One of the most influential conservatives in America this weekend gave a sneak peek at a soon-to-be-published book he has written calling for a "New Republican Party." (The ground rules of the meeting were off the record; the book will be out soon, though, so stay tuned for much more about it.) The author underscored that for the sort of improved GOP we need, "national security must be Job #1."
Unfortunately, as noted in this space two weeks ago, it seems that for a some prominent Republican/conservatives, to paraphrase the "Open Borders" crowd, national security is a job Americans don't want to do anymore.
Consider the scant and mostly euphemistic treatment of the issue in the new Conservative Action Project manifesto dubbed the Mount Vernon Statement, released with much fanfare on February 17. Not particularly objectionable, but a pale comparison to the principled and robust opposition to the totalitarian ideology of the day, Soviet Communism, enunciated fifty years before by William F. Buckley, Jr. and other founders of the modern conservative movement in America.
Then, there was the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in which, apart from several noteworthy addresses, the official agenda was largely bereft of any discussion of the threats to our nation, constitution and society arising from today's totalitarian ideology - what authoritative Islam calls "Shariah."
Most immediately, the final selection is underway for the Tea Party-inspired "Contract from America." The idea is that activists and ordinary citizens are being polled to fashion a list of priorities for their elected officials. The only problem is that not one of the twenty options from which the public is being asked to chose addresses national security, Shariah-inspired jihad, terrorism, homeland security or any other aspect of the common defense. For people who are supposed to be attached to the Constitution-- which gives priority to that federal responsibility-- this seems to be a most curious oversight.
Or is it?
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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