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The Stony Brook Press - Volume 26, Issue 1

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w ro n g
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th e n
th e
d a n g e r
i s
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d e v a s ta tin g
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th e
s ta n d p o in to f th e
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S ta te s ."
I n
a
c a m p a ig n
s to p
i n
D es
M o in e s ,
Iow a,
V ic e -P re s id e n t
D ick
C heney
u tte re d
th is
n o w
in fa m o u s
p h ra s e
in
re fe re n c e
t o
a
J o h n
K erry
p re s id e n tia l
v ic to ry .
I n
o th e r
w ords,
i fy o u
v o te
fo r
J o h n
K erry ,
th e
U n ite d
S ta te s
w ille x p e rie n c e
a
d e v a s ta tin g
te r-
ro r
a tta c k
d u rin g
h is
h y p o th e tic a l
te n u re
a s
C om m ander
i n
C h ief.
I f
y o u
m ake
th e
" rig h t"
c h o ic e ,how ever,
C heney
im p lie sth a tth e
d a n g e r
i s
e lim in a te d .
W hile
th e
B ush
c a m p a ig n
is
s p in n in g
th e
rem ark
a s
a
sim p le
illu s tra tio n
o f
p o lic y
d iffe re n c e s
b e tw e e n
th e
tw o
c a n d id a te s
i n
term s
o fh o w
terro rism , w o u ld
b e
d e a ltw ith ,
i t 's
im p o rta n tt o
re c o g n iz e
th is
rem ark forw hat
i tre a lly
r e p r e s e n ts .
T h is
q u o te
f i t sin to
a
d is tu rb in g
p a tte rn
b y
th e
B ush
c a m p a ig n
t o
s trik e
f e a r
in to
th e
h e a rts
o f th e
A m ericanp e o p le
a s
am eanst o
g a r-
n e r v o te s .
S in c e
th e
S e p te m b e r
1 1 th
a tta c k s ,th e
c a m p a ig n
h a s
u s e d
th e
th re a t
o f
t e r r o r i s m
t o
m a n ip u la te
th e
p u b lic
b y
c re a tin g
a n
in e s c a p a b le
c lim a te
o fd a n g e r .
T h is
i s
dem on-
s tra te d
th ro u g h
th e
in tro d u c tio n
o fth e
"T erro r
A lertS c a le ,"
th e
c o lo rfu lc h a r tth a ti s
m eant
t o
c le a rly
in d ic a te
h o w
lik e ly
i t
i s
th a t
th e
c o u n -
t r y
w ill
b e
a tta c k e d
i n
a n
u n s p e c ifie d
m anner.
T he
o b s c e n e ly
a m b ig u o u s
n a tu re
o f
th e
s c a le
seem s
t o
b e
d o n e
o n
p u rp o s e ;
e a c h
le v e l
i s
s o
m e a n in g le s s
th a tn o
o n e
c a n
te llw hatk in d
o fa
th re a t
th e re
re a lly
is .
H as
a n y o n e
fig u re d
o u t
th e
d iffe re n c e
b e tw e e n
a
" s ig n ific a n t"
te rro r
r i s k
a n d
a
" h ig h "
te rro r
risk ?
I n s te a d
o f
th e
h e lp fu l
to o li ti s
to u te d
t o
b e ,
th e
s c a le
i s
m ore
lik e ly
t oth ro w
p e o p lein to
ap a n ic k e d
c o n fu s io n
w henever
i t
e le v a te s .
A n o th e r
in te re s tin g
fe a -
tu re
o fth e
s c a le
i s
th a te v e n
i fi ti s
o n
th e
b o t-
to m
tie r,th e re
i s
a
n e b u lo u s
"low "
r i s k
o fte r-
ro r.
W hatd o e s
th a tm ean?
T h e r e 's
o n ly
a
3 0 %
c h a n c e
o f
t e r r o r i s m
to d a y ?
A c c o rd in g
t o
H o m e la n d
S e c u rity ,
th e
p u rv e y o rs
o fth e
s c a le ,
th e re
w ill
a lw a y s
b e
a
re a lis tic
te rro r
th re a t.
