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QUOTATION: People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing. - Walter H. Judd
2004-08-02 - 12:26 p.m.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Or wag the dog!I wonder what made me think of that today? We have been mislead or lied to so often during the past three years that when Howard Dean suggested in a news interview that this latest terrorist threat just might be politically motivated, who are we to argue or doubt him. You all remember the story about the little boy who called wolf? Aesop fable
They've elevated the threat to orange in New York City, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., because they "have credible evidence of threats to specific buildings in specific towns" they believe to have been cased and targeted. Don't you just wonder what it would take to move it up to RED?
We don't want the Dean accusation or hint of an accusation, however, to paralyze the President and Homeland Security as it may have President Clinton -- remember back when he was being accused of politicizing and starting a war in order to ostensibly take our minds off the Monica Lewinsky story? The movie, Wag the Dog, came out about the same time and it became the punch line for a lot of cartoons and jokes circulating the Internet. Clinton says that it did not deter him from going after Bin Laden, but who could have blamed him if it had.
Sure don't want that same thing to happen to Bush, do you? I wouldn't put it past this administration to do a Wag the Dog, but just for today, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and be glad those "bomb-sniffing" dogs are checking out the cars and trucks around the buildings that have been identified. I hope they're checking out some cars and trucks approaching the Golden Gate Bridge and the Space Needle...dams, trains, etc., too. Just in case, Al Queda had a plan B.
About Wag the Dog: "After seeing this and then happening to catch a speech by the big "W," I can honestly say it made me a little scared. Wag the Dog makes politics look like the circus side show it can sometimes become. Amazing performances from the Hollywood heavy weights like Robert DeNero and Dustin Hoffman come to enhance great performances from supporting players like Dennis Leary, Anne Hache, and even Willie Nelson. A must watch especially in these times of war."
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character give him power. - Abraham Lincoln
If you listen carefully to Ridge's announcements, you can almost hear him say: "This announcement is brought to you by the Republican party...and George Bush approved his announcement."
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin 1759