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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Primal Fear: Kathleen Parker Fesses Up

posted by Jazz at 10/31/2004 08:56:00 AM

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One of the chief complaints against the Bush campaign strategy is that, failing to make a solid case for the President's domestic record, or to sell the validity of the Iraq invasion, they have resorted to a campaign of fear. The theory seems to be that if they can keep America frightened of whatever terrors await us beyond our borders, we will run back to the arms of "daddy" to keep us safe. Two days before the election, columnist and staunch Bush supporter Kathleen Parker gives up any pretense of trying to paint Bush as the better candidate, and joins in the fear pandering brigade.

"Whichever way the election goes, one thing is true: The wolves are out there and they are circling. While we're enjoying the privilege of determining our own fate, we might recall that we weren't afraid on Sept. 10, 2001. When the wolves are circling, it sometimes makes sense to think like a wolf. At such times, primitive fear may be the only rational response."

I don't know about you, but I don't respond well to threats. They tend to make me angry, and like the obstinate ass that I am, I just push back all the harder. Kerry is nothing to write home about, but I am convinced beyond any question that George W. Bush is the greatest threat to world peace and the future of this country that we have ever seen. Kerry will get my vote on Tuesday and I hope we, as a country, can find the strength to throw off fear and pig headed determination to "stay the course" as we head towards a cliff.