"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance

 and a people who mean to be their own governors

 must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

Saturday, December 31, 2005


This is something we have noticed:
Not the least of the ironies in the current debate on homeland security is that many of the same people who oppose the war in Iraq also oppose renewal of the Patriot Act and other domestic counterterrorist tools. That is, they are as opposed to going on offense in the war on terror as they are against playing defense. But the war on terror is not a game the U.S. can opt out of. There is a great deal that can be done to improve homeland security--and to improve the department that bears that name. But it won't count for much if we aren't clear about the choices we face.
We have noticed that many on the left oppose a vigorous offense and defense because they don’t believe a major Islamic terrorist threat actually exists. While they concede some terrorist attacks have occurred, they believe President Bush has used these attacks as an excuse to use military force and counterterrorism programs for personal gain. The logic and proof for this line of reasoning is never presented, although unsubstantiated conspiracy theories abound.

Many in this camp also believe the Bush administration’s budgets have resulted in actual spending reductions for social welfare programs - from health care to education. The fact that every year the federal government has spent more and plans to spend more than the previous year on every social welfare category is not acknowledged by these folks. Spending less than theoretically possible is considered proof a spending cut has occurred.

Without consensus on basic facts is it really even possible to have intelligent debate about foreign or domestic policies with the left?


At 5:05 PM, Blogger champiod said...

They oppose the war on terror and the war in Iraq because the oppose the president. Osama Bin Laden threw the left in this country a curve ball, which they took looking. They had planned to obstruct everything that President Bush had planned to do, since they felt his 2000 election was illegitimate. Democrats after 9/11 had no recourse but to appear patriotic and follow the Presidents lead. Having been in control of the White House and the Senate for the previous 8 years, they could not blame 9/11 solely on Bush who had been in only for 9 Months. Now 4 years removed from 9/11 and with help from the MSM revisionist history, Democrats are embolded to again obstruct every move in the Bush White House. Leaks from the CIA and NSA about secret programs to fight terror, appear to be only politically motivated to damage the White House. Democrats now are fillibustering the Patriot Act, how long before they pull the plug on funding the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. If Democrats make any gains in the Senate come November you can be sure that will be first on thier agenda

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Ken Adams said...


Facts are irrelevant in a debate with the left.
In ethics, the appearance of impropriety carries the same weight as truly improper behavior. When ginning up corruption scandals, "Serious Allegations" are as valued as proven facts or convictions.
In foreign affairs, the feelings of other countries are as important as the vital interests of our own nation. We must not take action to protect those interests because we have not built "consensus," which the left defines as unanimity.
In military decisions, the lives of the enemy are equal to the lives of our own soldiers. We must never take action which has even a miniscule possibility of harming an innocent bystander, even if that action would save the lives of Americans. We must not "rush to war," even when that war has been brought to our shores.

The discussion itself is more important than the underlying issues. Action must wait until the debate is completed and processes satisfied, without regard to timeliness.

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