Friday, August 25, 2006

A Better America Through Terrorism

Yes, he's surrounded it with apologies and couched it as a mere excercise in moral imagination. But he really is saying this:

What if another terror attack just before this fall's elections could save many thousand-times the lives lost?

... If an attack occurred just before the elections, I have to think that at least a few of the voters who persist in this "Bush has kept us safe" thinking would realize the fallacy they have been under.

If 5% of the "he's kept us safe" revise their thinking enough to vote Democrat, well, then, the Dems could recapture the House and the Senate and be in a position to:

Block the next Supreme Court appointment, one which would surely result in the overturning of Roe and the death of hundreds if not thousands of women from abortion-prohibiting states at the hands of back-alley abortionists;

Be in a position to elevate the party's chances for a regime change in 2008. A regime change that would:

Save hundreds of thousands of American lives by enacting universal health care;

Save untold numbers of lives by pushing for cleaner air standards that would greatly reduce heart and lung diseases;

More enthusiastically address the need for mass transit, the greater availability of which would surely cut highway deaths;

Enact meaningful gun control legislation that would reduce crime and cut fatalities by thousands a year;

Fund stem cell research that could result in cures saving millions of lives;

Boost the minimum wage, helping to cut down on poverty which helps spawn violent crime and the deaths that spring from those acts;

Be less inclined to launch foolish wars, absence of which would save thousands of soldiers' lives- and quite likely moderate the likelihood of further terror acts.

Thank you, Russell Shaw, whom I never heard of till today. Thank you for having the courage to say in print in public what so many "progressives" only mutter among themselves or lie awake at night and frame as a fantasy. Thank you for getting it out there in the daylight where we can see and recognize it, and link to it forever when people say, "no one on the left really ever thinks that way."