Think about that. If Al Qaeda or Osama (Or Karl Rove or Dick Cheney) hadn’t masterminded that attack on September 11th, George W. Bush wouldn’t have stood a chance in hell at winning a second term.
So I guess it’s no wonder that “terrorists,” or “terrists” as he pronounces it, is perhaps the most commonly trotted out word in Bush’s public vocabulary. (His private vocabulary consists of the phrases, “I’m not drinkin’, it’s just beer,” “Huh?” “I’m ‘onna nickname yew,” and “Where’d Laura go?”)
Seriously, though, didn’t the man read “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” I mean, this is a man who reads children’s books in public. Surely to Pete he’s read that one.
But the evidence suggests quite the contrary. W trots out the word “terrorist” or some derivation thereof more often than Britney goes without panties. In other words, pretty much daily.
I for one, am feeling “terror fatigue.” And I can’t help but wonder if there aren’t OTHER important issues going on in our country. The economy, education, poverty, homelessness, health care. And that’s just off the top of my head.
I don’t want terrorists attacking us anymore than the next guy, but you know, we’ve only been attacked ONCE. Other countries live under a constant threat of attack, and they seem to manage getting through the day without their leaders crying “the sky is falling” every time someone wants to talk about something other than terror.
My other gigantic fear is that lots of ultraconservative pet projects are being pushed through the government while we’re all distracted by Georgie’s “look! A terrorist” rhetoric. Of course now, almost 7 years into the Bush presidency, it’s probably too late to do anything about it.
But let’s not make the same mistake next year. Repeat after me: “If we elect another Republican, the terrorists win.”