W here
th is
n o tio n
becom es
e s p e c ia lly
d a n g e r-
o u s ,
how ever,
i s
i n
th e
f a c t
th a ts a id
p u rv e y o rs
s e e m
t o
o ffe r
l i t t l e
a d v ic e
a s
t o
h o w
t o
re a c t
t o
th is
p u rp o rte d
th re a t.
A
g re a t
e x a m p le
o fth is
c o n
a n th ra x
s c a r e
o f
a
fe w
y e a rs
a g o .
s ta tio n s
w ere
e ffu s iv e ly
re m in d in g
a n
alm ost
u n d e te c ta b le
b io lo g ic a l
s w e e p in g
th e
n a tio n
i n
s u c h
a
m ann
p o litic ia n s
a n d
c e le b ritie s
w ere
T ry in gt oS c a r eY o u
B y M ik e
B illin g s
n e s
fro m
th e
c itiz e n s
fro m
a ll
th re a ts
fo re ig n
a n d
d o m e s tic .
W hen
new s
U n fo rtu n a te ly ,
th e
p re s e n t
reg im e
h a s
d o n e
p e o p le
th a t
n o th in g
b u t
e x p lo it
th e s e
s e n tim e n ts
b y
u s in g
I
a g e n t
w as
th e
th re a to f te rro ris m
t o
d e p ic tth e
w o rld
a s
a
ie rth a te v e n
sim p le,b la c k
a n d
w h ite
p la c e .
v u ln e ra b le ,
P la y in g
o ffo fth e
fe a rs
o f th e
A m erican
p u b lic ,
th e
B u sh
a d m in is tra tio n
h a s
u s e d
th e
th e m e
o f
" y o u 'r e
e ith e r
w ith
o r
a g a in s t
u s"
t o
c o n tro l
g o v e rn m e n ta l
p o lic y
a n d
in flu e n c e
p e o -
p l e 's
a ttitu d e s .
A m e ric a n s
a re
g o o d ,
a n d
te r-
ro ris ts
a re
b a d .
T e rro rists
a re
e v il,
a n d
th e y
com e
fro m
A fg h a n is ta n ,
Ira q ,
Ira n ,
a n d
N o rth
K orea.
W en e e dt o
g ot ow ar w ith
th e s ep la c e s
in
o rd e r
t o
b e
s a f e .
A nyone
w ho
d is a g re e s
i s
a n
u n p a trio tic
tra ito r.
B y
b e in g
o v e rly
sim p listic
i n
lo g ic
a n d
la n g u a g e ,
th e
B ush
a d m in is tra tio n
h a s
fo rc e d
th is
d ic h ro m a tic
m e n ta lity
o n to
th e
A m erican
p e o p le .
I n
d o in g
so ,
i t
becom es
in c re a s in g ly
e a s y
fo rth e
a d m in is tra tio n
t oju s -
t i f y
th e
"B u sh
D o c trin e "
o f
p re -e m p tiv e
w ar.
W hen
y o u 'v e
c o n v in c e d
th e
p o p u la tio n
t o
th in k
s t r i c t l y
i n
term s
o f" g o o d "
a n d
" e v il,"
im p licit-
l y
ty in g
S e p te m b e r
1 1 th
t o
S a d d a m
H ussein
a n d
I r a q
seem s
d a n g e ro u s ly
lo g ic a l.
T e rro rists
c a u s e d
9 /1 1 ,
S a d d a m
H ussein
i s
at e r r o r i s t ,
a n d
th e re fo re
w e
h a v e
t o
d e fe a t
H ussein
i n
o rd e r
to
p re v e n tfu rth e r a tta c k s .
A sa n
a d d e d
b o n u s
fo r
th e
a d m in is tra tio n ,
a n y o n e
w ho
d is a g re e s
w ith
th is
c h ild is h
th in k in g
i s
so ft
o n
t e r r o r i s m
a n d
d a n g e ro u s
fo r
th e
c o u n try .
I n
o rd e r
t o
b e
re -e le c te d ,
th e
B u sh
p e o p le
becam e
frig h te n e d .
A nd
x
a d v ic e
o f
th e
a d m in is tra tio n
fo r
th is
p e rc e iv e d
m enace?
