I’m an outraged American these days, outraged and sick at heart over the state of our reality as 2006 nears a close. I’m outraged that:
The more people the Muslims kill, the more politically incorrect it becomes to point out that Muslims kill people. We are eventually going to politically correct ourselves right into the grave.
We have to wake up every morning worrying about how long it is until Iran nukes us, while the grinning lunatic president of Iran taunts us on TV, looking like he doesn’t have a fear in the world. We should not be fearing him; he should be fearing us.
The lack of leadership in Washington has brought back the Jimmy Carterization of America. There’s a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness in this country, a.k.a. Malaise Two. I have very little confidence that our president and those around him have the ability to respond effectively to the next national calamity, whatever it might be. Their incompetence has been astounding. And, as one of the worst communicators to ever sit in the Oval Office, this president has virtually no ability to inspire Americans at a time when inspiration is desperately needed.
We have an atmosphere of political hatred in this country, undermining ourselves from within at a time when we face danger to our homeland unprecedented in all our history. This climate is not all the president’s fault, but when he told us in 2000 that he’s “a uniter, not a divider” it was one of the most blatant misstatements in the history of U.S. politics. Karl Rove’s divide-and-conquer strategy has succeeded in dividing alright, but there was precious little conquering by his camp on November 7. When are we going to realize that this is not a Republican war on terrorism or a Democrat war on terrorism, but an American war on terrorism? We need Republicans and Democrats hating each other less, and all of us hating Islamic fascists more.
The dumbing down of our society has finally resulted in a generation where we just might have become too stupid to effectively wage wars. Where is the brilliant strategy, including the trickery and subterfuge, the allies used to outfox the enemy at various stages in WWII? Where are the big ideas or, more specifically, the people capable of hatching them? For that matter, where is the intelligence? Why have we apparently lost our ability to infiltrate?
Islamic fascists are winning the public relations war. When terrorists who slaughter innocent people by flying airplanes into buildings and killing them in other grotesque ways such as beheading are viewed more favorably around the globe than Americans, we’re living in a bizarro world. This is a country whose advertisers can convince consumers to buy products they don’t really need, but we’re hapless when it comes to selling the rest of the world on the concept that terrorists are the bad guys and we’re the good guys. Why can’t we marshal our best advertising and public relations resources and make our case to the world in an effective way?
We have a news media, including The New York Times and CNN, who want Islamic fascists to win and America to lose, undermining the will of those influenced by anti-American propaganda.
I expect we will ultimately prevail, although perhaps not in our lifetime, because freedom always does. But the longer the outrages listed above hold sway, the longer the war on Islamic fascism is going to take and the more American lives are going to be lost.
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