Political Ads Use Fear To Manipulate Voters

January 6, 2008 | Filed Under Elections 

The politics of fear is a fascinating subject but it’s sad that we even need to have this discussion in the United States. It’s no secret that War itself helps promote candidates in a way that nothing else can. What the GOP found early in President Bush’s years is that terrorism and fear are just as effective as the “War effect” and are campaigns that can be run indefinitely. In 2006, Americans said NO, they refused to fall for the propaganda and put Democrats in office.

Republican strategists are back with a vengeance and it is obvious that they didn’t learn a lesson from 2006. They’ve come up with all sorts of excuses and reasons for their demise in 2006 and it apparently had nothing to do with the war. If you’ve listened to Mitt Romney lately, he pretty much says that the American people want “change” but not change in policy, they want government to become effective. His argument is that if Americans had a leader that would allow the U.S. to go back to Bush’s rubber-stamping days, we’d essentially have “change” that the American people could go for.

John McCain’s campaign is banking on it.

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Are you afraid yet?

Rudy Giuliani is basing his entire campaign around your fear.

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Still not afraid? Then bravo! Keep vigilant in this fight against terrorism because the terrorism is no longer a foreign threat. Until the 2008 election is over, expect a barrage of terrorist tactics to come out of our political campaigns. The majority of these fear campaigns will come from Rudy Giuliani as he’s made it a theme of his campaign. It looks like John McCain is getting in on the action and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Mitt Romney try this tactic as well.

Even during the debates, the fear-driven politics governs discussions if you let it:

Rudy Giuliani’s words, Mike Huckabee’s spin and one crazy response

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“You have to face reality, if you can’t face reality, you can’t lead.” — Rudy Giuliani

If you watched the above video, you listened to Mike Huckabee spin the Iraq War into a social responsibility question. He says that we made a mistake, but now it’s about “Honor” for our soldiers and upholding honor for the party and U.S.

“We’re losing elections and we’re going down next year if we don’t change it and it has all to do with foreign policy and it has to do with this fact.” — Ron Paul

Finally, a soldier’s response to the “Honor” spin on our soldiers

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This may be just one opinion, but it is shared globally and more than half the country is anti-War at this point. It’s disingenuous to suggest that Americans are interested in “succeeding” in this war on terror when most experts know that this isn’t a “War” in the traditional sense. In fact, I’d say that most Americans are ready to pull the plug on Iraq out of disgust with the politics of fear and the exploitation of God and country that has taken place in the political discourse.

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One Response to “Political Ads Use Fear To Manipulate Voters”

  1. admin on January 6th, 2008 6:09 pm

    This needs to stop. I’m not sure what the best way is to approach this issue, but this is a serious problem in American political discourse. If we continue to allow our politicians to get away with using fear to coerce citizens and manipulate election outcomes, we will lose our selves in the process.

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