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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

McCain Invokes Threat of Iran. Again.

John McCain wants every voter in America to know and fear the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He has repeatedly invoked his image in campaign ads, first putting Ahmadinejad's picture next to Obama's, now blaming Iran for high gas prices. This latest ad invokes the Iranian "threat" to America in order to scare Americans into thinking we need McCain as President. Either that, or he's saying we should all be really scared that gas prices are high because that means Iran is gaining control of our country. Either way, I think McCain is nuts. (I know, high-brow assessment) He's so afraid he's going to lose the election he's decided to scare Americans.


Just thinking about McCain's politics of fear. Can you imagine if FDR had stood up in front of Congress after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and droned on about how scared we should be and how terrifying the Axis Powers were? The whole idea of "nothing to fear but fear itself" and standing strong in front of an enemy is contrary to today's culture of fear mongering. There was plenty of that going around in the U.S. during World War II. However, it would be nice to see someone, for once, not use terrorism as a reason to vote for them. It doesn't seem to be possible for a Republican Presidential candidate to not run on the platform of the War on Terror.

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