Thursday, August 28, 2008

"The Agenda Is War"

Andrew Sullivan:

If the Democrats cannot adequately warn Americans of the dangers of a hotheaded temperament and uber-neo-con mindset in the White House for another four years, they deserve to lose. If Americans decide they want a president who will be more aggressive and less diplomatic than the current one, then they should at least brace for the consequences - for their economy and their security.

In my view, the fear card has only one truly compelling target in this election: McCain.

I agree that this issue deserves more emphasis. Over the past few weeks I've wondered if an updated, nuanced (and ultimately less ironic, hopefully) version of this is needed:

The problem, as I noted a few posts ago, is that October 1962 has long since faded from our national memory. That sort of fear is unknown in this country, and has been for decades. There are lots of hot-button issues right now, from the economy to Iraq to gas prices. The threat of war -- not the Middle East adventurism type, but the ICBMs-flying-over-the-North-Pole type -- simply isn't one of those issues. But it should be. And for anyone who's been paying close attention, it is. It's neither hyperbole nor hysteria to say that if McCain wins, living in or near this country's largest cities will become decidedly less safe.

Remember, we know from several sources that during the early days of Bush's first term, there was deep anxiety in the White House about the economy. One imagines that the prospect of four years without something to focus and distract the public was not appealing, particularly for an administration that manifestly loathes the "hard work" and domestic policy nitty-gritty that governing entails. We know what happened after that. Would the dynamic be any different during the early days of a McCain presidency, with the economy in far worse shape than in early 2001 and a volatile, bellicose leader who has no idea how to fix it?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still, the US is the only nation to use nuclear weapons in a war, dropping them on cities filled with sleeping women and children.

For that, God will punish the American people...not for doing it, but failing to see the wrong in doing it.

8/28/2008 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And that ad was against John McCain's predecessor. Interesting coincidence.

8/28/2008 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so scared for my grandchildren. I am scared every time I watch the so called pundits - who seem to my eye, to be more worried about having to pay higher taxes on their huge incomes and maybe not get invited to the cocktail circuit... than they are about THEIR country and THEIR children. Maybe, they figure their children will have enough money, that it won't matter to them. But if the country falls apart, economically and socially, there will be no gated community that will protect them enough.

8/28/2008 6:39 PM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

You can say that again. I've been staking out the gated communities in my neighborhood just to get a head start!!! hahahaha

8/28/2008 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost forgot that the Dems once had the balls to play rough like that. Seems like it would be highly effective this time around to take the gloves off and remind the electorate what sick, dangerous fucks lead the Republican party today. But I'm not expecting much..

8/28/2008 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

I find a lot of truth in this. This upcomming election is going to lead to either two things: 1. A mirrored image of the last 8 years or 2. Change. Obama is promising a lot of relief, a lot of assistance and is giving America the hope that it used to have in central government. But don't get me wrong, I've given McCain enough time to step up and adress the issues that correspond to my life and those around me and he's fallen short, just as Bush has during his long 8 year terms. If McCain wins this election, I am scared for what the future holds. As a teenager and as a student, I feel that I should have trust in the federal government to do what is best, and as of right now, I don't.

8/28/2008 11:25 PM  
Anonymous AlladinsLamp said...

This will give the Europeans something to think about.

One of the points Reagan used to sell SDI was that it was a defensive technology that would be shared.

Does anyone else remember this, or am I now too old to remember right?

8/29/2008 9:15 AM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

I feel that I should have trust in the federal government to do what is best

You are in sorry, sorry shape if you think that. Learn how to drop out. Gold, Guns, and rural property.

8/29/2008 3:24 PM  
Blogger Hal Hildebrand said...

they deserve to lose

I'm always stunned by this attitude.

It's lazy, it's self centered and completely responsibility free. If Sullivan really feels this way, then he's in the same boat. It's not a "them" that gets to do the work and he gets to sit on the side and snark.

We are not the passive part of this process.

8/31/2008 12:10 AM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

We are not the passive part of this process.
You have got to be joking. The MSM is what the masses listen to...Andrew Sullivan is not a MSM person. The Democrats need to put there message to the people through the gatekeepers. It is their show...and their game...the rest of the people are indeed a passive part of this process. The side which uses the best propaganda will win the election. Just like every election. The best liars win.

9/01/2008 4:11 PM  

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