Unable to stand on their own accomplishments, the Bush/Cheney campaign is now appealing to our sense of fear. Despite the fact that 9/11 happened on their watch, Cheney has suggested that we are more likely to "get hit again" if John Kerry is elected. It remains to be seen how many voters will be cowed by this strategy of intimidation. But if the question is whether we have more to fear from Bush or Kerry, the concerns expressed by a growing list of distinguished Americans are quite sobering.
In June, 48 American scientists who have each won a Nobel prize in physics, chemistry or medicine issued a letter declaring that Bush's policies "are undermining the foundation of America's future." The letter stated, "Unlike previous administrations, Republican and Democratic alike, the Bush administration has ignored unbiased scientific advice in the policy-making that is so important to our collective welfare."