Republicans have won since 2002 by capitalizing on fear of terrorism. By spreading the false belief that Republicans are stronger on terrorism, and successfully covering up their many failures which have placed the country in greater danger, Republicans have taken control of Congress and reelected a President who was neither ethically or intellectually up to the job. Republicans should have paid more attention to their first President (who certainly would never be a Republican today) who said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
The Washington Post shows how the Republicans are no longer succeeding in fooling the people with regards to their record on terrorism. Republicans are attempting to capitalize on the recent court decision against Bush’s warrantless wiretap program (as they ignore the fact that liberals object to the failure to follow the law, no necessarily the wiretaps themselves). The Washington Post cites a recent Pew Research Center poll which shows changing attitudes with regards to terrorism:
- “There is no consensus that Republicans are better on terrorism than the Democrats, as once was clearly the case,” said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
- A Pew Research Center poll released Thursday found “no evidence that terrorism is weighing heavily on voters — just 2 percent cite that as the issue they most want to hear candidates discuss, far fewer than the number mentioning education, gas prices, or health care.” The center continued: “And while roughly a third of Americans (35 percent) say they are very concerned that if Democrats gain control of Congress, they will weaken terrorist defenses, even more (46 percent) express great concern that Republicans will involve the U.S. in too many overseas military missions if the GOP keeps its congressional majorities.”
Republicans previously obtained support for their disastrous handling of Iraq by claiming it was part of the war on terrorism. Even this argument is now back firing as people see the failures in Iraq as a Republican failure on fighting terrorism:
- Republicans have done such a good job framing the invasion of Iraq as part of a “war on terror” that bad news from Baghdad is casting doubts on the anti-terrorism effort, Kohut said. Republican voters, meanwhile, are split on whether to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, the poll found.