Democrats are upset, and rightly so at a new political ad by the committee to re-elect Bush & Company. In essence, the ad is playing upon 911 with the ad saying that "there are 9 democratic candidates who are against the war on terrorism." Let's examine that statement. Is it true that democrats are against the war on terrorism, or is it true that: THE DEMOCRATS DON'T AGREE WITH THE METHOD THAT BUSH IS USING TO FIGHT THE WAR ON TERRORISM. Examine the first statement of the Bush ad carefully, and understand the underlying argument. The argument is this: Bush's plan to fight terrorism is right, and not only right, but the only choice available...all other ideas or plans are not only wrong, they are supportive to terrorism. If you don't agree with his plan, then you are against the war on terrorism. This argument assumes fact not in evidence, i.e. that Bush's plan is the right plan, the only plan, or the best plan. By taking this position, which is fallacious in nature because it argues from conclusion--not to conclusion, the Bush administration can then call those who do not support their plan as not being in favor of the war on terrorism. This same argument was used when the extreme right wingers like Coulter, Hannity, and Limbaugh called those who did not agree with Bush's plan to fight terrorism visa vi the war in Iraq traitors. Those who still have a brain, and are not fully brainwashed to the point that they swallow anything either party says without any application of critical thinking, understand the nature of what Bush is doing....understand the use of fallacious reasoning, and appeal to emotion and not intellect. It is classic propaganda. It is playing upon the fears of the people, rather than playing to the reasoning ability of the electorate. While those who compare Bush's presidency to Hitler and other fascist regimes, I don't believe we have arrived at a totalitarian state...yet. However, the Bush administration does act as if they are always right, and for anyone who is a student of politics historically, this is very dangerous territory. Without a strong reasonable response to those in power, without the ability to critically question those in power, those in power are act without fear of criticism, as that power goes unchecked and unbridled. The bottom line is this: NO REAL AMERICAN FAVORS TERRORISM OR WHAT HAPPENED ON 911. This issue should not be in question. The issue should be, what is the best way to fight it....short term, intermediary term, and long term. It is not wrong to have a different opinion on how the USA should exercise its power in this process....both military and political. In fact it is our mutual responsibility to learn to think through these issues for ourselves and come to conclusion on which solutions to support. Clearly Bush has the democrats on their heels, and that has more to do with the weakness of the democratic party at present than Bush's strength in my opinion. That said, his misuse of 911 to justify his own agenda or re-election I find most disgusting. People need to see the lies that are being spread under the blanket of "patriotism." Let's have a debate where the candidates offer their solutions to the problems of the present situation, and stop the slander, please. As long as the people support such behavior, it will continue, even out of the mind and mouth of the president of the United States.