Friday, February 29, 2008

It Will Say Great Things About the State of the Nation . . .

... if the voters of Texas and Ohio soundly reject the old-fashioned twentieth-century politics of fear embodied in this most recent television ad from an increasingly desperate Hillary Clinton campaign when they go to the polls next Tuesday.

"It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there's a phone in the White House and it's ringing. Something's happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call."

Very Rovian, isn't it? So, we have a ringing telephone. VERY SCARY. But who's on the other end of the line? Someone announcing that Saddam Hussein has risen from the dead with his well-hidden stash of chemical weapons, or that a resurrected Soviet Union has moved missiles into Communist Venezuela?
I want someone answering the phone who has shown the ability to think outside conventional boxes, not someone with knee-jerk military reactions honed half-a-century ago during the Cold War, or someone else with a propensity for "looking strong" over clear thinking.
Rent Thirteen Days and try to imagine Bush II, McCain, Clinton II, and President Obama filling JFK's shoes during the Cuban Missle Crisis -- the closest thing that our country has had to a "red phone moment" outside of Dr. Strangelove. Which of those men and women would have mindlessly listened to the military and intelligence "experts," and which one of those men and women would have, like President Kennedy, taken the time to talk rather than fry portions of the earth into radioactive dead zones?
My vote, and my money, is with President Obama.

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