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I've been everywhere That was the title of a hit country-and-western song from the late 1950's, originally sung by Hank Snow, and made famous by Johnny Cash. I resemble that! My 26-year career in the Air Force took me to more than sixty nations on five continents - sometimes only for a few minutes, other times for as long as four years at a time. In all that travel, I also managed to find the perfect partner, help rear three children, earn more than 200 hours of college credit, write more than 3000 reports, papers, documents, pamphlets, and even a handful of novels, take about 10,000 photographs, and met a huge crowd of interesting people. I use this weblog and my personal website here to document my life, and discuss my views on subjects I find interesting.

Monday, July 11, 2005

America's Democratic Fifth Column

There are a large number of people who hate George Bush, hate his re-election, hate everything he does, simply because he's NOT a Democrat. Their hatred leads them to criticize US foreign policy and the War on Terror, regardless of whether their criticism is real or not. In doing what they do, they are encouraging our enemies and giving aid and comfort to those who hate us.

It would be acceptable if the Left simply disagreed with what's being done and how it's being carried out, and had a coherent plan to offer in its place. Unfortunately, the Left is about as clueless as the fleas on a rat's back, not only about why we were attacked, but also why we MUST fight, and WIN, if we are to remain a free and independent people.

The goal of many of the Left, indeed, includes the destruction of the United States and its incorporation into a single global entity, apparently under a world government run by the United Nations. The lack of success the United Nations has had in virtually everything they've tried to do doesn't seem to phase the Left in the least - they feel all "warm and fuzzy" about the United Nations, and that's all that counts to them.

Life, however, is about struggle. Life is a struggle from the first gasp of breath until the last sigh at death. We struggle to breathe, we struggle to find food to eat, clothing to wear, and a place to shelter ourselves from the elements. Most of us wish to succeed, and struggle harder than those that don't care, or feel that struggling is too hard and everything should just be given to them. The only way to give to those who are unwilling (or the very much smaller subset that are unable) to provide for themselves has to come from somewhere. In real life, it comes from those who struggle to succeed. Governments are not productive - they don't create an excess that can be shared with non-producers. Every dime the government spends comes from someone who works hard for that dime.

The current war comes down to a conflict between two sets of ideas. On one hand there is the idea of personal freedom, private property, and individual choice that has the capability of producing more than is personally needed for survival. This creates profit, and goods that can be exchanged with others for what we personally don't create. The other set of ideas is that everything and everyone should be enslaved to the rigid practice of a religion created 1300 years ago, and that the individual must be totally committed to following these religious practices, no matter how onorous they may be, or how they keep the individual from every succeeding on his or her own. In fact, that idea delegates one-half of the population to even more stringent controls, which not only limit individual freedom, but makes women the equivalent of property to her husband, her father, or her brothers.

The majority of the people in the United States refute that religion and its practices. This is why the Islamists hate us - we refuse to surrender to their religion and its untenable practices. They express their hatred by trying to kill us. They also hate us because we believe in individual freedom, including the freedom to accept or reject any religion offered to us. The Islamists don't acknowledge that freedom - in their mind, there is only one acceptable path - submission to their religion and its god. They hate us also because we believe that governments should be elected by the people, to secure the rights of the people. To the Islamists, there can be only one source of authority - their god, through those who have gained the right to exercise authority by studying the word of their god, or by organizing the tribes under their leadership to worship their god.

The Islamists have decided that we must be conquered and subdued. They have declared war on us, with the open support of some nation-states, and the clandestine support of others. Their aim is to subjugate and enslave us - they have said so numerous times. There are only two responses to their threat: either surrender and become slaves, or fight back. THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE, AND ANYONE WHO BELIEVES THERE IS IS DELUDED.

We, through our elected leaders, decided to fight back. We gave permission to our President to wage war on our behalf. That's our right, and our responsibility. Once we've done so, however, it's the PRESIDENT's responsibility as to how, where, and in what manner we wage that war. Hardly had the ink dried on the compact that authorized war before the Left realized a president that waged a successful war against our enemies would be hard to defeat in an election, and began undermining the war effort. Losing the war against the Islamists would have far more serious consequences than losing an election, but that doesn't seem to bother those on the Left. They lie, distort, ignore, and belittle every success, while exaggerating every tiny setback into a major defeat.