D uctta p e .
d u c t
ta p e
a n d
m ake
su re
e v e ry
p a s ,
w h ic h
a n y
a irb o rn e
p a rtic le s
(c h e n
lo g ic a l
a g e n ts ,
o x y g e n ,
e tc .)
h a v e
t
tr a n s g r e s s
becom e
th o ro u g h ly
o c
a d h e s iv e .
T o
b e
e x tra
s a f e
i n
t h
s c e n a rio ,
m ake
su re
y o u
d o n 'te a tc
th in g
w h ile
c o w e rin g
w ith
f e a r
i
hom e.
T h is
w as
th e
b e s t
a d v ic
S e c u rity
c o u ld
o ffe r,
b u t
fro m
t h
v ie w ,
th a t's
ju s t
fin e .
W h ile
th e
h e lp le s s ly
p o n d e rin g
th e s e
d ire
c ii
th e
m ostlo g ic a l
p la c e
t o
tu rn
t o
f c
th e
g o v e rn m e n t.
A fter
a ll,
o n e
o f
re a s o n s
fo r
h a v in g
a
governm ent
v h a t
w as
th e
a d m in is tra tio n
i s
c re a tin g
a n d
m a n ip u la tin g
d e a lin g
w ith
fe a r
t o
fo rc e
p e o p le
t o
m ake
a
c h o ic e .
W hen
B uy
lo ts
o f
p ro m p te d
t o
d e c id e
b e tw e e n
" g o o d "
a n d
" e v il,"
s a g e
th ro u g h
p e o p le
w ill
p ic k
th e
fo rm er;
a n d
th e
n ic a l
o r
b io -
B u s h /C h e n e y
tic k e t
i s
u s in g
th is
id e a
m aster-
;h e
a b ility
t o
fu lly .
I t 's
s o
m uch
e a s ie rt o
th in k
i n
th e s eo v e r-
c lu d e d
w ith
sim p lified
term s
th a n
t o
c ritic a lly
e x a m in e
i s
doom sday
w h a t's
re a lly
g o in g
o n .
W hat
c a u s e s
terro rism ?
) rd rin k
a n y -
W hy
i s
A m erica
s u c h
a
ta rg e t?
D o
t e r r o r i s t s
n
y o u r
ow n
o n ly
com e
fro m
th e s e
" e v il"
p la c e s ?
I n
a
b la c k
e
H o m e la n d
a n d
w h ite
w o rld ,
th e re
i s
n o
ro o m
t o
a s k
th e s e
te ir
p o in t
o f
q u e s tio n s ,
a n d
a n y o n e
th a t
d o e s
m ust
n o t
s e e
p o p u la c e
i s
th e
re a l
th re a t
o r
u n d e rs ta n d
h o w
d a n g e ro u s
i t
rcum stances,
is .
A c c o rd in g
t o
th is
lo g ic ,
o n ly
G e o rg e
B u sh
) r answ ers
i s
h a s
th e
s te a d f a s t
w ill
t o
ig n o re
th e
im p o rta n t
th e
p rim ary
q u e s tio n s
a n d
s tu b b o rn ly
a d h e re
t o
fa ile d ,
id i-
i s
t o
p ro te c t
o tic
p o lic y .
It 'sP e o p leS e a s
W hat
a
c o m fo rtin g
th o u g h t:
T he
A ssaultW e a p o n sB an, a ls o
know n
a s
T he
V io le n tC rim eC o n tro la n d
L aw
E nforcem ent
A ct
o f
1 9 9 4
s ig n e d
in to
la w
b y
B ill
C lin to n
1 0
y e a rs
a g o
e x p ire s
S e p te m b e r
1 3 .
T he
b a n
p ro -
h ib its
th e
s a le
a n d
p ro d u c tio n
o fs p e c ific
m od-
e ls
o f
m ilitary -sty le
firearm s
w h ic h
in c lu d e
in fa m o u s
w eapons
s u c h
a s
A K -47s,
U zis,
a n d
T ec-9s.
