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scare tactics
is it election season already?
by robert a. melos
pop culture

So the president is on the war path again. I mean, he’s preaching how he’s going to protect us all. Now if you haven’t heard his speech, here it is, or the sentiment of it.

*Oh! You better watch out,
you better not cry,
you better not pout,
George Bush is telling you why:
Terrorists are coming to town!

George W. is making a list,
Dick Cheney is checking it twice,
gonna find out who's naughty or nice.
Osama Bin-Laden is coming to town!
Terrorists see you when you're sleeping,
They know when you're awake.
Homeland Security knows when you've been bad or good,
so be good for goodness sake!

So...You better watch out, You better not cry
You better not pout, George W. is telling you why.
Terrorists are coming to town.
With liquid bombs, activated by ipods.
Cell phones that explode and laptops that go boom.
Terrorists are coming to town.

Little toy dolls with bombs in their bellies,
Hair gel, toothpaste and mouth wash that explodes.
Terrorists are coming to town.

The American public in the fly over states
Want to feel more secure.
They're gonna build a detainment camp in Kansas
all around those fields of wheat.

Ohh....You better watch out, you better not cry.
You better not pout, George W. is telling you why.
Terrorists are coming to town.

Now if this doesn’t make you want to run out and vote Republican, I don’t know what will.

I know, I jest. I make light of the grave situation facing the world on a daily basis. Some folks might think I’m mocking the leader of the greatest nation in the world, and I am. Why? Perhaps, in part, because I can. Legally I still have the right to free speech, even though people like Ann Coulter would like to see my right to speak out against fanatic politicians taken from me. Granted she also claims Bill Clinton is gay because he never made a pass at her, so I question her sanity in general, but that’s neither here nor there.

The point is, we are being subjected once again to scare tactics and more than likely it’ll work one more time because the Volvo driving soccer moms aren’t paying attention to anything beyond their schedule of drop offs and pick ups, and the occasional nooner with their kid’s coach while their husbands are off earning a living to support their family in the style to which they demand to become accustom.

Now you might say I sound like Axis Annie or Tokyo Rose telling the soldiers their wives and sweethearts were back home cheating on them, and perhaps I am. The only difference is I’m not living in the World War II scenario that seems to be so popular with the current administration. I’m just another person fed up with an economy that is earning record profits for the corporate giants and draining the life out of the average middle class man.

George W. said it himself; we are in a war that will last for generations. That right, terrorism is becoming a way of life, and while he’s touting the fact it has pretty much been kept from our shores these past 5 years, the reality is, the longer the world goes on the way it is, the chances of terrorist activity succeeding on American soil greatly increase. That’s just the fact that many seem to want to bury their heads in the sand and not face.

I mock the president, and yet in some ways he’s right. We have to do something to protect ourselves, but giving up our rights and cowering in fear every time the terror alert changes color isn’t going to protect us. Another columnist here, Laura Linger, said similar. She’s right.

A great president once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

George W. Bush is no Franklin D. Roosevelt. As Laura Linger pointed out, America was built on backbone. It’s time we found ours and stood up to all those who would oppress us, terrorists or politicians alike.

*Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Haven Gillespie.


Robert is the author of the novels Cool Mint Blue, Melba Ridge, and the recently released The Adventures of Homosexual Man and Lesbian Lad; and the creator of the on-line comix Impure Thoughts found at his web site Inside R.A. Melos, as well as having been an on-line staff writer for QBliss where he had a monthly humor column, Maybe A Yip, Maybe A Yap. In his non-writing time, when he's not studying the metaphysical or creating a tarot deck, he sells real estate in Middlesex County New Jersey, hangs out with his dog Zeus, and spends time at the Pride Center of New Jersey in Highland Park, NJ, where he is on the Board of Trustees.

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robert melos
9.6.06 @ 10:46p

Laura, your column is wonderful and was inspiration to the main focus of my column, after I had fun with rewriting song lyrics.

I agree with everything you said, and I've thought the same for some time. I have to say I was never a Bush fan even on 9/11. After the initial shock of seeing the World Trade Center collapse, I did actually think "now we'll see if Bush has the guts to step up and really be a leader of the people." And briefly he did seem to step up, and I don't blame him entirely for the mess the world is in. He had the opportunity to be the cowboy he is at heart, but doesn't have the guts to stand up to men like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove make his own decisions.

I do feel he may think he's making his own decisions, but he's being manipulated just like much of the American public. However, he chooses to be a corporate puppet.

Maybe the next regime will be better?

tracey kelley
9.7.06 @ 10:57a

This is really great, Robert.

You and Laura have it right: it's a lack of backbone. Now, we don't need to go to the racist profiling extent that was so prevelant of most of U.S. WWII propaganda, but we also don't need to dredge up the Cold War-the Russians Are Coming-Hunker in Your Bunker attitude of the 50s.

But I also don't look to Democrats to save us from all that's going on now. There's not a single Democratic leader I'd get behind right now...

...so they're magically going to create one in the next 2 years? Doubtful.

alex b
9.7.06 @ 11:30a

Robert, I really like this column. More and more, this country is using scare tactics to put and keep people in line, and I see nothing changing in the immediate future. Dubya and his peeps have done nothing to "step up to the plate"; if anything, thanks to them, an ugly, paranoid state seems more widespread. Leadership based on faith and fear are two different entities; the former asks people to contribute conscientious decision making, while the latter commands a lock-step. Soon enough, we're going to be known for that instead of liberty.

Oh, and I love the rewritten lyrics- I think you should record it and pop it on the Internet! (You could send one to Ann Coulter as a gift.)

robert melos
9.8.06 @ 12:31a

Tracey, I don't think the Democrats or the Republicans are going to save us, and I don't expect it. If we're lucky there will be a moderate Democrat in the White House next time, but chances are whoever gets in will have to deal with the next wave of terrorism and I do think that'll be on American soil.

There's a lot of hype about 5 years later, and I really the only thing that's changed is we've gotten older. ABC is airing a "documentary" supposedly based on the 9/11 Commission Report, yet it has already been made clear that much of what will be in it is fictionalized and the real basis of the film is to rewrite history to blame anyone other than Bush. When Al Gore makes a statement on global warming, a mocking cartoon surfaces on the Net and we later learn the company linked to that cartoon is Republicn backed.

We've got too much in-fighting and not enough concern about anything other than corporate profit for a small precentage of the country. Our world is a disappointment on many levels, but if it's going to go on we have to grow up put real world interests ahead of corporate interests.

Alex, I think America is becoming more of a laughing stock corporate bully.

dan gonzalez
9.12.06 @ 2:35p

Good rip, Robert.

The problem, though, is that there are no moderate dems left. See Joe Lieberman. All that's left are the ones that are 0 for 3 on the big issues.

robert melos
9.13.06 @ 2:48a

I'm curious. What exactly are the important issues?

Personally I would put the economy as 1, terrorism 2, and well, there isn't a 3rd. I lump terrorism and homeland security into one.

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