July 3rd, 2008 18:38 EST
Mr. Bush, Americans Aren't So Afraid Of Terrorism Any Longer
"As Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama battle over who has the best approach to national security, a new CNN poll finds Americans` concerns about terrorism have hit an all-time low for the post-September 11 era.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday, 35 percent of Americans believe a terrorist attack somewhere in the United States is likely over the next several weeks.
The figure is the lowest in a CNN poll since the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
Between 2002 and 2006, summertime polls typically showed that a majority of Americans believed that a terrorist attack was likely. Last summer, that figure dropped to 41 percent. This summer, it dropped another 6 percentage points."
Quotation from CNN.Com
The horrific 9/11 attacks were almost eight years ago, and in the absence of any further attacks, it`s only natural that we have grown complacent.
But it`s also true that the foreign Islamic terrorists have been replaced by evildoers of the homegrown variety.
Why worry about foreign al Qaeda terrorists when there`s a gas station at every major intersection holding us up? When I fill-up my car I curse George Bush, Congress, Big Oil, OPEC -- none of them foreign terrorists.
It`s not Islamic Jihadists who prevent hard working middle class Americans from sleeping at night, it`s the domestic banks that are threatening to foreclose on their American dream.
It`s not international terrorism that makes my blood boil, it`s the HMO`s that charge high premiums and provide inadequate coverage that has my blood pressure about to explode.
It`s not a bin Laden voodoo doll that I`m sticking pins in, it`s one representing George Bush that I`m tormenting. Dubya has caused more harm to America in eight years than al Qaeda can wreak in a generation.
al Qaeda? I`m too busy figuring out which overdue bills to pay this month, to worry about them.