Friday, August 11, 2006


Civil Disobedience vs. Common Sense

After the 9/11 attacks and new restrictions on passengers, civil rights proponents went into high gear over profiling passengers. It seems, we cannot look at young Middle Eastern men that have overstayed their visa, but looking at little old ladies with crochet needles is perfectly fine.

Fast forward to Aug. 9, 2006.

Potential attackers in London and elsewhere prepared to attack six different airlines with liquid explosive devises that were contained in everyday containers such as lip gloss, hair gel, and sports drinks.

Already, America's lunatic fringe has stepped forward to combat the measures we have taken to combat the terrorists. Sandra Bernhardt (friend to Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell) states, "When I go to the airport and they try to take my MAC Plushglass away from me, it's going to be World War III!" Perhaps she should be arrested and charged with terroristic threats.

I agree with civil disobedience when laws are such that entire segments of the population are persecuted - African-Americans, American Indians, et. al. Sometimes these actions are the only course available to right injustices.

Actions similar to Ms. Bernhardt, and the others that are sure to follow, are not acts of civil disobedience. Rather, they are acts of lunacy showing a complete lack of common sense. It is readily apparent that Ms. Bernhardt is unable to comprehend the fact that these terrorists want to kill us, not because we are mean people, but because we are not them. Period.

When Osama and Company speak of the "decadent Americans," they are speaking about all Americans in general and the liberal attitudes of Hollywood in particular. So, in effect, Ms. Bernhardt, the measures that the FAA and Department of Homeland Security are putting in place is directed at your security in particular and the rest of America in general.

First of all, Bernhardt does not speak for anyone but Bernhardt. By your logic, you are admitting that Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson speak for you, I am to assume. Secondly, where is Osama? What happened to "dead or alive?" The reason this terrorist "plot" isn't getting any traction with the public is that nobody believes a word that comes out of W's mouth anymore. Can you say Lame Duck?
Bernhardt is typical of the far left, just as Falwell and Robertson are of the far right. Both say and do things that leave the less extreme of their side hanging their heads.

As to Osama, how long did it take to find the Olympic Park bomber in the North Carolina mountains? We had maps, air support, and controled the region, yet it still took nearly a decade. Osama is hiding among friends in a lawless region where treaties restrict the air recon, maps are useless, and searching in mountains that have been tunneled for the last 2000 years is fruitless.

I don't deny that Bush has made mistakes, as did Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan and Carter. They are human. Do you really think a blowhard like Gore or Kerry and his faux purple hearts would have done any better.

Learn your history of the region. Every time any country has cut-and-run, it has emboldened the likes of Osama and Hezbollah.
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