With each passing day, I’m finding it more and more plausible to believe that Al Qaeda or its imitators, will inflict catastrophic and lasting damage upon our republic. The evidence is everywhere, but most of us choose to ignore that which enables the evil intent on killing us all.
Who or what enables this evil? In a very real sense, a combination of our elected officials and tragically, you, me, and anyone else in this nation who votes, or worse, chooses never to vote.
Three recent stories have pushed me to the inevitable conclusion that we are all but doomed to suffer unimagined pain. The first, was a recent story in The Washington Post headlined, “Democrats offer up Chairmen for Donors.” This predictable report detailed how the new Democratic majority in Congress is already mirroring some of the sleaziest tactics employed by some in the former Republican majority, by blatantly selling access. Barney Frank (D-MA), the new chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, had zero problem coming right out and saying, “Financial services companies are inclined to give to me because I’m chairman of the committee important to their interests.”
There you have it. No window dressing. No shame. Just partisan self interest designed solely to keep the majority at the expense of everything else, including the will and welfare of the American people. And in anticipation of my Democratic friends accusing me of being partisan, let me remind them that I have long attacked the lack of ethics, greed, or outright corruption of such Republicans as Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Bob Ney, Jack Abramoff, Roy Blunt, John Boehner, and others.
The next story that convinced me that a 1950’s style, well stocked and well armed bomb shelter is a necessity, was a report from the Sunday Telegraph in London. That news report, based on a highly classified intelligence document, was at least honest and politically incorrect enough to state, “The number of British-based Islamic terrorists plotting suicide attacks against “soft” targets in the country is far greater than the Security Services had previously believed…it is thought the plotters could number more than 2,000.” Further, the director general of MI5 (Scotland Yard’s Terrorist Command), went on to say that there were 200 known Islamist networks in Britain involved in at least 30 terrorist plots.
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