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fitman (36)

Since the policies of the Bush administration have been exactly what the terrorists had hoped to provoke on 9/11, support for President Bush is aiding and abetting terrorism.

Since the God's Own Party candidate has promised to continue with the same counterproductive policies (and perhaps to escalate), a vote for McCain is a vote for the advancement of Islamist terrorism.


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ILikePie (48)
It depends. If you criticize constructively, then you are helping him grow stronger, and ultimately helping him to conquer the terrorists. If you criticize with the sole objection of undermining him, then you are undermining support and confidence in him, and are thus giving a mental boost to the cause of the terrorists.
But, this is working on the basis that the President gives a backwards toss about what you personally, think, a basis which is obviously not true.
That's the beauty of democracy, eh?

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blue47 (12)
No one has helped the terrorist more than this idiot president.

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MommyL (8)
I'm sick of this kind of mindset. I voted for Bush in the last election, but he is NOT perfect. If it's not ok to criticize the President--if we all have to like him, no matter what he does--what the h#11 do we have elections for in the first place????

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BlueOrchid (41)
It's arguable but most of us as Americans would be too lazy to help.

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abichara (60)
These are the kinds of fallacies that destroy any sort of reasonable political debate. This country isn't defined by any one person; each of us have rights that we can exercise, one of them being freedom of speech. This right is critical, for ideas are the motor behind any dynamic society. Terrorism is bred by systems which don't encourage a free marketplace of ideas, and in some respects, that is really the reason why they hate us so much. Certainly if the ideas that some of these extremist Islamic religious types were truly subjected to a free marketplace of ideas, it would probably not perform so well. How do we know? Iran is a theocracy, yet its population has been shown to be very open to political freedom and liberty. What sustains the Mullahs rule is that they have a monopoly on the political discourse and they rule by fear. In a free society, ideas that are bad go to the side while those that optimize human interest stay. That's the beauty of free societies, and why they are much more dynamic than those that don't espouse it.

The terrorists don't like that we have such freedoms and they feel that such values are encroaching upon theirs, especially in light of globalization. So why would we want to suppress freedom of speech here at home when that's exactly what the terrorists want? They want us to be afraid, to be obsessed about the enemy. Yes, we need to be vigilant and proactive, but not fearful. Fear is the biggest enemy to freedom; it creates conditioned responses that make people subservient, unquestioning of their leaders. When that happens, freedom and democracy will go into the dustheap of history --leaders lose accountability, rights are taken away, to be replaced by suppression. It's a cycle that has been seen in many societies throughout history, one that has been defined by citizens who become pliant, soft, and uncritical.

Fear is a part of wartime; rights are many times foregone for supposed security needs. During the Civil War, Lincoln closed down newspapers which he saw as subversive. Woodrow Wilson during the First World War jailed one of his political opponents for speaking against the war.

My big concern with this war on terrorism is that it is becoming increasingly obvious that our leaders consider this venture to be a long term, open ended affair. Thus it seems like the suspension of key rights like Habeas Corpus will become a precedent that won't be turned back any time soon. Lincoln and Wilson did retract some rights, but they were promptly restored after the end of the war. This war is not against any one enemy, it is against an idea, a tactic that's been used since the beginning of human warfare. It's safe to say that the use of terror as a political tactic won't end any time soon. How do we know that weve won the war on terrorism? Will there be a declaration of victory? The open-ended nature of this war on terror is such that it can lead us in many different directions; according to what we define as a threat at any given moment in a rather arbitrary way.

Im worried that we can very well lose our freedoms because of this constant war type mentality. This is something that we need to be wary of if we expect to continue being a free society that promotes democracy here at home and abroad. Political liberty has always been our calling card as a nation, lets not forget that.

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frogio (47)
So, if I praise Bush the terrorists will go away, right?

...sorry, still can't do it..

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Djahuti (53)
Terrorists LOVE Bush.It has NEVER been so easy for them to get recruits,funding and sympathy from folks who just might have been our Allies under a better President.If ANYONE has "played right into their hands" it's Bush.He is even trying to take away a big chunk of that "Freedom" they supposedly despise us for.

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cablejockey (18)
Not being afraid to criticize one's leaders and questions their methods is the hall mark of a free society.
From what I understand of the United States' history, this country was born from those who refused to fall into line, who refused to bow to its leaders, and wanted to think for themselves.

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Solenoid DH (19)
That statement is much too broad. Certainly there are some ways you can help terrorists by undermining our president. But at the same time, dissent is healthy and all-American. I disagree with Bush on some issues, but I respect him.

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HistoryFan (97)
Y'know, Republicans (like myself) criticize the president, too. That doesn't make me a terrorist. That's just faulty logic.

I know this is wishful thinking but John McCain would've been a better president.

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oscargamblesfro (75)
Utterly ridiculous. People who really, truly, think like this probably rooted for Big Brother while reading "1984."

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zuchinibut (35)
Everybody deserves criticism, no matter what job you hold. If people see an area where he needs improvement, they should be willing and able to say so.

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CanadaSucks (45)
"I'm helping the terrorists?" Considering how the botched Iraq war has further eroded the U.S. in the eyes of centrist and radical Muslims (and just about every first-world nation that matters) and one of the main purposes of terrorism is to further erode the target nation's sense of stability, freedom, and confidence, dubya is (indirectly) the best friend the terrorists ever had. . .

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EschewObfuscation (61)
Me and the lefties agree on this one. This is a pathetic defense of the administration . . . and criticizing Bush does not "help" terrorists. It may delude them temporarily into believing they are winning the hearts and minds of the liberal contingent in the US, but when you come right down to it, even the lefties would fight to defend the US against terrorism. I just don't know what it would take to get them to acknowledge a real threat.

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Drummond (54)
Yeah, showing the rest of the world that Americans tolerate dissent and value diversity of opinion - that's helping the terrorists.

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PlanetaryGear (52)
A ridiculous, and assinine notion made by those with a BA in BS. This chickensh*t, fearmongering philosophy has been bandied about numerous times in the past five years by numerous right-wing talking heads and kool-aid salesman, and it makes me wanna puke in my shoe every time I hear it. We value freedoms in this country the last time I checked. This also means the freedom to critizice a Commander-in-Chief when he makes boneheaded foreign and domestic policy blunders that are obvious to anyone who isn't in a coma. In fact, there are few things that are more helpful in maintaining a healthy democracy than honest dissention and criticism of a sitting President in any and all circumstances, be they war or peace. If you believe otherwise, then I implore you to visit travelocity.com and book your next flight to North Korea, where the Government over there is more in line with your way of thinking.

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doobiesNhof (21)
That's ridiculous. Criticism of Bush isn't helping the terrorists any more than criticism of any other president would. The fact is that they hate Americans regardless of who is in office.

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