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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Osama bin Laden, Republican Shill

The GOP unleashed a new set of television ads last weekend, which emphasize their stand on the terrorism issue. Basically, they’re against it. Unfortunately, I can’t see where they’ve accomplished very much in the war on terror.

The ads use images of violence and Osama bin Laden to give the impression that these dangers still exist. It is implied that a vote against the GOP in two weeks could weaken this country’s fight against the terrorists. Finally, they reach back to an old LBJ television ad from 1964 for the punchline. That ad implied that a vote for Johnson’s opponent, the legendary Barry Goldwater, would bring about the nuclear demise of a young innocent girl who’s only crime is ripping apart a daisy while trying to count to ten.

There are several things wrong with this ad. Aside from the fact that it’s a cheap shot at our emotions and that it plagiarizes the Democrats, it also unwittingly demonstrates that our war on terrorism has been a failure. We only have to look at Osama bin Laden to see this: after five years he is still alive and he hasn’t been brought to justice. Great going guys! Were you up all night thinking this one through? If you did, you lost a good night’s sleep for nothing.

You haven’t been able to capture this old guy hiding in a five years! Now you want to be rehired to finish the job? I can’t help thinking that this is a little like the Democrats using footage of Vietnam in the 1970’s. This comparison screams, “Hey, we know we have no one to blame but ourselves for this quagmire, but we want another chance to correct it...or make it worse.”

At least that’s the message I’m getting from the Republican ads, but then I am biased.

Another problem: you people have used Osama’s image so many times during the last five years that I have to wonder if he’s not due some royalties. A good lawyer or even a show business agent would insist that Osama get compensated for the all the times you’ve flashed his whiskered kisser on television. Hell, a really good lawyer could convince him to sue you for libel, what with all the nasty things you’ve been saying about him all these years. Of course, none of us believes he has a legal leg to stand on, but since when did that fact stop a frivolous suit from being filed.

So once again, American voter, the choice is up to you. We can re-elect a Congress that allowed itself to be misled into a sideshow that aggravated the war on terrorism, or pick a new direction for defending ourselves from the terrorists. Please choose wisely.


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