The Politics of Fear

Numerous news sources, including this New York Times article, are reporting today on GW Bush’s announcement that a terror attack was blocked in early 2002. I won’t repeat the details, you can read them almost anywhere.

The point is, once again GW Bush plays the politics of fear when his public support is waning. Bush’s approval ratings are still abysmal; renewal of the Patriot Act faces serious challenges; Bush’s illegal wiretaps are being justified in the name of “national security”; and Bush’s proposed budget hurts just about everyone EXCEPT for the wealthiest, while increasing the national debt by an unprecedented amount.

How does GW Bush deal with such critical issues? By trying to distract people, as he has done time and again, using the politics of fear.

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