Originally posted by SDW2001
Bush is using fear? HAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHA. Stop, you're killing me.
Bush comes out and says "no draft, period". Kerry, the very next day, starts talking about a second Bush term carries with it the likelihood of a draft.
All politicians use fear tactics, typically 'fear' of what the other candidates policies might do. If you truly think that the other guys policies are going to have scary consequences, that's a fair argument to make, especially if you can back it up substantively.
Kerry has good reasons to believe that Bush's go-it-alone (and no, I'm not forgetting Poland!) policies will force conditions for a draft, regardless of what Bush says, because we're so over-extended now. Can Kerry get more help from our allies? Who knows? But he's got a better chance than Bush, that's for sure.
Bush, on the other hand, can make no sound, or even reasonably plausible argument, for willfully distorting Kerry's words to pretend that Kerry would "give France a veto on defending America" or that he'd "wait until after America was attacked" to defend America. (Like Bush waited, after ignoring Richard Clarke and the "Bin Laden determined to Strike America" PDB, for example.)
Taking an actual tragic event and using droning repetition, and droning false associations (like always trying to mention 9/11 and Saddam within a few breaths of each other, over and over again, while slyly avoiding exact wording that connects the two) is quite a different thing, and a very exploitative and shamelessly opportunistic form of fearmongering.
Nice condescension in your post. You know, OF COURSE a "security mom" isn't smart enough to make her own choice. Gee, it couldn't be that she rightly believes Bush will be more aggressive with terrorism, keeping the war off our shores. It couldn't be that, could it?
I am being condescending. I won't pretend I'm not. A lot of security moms and NASCAR dads, and even a lot of the brie-eating Volvo drivers who'll be voting for Kerry with me... I think a lot of them are complete idiots.
I think the majority of voters, liberal and conservative, vote based on very shallow reactions to emotional hot-button issues. Depth of consideration of the issues is a rare thing. The Republicans, however, with Karl Rove and the like running the show, have simply become far better, and far more shameless, at crass manipulation of these weaknesses in judgement.