Thursday, August 31, 2006

Can we talk?

Now that Team Bush has begun yet another PR blitz to reinforce support for its Middle East democracy project (by demonizing their critics and scaring the bejeezus out of the rubes, natch), it’s time to lay out a simple fact to which many people evidently are blind: Terrorism does not pose an existential threat to the United States.

You know how people say if such-and-such had occurred during World War II, “we’d all be speaking German today?” Try applying it to the present situation. It’s preposterous. Islamic fundamentalists can never conquer us, occupy us, and make our women cover their heads. Not going to happen. (For one thing, the populace in parts of the South and West are well-armed and will use their arms to defend themselves; this is one of the purposes of the Second Amendment.) Even if, God forbid, terrorists set off the proverbial suitcase nuke in a major city, the United States as we know it would not cease to exist. No, the true threat to the United States as we know it comes from the politicians (of both parties) who overreact to acts of terrorism by stripping us of the liberties that, as the Founders made clear, are not something for government to give to us or take away from us, but rather are our birthright. They're the liberties that made this country the most free and prosperous in the history of the world, and make no mistake -- they are in grave danger.

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