A llto g e th e r
th e
la w
b a n s
1 9
d iffe re n t
w eapons
a n d
a ls o
fo rb id s
th e
p ro d u c tio n
o f
s e m ia u to m a tic
rifles, pistols
a n d
s h o tg u n s
w ith
m ore
th a n
o n e
o f
th e s e
f e a tu r e s :
p ro tru d in g
p is to l
g rip ,
b a y o n e t
m o u n t,
m a g a z in e
c a p a c ity
g re a te r
th a n
fiv e
ro u n d s,
fo ld in g
o rte le s c o p ic
s to c k ,
f la s h
su p p re sso r
a n d
g re n a d e
la u n c h e r.
W hat
d o e s
th e
e x p ira tio n
o fth is
la w
m ean?
I t
m eansth a ta so f S e p te m b e r
1 4 ,2 0 0 4
th e
a v e ra g e
A m erican
Jo e
c a n
g e t
h is
h a n d s
o n
a n y
o n e
o f
th e s e
p e o p le -k illin g
m a c h in e s .
T he
s e c o n d
am endm ent
o fth e
c o n s titu -
tio n
g iv e s
o n e
th e
rig h t
t o
k e e p
a n d
b e a r
arm s.
I t
s h o u ld
b e
e v id e n t
th a t
th is
am endm ent
p e r-
ta in s
t o
s e lf
d e fe n s e
s itu a tio n s
o rre c re a tio n a l
h u n tin g .
T h e r e 's
n o
n e e d
fo r
c iv ilia n s
t o
ow n
P a g e o 2
w eapons
c a p a b le
o f
k illin g
m u ltip le
p e o p le
in
sh o rt
p e rio d s
o f
tim e.
F e a tu re s
lik e
g re a te r
m a g a z in e
c a p a c ity ,
b a y o n e t
m o u n t,
f la s h
s u p -
p r e s s o r
s e r v e
n o
p u rp o se
fo r
e ith e r
sp o rt
o r
re c re a tio n .
T hese
g u n s
w ere
d e s ig n e d
t o
m ur-
d e r
p e o p le
a n d
th a t's
ju s t
w hat
th e y
d o .
W eapons
lik e
th e s e
h a v e
b e e n
u s e d
i n
crim es
lik e
C o lu m b in e
(w h ich
in v o lv e d
th e
u se
o f
a
T ec-D C 9)
a n d
m any
d ru g
re la te d
v io le n c e .
A c c o rd in g
t o
a
re c e n t
re p o rt
b y
th e
V io le n c e
P o lic y
C e n te r,
1o u to fe v e r y
5
la w
enforcem ent
o ffic e rs
b e tw e e n
1 9 9 8
a n d
2 0 0 1
k ille d
o n
th e
jo b
w ere
k ille d
b y
a s s a u lt
w eapons.
A lso
a c c o rd in g
t o
th e
V PC ,
th e
w eapons
o f
c h o ic e
am ong
d ru g
d e a le rs
a re
A R -15s,
A K -47s
a n d
T ec-9s.
O ne
c o u ld
q u e s tio n
th e
m o tiv e s
o f
som eone
w ho
w is h e s
t o
ow n
o n e
o fth e s e .
W hat
i s
B ush
d o in g
a b o u t
th is ?
B ush
s a id
h e
w o u ld
s ig n
a
b ill
re n e w in g
th e
b a n
if
C ongress
p a s s e s
i t ,
b u t
n o t
s u rp ris in g ly
h e
is
d o in g
a b s o lu te ly
n o th in g
t o
h a v e
th e
b a n
renew ed.
O new o u ldth in k
th a t M r. B ush,w ho
s o
a v id ly
d e fe n d s
H o m e la n d
S e c u rity ,
w o u ld
d o
S O M E T H IN G
t o
t r y
a n d
p e rs u a d e
C ongress
t o
B y B ritta n yB r o c k n e r
p a s s
th e
re n e w a l.
Y et
a g a in ,
B u s h 's
p o litic a l
a g e n d a
s h in e s
th ro u g h .
H e
w o u ld
ra th e r
a llo w
t e r r o r i s t s
a n d
c rim in a ls
a c c e s s
t o
a s s a u lt
w eapons
ra th e rth a n
m ake
n a tio n
s e c u re .
B ut
o f
c o u rs e !
B u sh
c o u n ts
o n
th e
su p p o rt
o f
g ro u p s
lik e
th e
N R A ,
w ho
d e s p is e
th e
b a n
a n d
a re
a n tic ip a tin g
i t s
e x p ira tio n .
