Monday, November 01, 2004

Memebustin'

Another Leftist meme expires:
The Bush administration left the terror threat level unchanged Saturday, despite warning state and local officials that a videotape message from Osama bin Laden may portend a new terrorist attack.

Wait... I thought Bush was gonna scare himself up some voters? Isn't he a fearmonger, playing off the paranoid hysterias of a wartime country for cheap political gain? I thought he invented the War on Terror to cement control of his dictatorship?

Meanwhile, mainstream media: "Up next, "Missing Explosives: How they could steal your job and abduct your Children""

update: Another meme bites the dust. Here is a portion of an email from Tim Sumner, Sergeant First Class, US Army (retired), 9/11 family member, and webmaster and cofounder of 9/11 Families for Stronger and Safer America, to Arthur Chrenkoff, blogger extraordinaire:

After weeks of asking them to do so, the Bush/Cheney campaign finally posted our open letter on their website. They said that while they appreciated our grassroots support from day one, they would not use us for political purposes.

We replied, 'that is exactly why you should publish our open letter and signatures. You didn't ask us; we are asking you. You have not "used us" as MoveOn.org did in March 2004 when it held an antiwar rally down near Manhattan's Ground Zero where it hosted a press conference for a small group of 9/11 family members to berate President Bush and demand that he pull that campaign ad with its fleeting glimpse of rescue workers carrying a flag-draped coffin from the WTC. Those few 9/11 family members were not speaking for us yet the mainstream media portrayed it as if they were. That could have been our loved one being reverently carried from where terrorists murdered them. We wanted America to remember 9/11. We wanted America to remember our President has not waivered in going after the terrorists who attacked our nation.

[...]

We have been silenced by the mainstream media for too long. The Bush/Cheneycampaign had to be (to its credit) dragged kicking and screaming into publishing our open letter to America and our signatures onto its website. We thank them for their respect. And we thank them for letting us stand with them now.


For a man that by all means should have campaigned with 9/11 as his main theme (BOTH candidates should have), Bush has been relatively reticent to invoke that day that shaped his presidency. This, obviously, does not square with the meme: "Bush is exploiting the grief of the 9/11 families!!"

And what do you mean this is the first time you've heard of a 9/11 family group for Bush? The media isn't liberally biased, because if they were they wouldn't tell us. Obviously.

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