REPUBLICANS SHOULD GO ON THE OFFENSIVE
By Christopher G. Adamo
For the past month, America has been bombarded with constant caterwauling from partisan Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the Liberal Leftist press that the Bush administration might have violated the “privacy rights” of terrorists.
Of course, the political Left does not exactly characterize the NSA surveillance controversy with such frankness. Rather, they avoid direct references to the identities, national origins, and allegiances of the individuals whose incoming telephone calls from known Al-Qa'ida operatives overseas were monitored in order to prevent a recurrence of 9-11. Opinion polling works out so much better for the Democrats that way.
Admittedly, a continual barrage of such hysterics by Democratic Party politicians and the Leftwing Liberal press does indeed pose a risk that Americans might eventually become distracted by this “straw dog” of lost privacy. The likely result would be the implementation of roadblocks to such surveillance, allowing the security apparatus that has so successfully protected the country since 9-11 to lapse into disrepair.
A disturbing number of Americans are toying with the notion of reverting to the 1990’s mindset, when these matters were given abysmally low priority. And, if the nation does not recognize the importance of remaining focused on the very real and unabated threat facing it, the trend could continue until the unthinkable happens -- again.
Among Democrats, however, too much opportunity for political grandstanding is presently available to be discouraged by such comparatively trivial concerns as the lives of the American people, both on the streets of its cities and in the battlefields where the terror war is presently being fought and won. Of sole importance to Democrats is the potential prize of political dominance. So a bit of “collateral damage” among their fellow citizens is apparently a small price to pay.
While Democrats still remind us, with monotonous regularity, of the supposed “outing” of Valerie Plame, information regarding her identity and profession was readily available prior to the eruption of the situation as a “scandal.” Consequently, no harm whatsoever accrued to the intelligence activities of the U.S. Government as a result of that information having been made public.
In contrast, the covert monitoring of terrorist communications into this country (and this is the only true context in which this situation can be explained), which inarguably aided in the nation's ability to thwart terrorist incursions, has now been severely, perhaps fatally, undermined. Yet, those on the Left, once again, show no interest in getting to the bottom of a real security breach, but, instead, relentlessly seek to characterize and publicize the situation only as a means of exploiting it to their political benefit.
No doubt, if terrorists successfully strike America once again (a likelihood that has been greatly increased by the leaked information), George Bush’s present critics will be among the loudest accusers of the Bush administration for its failure to “connect the dots” in anticipation of any such attack. Regardless of the horrific cost to American citizens, every situation can, with sufficient imagination and moral flexibility, be portrayed as a failing of the Bush Presidency and turned into a political liability of the Republican Party.
But Americans see their future imperiled on another front. Despite the looming menace of murder and mayhem being suddenly inflicted by Islamist radicals, few anticipate the possibility of such people stealing their land and plundering their homes. That is the job of this country’s own, out-of-control governing institutions.
Ever since last Summer’s Kelo decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the meaning of the Fourth Amendment, public officials throughout the nation have become increasingly aggressive in their seizures of private property. They now claim “constitutional” authority to confiscate property and grant ownership to those with more lucrative ambitions. Clearly, the right to own property is no more protected than life or liberty.
Under the auspices of protecting “rights” and “liberty,” Senate Democrats needlessly delayed the U.S Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Judge Alito for yet another week . Hardly concerned with an overreaching government, their real concern is, instead, to appease certain vocal constituencies, special interest groups such as the abortion lobby.
This is no time for Republicans to go on the defensive. By unabashedly confronting Leftwing Liberalism and its malignant consequences, they can put the Left to flight.
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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.
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Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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