Skip to comments.Republicans: Tell America We'll Fight Terror the Democrat Party Way (great read!)
Posted on 05/21/2006 6:04:25 PM PDT by FairOpinion
Every time the Democrats expose how the administration is fighting the war on terror, Republicans become defensive and hide for cover as if we are doing something wrong. Instead, let the President or the Speaker or Senate Majority Leader offer the following proposition: No more intercepting calls from Al Qaeda. No more detention of captured terrorist suspects. No more detention camps.
No more tough investigations of terrorists. We will simply be satisfied with only that information the terrorists voluntarily offer. No more FBI working with the CIA or NSA, just as prior to 9/11. No more searches, as it is profiling. No prosecution of government workers revealing to the world our secretsin fact, we will award them as patriotic whistleblowers as claimed by liberals.
No more standing up for our cowboy soldiers on the battlefield who are defending themselves against the terroristsagreed, we are only as good as how well we treat the enemy.
No pre-emption. We will wait until millions of Americans have been incinerated by a smuggled- in nuclear bomb from Iran, and only after weve been attacked will we respond. Millions of us might be dead, but our no-preemption policy will show we were more moral. No more phone data bases or telephone numbers of those possibly contacting sleeper cell operatives waiting here for orders.
It is easy to portray oneself as a champion of civil liberties during time of war when one knows that while pontificating the high road his safety is still guaranteed since the adults in power will not listen to juvenile cliches and will continue doing the sensible things that must be done to protect Americans.
Lets point at the Democrats, while the American people are listening, and say: OK, well do it your way. Safety is secondary to whatever Human Rights Watch and the ACLU demand. We will win this war not through the historic methods that have proven efficacious but through the method advanced by the Left. Yes, the Left has assured us that by being beyond criticism our enemies will respect us, recognize how sweet we are, and thus put down their arms.
Believe me, if the country thought we were basically dropping all the measures that have protected us since 9/11, they would shudder. They would pine for the restoration of those measures that have thus far protected us. All this high-sounding rhetoric of civil liberties would fall flat on its face once people truly believed that we were officially renouncing what has worked. America would tremble at its newly chosen nakedness. People would stop being such high minded big shots.
Instead of the usual platitudes, liberal mothers and fathers would have to start acting like parents again, guardians more concerned about the safety of their children than by how sensitive and enlightened we are toward terrorists.
Republican Leaders, look the Democrats in the face and charge: If you were in office and had the responsibility of protecting the country, your party would not follow Russ Feingold and Dick Durban and would be doing 99% of what the President is doing. And if Democrats answer that they would indeed lead according to their holier-than-thou rhetoric, then boldly tell them and the American electorate that such an administration would be derelict in its duty, that such an administration would deserve being booted out of office since they would be leaving the American people defenseless. Charge them as guilty for not using all the technological and physical powers disposable to a Superpower, choosing instead to defend us as if a third world country bereft of any mechanism.
Many of us out here wonder if the Republicans in the Senate and many in the House actually believephilosophically, emotionally, and juridicallyin what we are doing in this fight for our safety. If they do, why do they constantly run from the fight, hide, and act as if all they want is for the issue to blow over? They practice disassociation. What they so often do is show disbelief and disappointment with what the administration is doing, hoping that theyll be spared personal criticism from the Press until they, the Press and the Democrats make the administration capitulate.
Instead of hiding for cover, Republicans should come out now and challenge the Democrats, accuse the Democrats of gross folly and irresponsibility. Youll see how quickly the Dems will hem and haw if for once a Republican pointed a finger at them and said: You are either hypocrites or fools.
Most Americans have not become so soft and ersatz goody that how we look to the enemy and the world is more important than living. We Republicans are waiting for our leaders to show some moxie, some guts. Wed love to see a patronizing smirk and ridicule when facing these high-sounding liberals, give them some well deserved scorn. For once, act like those who own the high ground, possess the moral authority. If you believe it is moral to protect your people, then, act and sound that way!
It is time Americans realized that many on the Left are against the war in Iraq not because of our dying soldiers. Their kids are generally not in todays military, and those of ours that are dying come from families supportive of the war, families who, unlike those on the left, have no history of constant criticism of America where dissent is taught with mothers milk. They are against the war because they do not want to see victory by the American military. They are against the war in line with how theyve been critical of America during countless yesterdays and will continue to be critical for untold tomorrows. This is who they are and what they do.
In fact, they would be against even a negotiated outcome, bereft of military involvement, if the success of that outcome would be credited to Republicans and beneficial to the United States. For in the warped minds of many in todays American Left, anything brought about by the United States or that which is beneficial to the U.S. internationally, is something to detest. Their constant cry about human rights is part of their effort to cause failure for this President or failure for any President who does not recognize America as part of the problem. For to the Left, the U.S. is always the major part of the problem. In fact, however, it is they who are the major problem to the U.S. and to our success.
