Right-Wing Status Update
The other day, I was listening to the Sean Hannity radio show during my drive home from work, only because there was nothing else on the radio at the moment, and I was feeling too lazy to whip out my iPod. Anyway, this lady, who seemed to be utterly infatuated with the host in just about every way conceivable, called the show to discuss her views on President Bush. Specifically, she wanted to address another person’s comment that he will go down as one of the worst Presidents in our nation’s history. She disagreed, stating that she thought he was “doing a great job”. Now that’s bad enough, but what really got me was the fact that the only piece of evidence she presented to support her argument was “the fact that we haven’t been attacked on our soil”. This incredible display of ideology inhibiting one’s ability to think logically nearly resulted in a call to the show from moi. However, I was almost certain my argument would fall on deaf ears. So, I decided to do the next best thing and post my frustrations here at Jonestown, for all of you to agree with, laugh at, pick apart, or whatever it is you decide to do.
So, had I called the show, the following is what I probably would have said. My argument is threefold. First, we were not attacked frequently, on our own soil or elsewhere, before the 9/11 attacks. I believe the last major attack before 9/11 was the bombing attempt on the WTC in 1993, a full eight years prior to the attacks in 2001. So, assuming we still haven’t been attacked as of next year, we’re only maintaining the status quo – hardly a significant improvement.
Second, there were a number of actions taken by our government in response to the attacks. For argument’s sake, I’ll use only three examples: (1) heightened security at airports and most major events, (beta) an increased focus on terrorism by our intelligence agencies, and (yellow) the War in Iraq (fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them here). Now only one of these responses is unique to this President. Any monkey could’ve been President and we would’ve still ended up with policies 1 and beta. It takes a “special” President to initiate policy yellow, and what was being implied by the caller’s argument was that this third policy has been solely responsible for our success in avoiding attacks. However, there is no evidence to support this theory. Although I could easily make the case that policy 1 has made it much more difficult for any potential terrorists to carry out another attack. We can hardly go anywhere anymore without having our bags checked. In addition, policy beta has some measurable results, which not only points to the fact that this is helping prevent attacks, but also demonstrates the fact that “fighting them over there” is not preventing “them” from attempting to attack us here. So, there are many different responses to the 9/11 attacks, and “fighting them over there” seems to be the only one without any quantitative results.
Finally, there are a plethora of reasons to believe that the War in Iraq has actually made us less safe. First, there have been increased incidents of terrorist attacks around the world, including on the soil of our allies in the War in Iraq. Second, an increased focus on Al Qaeda in Iraq, despite the fact that the main base is now in Pakistan, has resulted in a growing Al Qaeda organization. Also, not only are we avoiding the main organization, but there is also evidence to show that the War in Iraq has been an extremely effective recruiting tool for Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Sometimes I wonder if the President is literally on their side.
And now, the President and many of his friends at Faux News have their sites set on Iran. A co-worker and I recently discussed the probability that we will go to war with Iran. He brought it up, excitedly listing the allegations against its ruling regime, summing it up by stating that Iran was our “biggest terrorist threat”. I then responded that the State Department has recently released a report which states that Al Qaeda is still our number one terrorist threat, and that they are based in Pakistan. He then informed me with a straight face that Iran was “also funding them”. I tried to explain the difference between Sunni and Shiite, but it was of no use. He wasn’t having it.
Where do these people come from? It scares me that they are voting. I understand that there are nitwits in all corners of the political spectrum, but they just seem to be more prevalent on the right. Maybe it’s just because I live in Alabama. I don’t know, but I can’t help but fear for our country’s future.
Let’s pray that the stupid people in this country will get severe cases of diarrhea on election day. I know that’s an odd request, but I think it’s necessary in these strange Orwellian times to use whatever means available to get this country back on a path to freedom and prosperity, so that we can begin to do good in the world, and maybe right some of the many wrongs from our past.