~Ben Franklin: February 17, 1775, as published in Memoirs of the life and writings of Benjamin Franklin (1818).
An earlier variant by Franklin in Poor Richard's Almanack (1738): "Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power."
According to this story, the GOP is not going to be reinventing itself. It is returning to an issue that is still closely tied to George W. Bush, the President with the lowest ratings in a century.
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Then, with ominous music in the background, it splices sound bites from news reports and Republicans talking about the dangers of President Obama's decision to close Guantanamo Bay and to release Bush-era memos about harsh interrogation techniques.
The video's climax races through images of Obama hugging the Saudi king, shaking hands with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and ends with an image of the Pentagon burning on September 11, 2001, followed by a final question: "Do you feel safer?"
"Is it any wonder that voters and senators alike are running away in droves from the Republican Party? Looks like they have taken a page from the discredited Rove/Bush/Cheney playbook. This ad is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to play up the politics of fear and smear," said Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's spokeswoman, Katie Grant, said, "Republicans are once again resorting to fear tactics because they have no new ideas or constructive policies to offer. The American people have already rejected their politics of fear, and this will be no different."
A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll earlier in April suggested Americans do not agree with Republicans that Obama is making them less safe.
When asked whether the president's actions increased chances of a terrorist attack in the United States, 26 percent said yes and 72 percent said no."
I'm sorry, Republican party, but I have to agree with the poll. This is not what you need to be doing to make a "comeback." There are many, many issues you could face off with Obama and the Democrats and win a majority of opinion again. This isn't one of them.
Using 9/11 images to gain power is despicable. You've used it to fear-monger us for eight years and I'm sick of it-as is most of the US. Get it together. Really. WWRD. What would Reagan do? I doubt he'd have a part of this.