A tradition in the politics of American presidential campaigns is the increase in disingenuous rhetoric, often with minimal regard for recognizing the realities of the day. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fight to emulate the "real deal" as presidential candidates who will "end the war" in Iraq. It's as if the outcome in Iraq has no consequence to the future of the human political rights in the Middle East, or anywhere else on the globe. Oddly, Jimmy Carter rises from the ash heap of presidential politics past, proclaiming that Hamas is ready to "accept Israel as its neighbor." Might America also be ready for a new understanding of Islamic terrorism? Is it all much ado about nothing?
As the campaign for the White House in 2008 more and more emulates the simple-minded myopia of "Support the Troops, Bring them Home" yard signs, there's a different message being brought to bear upon the "thin blue line" protecting the residents of Main Street and Elm Street America. Some in the endless 2008 presidential campaign promise a departure from the "politics of fear." However, training mandated by Pennsylvania's Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) tells a different story, as municipal law enforcement learn to comprehend the real threat of radical Islam.