All I can say to the liberals who think the Bill of Rights is being shredded – “You reap what you sow.”
You all asked for a much bigger government to “take care of those who can’t take care of themselves.” What did you think was going to happen when the government was given such an incredible amount of money? Yeah, it feels all warm and fuzzy when you send in your 30+% because it goes to help the poor – but it also goes to increase the power of the federal government.
Furthermore, my last nerve is getting frayed when liberals, leftists, whatever you want to call yourselves point only to the Bush administration as the only ones at fault. Do you all have no sense of history? JFk had MLK Jr.’s phone tapped and mail during WWII was searched. Nixon actively controlled prices in our economy and Bill Clinton got us into Bosnia without Congressional approval and no one can argue that Bosnia holds any special interest for us.
And yet you support candidates who want to expand the powers of the government. You want the government to have power over your health, your education, your environment, and even your death. All of that is cool with you but when a president robustly works to protect you from enemies abroad (as Bush does now, as Reagan did against communist encroachment, and as FDR and Truman did against totalitarianism) you gleefully make cups with a vanishing Bill of Rights and call for the impeachment of men who are vigorously doing what they think is right and constitutional.
Maybe I’m being too tough on you all. It has been almost six and a half years since the last attack on American soil and you think that we’re safe. Maybe it was just a freak occurrence that they actually were able to hit us on 9/11. Is it really worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year to fight in a land that hardly any of us will ever see?
You bet it is. Iraq was not responsible for 9/11 but it did support terrorist organizations and probably even al Qaeda. Saddam Hussein gave thousands of dollars to the families of homicide bombers and used terrorism to keep his own people in line. But even if the reasons for going into Iraq were flawed there is absolutely every reason to make sure the Iraqi people win now.
Al Qaeda has made it clear they need to defeat us in Iraq. If we surrender in Iraq the terrorists will sweep in and realize a greater victory than they could ever hope for. Right now they are losing and everyone in the Middle East knows it. They have lost support from a majority of the people and they are bleeding members. If you want to say the recruitment numbers for our military is bad you would definitely have to say that the recruitment numbers for our enemy is one hundred times worse.
Don’t forget, Congress did give Bush the authority to use force in Iraq. Sure, duplicitous liberal politicians have said that they agreed to it because they thought it was only meant as a threat – but do you, all of you who hate Bush, really believe that? I doubt it.
Many things have changed since the founding of our country. The world then was a place where the most powerful weapon was a cannon, travel times were measured in months, and we were not a world power.
Now we have weapons that can kill tens of thousands and they cost less than some cars, you can be anywhere in the world in a day, and we are the world’s greatest power. Not only that, we have the biggest bull’s eye on our back ever in history. Islamists want to chop off our heads and neo-communist nations (Russia and China mainly) want to take us down a couple of pegs.
How is a president supposed to respond to these extremely complicated threats? Is he/she supposed to fire some cruise missiles at a mountainside and say “enough”? No. The president needs to work to eliminate the Islamist threat and mitigate the neo-communist one.
To succeed in defeating the Islamist threat means we have to fight an all-new type of war. A war where the greatest weapon is not a missile but is information. And how shall we get that information? Tapping terrorist phone lines is one great way. Forceful interrogations are another way.
But no, that won’t do. A lot of people think that our enemies should get our rights. What rights? Well the right to an attorney of course. The right to due process. The right to a speedy trial and all that good stuff that American citizens get to enjoy by living in a free country.
I have only one question: When in our history did we give these rights to the enemy? We didn’t stop General Patton’s progress so we could try a couple of Krauts in a court of law. We didn’t stop Sherman’s march on Atlanta so we could give a rebel his day in court. But for some reason we should give Islamic fanatics their day in court. Not just any court, mind you, but the same justice system that you and I use.
There’s a chance I can just be a calloused bastard. Maybe I am. But after three thousand of our citizens were incinerated I think every American has the right to not blink an eye when a terrorist doesn’t get his day in court. Unfortunately, the treatment they receive is not as horrible as the left makes it out to seem. The men who want to kill you, your family, and everyone else in America get such good care that a lefty demigod, Michael Moore, admitted in his movie Sicko that they get better care than those men and women who dropped everything to do whatever they could to help the victims of 9/11.
My final point I have to make with a very heavy heart and much sadness. When people say that America is doomed I have to admit that I think they are possibly right. For the foreseeable future I see America getting much more centralized and the government gaining more power over the people. I think Bush shares some of the blame with his grandiose domestic spending programs but the die was cast many years ago.
I can’t really tell you when America started sliding away from rugged individualism to statism but the movement is undeniable. Just look at the current euphoria surrounding Barack Obama. The euphoria is what worries me because no politician, even the president, should have the ability to make anyone’s life materially better. No one should have that power.
Unfortunately, this is the country we live in now. Long ago we started trading in our inalienable rights for the warm embrace of a seemingly benevolent parent – our government. Sometimes we gave up our rights for safety, other times for financial security, and all too often we gave up our rights to make things fairer.
We shouldn’t even be in the position we are in, but here we are. The ball was set in motion a long time ago and now all we do is play games of gotcha politics. God save us. BigT
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