A t
th e
sam e
tim e,
B ush
d o e s n 't
w ant
t o
s e e m
lik e
h e
su p p o rts
a llo w in g
sem i-au to m atic
a s s a u lt
w eapons
b a c k
o n
th e
s tr e e ts ,
s o
w hat
d o e s
h e
d o ?
H e
show s
c o m p le te
a p a th y
fo rhum an
l i f e
b y
d o in g
n o th -
in g .
S u re
h e 'd
p a s s
i t ,
i fi t
e v e rju s t
h a p p e n e d
t o
m a g ic a lly
la n d
o nh is
d e s k .
I t 's
iro n ic ,
som e
w o u ld
v e n tu re
t o
s a y
th a t
w eapons
lik e
A R -1 5 s
a n d
A K -47s
a re
c a p a b le
o f
c a u s in g
m ass
d e s tru c tio n ,
w o u n d in g
o r
k illin g
m any
i n
s e c -
o n d s ...w o u ld
th is
m ake
th e m ...
w e a p o n s ...
o f
m ass
d e s tru c tio n ?
O p p o n e n ts
o fth e
b a n
c la im
th a t
th e
b a n
its e lf
i s
b a s e d
p u re ly
o n
c o s m e tic
prem ises
in
th a ti t
p ro h ib its
m a n u fa c tu re
a n d
s a le
o f
g u n s
th a t
o n ly
" lo o k "
in tim id a tin g
a n d
a re
n o t
a n y
m ore
le th a l
th a n
g u n s
th a t
a re
a lre a d y
le g a l.
H ow ever,i fi scom m on
fo rth e s e
ille g a lw eapons
o n
_
t o
h a v e
a
la rg e -c a p a c ity
a m m u n itio n
m a g a z in e ,
w h ic h
e n a b le s
as h o o te r
t of i r e
d o z e n s
o fro u n d s
w ith o u t
re lo a d in g .
W o u ld n 't
th a t
m ake
th e m
ju s ts lig h tly
m ore
le th a l?
T heb a n
i s
le g itim a te .
O u tla w in g
s o m e th in g
w ith
a
fo ld in g
o r te le s c o p -
i c
s to c k
o r
a
f la s h
su p p re sso r
i s
j u s t i f i e d
in
th a t
th e s e
d e v ic e s
m ake
i t
e a s ie r
fo r
c rim in a ls
t o
c o n c e a l
th e ir
w eapons.
O p p o n e n ts
a ls o
c ry
th a t
th e
b a n
i s
n o t
n e c e s s a r y
b e c a u s e
o n ly
a
sm all
p e rc e n ta g e
o f
crim es
co m m itted
u s in g
firearm s
a re
co m m itted
w ith
th e s e
w eapons.
B e tw e e n
1 9 8 8
a n d
1 9 9 1 ,
a s s a u lt
w eapons
a c c o u n te d
fo r
8 .4.p e r c e n t
o fth e
g u n s
tra c e d
t o
crim es.
T hat
i s
s u b s ta n tia l.
E ven
so ,
a lth o u g h
s o m e th in g
m ay
re p re s e n t
a
sm all
p e rc e n ta g e
o f
th e
p o p u la tio n
d o e s n 't
m ean
th a t
i t
i s
n o t
a
lo t
o f p e o p l e 's
liv e sa ts ta k e .
P e rh a p sth e s e
crim es
a re
n o tv e ry
com m on,b u t th is
c o u ld
b e
b e c a u s e
o f
s tric te r
g u n
c o n tro l
le g is la tio n
a n d
s h o u ld
s ta y
th a t
w ay.
U n fo rtu n a te ly ,
d u e
t o
N R A
lo b b y in g
e f f o r t s ,
th e
b a n
in c lu d e d
a
"Sunset Clause"
th a t
s e t
i t
t o
e x p ire
m id n ig h t,
S e p te m b e r
1 3 ,
2 0 0 4 .
