, of a Saddam Hussein with WMDs --
to sell the war in Iraq, and it used fear to get the president
re-elected. Remember Dick Cheney's warning about John Kerry? "It's
absolutely essential that . . . on November 2nd, we make the right
choice, because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that
we'll get hit again, that we'll be hit in a way that will be
devastating from the standpoint of the United States. . . ."

But how do you sell fear when the people aren't buying it? According
to Gallup, fewer Americans fear that terrorists will strike in the
United States soon than they have at any point since 9/11. Only 35
percent of Gallup's respondents fear such an attack, down from 39
percent in January and from 85 percent in the days after 9/11.

It's not that Americans are suddenly thinking that the Bush
administration is doing a great job of protecting them from a
terrorist attack. To the contrary, confidence in the ability of the
administration to fend off an attack is slipping. While a majority of
respondents still say they have at least a moderate degree of
confidence that the administration will protect them, 38 percent now
say they have little or no such confidence. Only 52 percent of the
public is satisfied with how things are going in the war on terrorism,
down from 75 percent two years ago.

But the war in Iraq is making the world a safer place, right? That's
what the president and his people say, but the public doesn't seem to
be buying that line anymore, either. Asked the bluntest question
possible -- "Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war with Iraq?" --
Gallup's respondents now line up 59-39 against the war. Just three
months ago, the poll had the public evenly divided.
FEAR as foisted on the American landscape by Bushco is the worse 4-letter "F" word ever used.

I'm actually more afraid of what Dubya and Company are going to do to us than the terrorists. (place tongue in cheek) At least with the terrorists we have a really cool multi-color warning chart. (remove tongue from cheek)
Not only are we not afraid, we have radio shows.

Watch out, Flying Monkey Right!
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