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The Campaign of Hate and Fear
Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/16/2003 | Orson Scott Card

Posted on 12/16/2003 10:33:45 AM PST by cordeiro

Edited on 04/23/2004 12:06:14 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

The Campaign of Hate and Fear Some of my fellow Democrats are unpatriotic.

In one of Patrick O'Brian's novels about the British navy during the Napoleonic wars, he dismisses a particularly foolish politician by saying that his political platform was "death to the Whigs." Watching the primary campaigns among this year's pathetic crop of Democratic candidates, I can't help but think that their campaigns would be vastly improved if they would only rise to the level of "Death to the Republicans."


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; dems; dnc; electionpresident
A pretty enlightened democrat (note lower case "d"), if you ask me.
1 posted on 12/16/2003 10:33:47 AM PST by cordeiro
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To: cordeiro
Great post --but a depressing article. I hope all FReepers take note. The fifth column in the US is being actively abetted by the media in its crusade to bring GWB down at ALL costs -- including the sacrifice of the security of this country.

Bush is hanging in there against the odds. But we cannot, CANNOT be lulled into a false sense of security. A booming economy, inflation at historical lows, a DOW headed for 11000, and constant, tangible progress in the war on terror, both in Iraq and elsewhere, do NOT guarantee victory next November. The traitors on the Left and their enablers in the press will continue their effort to subvert this nation up to, and as we saw in 2000, through election day.

2 posted on 12/16/2003 10:41:53 AM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: cordeiro
Quite remarkable. Good read.
3 posted on 12/16/2003 10:42:15 AM PST by WarmLiquidGhoo (Hillary is a fembot)
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To: cateizgr8
ping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4 posted on 12/16/2003 10:45:50 AM PST by Britton J Wingfield (TANSTAAFL)
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To: crosshair; LurkedLongEnough
ping
5 posted on 12/16/2003 10:54:24 AM PST by leadpencil1 (have you ever seen a technicolor yawn?)
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To: cordeiro
Card is a donkey? His militaristic science fiction makes one believe he's a conservative Republican...
6 posted on 12/16/2003 10:56:41 AM PST by pabianice
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To: cordeiro
Great post. The difference in fighting the spin now is the growth of the alternative media - such as Free Republic, talk radio, and the cable networks, mainly Fox, that provide more accurate information. The spin merchants no longer control the means of disseminating information. At least, they don't have a monopoly anymore. 2004 could be a watershed year in American history, if the President is reelected (as I believe he will be) overwhelmingly and has significant coat-tails to carry other Republican candidates with him, thus pushing the Democratic Party closer to extinction. Big Media will also be impacted if we the people keep up our support. CBSABCNBC lose more and more viewers every day, and although I don't have data to back it up, other than the soliciting phone calls I still receive, I bet the Wash Post, the NY Times, and the LA Times are losing subscribers too.
7 posted on 12/16/2003 11:00:24 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: cordeiro; OXENinFLA
I can think of many, many reasons why the Republicans should not control both houses of Congress and the White House. But right now, if the alternative is the Democratic Party as led in Congress and as exemplified by the current candidates for the Democratic nomination, then I can't be the only Democrat who will, with great reluctance, vote not just for George W. Bush, but also for every other candidate of the only party that seems committed to fighting abroad to destroy the enemies that seek to kill us and our friends at home.

Here's a return PING! on a good one. :)

8 posted on 12/16/2003 11:01:06 AM PST by StriperSniper (Sending the Ba'thist to the showers! ;-)
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To: pabianice
It was a suprise to me too. If he hadn't stated it clearly in the article a few times, I would've pegged him as a conservative Republican too.
9 posted on 12/16/2003 11:03:12 AM PST by cordeiro (Never bring a knife to a gunfight)
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To: cordeiro
I first read this article when it was posted on FR after it was originally published in NC. It's great to see the article make it to the WSJ. Card is a very effective writer, and his sense and sensibility are persuasive.

It was originally posted here. It seems to have also been posted today here. But it is good enough to be posted a dozen times more.

10 posted on 12/16/2003 11:11:52 AM PST by The Electrician
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To: cordeiro
While I've never been much of a fan of Card's writings, overall -- give me old-timers like Frederick Pohl, Damon Knight and Robert Silverberg anyday, when it comes to science fiction -- the man's defense of this administration, re: the war on terror, has been principled and consistent. He absolutely has my admiration, for that.
11 posted on 12/16/2003 11:13:08 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("The Clintons have damaged our country. They have done it together, in unison." -- Peggy Noonan)
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To: cordeiro
I would've pegged him as a conservative Republican too.

Beware of the democrat morphman. He's like the boogey man - blends into the background, then pounces on you from the closet when you're not looking.

12 posted on 12/16/2003 11:19:07 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough (Persian rugs lie.)
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To: cordeiro
And if we elect a government that subverts or weakens or ends our war against terrorism, we can count on this: We will soon face enemies that will make 9/11 look like stubbing our toe, and they will attack us with the confidence and determination that come from knowing that we don't have the will to sustain a war all the way to the end.

Honey, get me my smelling salts.

I would add to his last sentence, Nor the will to sustain our way of life. That means SURRENDER!

