Well, it�s about time.
Sometime in the near future, the Senate is expected to pass
the long-needed �Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act�
(VRHTPA). Happily, the bill breezed through the House on a 404-06 vote and,
once it clears Congress� upper chamber, will be signed into law by our brave
president. (No, not Dick Cheney; the other guy.)
Vital to national security, VRHTPA will help eliminate
terrorism from fomenting here in our hollowed homeland. How? By stopping
domestic evildoers right where terrorism begins: in the mind.
Predictably, rubber-spined liberals will cry this is George
Orwell�s �thought-crime� come true. Come on!
Alarmist thinking like this is dangerous. Truth be told, it�s downright
Please, dear reader: Ignore those who hysterically insist
the terrorism threat to America is grossly overblown, that it�s a cynical ploy
by the military-industrial/energy/corporate media complex that truly runs our
government to induce tattletale paranoia. Then?
Turn those suspicious bastards in.
Evocative of the days of super-patriot Joe McCarthy, VRHTPA
provides America with an indispensable resource: a national investigating
commission. (Sure, Joe ruined lives needlessly and died in disgrace but
revisionist namby-pambies gloss over the effectiveness of infusing the
citizenry with knee-shaking fear. Remember: a jumpy nation is a talkative
nation.) This commission is authorized to gather data about domestic terrorist
threats however it sees fit, including by scouring the country, left and right.
The left is right where it should start, too, beginning with
those six representatives who voted �no.� Sorry, but this is no time for
elitist politicians and their anti-American independent thinking.
We�ve known since 9/11, 9/11, 9/11 (my best Rudy Giuliani
impersonation) that anyone could be a terrorist, demanding our
ever-watchfulness. Take my neighbor (especially if you�re from Homeland
Security; leave the reward under the �Welcome: You�re Under Surveillance� mat).
I happen to know that Tim -- I mean, �Abdul� -- reads Howard Zinn and, most
disturbing, watches Keith Olbermann, who�s particularly insidious the way he
brainwashes viewers with facts. As soon as that commission establishes a
hotline for snitches, er, citizens, Abdul is toast, and then maybe that deadbeat�ll think twice before stiffing me for
another 20 bucks (not that that, you know, has anything to do with anything).
Chicken little leftists also wail that VRHTPA assaults free
speech, asserting it�s so broadly written it will stifle much-needed political
debate for fear of being thrown into a
Halliburton-constructed hoosegow. Hmph! You decide: VRHTPA defines �violent
radicalization� as �the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief
system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance
political, religious, or social change.�
Really, now: how much clearer
could it be?
I, too, believe in First Amendment rights, even for those
whose stupid views I respectfully disagree with, but, jeez, can�t they shut up
about it already? These ingrates don�t care that by using the civil liberties
our brave soldiers and uncounted mercenaries are killing thousands in Iraq to
protect, they�re playing right into the terrorists� hands, the very ones who
hate us for the freedoms we used to have.
Look, until the never-ending war on terrorism ends, it�s
every American�s constitutional duty to unequivocally support our president�s
policies, no matter how hare-brained. To nitpickers who note the Constitution
actually empowers Americans to do the opposite -- i.e., keep a tireless
collective eye on their government -- I say: Who cares? Anymore, we can�t
afford to be hamstrung by a bunch of laws, especially ones that were, what,
written years ago by some dead guys? (Although, in fairness, they were alive at
the time, I think.)
It�s obvious: We either fight them over there, or fight us
over here. Since we�re much closer to ourselves, we�ll save billions in travel
expenses alone. VRHTPA makes it easy for every American, young or old, to
become personally involved in fighting the scourge of terrorism.
In other words, do
try this at home.
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