In those annoying television commercials, that pink bunny keeps going and going but never seems to get anywhere. Kind of like all those folks who vowed last November to move to Canada if President Bush was re-elected. Most are still here. But -- some promise -- not for long.
Take 30-year-old Melanie Redman. She told The New York Times she hopes to be in the great white north by summer, as soon as she can sell her Volvo and get a visa. But why the delay? Canadians need cars. Just drive it up. And Canada?s got one of the most open borders in the world. Surely Melanie wouldn?t need a visa to cross.
She claims she needs to leave because, ?I don?t want to participate in what this administration is doing here and around the world. Under Bush, the U.S. seems to be leading the pack as the world spirals down.?
Now, surely Melanie?s smart enough to know this isn?t true. The U.S. is leading the world up, not down.
Recent examples include the elections in Afghanistan and Iraq, the cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice?s triumphant European tour.
But this is exactly the problem with so many on the left: Their actions don?t match their words. In another example, some claim to be afraid they?ll lose their civil liberties under the USA PATRIOT Act.
But if they were truly afraid, instead of loudly protesting and drawing attention to themselves, they?d be quietly slipping out of the country.
Sadly, this happens in foreign policy, too. Last summer, CIA analyst Michael Scheuer (writing as Anonymous) penned ?Imperial Hubris,? a book that basically said the United States has done everything wrong since 9/11. Our approach to Afghanistan was a disaster, Scheuer wrote. Ditto our approach to Iraq.
And don?t get him started on American support for Israel.
One of Scheuer?s key claims was that ?many tens of millions of Muslims? believe Americans are waging a war against Islam. But the truth is that mainstream Muslims know they have nothing to fear from the U.S.
What happened on Jan. 20 proves that.
On that day, Washington was virtually shut down by security as we inaugurated a president. Visitors to the capital walked through metal detectors and were patted down by security guards. Roads were blocked off. The president rode most of Pennsylvania Avenue in a virtual tank. This security was needed. For good reason, Americans fear possible attacks by Islamic extremists.