Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Marcus Tullius Cicero & Sarah Palin: The Philosophy of Survival

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

After absorbing a large portion of the days news, I got into a back and forth email with a friend. I asked him if the current leadership was "stupid," "evil," or "both?" ... His answer wasn't very reassuring.

I watched Barack Obama give his speech to the nation after his cabinet meeting today on the "intelligence failures" and "dots" not connects. He said "that's not acceptable, and I will not tolerate it." He then went on to say, "make no mistake, we will close Guantanamo prison," and that it "was an explicit rationale for the formation of al-Qaida" operating in Yemen.

I was pretty amazed that he had the nerve to legitimize Al Qaeda propaganda in that manner, then I remembered who was talking. This is a man that has so many questionable associations, if the media actually did their job, it would employ most of their staffs to unravel. There would be a new story everyday to discuss, but they don't so we'll just keep that kind of talk relegated to the blogosphere.

One thing all of these unsavory characters Obama has associated himself with have in common is their disdain for the United States of America. William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Jeremiah Wright, George Soros, Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour, Anita Dunn, and all of the others do not, nor did they ever have America's best interest in mind. These people are fundamentally opposed to what the United States stands for and view our self preserving actions such as war, as nothing more than "aggression." No matter the circumstances, in the warped view of these people, America's conflicts are all a direct result of America's policies. To them, even going after Al Qaeda in Afghanistan is some sort of "war crime."

So how then is a man who chose to spend his time with such people going to keep us safe in times like these? Does he even want to? I think those are legitimate questions for someone who is vulnerable to this nation's enemies. Both foreign and domestic...

On a brighter note, it looks like the next president has the proper mindset and philosophy to both handle this nation's enemies, and keep it's people safe.

A responsible word from Sarah Palin.

On her Facebook page:

"It’s War, not a Crime Spree "
President Obama’s meeting with his top national security advisers does nothing to change the fact that his fundamental approach to terrorism is fatally flawed. We are at war with radical Islamic extremists and treating this threat as a law enforcement issue is dangerous for our nation’s security. That’s what happened in the 1990s and we saw the result on September 11, 2001. This is a war on terror not an “overseas contingency operation.” Acts of terrorism are just that, not “man caused disasters.” The system did not work. Abdulmutallab was a child of privilege radicalized and trained by organized jihadists, not an “isolated extremist” who traveled to a land of “crushing poverty.” He is an enemy of the United States, not just another criminal defendant.

It simply makes no sense to treat an al Qaeda-trained operative willing to die in the course of massacring hundreds of people as a common criminal. Reports indicate that Abdulmutallab stated there were many more like him in Yemen but that he stopped talking once he was read his Miranda rights. President Obama’s advisers lamely claim Abdulmutallab might be willing to agree to a plea bargain – pretty doubtful you can cut a deal with a suicide bomber. John Brennan, the President’s top counterterrorism adviser, bizarrely claimed “there are no downsides or upsides” to treating terrorists as enemy combatants. That is absurd. There is a very serious downside to treating them as criminals: terrorists invoke their “right” to remain silent and stop talking. Terrorists don’t tell us where they were trained, what they were trained in, who they were trained by, and who they were trained with. Giving foreign-born, foreign-trained terrorists the right to remain silent does nothing to keep Americans safe from terrorist threats. It only gives our enemies access to courtrooms where they can publicly grandstand, and to defense attorneys who can manipulate the legal process to gain access to classified information.

President Obama was right to change his policy and decide to send no more detainees to Yemen where they can be free to rejoin their war on America. Now he must back off his reckless plan to close Guantanamo, begin treating terrorists as wartime enemies not suspects alleged to have committed crimes, and recognize that the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor. - Sarah Palin
Written like someone who loves this nation, wants to protect this nation, and appreciates the philosophy behind survival.

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