The first dictionary meaning of insanity is: “Unsoundness of mind that renders a person unfit.” The second: “A degree of mental malfunctioning sufficient to relieve the accused of legal responsibility of a crime.” The third: “Extreme foolishness; folly.”
To be charitable, Number Three seems most appropriate for the logic-challenged Senator Russ Feingold (D. Wisconsin).
This worthy, full of self-appreciation and empty of wisdom, has just announced that legislation abolishing “racial profiling” will be a top priority for him in the coming session.
As he sees it, “Many law-abiding African-Americans, Arab-Americans, Latino-Americans and others live with the fear of being racially profiled as they go about their everyday lives.”
The statement would appear to be the essence of fairness and the soul of democracy. In fact, Feingold seems to be giving a first-rate imitation of a solon badly frightened by CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations.)
The Senatorial statement is part of the fallout from an incident that occurred in Minneapolis last year. Six Muslim imams were removed from a U.S. Air flight after passengers objected to some of their activities. These included:
The making of anti-American statements.
A demand for seat-belt extensions, even though flight attendants saw no reason for them.
Refusing requests by the pilot to disembark for additional screening.
(In addition, three of the men had one-way tickets and no baggage.)
As it turned out, the imams carried no time-bombs with them and were of no perceptible physical threat to passengers. Apparently the notorious half-dozen had made their provocative scene merely to test the authorities. And, no doubt, to give impetus to the CAIR accusation that Islamics are being singled out for examination.
Sensible U.S. citizens, whether African-American, Arab-American, Latino-American or others, can only hope so this accusation is on the money.
For as Peter Gadies of 9/11 Families for a Secure America points out: “The 9/11 atrocity was committed by nineteen young single men from Arab nations.” He asks Feingold rhetorically: “If you want to hand this country over to terrorists, why don’t you say it right out front?”
Of course, Sen. Feingold and the other exemplars of Beltway righteousness don’t really want to hand the U.S. over to time-bombers whose profile amply demonstrates one thing: they would gladly kill any American on any flight or any mall or any supermarket any time.
No, what these officials want to do is go through their careers without offending anybody. The price for this folly: discarding common sense.
They can bull any legislation through congress and the senate and it will be meaningless on the ground. Because the ultimate profilers are not the airlines, not the security personnel, not even the lawmakers.
The real profilers are the American people, with whom Feingold et. al. have manifestly lost touch. These are the kind of folks who saw the imams, correctly, as provocateurs; who saw their fellow passenger Richard Reid trying to destroy a plane several years back and overwhelmed him; who have noted threats to the lives of Danish cartoonists, German opera impresarios, the Pope and others that dared to question the intent of radical Islam.
These are the kind of folks who are far more interested in the survival of their families, their towns, their cities and their country, than they are in feelgood legislation and those who push it in order to satisfy special interest groups.
These are the ordinary American voters. Do Feingold and Co. remember them? Well, they will soon enough. In the days of the 24-hour news cycle, 2008 is as close as the airport, the mall and the supermarket.
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