G un
m a n u fa c tu re rs
a n tic ip a te
th is
d a te
a n d
o n e
co-m pany,
A rm a lite
In c .
b a s e d
i n
G eneseo,
I l l .
h a s- e v e n
a lre a d y
o ffe re d
a
p ro g ra m
fo r
c u s -
to m ers
t o
tra d e
i n
a n d
c o n v e rt
th e ir
c u rre n t
w eapons
in to
p re v io u s ly
ille g a l
c o n fig u ra tio n s .
S h ip p in g
fo r
th e s e
w ill
b e
a v a ila b le
S e p te m b e r
1 4 .
T he
renew al
o f th e
A ssault W eapons
B an
m akes
com m on
s e n s e .
T he
y e a rs
fo llo w in g
th e
e n a c tm e n t
o fth e
b a n
s a w
a
re d u c tio n
i n
crim es
u s in g
a s s a u lt
w eapons.
I n
tim es
lik e
to d a y 's ,
w ith
th e
th re a t
o f
t e r r o r i s t s ,
s c h o o l
s h o o tin g s
a n dth e
lik e ,
w hyw o u ld
B ush
N O T
a c tiv e ly
p u r-
su ei t s
re n e w a l?
T hat answ er
i sp a in fu lly
o b v i-
o u s .
I t 's
a n
u n fo rtu n a te
tim e
w hen
th e
A m erican
'p e o p l e
h a v e
a
le a d e r
w ho
h a s
h is
p o litic a l
in te re s ts
a t
h e a rt
ra th e r
th a n
th e
s e c u rity
o fo u r
n a tio n .
H o w O ne M ay U se Septm berl l t ht
F u rth e rO n e 'sP o litic a lC a re e r
" N o b o d y 's
a fra id ,
n o b o d y 's
m oved,
n o b o d y 's
s c a r e d
i n
A m erica."
W h e th e r
th e
g ru ff,
s lo p p y
m an
s ta g g e rin g
th ro u g h
P e n n s y lv a n ia
S ta tio n
a t
2
a m
i s
rig h t
o r
n o t
re m a in s
t o
b e
s e e n
b u t
th e
p o in ti s
th a ti t ' s
o n
h is
m in d .
A sh e
s tu m b le s
p a s tah a lfd o z e n
n o t-
so -o n
d u ty
c o p s ,h e
u tte rs
afe w
m ore
s e n te n c e s
t o
n o
o n e
i n
p a rtic u la r.
T he
o n ly
a u d ib le
w o rd s
th o u g h
a re
a ,s trin g
o fe x p le tiv e s fo llo w e d
b y
th e
p h ra s e
w h ic h
i s
q u ite
o b v io u s ly
th e
e n g in e
b e h in d
h is
tra in
o f
th o u g h t;
9 /1 1 .
L ite ra lly
e v e ry o n e
fro m
th e
lu s h
a t
th e
tra in
s ta tio n
t o
th e
P re s id e n t
o f th e
U n ite d
i ss t i l l
ah u g e
is s u e . W hat
i s
m ost
d is c o n c e rt-
in g
how ever
i s
th e
f a c t
th a t
w h ile
som eI
s e e
i t
a s
a
g re a t
tra g e d y ,
o th e rss e e
i t U
m ore
a s
a
g re a t
o p p o rtu n ity .
A nd-
e v e n
th o u g h
th e
e v e n ts
S e p te m b e r
1 1 th
h a v e
o n
s lig h tly
fa d e d
fro m
m em oi
o v e rth e
la s tth re e
y e a r s ,
tl
B ush
a d m in is tra tio n
p la
t o
m ilk
th e.a tta c k s
fo r
th e y 're
w o rth .
R ig h t
a fte r
9 /1 1 ,
f e a r
o f
h e lp le s s n e s s
t o
j i
p le te ly
u n fo u n d e d
w ar
w it]
th a th a s
c o s tth e
U .S .
a b o u
lio n
a n d
o v e r
1 ,0 0 0
liv e s .
e le c tio n
tim e
draw s
d a n g
c lo s e ,
th e
R e p u b lic a n
P a rt.
t o
a g a in
m a n ip u la te
o u r
f <
t o
i t s
a d v a n ta g e .
B utth e
n
th egam e
i nN ovem beri s
n c
le s s n e s s
anym ore.
