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More examples of fearmongering from the conservatives..

…but this time from the US, from the Conservative Party’s American Idols, the Republican Party, who did very well with fearmongering as an election tool from 2002-2005.  It appears some in the McCain team are trying once again to get Americans scared. First, they’re trying to get them scared of Obama. John McCain said in an interview a couple of days ago that he considered Obama’s voting record to show he was an extremist and maybe even a socialist (GASP!). Today, some in the McCain camp are  trying to paint an entire religious group as who Americans should be afraid of as well:

McCain POW bud: Muslims ‘going to kill us’

One of John McCain’s fellow POW’s in Vietnam defended the war in Iraq, saying, “The Muslims have said either we kneel or they’re going to kill us.” In a phone call with reporters arranged by the McCain campaign, Colonel Bud Day added: “I don’t intend to kneel and I don’t advocate to anybody that we kneel, and John doesn’t advocate to anybody that we kneel.”

Actually, this is both a vivid example of fear-mongering and group-baiting as you’ll find.

Meanwhile, in the electoral college, you can see why McCain is resorting to these tactics, and it will only get worse from him and his campaign the longer you see all those Blue states staying that way or expanding, particularly in traditional Republican “red states”, and as they get more desperate to turn the Democratic tide.

Cons: Facts dont count – only perception does.

So, the crime rate in Canada goes down for the 3rd year in a row, according to a new Statistics Canada report, and one of the polling firms out there quite rightly predicts that this probably will hurt the Cons:

“If crime rates continue to come down, then eventually the level of fear will not rise, but it might actually taper off or stabilize, in which case the usefulness of it as a ballot question for the Conservatives will weaken over time,” said Bruce Anderson, president of polling firm Harris-Decima.

Ah, but that won’t deter the Cons of course from continuing to try. According to them, those statistics are misleading and wrong, because people THINK that crime is going up:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has dismissed empirical evidence that crime rates are actually falling, suggesting that emotion is a more telling barometer. Harper has cast those who point to statistics to oppose elements of the Tory law-and-order agenda as apologists for criminals.“(They) try to pacify Canadians with statistics,” he told party supporters in January…That assertion was echoed today by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. “We are not governing by statistics. We are governing by what we promised Canadians in the last election and what Canadians have told us,” he said in an interview.

..and of course, the Cons. will do everything in their power to keep Canadians trying to think that, because for Canadians  to look at the statistics and see that the Cons messaging is nothing but bunk takes away a key plank of the Cons.  platform. The Cons. believe that Canadians being fearful works in their political favour, and many of the Cons. messaging is based on fear -this is one notable example of such deplorable tactics. The Cons., like their American Idols in the Republicans, are not part of the reality-based community.

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