Apparently, Americans love themselves a bunch of greedy, grasping, profiteering, war-mongering fools when there is an enemy on the horizon. That is the conclusion to draw from a Gallup poll which shows that,
By a 23-percentage-point margin, Americans say Republicans are the party best able to protect the U.S. from terrorism and military threats, the largest GOP advantage to date.
Even more incredibly, and despite having economically ruined this nation the last time they “protected the U.S. from terrorism,” Republicans “also have the edge on keeping the nation prosperous.”
Considering that the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil occurred while George W. Bush, a Republican, was in office, and that the numbers show that the American economy does better when a Democrat is president, and that President Barack Obama has outperformed Reagan, this latest poll does not show that the public perceptions are true, but rather that Republicans are winning the propaganda war thanks to a mainstream media that is more than willing to be complicit in Republican deceptions.
And it shows that American voters can be as foolish as the Republicans who are leading them by their noses.
Gallup reports that,
The strong Republican advantage this year is most likely related to the increasing news coverage of ISIS and its beheadings of two American journalists. Although the Obama administration has initiated air attacks against terrorist positions in Iraq, the president’s widely quoted comments that he had “no strategy” for dealing with the issue may help explain why Americans have become less likely to say the Democrats could better protect the U.S. from terrorism and military threats.
Apparently, two beheadings count for more than 3,000 civilian deaths on 9/11, more than thousands of combat casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Apparently, in the public mind, actually thinking about what you are going to do is worse than blindly jumping into a pair of 10-year-long wars that ruin the economy.
Apparently, Cowboy Diplomacy is more compelling than Realpolitik.
That is, if you are somehow able to convince yourselves, as the public apparently has, that the Republicans never ruined the economy, just like you have convinced yourselves that a major terrorist attack has never occurred on U.S. soil while a Republican was in the White House.
You know, like George W. Bush on 9/11, right before he embarked on a lucrative career as a war criminal.
And of course, nothing says strong economy like two unfunded wars and tax cuts, right?
In addition to the GOP advantage on matters of security, Americans also give the Republican Party an edge as the party better able to keep the country prosperous, with 49% choosing the Republicans and 40% the Democrats.
Polls like this are discouraging. The Republican elite has the power and the money and wield them like magic swords, cutting across all bonds of truth and fact, seemingly rearranging Americans’ memories to suit their carpetbagging purposes.
The only Republican solution for any foreign policy crisis is military invention. This suits them well. It generates profits and it creates an easily pliable populace, willing to endure the erosion of their own rights – the very rights Republicans say are threatened by the enemy – in order to defeat the enemy, thus doing their work (i.e. dismantling the federal government) for them – all in the name of patriotism.
You have to almost admire the Republicans their ability to destroy this country while getting Americans to willingly participate in their own demise with flag-waving and cheers.
Like a shark is a perfect feeding machine, the Republicans Party has become a perfect chaos machine, breaking down order at every point of contact, with the ruthlessness of Ebola or a flesh-eating bacteria.
Republicans have already shown that they define the expansion of rights as tyranny. And it is our rights and freedoms, our livelihoods, our prosperity, and our very lives, that are being eaten by the Republican Party.
We’re losing the war of ideas, folks. And if we lose the war of ideas, we lose it all, because if there is one thing Republicans have shown America and the world, it is that they have no ideas of their own.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.