In ste
p la n
t o
u se
o u r
s y m p a th y
a n d
o u r
a ffin ity
to w a rd s
t
"freedom "
t o
c o n v in c e
u s
B u sh
i s
th e
o n ly
o n e
th a t
fro m
o u r
f a c e le s s
fo e
o f'
U m ...
w e ll...
u n -fre e d o m ,
I
T he
R e p u b lic a n s
h a v e
a
v e ry
w ello rg a n iz e d
u s
in to
re -e le c tin g
th e
g i
re a lly
e le c te d
i n
th e
f i r s t
p la c e .
(T h a n k s
a g a in ,
S u p re m e
C o u rt!)
T hey
a re
rid in g
o n
ap la tfo rm
o f e m p ty
prom ises
t o
t r y
t o
c o n v in c e
u s
th a t
th e y
a re
w h o lly
e m p h a tic
a n d
ju s t
w ant
t o
f i x
th e
p ro b le m s
th a t
th e y
d id
n o t
c a u s e .
T he
R e p u b lic a n
P a rty
w a n ts
t o
d is tra c t
u sfro m
th e
fa c tth a tG e o rg e
B ush
i s
n o ta
g re a t
le a d e r
i n
a n y
r e s p e c t.
T hey
d o n 't
w ant
u s
t o
re a liz eth a tB u s h d id
n o th in g
e x tra o rd in a ry
b u t
in s te a d
ju s tf6 llo w e d
p ro to c o l
a n d
h a p p e n e d
t o
b e
p re s id e n t
w hen
th e
U .S .
w as
a tta c k e d .
T hey
w antu s
t o
fo rg e ta b o u t
h o w
b a d
th e
w ara c tu a l-
l y
is .Y ou
s e e ,
w hen
o n e
ig n o re s
a llth e s e
p e s k y
l i t t l e
d e ta ils
c o n c e rn in g
ah u g e
d e fic it,
1 .6m il-
e s s
jo b s ,
b la ta n t
try ,
h id d e n
a g e n -
,a n d
th o u s a n d s
o f
d
A m e ric a n s
a s
1a sI r a q i s ,G e o rg e
h
i s
a
s h o e -in
fo r
m o re
y e a r s !
A nd
w hat
e r
w ay
t o
ru b
o u r
i n
o u r
f a c e s
th a n
iv eth e
R e p u b lic a n
o n a l
C o n v e n tio n
w
Y ork
C ity ?
I n
u p
th is
fa g a d e
o f
p a s s io n ,
th e y
h a v e
tig h tt o
th e
s o u rc e
e f.
B ut
N ew
Y ork
f
a
m illio n
r e g is -
is ,
a b o u t3m illio n
rn o c ra ts ,
a n d
i s
b y
v in g
s ta te .
D id
th e
m istak e
b y
h a v in g
?
O f
c o u rs e
n o t.
tb u t lu c k ily
w hen
d e n t,
y o u
c a n
p u t
n n iv in g
p e o p le
in
)o rta n tstu ff
w h ile
th e
h a n d
s h a k in g
ig .
O r
i s
i t
h a n d
b y
s h a k in g ?
A w ,
s olo n g
a sy o u
g e t
h t?
S o
i t
w o u ld
e
R N C
i s
i n
N ew
th e
R e p u b lic a n s
a n
im passe.
T hey
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t ,.
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w ,
th e
c ity
s o
th a t
B ush
a p p e a rs
t o
b e
a
com pe-
-B yJ o e F ilip p a z z o
te n ta n d
e ffe c tiv e
le a d e rw ho
c a re s
d e e p ly
a b o u t
th e
A m erican
p e o p le
i n
th is
p o s t-9 /1 1
e ra .
E ven
th o u g h
th e
c o n v e n tio n
w o u ld
u n d o u b te d ly
a ttra c t
d ro v e s
o f
p r o te s te r s ,
th e y
w o u ld
n o t
b e
a b le
t o
o v e rs h a d o w
th e
R N C
s in c e
p e a c e
d o e s n 't
m ake
h e a d lin e s .
A s
i t
is ,
th a n k s
t o
th e
P .A .T .R .I.O .T .
