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My Turn

imageimageAs I sit here and ponder the weekend’s events, I can’t help but wonder how so many people in our society have become so self-centered and hungry for attention that they will go to any extreme to gain an audience, including making complete fools out of themselves and causing more divisiveness and anger than anyone would have thought humanly possible.

I’m not just talking about Cindy Sheehan. I’m referring to the whole anti-American, multicultural, politically correct crowd of publicity seekers we are afflicted with every day. From where I sit it seems these people aren’t really interested in changing anything or making anything better. It seems to be all about them, not you or me or us.

I see a large crowd of immature narcissists strutting across the media stage with no sense whatsoever of the consequences of their actions. They have something to say and you had just better damn well listen - and shut up while they talk ... and play for the cameras.

I started writing this piece while reading about John Kerry’s comments to the World Trade Organization’s 2007 conference in Davos, Switzerland this weekend. Here is what the Senator had to say:

‘’When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto, when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa, when we don’t advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy. So we have a crisis of confidence in the Middle East—in the world, really. I’ve never seen our country as isolated, as much as a sort of international pariah for a number of reasons as it is today. We need to do a better job of protecting our interests, because after all, that’s what diplomacy is about. But you have to do it in a context of the reality, not your lens but the reality of those other cultures and histories.’’

imageimage“Duplicity", “hypocrisy”, “international pariah”? The distinguished Senator from Massachusetts was referring to the United States when he made those comments to an international audience in Switzerland. Such language in an international forum is usually reserved for describing hateful, repressive regimes like Nazi Germany.

To make matters worse, he made those remarks while seated next to former Iranian President Sayyed Mohammad Khatami, former leader of what is perhaps the most isolated, anti-semitic, anti-American, rogue regime on the planet - a nation with nuclear ambitions and terrorist agents stirring up trouble all across the Middle East. A nation that is training and equipping Shiite militias in Iraq to kill our troops. And then after making those remarks, he shook hands with Khatami, gave him his autograph (no kidding) and smiled for the cameras before leaving.

Now far be it from me to condemn Senator Kerry for having an opinion about the United States, even such a blatantly negative opinion as this. He is entitled to his opinion just as I am entitled to my opinions ... and my opinion is that America is a great country full of great people and although our government is not perfect and occasionally makes mistakes in dealing with the rest of the world, it’s still a nice place to call “home” - and I could care less what the rest of the world thinks of me or my country.

People here in America today tend to forget that our ancestors or parents came here to get away from the rest of the world. We came here because we didn’t like the way things were going over there. Why should we be concerned about their opinion of us now? They were glad to get rid of us and are only now starting to hate us because we have succeeded so well in building a better society. Our success has reaffirmed the fact that the rest of the world is a screwed up mess and if people are given half a chance to build something better, they can ... and will.

But no, there are still people here in America today who believe we should be ashamed of that success and we should be seeking the forgiveness and approval of the rest of the world. These people like to refer to themselves as “liberal” or “progressive” which is quite odd, considering they are neither. They attempt to force everyone to march in lock step with their politically correct rules and silence any critics with vicious attacks.

imageimageThis weekend also saw a great gathering of these people in a few cities around the country, numbering in the tens of thousands. While 99% of Americans took time off from work and caught up on chores around the house or just relaxed after a tough week, these people, led by Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn in Washington and Cindy Sheehan and her Code Piink friends in Los Angeles, aired their grievances with the government in front of the news cameras of the entire world.

Once again, I have no problem with these people having their opinions about the war or anything their narrow, little minds can find to disagree with. What I have a problem with is their method of disagreement. Our Constitution guarantees us the right “to petition the government for a redress of grievances”. Nowhere does the Constitution guarantee us wall-to-wall coverage on CNN for the entire world to watch as a small minority makes fools of themselves.

Yes, they are unhappy with the progress in the war on terror. So am I. The difference is I act rationally. There is a major change of plan currently going on in Iraq and Afghanistan and I’m willing to give it a chance. If it fails, I will make my disapproval known by mailing my representatives and the administration and even more importantly at the voting booth.

I feel no need to strut and preen before a mob of media cameras because it is not about me. Never has been, never will be. I’m just a small part of a big picture. Senator Kerry and Jane Fonda are entitled to their opinion. I just wish they wouldn’t take their case to the entire world. That only serves to embolden the enemy we face around the world and encourages them to hold out until the will of the American people breaks under the constant pressure of a small percentage of the population with the cooperation of a willing media.

So I say to all these people, let’s keep our disagreements to ourselves. If you really want to end the war then let’s concentrate on winning it. It doesn’t matter anymore whether it is “the right war” or not. What matters is that we’re in it and we have young men and women in harm’s way. Anything that encourages the enemy only results in more of those men and women coming home in coffins.

We can argue about the war after it is won, done and over. For now though, Senator Kerry, Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Cindy Sheehan and those who support and encourage them just need to use a little common sense and stop playing for the cameras. It’s not about them or you or me. It’s about soldiers, sailors and airmen overseas who are our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Do something to encourage them ... not the enemy.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/28/2007 at 02:43 AM   
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