Republicans always do best, when they come out and explain the truth to the American people boldly. It always succeeds, yet they are so afraid of doing it. It boggles one's mind.
The Republicans are also running away from President Bush, instead of standing and supporting him.
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"There are two major parties in this country, the Stupid party and the Evil party. I am a member of the stupid party."
I guess it's the lesser of two evils but it's catching up!
I sure hope so!
You're not giving the Pubbies enough credit. As far as I can tell, the President and the Republicans are doing just as this writer suggests whenever they get a chance to state the case for the WOT or a host of other issues where they have the clear moral high ground. Remember, Republicans don't enjoy free media coverage when they argue their case. The drive by media plays a few tidbits out of context in order to further their liberal agenda.
Whenever I do hear unabridged comments by Republicans, either congressional hearings on cspan or those rare occassions where the drive by media plays the entire statement of a Republican congressman or cabinet member, I am always struck by the stark difference between Republicans and Democrats and I am proud to be Republican.
In fact, my wife and kids and I play this game on cspan where we listen to a congresscritter with our eyes closed and try to guess the party affiliation - 99% of the time it takes 10 seconds to tell which are Republicans - they are the ones talking straight and making sense -even regarding immigration they make a 1000% more sense than Dems!
And...George Bush tongue-tied? Did you listen to his immigration speech last week? I may not completely agree with his immigration policies, but he did not trip up a single time in twenty minutes (try doing that sometime). Even the best public speakers screw up once in a while. He sounded great - I think you are buying into the liberal caricature of W as a moron.
similar to the method of ex42?
I suggest that certain liberal centers, such as NYC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, be selected cities to test how effective the Democrat approach would be in deterring terrorist attacks.
Rove, the RNC and Bush are masters of timing.
"Rats only "think" and respond to emotional "thinking".
Correction: Rats "feel" and so cannot argue their "feelings".
Republicans "think" and can address the pros or cons of an issue.
Could you write one paragraph that you would like to hear the President say. I hear this criticism all the time that he is not able to get his point across, but I never hear what he should be saying. Thanks in advance for your ideas.
For example, John Podhoretz is on a talkshow bookselling tour right now. I have heard three different hosts interview him, and he inserts "you know" and "um" in every clause of every sentence he speaks. And he accuses the President of being inarticulate.
Sometimes I think people either do not listen to the President, or do not like what they hear, or have bought the "collective wisdom" about his inarticulation.
The NSA is carefully monitoring communications between people of interest, who may or may not be a danger to this country. We do NOT spy upon ordinary citizens of this country. What we are doing is necessary to prevent another attack like that of 9-11." "America has a long history of helping those in the world that live under the thumb of tyranny, we are not, have not been, nor ever will be, the type of despotic regime we often must fight."
"When this struggle is over, America will no longer need the stringent requirements of the Patriot Act. I have directed members of Congress to put in a sunset clause to Americans that when the threat is vanquished, so will restrictions."
"I have been persuaded that the only way to get a guest worker program through Congress, is to build a fence from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, only then will we begin negotiations on a proper reordering of immigration priorities, and what to do with those living on our soil."
"Today another American citizen was beheaded by the enemy in an act of horror and cowardice. Ladies and Gentlemen, citizens of the United States and the world, I give you the face of our enemy". .........then show the beheading of several different people, complete with sound.
"Our intelligence has shown that terrorist acts are being planned and launched against our forces from (you name the place), tonight I ask your patience and prayer for our soldiers in far away places. I have ordered an attack against (you name the place) that has been responsible for IED attacks against our troops and the Iraqi people. I will not hesitate to order further attacks against the enemies of humanity, and America in this War on Terror. I say to those foreign powers, that are involving themselves in the internal politics of America, Iraq or Afghanistan, be warned. Thank you and may God bless America."
Pick one or all of the above, they say what I believe the President believes (except for the dream sequence about a fence)but he never articulates or emphasizes fully.
This is posted on tonight's Daily Dose. It's part of the President's speech in Yuma last week, speaking directly to Border Patrol Agents. I think they understood him clearly:
We saw some new fencing taking place. It makes sense to use fencing along the border in key locations in order to do our job. We saw lighting. I just saw the cameras in place where we're beginning to install -- modernize the border is what I'm telling you. We're in the process of making our border the most technologically advanced border in the world.