Understanding the current war is just that simple. There aren't any convoluted threads to follow to understand how it began, or how we became involved. Nor is there any duplicity in how we decided to choose the paths we did to fight this war. The objectives were established and identified to all of us. The methods were decided upon by the professionals in the Department of Defense. The constant harrangue that the war has been "mishandled" is simply the whining of armchair quarterbacks without the experience or knowledge to do as well, and certainly not any better. Those that constantly attack the President, the Defense Department, our soldiers, and those that stand behind them are on the wrong side of the argument, and even they know it. Their words are chosen in the hope that they will sufficiently weaken the President and his party so that those that constantly carp can get elected in their place.

There is no room in a government of free men for a political party that considers its own successes more important than the success of the nation and its people. A political party that puts politics ahead of victory, that puts political gain ahead of protection of the people, is a party of petty dictators and tyrants. The Democratic party has moved from "loyal opposition" to "disloyal power-hungry tyrants". It's time for the PEOPLE to stand up to the Democrats, and to their supporters, and say that they are wrong. We need to say that their patriotism is to party, not nation or government. Such patriotism is the patriotism of Stalin, Hitler, and Mao. It's the "party above all" of Fidel Castro's communism. It has nothing to do with freedom, with representative government, or of success. It's power for power's sake- naked tyranny.

It's putrid and sickening. It's a boil upon the body politic, and needs to be excised. It deserves, and should receive, continued disdain at the polls. Those currently in office, and others who help them, should be treated with the contempt they richly deserve.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jami said...

generalizations are hurting our country. while you criticize democrats for unthinking hatred... you indulge.

we just all have to stop it and see each other as individuals. i don't like bush because he's misled and damaged our country. i don't think all republicans are evil, but i think they made a terrible mistake in re-electing bush to mislead our country some more. he's the one with no plan to win this war, even when democrats are offering suggestion after suggestion. the day of his speech a couple weeks ago, john kerry wrote an article offering suggestions for things he could offer as a plan to win this war.

bush just talked over and over again about how 9/11 makes iraq a good idea. not only is it a lie, it's a lie we've heard too many times. we need to win this thing, and for that to happen, bush needs to start taking the deaths of soldiers SERIOUSLY.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous steve thomas said...

In WW2, the night bombing campaign against Germany was largely ineffective until the introduction of OBOE. Most bombs fell over five miles away from their target. With OBOE, individual factories like the Krupps Works were finally successfully targeted...and Hamburg was destroyed.

My point is that sometimes we want to strike back, but the means that the best minds of our day choose to strike back are largely futile; there was no point in making large night bombing raids at the start of WW2, and there is no point in using ALL America's capacity to fight when only a part of that capacity is effective.

Gradually, the United States is developing effective methods of fighting terrorism. Yes, the United States has a huge and powerful military. Yes the United States must fight terrorism. But being great at fighting doesn't always mean being great at fighting terrorism; don't reach for a sledge-hammer when you want to drill a hole. Was the invasion of Iraq a good way to fight terrorism and prevent future terrorism? Could the resources have been better used by, for example, augmenting coastal and border defenses and surveillance? I think so. I think the judgment of leaders who continue to claim otherwise is suspect. I don't think saying so subverts America's capacity to defend itself.

When a country is engaged in a total war, with its very existence on the line, then it is a criminal waste of resources to question one's leader. In those circumstances, one must put all one's effort into standing firm in the face of the enemy. But America is not in that position. Not nearly. There is ample excess capacity out there and thoughtful people (as well as knee-jerk nuts), are using some of it to question whether the authorities are doing a good job. To do so seems not only sensible, but patriotic.

Too bad John McCain isn't president. Too bad that, even after long and varied experiences, people like Old Patriot can't tell the difference between people who disagree with him and people who are trying to hurt him.

Nicely organized Blog though. First one I've ever seen (while searching for something totally unrelated on Google). Doubt I'll be back.

10:31 AM  

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