A ct,th e re
i s
n o
lin e
of dem arca-
tio n
b e tw e e n
th e
p ro te s te r
a n d
th e
t e r r o r i s t .
T hey
a re
b o th
s e e n
a s
u n -p a trio tic
a n d
.e n e m ie s
o f A m erica.
I fth e
p ro te s te rs
t r y
t o
d o
a n y th in g
b r a s h
th a t
m ig h t
ru in
th e
c o n v e n tio n
(a n d
g e t
th e m
in to
th e
p u b lic
e y e ),
th e y
w ill
o n ly
p e r-
p e tu a te
th e .t e r r o r i s t
im a g e .
J u s t
a s
th e
arm y
h a s
b e e n
s e n t
t o
k e e p
th e
t e r r o r i s t s
i n
lin e ,
s o
h a s
th e
p o lic e
d e p a rtm e n t
b e e n
s e n ti n
are c o rd
s h o w in g
o f
fo rc e
(o v e r
1 0 ,0 0 0
o f f ic e r s )
t o
k e e p
th e
d e m o n s tra to rs
i n
lin e ;
B a s ic a lly ,
a n y
b a d
b e h a v io r
o n
th e
p a rt
o f
th e
p ro te s te rs
w o u ld
o n ly
re in fo rc e e
B u s h 's
c a m p a ig n .
T he
a fo re m e n tio n e d
s c e n a r io
i s
n o t
a
c o m p le te ly
n e w
c o n c e p t.
I n
1 9 6 8 ,
dem onstra-
to rs
show ed
u p
t o
th e
D e m o c ra tic
N a tio n a l
C o n v e n tio n
i n
C h ic a g o ,
Illin o is
t o
p ro te s t
R ic h a rd
N ix o n
i n
th e
sam e
m anner
a s
a t
th is
y e a r 's
R N C .
V io le n c e ,
how ever,
e ru p te d
a t
th e
1 9 6 8
D N C
w hen
p ro te s te rs
a c te d
o u t
a n d
C h ic a g o
p o lic e
re s p o n d e d
w ith
fo rc e .
N ix o n
u s e d
th e
c h a o s
t o
h is
a d v a n ta g e
a n d
w on
th e
e le c tio n
b y
re in fo rc in g
th e
n o tio n
th a t
" th e
f i r s tc iv il
rig h to fe v e r y
A m erican
i s
t o
b e
f r e e
o fd o m e s tic
v io le n c e ."
B u s h 's
su p p o rte rs
k n e w
th a t
th is
w as
a n
a n g le
th e y
c o u ld
ta k e
i f
a n y -
th in g
w ent w ro n g
a t th e
R N C .
W ith
as lig h tm od-
ific a tio n
o fv o c a b u la ry ,
m aybe
b y
th ro w in g
th e
w o rd
" t e r r o r "
i n
th e re
som ew here,
B u sh
m ig h t
b e
a b le
t o
g ra b
th e
e x tra
v o te s
h e
n e e d s
t o
s ta y
i n
o ffic e .
G e o rg e
B ush
i s
u s in g
9 /1 1
t o
a s s o c ia te
d issen t w ith
terro rism .H e
i su s in g
9 /1 1
t o
p a s s
h im selfo ffa s
ac a p a b le
le a d e r.H e
i su s in g
9 /1 1
t op re te n d
th a th ei s
aju s t m anfig h tin g
th e
g o o d
fig h t.H e
i s
u s in g
9 /1 1
t o
k e e p
d is s e n tin g
o p in -
io n s
at bay.
A nd
w o rst
o f
a ll,
h e
i s
u s in g
9 /1 1
t os a y
th a tth e
o n lyw ay
t ob e
a" g o o d
A m e ric a n "
i st o
b e
a
" lo y a lR e p u b lic a n ."
O ne
c a no n ly
h o p e
th a tv o te rs
w ills to p
th in k in g
s o le ly
a b o u t9 /1 1
a n d
th e
p o s s ib ility
o f
a n o th e r
a tta c k
a n d
s ta r t
th in k in g
a b o u t
th e
re p e rc u s s io n s
o f
th e ir
a c tio n s
i n
N ovem ber
o n
th e
n e x t
fo u r
y e a rs
o f
th is
c o u n try .
P a g e .3
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