Conservatives to America: Dammit, Be More Afraid
A. Alexander, June 8th, 2007
Conservatives have recently acquired a bizarre form of misplaced resentment toward the American people. They are quite perturbed that the citizenry of the United States just isn't anxious enough, worried enough and sufficiently afraid of terrorism and terrorist attacks. They actually want the public to be wetting-their-pants terrified of terrorism. Conservatives seem unconcerned that such is the sole purpose and objective of terrorists and terrorism - to scare, mortify and terrify a whole society into behaving in ways they normally wouldn't.
Dennis Milligan, head of the Arkansas Republican Party, has become so distressed over the lack of terrorism-related night tremors being experienced by the people that he openly pleaded for an attack.
"I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on [Sept. 11, 2001], and the naysayers will come around...," Milligan said.
Mister Milligan went on to say the "naysayers" would come around to appreciate President Bush's terror-related way of thinking. And, sadly, that is what all the Conservative handwringing is really all about: politics. Mister Bush is about done, so it isn't that Republicans are overly concerned about the lack of love being displayed for him by the electorate. It is about the public refusing to continue to believe Iraq and 9/11 are linked.
Conservatives are upset that the public isn't buying into the spin that the recent rash of FBI-nurtured and incompetent wannabe so-called terrorist plots, are somehow related to the Iraqi insurgents. That is what Conservatives are really mad about and why they are spittin' fire angry that the American people aren't more concerned about terrorism. The Iraq-homegrown terrorism scheme is a Bush-Rove production, but mostly it is an attempt at repositioning the GOP as the "National Security" Party and less about rescuing the president's abysmal approval ratings. Conservatives know that the absence of fear is going to spell electoral doom for Republicans in 2008, because without fear the people won't feel a panic-induced need for a great protector.
So undone have Conservatives become by the lack of terrification among the American electorate that the Washington Times editorial board - yes the Moonie-owned paper is still in circulation - had taken to blaming, of course, the media:
"The gratuitous use of the dodge words 'allegedly' and 'authorities say' in stories buried back with the truss ads reveals an urge to be politically correct," the WaTimes editor claimed. Right, the "terror scare" stories couldn't possibly be given short shrift by the media, reported using qualifying language and the public completely disinterested because the outcome of the "alleged" plots haven't become predictable.
The administration sounds the alarm bells over a "dangerous plot." The media moves into feeding frenzy mode, the plot is embellished and enhanced, its imminence hyped and then...and then...and then...two days later it is learned that the plot was "aspirational only," the players bordering on mentally incapacitated and the scheme's success impossible.
And, Conservatives are fit-to-be-tied mad that America isn't more terrified!