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Friday, September 17, 2004

Mary Kiffmeyer still crazy

Defending the idiotic terrorist alert she put our recently, Mary Kiffmeyer wrote (or somebody wrote for her) an op-ed in today's Star Tribune. In it, she says that her warning was eminently justified.

In the piece, she uses what is obviously becoming the latest Republican talking-point: naysayers are "9/10 people." "9/11 people" like herself realize that EVERYTHING changed that day, so no matter what you do, no matter how crazy it is, it is all right as long as you can justify it by saying "terrorists are trying to kill us!"

I agree that Kiffmeyer and many Republicans are "9/11 people," because they never seem to be able to move off that day. I'll call myself a "9/12 person": while 9/11 was horrific, the laws of reason and security were not magically repealed that day. Crying wolf still harms our security more than not putting up posters a polling places. Doing stupid things in the name of protecting our families from terrorism still costs far more than any benefits we get from it. Color-coded terror alerts that jump around for no reason, warnings about fruity-smelling bald guys, exhortations to buy plastic sheeting and duct tape, these all reduce security, not enhance them.

9/11 did not give people carte blanche to act like idiots and justify themselves by invoking the memories of thousands of our dead neighbors. Unfortunately, lots of people, mainly Republicans, still haven't learned this lesson.

5 Comments:

At 8:53 AM, September 19, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly Mary had an obligation to inform voters and candidates of the requirments in the primary election given she was going to choose to enforce a long outdated law regarding these standards. In meaningful elections you encourage people to vote, apperently the primary election on Tuesday was the most meaningful law of my life, I was under the assumption it was completly meaningless. You can rest assure that had I been made aware of the law I would have knocked on as many doors in my district to make sure The Independence Party maintained it's ballot access.

 
At 1:17 PM, September 20, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget what Mary Kiffmeyer did in the 2002 election.
9 MN counties refused to submit the vote total for Paul
Wellstone to the state, yet Mary Kiffmeyer certified the
incomplete results as official.

 
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