Interestingly enough, I don't think enough Americans know this, but over the past five years, federal agents, like our Border Patrol agents, have apprehended and sent home about 6 million people -- 6 million people since 2001 have come into this country illegally. I mean, we've got some people working hard.
So not only has the current immigration system caused a whole smuggling industry to come up, but there's also a document forgery industry. We want our employers to be able to be confident about who they're hiring. That's why we need a tamper-proof ID card, based upon modern biometrics.
We have a duty in Washington, D.C. to conduct this debate with dignity and honor. Immigration is an emotional issue. Sometimes people get carried away on the issue, and they -- in doing so, they forget the greatness of our country, that we are a land of immigrants; that we've always been a haven for better opportunity; that we welcome people who are willing to abide by our laws and work hard and raise their family and trust in the Almighty. America's greatness has been and always will be the fact that we are one nation under God.
Part of today's speech to the American Restaurant Association in Chicago. It is very understandable to me:
You not only help people put food on the table, but you provide many Americans with their first job, with a start. You teach people the importance of showing up on time, and working hard and meeting the needs of our customers. You're also America's largest employer of immigrants. And you know how essential it is that we have an immigration system that is safe, orderly and fair. (Applause.) And I agree with you, and that's why I laid out a vision for comprehensive immigration reform that would accomplish five key goals.
First: The United States will secure our border by deploying thousands of new Border Patrol agents and giving those agents the best technology available to do their job.
Secondly: You can't secure our border with thousands trying to sneak in, and therefore, this country needs a temporary worker program that will allow foreign workers to enter our country legally on a temporary basis to meet the needs of our economy and take the pressure off our border. (Applause.)
Third: We must create a reliable system for verifying documents and work eligibility so we can better enforce our immigration laws at the workplace.
Fourth: We will find a rational middle ground to resolve the legal status of the millions of people who have been here for quite a while -- without granting amnesty. (Applause.)
And fifth: We will uphold the great American tradition of the melting pot so America can remain what it always has been: one nation under God. (Applause.)
The reforms I proposed regarding guest workers are really important for your industry. Your association estimates that restaurants will add -- will need 1.9 million new workers over the next 10 years, which means if you need workers -- your need for workers will be growing faster than the American labor force. So you understand why effective immigration reform must include a practical and lawful way for businesses to hire foreign workers when they can't fill those jobs with Americans. The restaurant industry has firsthand experience with immigrants and immigration law. And I appreciate your strong stand on Capitol Hill for comprehensive reform. (Applause.)
And here's where we are. The House passed a bill last -- an immigration bill last December, and the Senate is working hard on its version of the bill. The Senate needs to complete its bill now, so that the House and Senate can work out their differences and pass a comprehensive reform bill that I can sign into law. (Applause.)
We face challenges at home and we face challenges abroad. So I've come to talk to you about an historic event that took place halfway around the world this weekend. This Saturday in Baghdad, the new Prime Minister of Iraq announced a national unity government. This is a free government under a democratic constitution, and its formation marks a victory for the cause of freedom in the Middle East. (Applause.)
In three elections last year, millions of Iraqis cast their ballot in defiance of the terrorists. And now they have a government of their own choosing under a constitution that they drafted and they approved. As this new unity government takes office, it carries with it the hopes of the Iraqi nation, and the aspirations of freedom-loving people across a troubled region.
The unity government has strong leaders that will represent all of the Iraqi people. I called them this weekend to congratulate them. I thanked them for being courageous and strong and standing for the belief that liberty will help transform their troubled nation.
That 'minor incident' in the Tampa area, where two Saudis got on a high schoolers' bus and rode to the school will come back to haunt the PC Floridians. Sadly, caskets are the only thing that can now get through the socialist societal engineering liberal skulls. When their children are in the caskets, will they wake up or continue to spittle out 'it's all Bush's fault'? Obviously, media has succeeded in twisting the minds of liberals so the latter is the reality, NOTHING can pound reality into the democrat voters and their treasonous bastard reps.
The RNC cannot blitz the media with any anti-terrorist message because such message necessarily would constitute a Lie and interfere with the Purity of the Truth that DNC chooses to decree upon the American people. Various important press-mongers have established as Truth that the Bush Administration lacks the requisite moral authority to use any reputable media to conflict with the mantra of defeatism. The RNC simply cannot disagree with the media that have proclaimed a terrorist victory. Nor can the RNC dispute any other claim of any Democrat for fear of the Truth.
The 2006 congressional campaigns consequently must occur within the Truth through the voices and views of propagandists for the enemies of the United States. Because the terrorists prevailed in defeating the United States in Iraq and in Afghanistan, we can hope only that American soldiers will succeed in annihilating the victors unjustly before they finally submit to their surrender orders.
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