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Which context are we in?

The Democrats have a problem. The Republicans are no longer playing in the same reality as we are. When the Vice President can say:

If Democratic policies had been pursued over the last two-to-three years, the kind of tax increases both Kerry and Edwards are talking about, we would not have had the kind of job growth that we’ve had.

And not generate immediate demands for clarification, our reality must be in a different dimension. After all, in the past 9 months (June through February) only 294,000 job were created. 2,145,000 less than the Bush administration projected. But yet, people believe them. The facts are against them, they have no justification, and yet people believe them.

I think we have sunk into a kind of murky swamp, where facts don't matter and the publics attention can be misdirected with a semantic slight of hand. What is the biggest trap in this swamp? The quicksand called "The War on Terror".

This is a semantic twist on reality that the Democrats must never adopt. "The War on Terror" is a war without end. It is a war with an enemy that can change with the tip of the Presidents pen. A war that requires us to hand over, to the government, the very freedoms the "War" is safeguarding. It is a war that persuaded Congress into handing over its constitutionally mandated responsibilities to the executive branch. It is a war without boundaries (physical ,cultural, temporal, or otherwise). It feeds and grows on our fears.

While there is no "War on Terror", there are two other wars:

  • The War on Al Qaeda
  • The War on Iraq

These are the wars the Democrats must discuss. So when the President talks about the Iraq conflict as the "War on Terror":
And I made a decision based upon that intelligence in the context of the war against terror. In other words, we were attacked, and therefore every threat had to be reanalyzed. Every threat had to be looked at. Every potential harm to America had to be judged in the context of this war on terror.

We must respond with Which war are you talking about Mr. President? The War on Al Qaeda? Or the War on Iraq?

Bush is correct about one thing, context is everything.

Posted by Al Maline at March 6, 2004 12:14 AM