Fear, Dread, And Utter Terror
These are the emotions that are being felt by those of us who have been appalled by the actions of George W. Bush during
these last four years and have now learned that he has another four years to complete the job of dismantling the
democracy which our Founding Fathers risked their ''lives and fortunes'' to establish.
We watched helplessly as he and the Republican Congress gave away the budget surplus which was left by the Clinton
administration. We saw him sit dumbfounded in a room full of school children for several minutes before he was whisked
off to a secure bunker on September 11, 2001, to appear a few days later at Ground Zero as a "heroic" leader.. We
supported him when he sent troops to Afghanistan in pursuit of Osama Bin Laden, only to lose him and his men in the
mountains of "our ally", Pakistan.
We were astonished when he pulled most of the troops from Afghanistan and sent them into Iraq to punish Saddam Hussein
for possessing weapons of Mass Destruction, tons of them, and ready to fire at the United States on fifteen minutes
notice. This invasion was so urgent, we were told, that there was no time to wait for United Nations inspectors to go in
and look again, or for our traditional allies to decide whether to join us. "We're going now, with or without you!" they
were told and so we went without them.
Who will ever forget our Commander-in-Chief as he paraded on the deck of the aircraft carrier before the "Mission
Accomplished" sign and boasted about how easy it was to defeat Saddam. Saddam who, by the way, had also escaped and his
whereabouts were unknown for some months afterward, though his sons and a grandson would be mercilessly slaughtered. In
the mind of the Commander-in-Chief, the war had been won, the reconstruction would be uneventful, democracy would be
established in the Middle East and it, as well as Christianity, would spread over the world.
Once again, the American people were misled by this rosy scenario. The people of Iraq had other ideas. They had their
rifles, which they were allowed to keep as they were sent home, they had caches of ammunition all over the country and
they had the huge ammunition dumps which the American forces had received no orders to destroy or to secure. There was
ready material for the hidden roadside bombs which were so devastating to the sons of America who were traveling in
vehicles without the needed armor to protect their occupants. This materiel is now used against our own troops and a
portion of it could eventually be used against New York, Seattle, or Los Angeles. And, of course, no Weapons of Mass
Destruction have yet been discovered.
In addition, there was a new communication from a healthy Osama Bin Laden, who we were led to believe was living in a
cave in the mountains, surrounded by hostile troops and struggling with a terminal condition which could lead to his
death at any time. He appeared to be not only well, but vigorous, informing us of his intentions to oust the West from
the Islamic nations by whatever tactics available to him and warning of future attacks on our homeland.
And yet, fifty-one per cent of the American voters appeared to have voted for four more years of the same because they
feel "safer" with George W. Bush as their President. We do not! Those of us who opposed President Bush because of his
fumbling and stumbling in the attempt to do a job of which he is not capable, must state that we are now terrorized, not
by any international "terrorists", but by the incomprehensible thought processes which convinced the majority of the
American people that it was only by the subtle machinations of the Bush administration that no attack such as we
experienced on September 11, 2001, has occurred in the meantime. Osama is still alive and well, with a whole nation of
fresh and trained recruits in Iraq, waiting for directions to move their base of operations into the American mainland
and capable of doing it, thanks to the lackadaisical policies of Mr. Bush, with adequate munitions available and
insufficient Homeland Security to keep them out.
Yes, we are "terrorized". The fact that, to a majority of the voters of the United States, it is more important to
unequivocally prevent gay people from marrying and to deprive women of the choice of whether to bear children than it is
to maintain the integrity of our democratic nation and the abrogation of civil liberties which are steadily being eroded
by the regulations of the Bush cabal in order to suppress opposition to their policies, scares us to death! We do not
fear invasion by radical, independent groups from abroad; we do not fear attack from any foreign nation; we do not fear
the policies of President Bush in his efforts to force us to conform to his muddled thinking. The one thing that scares
the hell out of us is the prejudice and self-centered thinking of an apparent majority of the citizens of the United
We are terrifed at the thought of our neighbors passing laws which allow them to control our personal decisions and our
intimate relatiionships. We find livng our public and private lives according to the standards of the Evangelical Right
in America no more appetizing a prospect than would be living according to Islamic standards in the Middle East. Tyranny
by any other name is still tyranny. This has been the doctrine of this nation since its inception and any other is no
less than treason. That is the reason for our dread, our fear and our terror. No other nation in the world can destroy
us. Only we can do that, and a continuation of the Bush policies is a very real threat to accomplish that very thing
Mary Pitt is a septuagenarian Kansan who is self-employed and active in the political arena. Her concerns are her
four-generation family and the continuance of the United States as a democracy with a government "of the people, by the
people, and for the people". Comments and criticism may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org . \