"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Monday, October 25, 2004

They Still Just Don't Get It

President Clinton has joined Senator Kerry on the stump. Today, Kerry said of Clinton, "He helped bring our security and the security of the world to the level it ought to be."

Does Kerry actually believe that our security was at "the level it ought to be" on 9/11?

For his part, Clinton intoned, "...If one candidate's appealing to your fears, and the other one's appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to...hope."

The Democrats have been saying that Bush is trying to "scare" the electorate with talk of terrorism. This implies that the Dems believe we are safer than Bush lets on. But Kerry has said that we are less safe. So...which is it?

I would argue that Bush is appealing, realistically, to our hopes. Hopes for a more peaceful, more stable, more democratic world. One that would make terrorism less likely to incubate and propagate, threatening the lives of innocents, and our way of life.