Another poster nailed it - we MUST work tirelessy for the re-election of GW. They are pulling in money from foreign sources (move-on.org) and other websites. They will do ANYTHING to win. I am not overstating that we could be in for the worst case scenario, if GW is not re-elected.
13 posted on 12/16/2003 11:34:34 AM PST by baseballmom
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To: cordeiro
This article provides the thesis to why we should be expecting GWB to be securing an embarrassingly (to Howard Dean) substantial high number of 'Democrat' endorsements to his re-election in 2004.
14 posted on 12/16/2003 11:49:08 AM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: pabianice; cordeiro
[Pabianice:] Card is a donkey? His militaristic science fiction makes one believe he's a conservative Republican...

[cordeiro:] If he hadn't stated it clearly in the article a few times, I would've pegged him as a conservative Republican too.

Just give him some time...

I suspect it won't be long before Card makes the switch. I now realize that I was more conservative than liberal long before I actually switched parties (in my younger years I voted Democrat -- until the Clinton administration finally woke me up to what the Democrat party had become).

15 posted on 12/16/2003 12:31:50 PM PST by Ichneumon
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To: Ichneumon
Perhaps Card is pulling the same trick the Left likes to play. Namely;

As a Republican I'm outraged at the extremist blah blah blah that the evil far right wing extremists in Congress are proposing.

Then you find out this supposed Republican hasn't voted for a Republican since Nelson Rockefeller retired and doesn't agree with a single issue in the Republican party platform.

Or it could just be that like Zell Miller, Card is one of the last few pre-68 (aka pre the extreme left wing takeover) Democrats.
16 posted on 12/16/2003 1:06:15 PM PST by swilhelm73
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To: mondonico
Bush is hanging in there against the odds. But we cannot, CANNOT be lulled into a false sense of security. A booming economy, inflation at historical lows, a DOW headed for 11000, and constant, tangible progress in the war on terror, both in Iraq and elsewhere, do NOT guarantee victory next November. The traitors on the Left and their enablers in the press will continue their effort to subvert this nation up to, and as we saw in 2000, through election day.

This warning must be ingrained into the thinking of any conservative who cares about the future of this country, from now until Election Day. We need to run sacred, because if we relax and laugh at the Rats and their seeming ineptitude, we'll get sucker-punched by the Rats and media like we were in '92. And there is good reason to run scared, because if the opposition wins then I have no doubts we'll be seeing 9-11 repeated on a regular basis in this country. Our enemies are nothing if not masters at exploiting our weaknesses. If we have a President Dean or President Hillary! imploring us to "understand why our enemies hate us", and fruitlessly trying to "internationalize" the WOT, while we're sitting around holding hands and singing kumbaya, the barbarians will be flying airliners into skyscrapers again.

Howard Dean has been carried to the threshold of the Rat nomination with one message, the same old vile, vitriolic one-note song that says "I hate Bush, and you should, too." Hatred is all the Rats have to offer. Hatred of Bush, specifically, but also hatred of anything that keeps them from obtaining power. As the author of the article points out, if that means throwing away the lives of our servicepersons, that's no big deal for the Rats. They'll spill the blood of others to obtain and hold power. And as long as its not their blood, they'll keep it flowing. Dean and Hillary! and all the other Rats don't give a crap about anything or anyone except doing whatever it takes to win.

17 posted on 12/16/2003 1:27:44 PM PST by chimera
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To: pabianice
Card's a Zell Miller-type democrat.

One of the few LDS Democrats out there.
18 posted on 12/16/2003 4:47:56 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day ("The Pinedale Shopping Center has just been bombed by live turkeys!")
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To: pabianice
Card is a donkey? His militaristic science fiction makes one believe he's a conservative Republican...

Try to remember that at one time, many democrats were strong supporters of the national defense, like Henry "Scoop" Jackson.... Now your typical democrat is much more like Henry "Dump" Waxman.

Mark

19 posted on 12/16/2003 4:57:50 PM PST by MarkL (Dammit Vermile!!!! I can't take any more of these close games! Chiefs 12-2!!! Woooo Hoooo!!!)
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To: cordeiro
BTTT... good read...
20 posted on 12/16/2003 5:01:29 PM PST by tje (There is nothing more serious than pleasure.)
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To: MarkL
MarkL said: "Try to remember that at one time, many democrats were strong supporters of the national defense,"

With the help of a complicit media, populated by liars, the Demoncrats have dedicated themselves to the destruction of much of what was once valued most highly.

"The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which ... historically has proven to be always possible." - United States Senator Hubert Humphrey

21 posted on 12/16/2003 7:50:48 PM PST by William Tell
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To: cordeiro
BTTT
22 posted on 12/17/2003 3:23:33 AM PST by XHogPilot
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To: cordeiro
We have enemies that have earned our hatred, and whom we should fear. They are fanatical terrorists who seek opportunities to kill American civilians here and Israeli civilians in Israel. But right now, our national media and the Democratic Party are trying to get us to believe that the people we should hate and fear are George W. Bush and the Republicans.

Never Forget.
23 posted on 12/17/2003 3:29:29 AM PST by tet68
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To: Ichneumon
Clinton wake-up ping! During the Clinton Admin. is when I finally realized you can't be an "I vote for the man, not the party" type voter.
Everytime, now, I hear someone say that, I ask them if they like Kennedy, Hillary, etc. When they say no, I tell them that every local democrat vote gives them the underlying power to stay in office and undermine the US.

I'm trying to convert one at a time.

vaudine
24 posted on 12/17/2003 3:57:48 AM PST by vaudine
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To: cordeiro
bttt
25 posted on 12/17/2003 1:19:30 PM PST by luckydevi
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To: Heuristic Hiker
OSC ping
26 posted on 12/18/2003 12:47:12 AM PST by Utah Girl
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